Thinking of ways that service can be part of your life after you graduate? From long-term service programs to alumni opportunities, you’ve got options!
December and May Graduates!!
Spring Deadlines for Post-Graduate Volunteer Programs Are Approaching!
Contact Community Service and Action for a one-on-one conversation about your options! We have some great resources to aid your search. Plus, all of our staff have done full-time service and are glad to share our own stories.
Congratulations to all the 2012 Graduates taking part in post-graduate volunteer service!
Here's a reflection from Heidi Chamula, '12, a current member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps:
Our Kansas City community attended a Women’s Right’s March and where we had the opportunity to learn more about all the non-profit aid services offered to women and mothers in KC. We learned about many of the struggles women face in our economy today. We got to hear the real stories of young single mothers who are struggling to provide for and raise their children.
One of the biggest challenges these mothers face is the vicious circle of poverty. We heard one woman speak about her life as a single mother trying to pull her family out of poverty. She qualified for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) because she was making $8.00 an hour. She then received a $0.25 raise, which should have been something positive. However, that mere $0.25 raise caused her to lose her TANF. Losing TANF meant her access to child care, health care, food stamps, and other aid decreased substantially. As you can imagine, $0.25 is not nearly enough to cover all these expenses. This mother’s raise kept her within the cycle of poverty, instead of helping her out.
After listening to stories like these, we marched around the Kansas City plaza district with signs and shouted various chants, such as our favorite: “Women United will never be defeated!” Overall, it was such a motivating, empowering experience. It helped us remember we’re part of a bigger picture, a bigger struggle, and a bigger community aside from what we see firsthand day to day.
2012 Loyola Graduates at the Post-Graduate Volunteer Send-Off
Front L-R: Alyssa Clark-Anaman, Erin Baum, Rachel Kohl, Kate Shields, Alexandra Vranas, Madeleine Mendez, Elaina Jo Polovick, Claire Wiltse, Annemarie Barrett, Thurgood Burks-Coats
Back L-R: Miranda McOsker, Jonathan Medernach, Nick Reynolds, Kelli Schmitz, Brittany Hull, Kirstyn Dutton, Abigail McNamee, Andrew Hundelt, Kaley Stunkard, Margaret Rusch, Lydia Gajdel, Max Wright
Post-graduate volunteer programs offer people the opportunity to commit an extended period of time to serving communities in need. From months to 2 years, you can volunteer your talents full time!
WHERE DO I START?
Begin your discernment of post-graduate volunteer opportunities by thinking about the following questions:
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:
Heading off to a full-time job or grad school after you graduate? You can still serve!
If you are staying close by, check out the Take Action website for local service opportunities.
Take a look at the post-graduate volunteer opportunities, or visit Alumni Relations for additional service opportunities.