Service & Outreach: What will we do?
We engage teams in projects that support our long-term work in our neighborhood and community partners. This could involve direct service for our neighbors or providing needed help with other organizations we work with. You could find yourself painting, doing yard work, working at a kids camp, building gardens, cooking for people with chronic illness, and more. Our hope is that youth will engage in a variety of acts of service, learn the strengths of our community, and discover their own unique gifts and talents in the process.
Housing, Showers, & Food
Groups stay at a local church. Everyone sleeps on the floor and needs to bring a sleeping bag. We use community centers for shower facilities, and offer showers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All meals are included in your cost (including evening meals at local ethnic restaurants) – except for Wednesday dinner when you have time off to explore downtown Boston.
Groups are responsible for providing all transportation during the week, including travel in Boston via car during the week and any travel on the subway (the “T”). You should probably plan on your group traveling on the subway 2 times during your week ($4.5 roundtrip per person). We also ask that groups make sure there is one extra seat in each vehicle for our Boston Project staff who serve with you.
The Boston Project schedule is intense, and does not allow for a lot of sight-seeing during the week. On Wednesday service projects end earlier, and your group will have your own time to have “Dinner Downtown” to take a break. We can provide direction and suggestions if you are unfamiliar with Boston.
The Boston Project provides a complete week-long, faith-based, urban service-learning experience for your group. We take care of the details so you are able to serve freely alongside your group. Our week includes not just the service projects, but curriculum/activities, pre-post trip support and excellent staff trained to lead and inspire your youth.
Safety in the City
Safety starts with knowledge and is grounded in relationships. ecause our staff live, work, and worship in the neighborhood, we understand dynamics that would escape most outsiders. We stand with families against violence in our community and keep up-to-date on “hot spots” for crime. Our staff team leads your entire trip, and are train in how to respond to emergency situations; all are trained in CPR and First Aid.