Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Division of Student Development

Loyola 4 Chicago

Service - Justice - Community

Due to changes from COVID-19, and considering the safety of our students and our community members, Loyola4Chicago will not occur in spring 2021. CSA is excited about other opportunities that we can provide to students in the fall semester. Learn more!

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 serve@luc.edu if you have any questions about the application or the process. 

Please note that some of the sites will require background checks and some may require Social Security numbers. If you have any questions regarding this part of the process please contact serve@luc.edu and we will help you make the best choices for you. 

"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.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mondays at Swift

Wednesdays at Jordan

3:40-5:25 pm


One-to-one mentoring with students from Jordan Elementary School in Rogers Park and Swift Elementary School in Edgewater  


Centro Romero

Mon, Tues, Wed, & Thurs

Friday (different time)


3:15-6:00 pm (M-TH)

2:40-5:20 pm (Friday)



After school tutoring and activities with Rogers Park children 



Chicago HOPES for Kids

Mon, Tues, Wed, & Thurs

4:30-7:30 pm

After-school tutoring at a shelter with youth experiencing homelessness 

McCutcheon Elementary School

Tuesdays and Wednesdays





Assist in after-school tutoring; or other activities in the after school program 


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

Mondays: sewing 


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


Work with adults with developmental disabilities/special learning needs



Envision Unlimited   Thursdays 5:30-8:00 pm

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

Sarah's Circle  Fridays 

4:00-7:00 pm

Activities at interim housing site for women experiencing homelessness. *Only Women Volunteers*