William J. Driscoll, Jr. '01

It has been only 12 years since William Driscoll, Jr. graduated from BC High, but since then he has committed his time every day to serving those in need, and working “ad majorem Dei gloriam” for the greater glory of God. 
It has been only 12 years since William Driscoll, Jr. graduated from BC High, but since then he has committed his time every day to serving those in need, and working “ad majorem Dei gloriam” for the greater glory of God. 

His commitment to serving others may have started at BC High, but the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 inspired Bill to dedicate his full attention to helping others.  After Katrina demolished the Gulf Coast, Bill left his home in Massachusetts to volunteer and start a non-profit organization called Persevere Disaster Relief to help the residents of Biloxi, Mississippi.  He recruited and organized over 450 volunteers from 30 states who donated more than 27,000 volunteer hours and one million dollars in labor savings to the people of the Gulf Coast.  In the true spirit of charity, 100% of the funds Bill raised went directly for the recovery effort rather than a personal salary.  Bill merged Persevere Disaster Relief with All Hands Volunteers and became the Director of US Operations.  As Director he had organized more than ten major disaster relief efforts in the United States including tornados in Arkansas and Massachusetts, as well as floods in Iowa and New York.  Currently, Bill is the Executive Director of NECHAMA and is stationed in Hoboken, NJ leading recovery and rebuilding efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Daniel Vannoni ’01, a classmate who nominated Bill Driscoll, Jr. summarizes Bill’s accomplishments by stating; “Service was one of St. Ignatius’ primary pillars, and is a tenant embraced by the Society of Jesus.  Bill Driscoll, Jr. is a man of service and gives himself entirely to the community he serves each and every day”.
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