Loyola 4 Chicago
Service - Justice - Community
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.
Contact Talia Aizenman if you are interested in volunteering. General fall and spring registration takes place at the beginning of the semester. Fall 2015 registration is scheduled for September 2nd and 3rd (2-6pm) in Damen 232.
"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
- 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.
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.
Note: dates and times are subject to change. We are in the process of finalizing site details, so be sure to check back the week before registration for the most updated schedule. Contact Talia Aizenman with questions or concerns.
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||
Mondays at Kilmer
Wednesdays at Jordan
One-to-one mentoring with students from Jordan Elementary School and Kilmer Elementary School in Rogers Park **This is a yearlong commitment that starts in the fall**
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
After school tutoring and activities with Rogers Park children
One-on-one tutoring with adult citizenship class
|Chicago Youth Program||Tuesdays and Thursdays||6-7:30||Work with children of all ages in an after-school tutoring program housed at Loyola **This is a yearlong commitment that starts in the fall**|
|Howard Area Community Center||
Tuesdays at Jordan Elementary
Wednesdays at Gale
Assist in after-school tutoring activities such as dancing, board games, or basketball
|Jordan Community School Homework Help||Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs||2:30-5:00 pm||Provide homework assistance for Rogers Park children|
Thursdays: adapted sports or yoga (sign up for one)
|Work with adults with developmental disabilities/special learning needs|
|Neumann Family Services||Thursdays||5:45-8:30 pm||Help with activities with adults living with developmental disabilities or mental illness|
|North Side Housing and Supportive Services||Wednesdays||5:30-9:30 pm||Help out in an interim housing program for men, assisting them with various tasks to aid in their career opportunities|