Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Partner Profiles

Loyola's community partners educate, mentor, and provide students meanigful experiences throughout Chicago and beyond.  Non-profits, government offices, and businesses want to be a part of shaping tomorrow's leaders.  They host our students as interns, researchers, and service-learners, giving them insights into the social realities that affect each of us.  Loyola students are invited to learn by doing. 

Below you will find featured community partners and the ways in which Loyola students, faculty, and staff engage with them.  Explore these profiles in partnership and then think about ways YOU can make your impact and experience more! 

If you are a student looking for a service-learning placement, academic internship, or research opoprtunity, be sure to check out TAKE ACTION! where you will be able to search for opportunities across the region. 

 If you are a community partner interested in working with the Center for Experiential Learning and have a project idea, please visit this link to tell us about your organization and your project idea!  Or, feel free to get in touch with Travis Proffitt, Community Partnerships Coordinator by e-mailing him or calling 773-508-7690. 

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    Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program

    Catholic Charities Resettlement Program is a very popular service learning opportunity offered to Loyola students. Catholic Charities’ Patrick Costanzo describes the partnership as a win for the agency because it increases volunteers and increases resources and funding.
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    Enlace Chicago and Loyola Youth Violence Research

    The research is being conducted in Little Village with focus groups including youth who age between 12 and 18. Through drawing maps of their neighborhoods and labeling aspects such as their homes, their friends’ houses, gang areas, and safe zones, the students are gaining an opportunity to share their opinions.
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    St. Procopius

    This beautiful church and school in Pilsen integrates the strong culture of its students and members into the religious practices. St. Procopius has a strong sense of who they are and where they come from, and while stepping into the neighborhood may meet you with a culture shock, you will be happy you decided to venture there.
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    PAWS aims to “build no kill communities” which place every animal in a home. They are working to change the manner in which animals are valued and treated. In 2012 5,606 animals got to go to their new homes thanks to PAWS and they are looking to continue to increase these numbers.
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    Care for Real

    Care For Real is an Edgewater based community organization that works to help local families in need by providing them with food, clothing, and referral services. The organization distributes almost 60,000 pounds of food each month and works hard to make the Edgewater neighborhood stronger.