After the Day of Service: What Now?


The St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service is just one of many ways that Villanovans reach out to meet the needs of communities near and far. Below are a few examples of opportunities to continue your service throughout the year with Villanova or with outside agencies.

Major Events

Special Olympics Fall Festival – The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world.  November 10-12, 2017 at Villanova University. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities.

Post-Graduate Volunteer Service Fair – Serving in a post-graduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity, as well as gaining valuable job skills and experience. Stop in at the fair and meet 50+ staff and alumni of post-grad service programs and see if a year of service is right for you.  November 14, 2017, 5-7 PM in the Villanova Room. Contact: Michelle Sherman, (610) 519-8865.

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Day of Service – January 15, 2018. Information and Registration is through the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Contact: Eloise Berry, (610) 519-6633, Dougherty Hall 104.

 

Weekly Service Experiences for Students

Rays of Sunshine – The RAYS OF SUNSHINE PROGRAM provides Villanova student volunteers the opportunity to tutor, mentor, and support children in inner-city Philadelphia schools and community centers on a weekly basis.  Contact: Stephen Koch at (610) 519-4214, or stop by Dougherty 214.  Rays weekly information?

RUIBAL – A freshman-only service opportunity. Volunteer one day a week to serve schools in Philadelphia.  Contact Meghan Dietzler at (610) 519-5178 or visit St. Rita’s Hall B04.

Back on My Feet – Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. The Villanova Chapter organizes weekly runs/walks at several BoMF sites in Philadelphia, hosts a campus-wide Sneaker Week initiative for BoMF, and participates in community building through a variety of activities with BoMF members who are or were experiencing homelessness.  Meetings Fridays 4:55am, Garey Parking Lot, Upper Level.  Contact: Jennifer Joyce

COV: Community Outreach of Villanova (weekly service opportunities) Contact: Meghan Dietzler, (610) 519-5178.

  • St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen
    Website: http://stfrancisinn.org
    Mondays 3:00 – 7:00PM, Volunteers serve guests restaurant-style.
  • Northern Children's Services
    Website: http://www.northernchildren.org/
    Mondays 5:45 – 8:00PM, Volunteers help with homework and play with the young students.
  • Providence Center (New Site!)
    Website: https://www.providencephilly.org/
    Tuesdays 2:45-6:00 pm, Volunteers help with homework and serve in various ways at afterschool program.    
  • St. Agatha’s Soup Kitchen
    Website: http://uchc.phillycharities.org/ 
    Wednesdays 4:45- 7:30PM, Volunteers serve food and help with cleanup.
  • Centro San Jose (English as a Second Language Tutor)
    Mondays and/or Wednesdays 6:30-9:30PM, Volunteers tutor adults learning the English language.
  • North Light Community Center
    Website: http://www.northlightcommunitycenter.org
    Thursdays 3:00 - 6:00PM, Volunteers serve in various capacities during afterschool program: homework help, games, arts and crafts, etc.
  • St. Barnabas Women’s Shelter
    Website: http://www.ecsphilly.org/our-impact/#barnabas
    Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00PM, Volunteers help out with an exercise class for the children and act as positive role models and friends. 
  • Holy Family Nursing Home
    Website: http://www.littlesistersofthepoorphiladelphia.org
    Saturdays 10:00AM-2:00PM,   Students form relationships with residents through prayer, meals, and conversation.  Time is spent aiding residents in various activities, serving lunch in a quasi-restaurant style, and chatting.
  • Caritas (New Site!)
    At least 1 hour, once a week, when you choose,  Volunteers get to know and visit with the elderly and infirmed residents in the Augustinian Monastery on campus.

Please visit the Campus Ministry website for answers to frequently asked questions about COV and other weekly service opportunities. 

 

Other options for Students

The Center for Peace and Justice Education has mailing list that you can register for to receive weekly updates on peace-and-justice-related events and opportunities on campus.  Sign up at  peaceandjustice.villanova.edu

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter – Several Saturdays each semester the Campus Chapter provides students with the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery and Chester Counties. Contact: Tim O'Connell, (610) 519-4084.

Ignatian Solidarity Network’s 20th Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In - Join a group from Villanova at the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Teach-in for Justice!  November 4-6th in Washington, DC as they join the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Teach-In for Justice.  To Apply please submit this application by Monday 9/25 at 11:59pm.  Contact Kathryn Getek-Soltis or Kate Giancatarino

Food Recovery Network – FRN is a student group that recovers usable food waste from the dining halls and delivers the food to area soup kitchens.  Contact the Executive Board for more information.

LEVEL – LEVEL is a student group formed to bridge the gap between students with various abilities and disabilities. Targeting academics, social interaction, mindsets, and physical barriers, LEVEL is working to expand the idea of community on and off campus. Our goal is to make daily interactions all inclusive as well as raise able-ism awareness at Villanova and beyond. Contact Greg Hannah, (610) 519-3209

REACH is a student organization that offers tutoring and mentoring for high school students from under-resourced areas of Philadelphia.  Contact Charisma Presley or stop by Falvey room 211.

Service and Justice Experiences – Service and Justice Experiences provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to serve locally, around the United States, and abroad during university breaks.  Contact Kate Giancatarino, (610) 519-6285.

SREHUP (The Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia) - An initiative shared by Philadelphia area college students to help empower positive changes in the lives of Philadelphians experiencing homelessness  Contact: Stephanie Sena

Villanova Interfaith Activism - VU students, faculty, and staff addressing issues of justice through dialogue and action.  For more information, contact: VillanovaInterfaithActivism@gmail.com

 

Weekly Service Experiences for the Community

Mommy’s Light – Bring joy and comfort to children who have lost their mother due to cancer by keeping old family traditions alive.

Home of the Sparrow – Housing and support services for low income women who want to improve their lives.

Philabundance – Acquire food and distribute it through organizations serving people in need.

Project H.O.M.E. – Empower adults to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Philadelphia Cares – Connects those seeking to volunteer with service opportunities throughout Greater Philadelphia.

Academic Opportunites

Enroll in a Peace and Justice (PJ) course.  PJ Course Offerings for the next semester are made available following the Fall/Spring breaks.  Classes include: Race, Class, and Gender; Education and Social Justice; Peacemakers and Peacemaking; etc.  You can also sign up for a major or minor in Peace and Justice!

The Freedom School -  As part of our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Freedom School offers concurrent hour-long sessions that are hosted by various faculty members, staff, and students.  Thursday, January 25, 2018., 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Connelly Center