Loyola University Chicago

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Graduate School Outreach Services

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Graduate School Outreach Services (GSOS) is a program designed to foster and promote community outreach along with service learning and engagement opportunities for graduate faculty, staff, students and alum.

The goals of GSOS are:

  • To foster a culture of service, volunteerism, and civic engagement among graduate faculty, staff, students, and alumni
  • To develop partnerships between the Graduate School and area charities and service organizations in meeting the needs of our community
  • To provide leadership in supporting intellectual activity that simultaneously meets the mission and strategic goals of the university as well as the needs of our communities and society

GSOS also works with organizations and shelters that are diligently serving and meeting the needs of the families in their communities making a difference one step at a time. The Graduate School Outreach Services program was launched May 2012, and since that time to the present we have become a beacon of light to this community and abroad. Through the outpouring of generosity and strong desire to give back to our community shown by Loyola University Chicago Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alum in 2012, we were able to lend a helping hand to over 600 families providing life sustaining necessities and contributing over 900 community service learning hours.

Through sharing our time, talents, and other resources, we made a great impact in this community and abroad. Our efforts to reflect and exemplify Loyola University Chicago’s long-term commitment to excellence by engaging, serving, and learning have paid off.


Current Service Opportunities:

  • Sarah's Circle
  • Life Sustaining Conference

Previous GSOS Service Events

The Graduate School Outreach Service would like to thank the Loyola Community for one year of great service! Through the outpouring of generosity and strong desire to give back to our community shown by Loyola University Chicago Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alum in 2012, we were able to lend a helping hand to over 600 families and contribute over 900 community service learning hours. By sharing our time, talents, and other resources, we made a great impact in this community and abroad. Our efforts to reflect Loyola University Chicago’s long-term commitment to excellence by engaging, serving, and learning paid off.

  • Howard Area Community Center
    The Howard Area Community Center assists low-income individuals and families in and near Rogers Park to stabilize their lives as they develop life sustaining skills by providing numerous medical and job services. This site received 27 boxes of men’s and women’s business and casual clothing, children’s clothing, shoes and boots, coats, purses, toiletries, school supplies, and non-perishable foods.
  • Deborah’s Place (November 2012)
    Deborah’s Place is Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women and is recognized as an innovative leader breaking the cycle of homelessness since 1985. The residence were very grateful for the 32 boxes containing small kitchen appliances, 4 DVD players, 2 VCRs, 113 movies for VCR, hygiene products, 2 computer printers, hangers, radios, mixers, and space heaters.
  • The Women’s Center (November 2012)
    The Women's Centers of Greater Chicago land is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to reach desperate young women with a message of hope and help. We originally had 73 boxes of items for Deborah’s Place, but due to donation overload Deborah’s Place was no longer accepting clothing. The Women’s Center was the next facility on our list and they received the remaining 41 boxes containing women’s and children's winter coats, business and casual clothing, boot and shoes, and toys.
  • Greenwood Care Rehabilitation Center (December 2012)
    Greenwood Care is a smaller, intimate facility providing specialized individual care for adults with mental illness and substance abuse. Although the collecting ended in November, donations kept coming and this site received 12 boxes of men’s and women’s casual clothing.
  • The James R. Jordan Foundation (December 2012)
    GSOS arranged for the Loyola Gospel Choir, members of Loyola Capella, and Afro Descent to donate their time and talents at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club, providing a free Holiday Concert performing various styles of Holiday music.
  • RefugeOne (August 2012–January 2013, January–June 2013)
    GSOS connected members of the Graduate Student Advisory Council, Loyola Gospel Choir, and other interested undergraduate students to our contact at RefugeOne. Each volunteer took on a six month commitment to mentor, tutor in English, and provide assistance in job search and the application process for RefugeOne clients.
  • The Hallmark Senior Living (October and December 2012, January 2013)
    GSOS connected the Event Coordinator at The Hallmark Senior Living Center with interested Staff and undergraduate student volunteers that assisted with their workshops and events for the residents.
  • Bridging the Gap Celebrating all Nations (February 22, 2013)
    GSOS sponsored a Diversity Showcase Fundraiser that featured some of Loyola University Chicago’s most talented staff, students and undergraduate student organizations. The cost of admission was a non-perishable food item and at the end of the evening, 14 boxes of canned goods and rice were collected and donated to the St. Ignatius Church food pantry.
  • Fine Arts Fair Fundraiser (March 15–16, 2013)
    The Howard Area Community Center’s Adult Education & Employment Resource Program helps individuals in their training and job search (including the application and interview process) to secure a job. The purpose of this event was to provide the graduates of the program a means of transportation to their new job. The vendors donated a portion of their sales; with the assistance of the Graduate School matching the donation, we were able to purchase (30) 7-Day CTA/Pace bus cards for program graduates.

GSOS donation drop-off locations:

On the Lake Shore Campus

  • Biology (Life Science Building, Room 317—Audrey Berry)
  • Chemistry (Flanner Hall, Room 125—Denise Hall)
  • Classical Studies (Crown Center, 4th floor—Lillian Hardison)
  • Psychology (Coffey Hall, 2nd floor—Christine Kreutz or Jacquie Hamilton)
  • Sociology (Coffey Hall, 4th floor—Stephanie DeCaluwe or Patty Robertson)
  • Welcome Center (Parking Structure—Carroll Lindsay)

On the Water Tower Campus

  • Lewis Library (Corboy Reference Desk, 6th floor—Terry Cornelius)
  • Provost Office (Lewis Towers, 5th floor—Kathy Bell)
  • School of Communication (2nd floor—Doretha Tyler-Gant)
  • School of Law (Maguire Hall—Mary Bird and Emlyn Ricketts)
  • Social Work (Lewis Towers, Room 222—Doris Allen)

If you would like to designate your department/office as a drop off location, or for more information about opportunities and activities, please contact the GSOS Program Coordinator, Sylvia Brown-Hood (sbrown3@luc.edu).

Sylvia Brown-Hood, MEd
Loyola University Chicago
Graduate School Outreach Services
Program Coordinator, Granada Suite 400
sbrown3@luc.edu
Phone: 773.508.6044