Service Options While Social Distancing
Direct Connection, with Distance!
We can still connect with community when we must be at a physical distance.
- Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
- COVID-Specific Opportunities
- Send Greeting Cards
- Envision Unlimited, a Loyola4Chicago partner, is accepting cards for its clients, who are individuals with disabilities. Mail them to 8 South Michigan Ave; Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60603, Attention Donna Ennis.
Indirect Service, with Care!
The most needed service may be more about giving in an indirect but essential way.
- Vote! See “Take Civic Action” below.
- Donate Blood
- Donate Financial Support – visit the website of your preferred charity
- Provide Requested Supplies – visit the website of your preferred charity
- Celebrate Earth Day in April by cleaning up the environment in a socially distant way
Expanding Our View of Service
While many of us first think of service as a direct connection with people, it doesn't always take that form. Sometimes, essential service involves other types of action. Advocacy, listening, learning, civic engagement... these behaviors are needed acts of service. Read below for ideas on how to broaden the ways you serve!
How much do you know about your community? How much do you know about that social issue that lights a fire within you? Take some time to learn.
- Curious City from WBEZ: Learn about Chicago!
- Loyola Libraries: Stream a Documentary
- Watch this video by Hannah Sternig to learn how to present the skills and abilities you engaged in service on your resume.
- Loyola4Chicago Site Partner Scavenger Hunt: How much do you know about our partner agencies?
CSA Site Scavenger Hunt Clues 2020April | CSA Site Scavenger Hunt Answers 2020April
- Apply Your Classroom Learning: Integrate Classroom Learning and Lived Experience!
COVID Reflection Questions- Susan Haarman
Do you seek out diverse voices and perspectives that reflect your community? Whose voices inform your drive to serve? Take time to listen to others who may not often be heard.
Have you explored the systems in our society that either build or dismantle justice? Is your informed voice heard advocating for the common good? Advocate for a cause you believe in.
- Ignatian Solidarity Network: Join with Others
- The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice: Take Action with the Jesuit Community
Take Civic Action!
How do you contribute to society, whether from the role of citizen or other type of community member? How do your actions demonstrate responsibility to community? Shape and support your community.
Do you integrate what you’re seeing, experiencing and learning? Does the way you live align with the values you claim? Pause regularly to reflect on your experiences, values, and call to action.
- Try an Ignatian Examen: A Few Minutes, A Few Questions!
- Spend Some Time With Three Key Questions: Simple Questions, Big Answers!
- Have a Conversation with a Friend, Family Member, or Mentor: Some Possible Questions...
- Why are you passionate about what you want to do for a career?
- How are you making a difference in the world?
- What motivates you to serve your community?
- What would the world look like if it was “perfect?
- Take an Artistic Approach! Consider the questions above but respond with drawing, painting, singing, poetry, creating a play list...
Connect with Us!
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Want an individual conversation about service opportunities? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a Service Advising appointment!
More Service Opportunities...
Are you looking for a service opportunity different than what is offered in CSA programs? Is your student organization looking for a one-time service project for a large group? Just curious about different service opportunities in the city? Check out these resources!
Handshake - more than job postings! Loyola's community partners also post volunteer needs on Handshake!
Chicago Cares - lists great volunteer opportunities in the city!
We serve to make the world a better place. Pausing to reflect upon what we are experiencing when we serve is a critical step. Through reflecting, we make meaning of our experiences and can decide how we move forward with our service. Check out these resources to support your own reflection:
- Want to connect your service more directly with your academics? Visit the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS).
- Is your community service raising questions about your future career? Talk with the Career Services.
- Do you want to deepen your faith as you serve? Check out Campus Ministry.
- Are you interested in finding a student organization that focuses on a social issue you have explored through service? Check out Student Activities and Greek Affairs.