Hundreds of students, alumni and staff from six Boston area colleges and universities will wrap up a first-of-its-kind, four-day community service project at a Brighton nonprofit that aids disadvantaged children.
Tomorrow is the final day of the “Greater Boston Universities’ Week of Service,” which officials said is the brainchild of the presidents of Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and Wellesley College, officials from the schools said.
Since Tuesday, groups from the six institutions have been volunteering at Brighton-based Cradles to Crayons' Giving Factory, which packages school supplies, clothing and other essentials for local elementary school pupils, the schools announced in a release.
“We are not only educating scholars, we are helping to create citizens,” said a joint statement from the presidents of the six institutions, whose students collectively perform more than 1 million hours of community service each year, according to the schools.
“This very focused community service project by these six colleges and universities shines a light on the needs of our community and the resources we have as a city to address them,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in a statement. “It reminds us that higher education is an important contributor to Boston’s historical growth and success, and that university students bring vast amounts of energy to our city. Watching these young people lending a hand in our city fills me with pride and with hope for our future.”
The six schools hope to the effort will not only help a good cause through the work done this week, but that the partnership will also “inspire an inter-university community of service-minded student volunteers to continue to connect with each other to volunteer, share experiences and make a difference.”