Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Loyola 4 Chicago

Service - Justice - Community

Contact serve@luc.edu if you are interested in volunteering. General fall and spring registration takes place at the beginning of the semester. Fall 2015 registration is tentatively scheduled for September 2nd and 3rd in Damen 232.

Loyola4Chicago is a program of the office for Community Service and Action in which students provide once-weekly volunteer service in Chicago during the academic year.

Students work in service teams at various sites including work with children, immigrants, persons with mental disabilities, and persons experiencing homelessness, among others. Each team is led by a student leader who coordinates meeting times and facilitates the group's reflection on their service experience.

"We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well."—Oscar Romero

The aim of Loyola4Chicago is twofold:

  • To give students the opportunity to experience Chicago's diverse populations and needs through an extended urban service experience that provides reliable, consistent assistance from the Loyola community;
  • To provide the opportunity for students to reflect on their experience, analyze the social systems impacting the lives of the people they work with, and foster a commitment to creating a more just society.

Service with reflection is the best and most direct way that students begin to fulfill the Jesuit educational goal of becoming “persons for others.” Working among the marginalized raises the universal questions of life's meaning and purpose. More than anything, an openness to grappling with the questions that consistent volunteer service inevitably raises is a must.

Monthly reflections organized by the student leaders consist of informal gatherings among individual groups that are an opportunity to build an understanding of the work. Any forum that provides opportunity for discussion and fun is welcome and encouraged. A few gatherings each year bring all the Loyola4Chicago groups together and share their experiences through a relaxing, supportive environment that is bound to foster relationships and present continued opportunities to become involved with working for justice through service.

Signing up for Loyola4Chicago means you are committing to serve at the same time and same place every week while classes are in session. This is an important commitment to make to our community partners. Making that commitment and not following through adversely affects the individuals we serve, the community partners we work with, and the relationship between Loyola and those partners. We ask that you only sign up for Loyola4Chicago if you are willing to make that commitment for at least one semester.

Quotes About Loyola4Chicago

"We're so blessed to have young, energetic, intelligent students who are making the time to help our young men."

"The entire experience was so positive, and I could tell the residents at Misericordia really looked forward to seeing us every week."

"I just loved that I was able to form a relationship with the boy that I tutored. Every week he would show me his progress reports, and he loved being able to show me that his grades went up. I loved feeling like I had something to do with that and that I was motivating him to do better each week."

"L4C gets students out of the college 'bubble' and helps us see the struggles of others around us; it gives us an opportunity to gain skills and expertise while contributing to those less fortunate."

Loyola4Chicago Sites

Click the name of the organization for more information. For more information about the program overall, contact serve@luc.edu 

All times include travel to and from the volunteer site. Please note that you are committing to one instance of volunteering, not all. For example, you can volunteer with Centro Romero on Mondays *or* on Thursdays. You are not expected to do all five times at that site. If a site is full through Loyola4Chicago, please contact serve for more information about other ways to connect.

LocationDescriptionDaysTime

Big Brothers Big Sisters

One-to-one mentoring with students from Jordan Community School in Rogers Park   **This is a year-long commitment that starts in the fall**

Wednesdays

Thursdays

4:00-6:15 p.m.

Centro Romero

After-school tutoring and activities with Roger's Park children **This site is at capacity through Loyola4Chicago this semester**

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Assist in an adult GED class with an ESL and math focus **This site is at capacity through Loyola4Chicago this semester**

Tuesdays 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Chicago HOPES for Kids

 

Tutor youth experiencing homelessness at domestic violence shelters 

Mondays

2:45-5:45 p.m.

Tutor youth experiencing homelessness at Cornerstone Shelter **This site is at capacity through Loyola4Chicago this semester**

Wednesdays

4:30-7:00 p.m.

Chicago Youth Program

Work with elementary in an after-school tutoring program **This is a year-long commitment that starts in the fall**

Tuesdays

6:15-7:45 p.m.
Howard Area Community Center Assist in after-school tutoring and activities such as dancing, board games or basketball 

Tuesdays at Jordan

Wednesdays at Gale

2:45-6:30 p.m.

Jordan Community School Homework Help

Provide homework assistance for Rogers Park children

Mondays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Misericordia

Work with adults with developmental disabilities/special learning needs

Mondays

Thursdays

6:00- 9:00 p.m.

Neumann Family Services

Help with activities for adults living with developmental disabilities or mental illness **This site is at capacity through Loyola4Chicago this semester**

Thursdays

5:15-8:30 p.m.
North Side Housing and Supportive Services Help out in an interim housing program for men, assisting them with various tasks to aid in their career opportunities 

Wednesdays

5:30-9:30 p.m.


Sarah's Circle

Visit and lead activities at this drop-in center for women struggling and experiencing homelessness

Fridays

3:30-7:30 p.m.