Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Division of Mission Integration

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.

Applications for the Fall 2021 semester have closed. A new application period will open early in the spring semester. Contact serve@luc.edu if you have any questions.

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.

Please note that some 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. 

Please also note that all sites will require the use of public transportation. 

Meet our leaders

  • 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.

 

LocationDaysTimesDescription
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mon/Wed

3:30-5:45pm

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

 

Centro Romero

Mon-Thurs

 

3:30-6:00 pm 

 

 

After school tutoring and activities with Rogers Park children 

 

 

McCutcheon Elementary School

Mon-Thurs

 

 

 3:30-6:00

 

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

 

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