Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Division of Mission Integration

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 financial considerations do I need to be aware of? (Visit Loyola's Financial Wellness page!)
  • What other obstacles do I need to manage for this to be an option?

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
  • 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!
  • Learn about benefits, like those offered from AmeriCorps. For example, check out the Schools of National Service that provide various financial and other benefits to AmeriCorps Alumni.