Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Villanova University is a faith community known for its service to the marginalized of our society. In the spirit of St. Thomas of Villanova, our patron saint, who dedicated his life to the service of the poor, Campus Ministry provides numerous service and social justice opportunities for all members of our Villanova community.

There are different types of service opportunities depending on your interests, availability and time commitment.

During the School Week

During the School Week, there are two main service opportunities: Community Outreach of Villanova (COV) and RUIBAL Challenge. Founded on the cornerstones of Simple Hospitality, Relational Service, Friendship & Community, and Personal Growth, COV offers weekly service opportunities ranging from after-school programs to soup kitchens to community gardens. These experiences are open to volunteers at any time. You can sign up whenever and as often as you’re able or you can make a commitment to serve with the same organization all semester as a COV Fellow. RUIBAL Challenge is a semester-long freshmen program that partners with after-school programs to tutor and mentor children in the Philadelphia community. Volunteers are placed in groups with other freshmen, and commit to serving with the same after-school program weekly for the course of the semester. In addition to direct service experiences, both COV and RUIBAL also provide opportunities for social justice education as well as personal and spiritual reflection. In this way, participants can learn more about the social, economic, and political factors which create the need for service in the first place and reflect on them in light of their own personal experience and commitments.

On the Weekends

On weekends the Villanova Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build homes in the local area, and is involved in advocacy and fundraising throughout the year.

Long-Term Committments

Then there are programs with long-term commitments; for example, a semester, a year, or until graduation. These provide relationship building with children in Bigs & Littles/New Directions.  Additionally, there are short and long-term opportunities to serve the community alongside or as a member of The Knights of Columbus at Villanova.

Once a Year

Once a year Campus Ministry sponsors major events such as Hunger Homelessness Awareness Week in the Fall, and in the Spring Act! Speak! Build! Week and Advocacy Week. These are run almost entirely by volunteers.

Check out a program or event and get involved today:

Sunday Mass
5:30, 7, & 9PM
St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Daily Mass (Mon–Fri)
12:05 & 5:30PM
Corr Chapel  

Sacrament of Reconciliation
3:30–4:30PM Tue & Wed
St. Thomas of Villanova Church  

[610] 519–4080

cmcommunication@villanova.edu

St. Rita Hall
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

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Interested in Getting Involved with Campus Ministry? We offer over 50 programs that are sure to fit every personality and lifestyle!


Service & Volunteering
Retreats
Liturgical Ministry
Music
Faith-Sharing & Support Groups

In the spirit of St. Augustine who urged his followers to search for God together, consider the following reflection on Sunday's readings.
"Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind..." (Romans 12:2 ) These are strong words which reflect Jesus' posture when rebuking Peter in Sunday's Gospel: "You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do". What informs my thinking and beliefs? How do I spend my time? Do I let the world's standards and pressures be my main influence? Do I pause to reflect on deeper values and truths? A spiritual connection and foundation can place me on firmer ground than that which is popular and trending. Maybe God is calling me this new school year to notice how I spend my time and how this influences me and my choices. What does it mean in my life to "...be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect" ?

Service Break Experience (SBE) Applications

SBE Leader Pair Application
SBE Fall Application
SBE Winter Application
SBE Leader Recommendation Form

Service Break Experience Forms

Vaccination Waiver
SBE Trip Waiver & Photo Release
Motor Vehicle Record Consent Form
In Case of Emergency Contact (ICE)

Need Based SBE Funding

Father Ray Jackson Memorial Fund Application
Durham Fund Application

Habitat for Humanity Villanova Chapter

Executive Board Application


Get involved in action that seeks to bring about peace and justice in the world, learn about Catholic Social Teaching, and social justice advocacy. Campus Ministry sponsors Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and CRS Ambassadors Program Program as a means to educate the Villanova community on current local and global issues.

In addition, Campus Ministry works in collaboration with Villanova’s Center for Peace & Justice Education, which offers an academic interdisciplinary program on topics of world peace and social justice as well as sponsors student groups affiliated with specific issues of justice.

For more information contact William Stehl (610-519-5179).


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