Fall 2014 Post-Graduate Volunteer Service Fair
Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair
Thursday, September 25
Damen Student Center MPR South (2nd Floor)
Come meet with representatives from 30 organizations offering full-time service opportunities for students after they graduate. International or domestic. Government or faith-based. Community living or independent. All of these options and more! We'll post a list of the participating organizations in the weeks before the event.
While this fair might be most helpful for seniors and juniors, any student is welcome to attend.
Can't make it? Let us know and we'll make sure you get some good information. We can even set-up a one-on-one conversation to help your discernment process.
Are you an organization looking to take part in the fair? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Congratulations Class of 2014!
Congratulations to all the 2014 Graduates taking part in post-graduate volunteer service. Here are just 27 of the nearly 50 graduates who will begin a service program this fall.
Middle L-R: Maureen Burns, Anna Rathje, Kelsey Wendland, Hani Mohamed, Reana Thomas, Katie O’Neill, Marcus Wright, Edgar Cruz, Rachel Ourada
Back L-R: Brian Cerabona, Amy Jurczak, Steven Patzke, Erin O’Neill, Stephanie Morrow, Will Haben, Gerald Guevarra, Nic Herrmann, Chi Uchendu
Check out our CSA Facebook page for a full photo-album from the May 2014 Post-Graduate Volunteer Send-off!
What is Post Graduate Volunteer Service?
All of us are called to serve our community throughout our lives. For some of us, committing to a full year or two of service after college is a great way to practice that commitment. Ever heard of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC)? Peace Corps? AmeriCorps? Those -- and many more -- are all post-graduate volunteer programs.
Post-graduate volunteer programs offer people the opportunity to commit an extended period of time to serving communities in need. From a few months to 2 years, you can volunteer your talents full time! These programs help you give to your community, but they also help you build skills, explore a possible career, gain experience, and deepen your faith.
Here are a couple of blogs written by Loyola alums currently serving. Take a look to better understand what a post-grad volunteer experience can look like. (We welcome links to other volunteer blogs, too!)
Marco Palomo ('13)
Annemarie Barrett ('12)
Discerning Your Options
Thinking of ways that service can be part of your life after you graduate? You’ve got options! Feel free to contact Community Service and Action for a conversation about the many ways you can serve. We have great resources to aid your search. Plus, all of our staff have done full-time service and are glad to share our own stories.
Where Do I Start?
Begin your discernment of post-graduate volunteer opportunities by thinking about the following questions:
- Why do I want to volunteer after I graduate? What motivates me?
- Where do I want to volunteer?
- What kind of community would I want to join through a service commitment?
- What skills could I offer, and what skills would I hope to develop?
- Do I want to live in community or on my own?
- What support will I need to be successful?
What Programs Exist?
Post-grad volunteer programs abound! And many Loyola alumni/a can share with you their very positive experiences with various volunteer programs. There are a few resources to help you explore post-grad volunteer programs:
- Every fall, we offer a post-graduate volunteer fair where you can meet representatives from different programs.
- Our office carries many materials from different programs for you to browse. Two web resources we recommend are:
Catholic Volunteer Network RESPONSE Directory
Corporation for National and Community Service
- Want to have a representative come to talk from a particular program? Contact us.
- CSA staff regularly meets one-on-one with students thinking about service opportunities. Contact us to set up an appointment, no matter if you just want to know more or are ready to start applying!
Other Ways to Serve After You Graduate
Heading off to a full-time job or grad school after you graduate? You can still serve! If you will still be in the Chicagoland area, check out CSA Facebook postings for service opportunities, or check out Take Action.