In addition to its well-known ranking of schools (which ranked Harvard #2, BC #35, and Boston University #57), US News also selects the nation's top "service-learning" schools. At these schools "volunteering in the community is an instructional strategy--and a requirement of a student's coursework. The service relates to what happens in class and vice versa."
Tufts and Bentley are nearby schools on this list which also includes Brown, Duke, Georgetown, Stanford, Trinity, Cal-Berkeley, Michigan, Notre Dame, and UPenn (these links are to service learning and community organizations at these schools). They give us us many examples of what enhanced partnerships with our Allston/Brighton college neighbors might be.
USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: Service learning