Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Division of Student Development

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. Spring 2016 registration is scheduled for January 27th and 28th (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. All dates/times are subject to change.

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@luc.edu for more information about other ways to connect.

Spots are limited, and registration is first come, first serve.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mondays at Kilmer

Wednesdays at Jordan

4:00-6:00 pm

One-to-one mentoring with students from Jordan Elementary School and Kilmer Elementary School in Rogers Park **Fall Registration Only**

Centro Romero

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri



3:00-6:00 pm


5:30-9:30 pm

After school tutoring and activities with Rogers Park children


One-on-one tutoring with adult citizenship class

Chicago Youth Program Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30

Work with children of all ages in an after-school tutoring program housed at Loyola **Fall Registration Only**

Howard Area Community Center

Tuesdays at Gale


Wednesdays at Jordan




Assist in after-school tutoring activities such as dancing, board games, or basketball

Jordan Community School Homework Help Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 3:00-5:30 pm Provide homework assistance for Rogers Park children

Mondays: sewing

Thursdays: adapted sports or yoga (sign up for one)

6:00-9:00 pm

Work with adults with developmental disabilities/special learning needs
Neumann Family Services Thursdays 5:30-8:30 pm

Help with activities with adults living with developmental disabilities or mental illness

Sarah's Circle Fridays 3:30-7:00 pm

Activites at interim housing site for women experiencing homelessness