St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen
Every other Monday, beginning Monday, January 25th.
Mondays 3:00 – 7:00PM, St. Francis is a little bit different from the typical soup kitchen since the volunteers actually serve the guests restaurant-style, creating an interactive and dignifying atmosphere. Volunteers can do anything from waiting, busing the tables, dishing out food, cleaning dishes, helping hand out desserts, working the door hand outs and sometimes organizing the extra food. St. Francis Inn forms a welcoming community grounded in caring and respect.
*Northern Children's Services
Mondays 5:45 – 8:00PM, Northern Home is a place where we interact with at risk children. It is located in Roxborough, PA right outside of Manayunk. For the first hour we tutor children (help them with basic math, science, and reading) and then for about a half an hour we play outside or we do activities such as video games, pool, and foosball inside.
St. Agatha’s Soup Kitchen
Wednesdays 4:45- 7:30PM, At St. Agatha's soup kitchen, part of the University City Hospitality Coalition, volunteers are responsible for preparing and serving the food and for cleaning up afterwards. To serve, volunteers can carry trays, serve food or pour juice. Students from other universities are usually also there. We return to campus between 7:30 and 8 p.m.
*Centro San Jose (English as a Second Language Tutor)
Mondays and/or Wednesdays 6:30-9:30PM, Centro San Jose is a ministry of St. Laurence Parish in Upper Darby that offers English as a Second Language classes to adults. Most of the students are from Latin America, but the program is open to anyone. Volunteers will assist teachers and work one on one or in small groups with students. The ability to speak Spanish is not required. Flexibility and creativity are helpful. Please contact Tim O'Connell if you're intersted or for more information. Timothy.firstname.lastname@example.org 610-519-4084
*Elwyn (Organic Farm)
Fall Semester Only-Wednesdays 12:30-4:00PM, Elwyn operates an eight-acre farm that provides fresh organic produce to the adults with disabilities they work with in the 30 residential homes on and off campus. The work will vary depending on the recent weather and month of the year but could include the following: harvesting crops for storage, planting and mulching garlic, weeding, and cleaning up areas where crops were grown earlier in the season. Volunteers should wear close toed, sturdy shoes and expect to get dirty.
*North Light Community Center
Thursdays 3:15 - 6:00PM, Come to the North Light Community Center to help out with the after school program. North Light houses an after-school program for children ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade. We work with the students one-on-one, providing homework help, playing games and organizing arts and crafts. Join us to become a role model...and have a lot of fun!
*St. Barnabas Women’s Shelter
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00PM, ECS St. Barnabas Mission serves women and their children experiencing homelessness, providing not only shelter but case management and related services to address the root causes of homelessness. As volunteers, we partner with CHOP to implement the SPARK Program (Safe Physical Activity and Recreation for Kids), and act as positive role models and friends.
Holy Family Nursing Home
Saturdays 10:00AM-2:00PM, Help serve, leader activities, and connect with the residents at this Kensington nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Students form relationships with residents through prayer, meals, and conversation. Time is spent aiding residents in various activities, serving lunch in a quasi-restaurant style, and chatting.
*These sites are ONLY open to fellow applicants. All other sites are open to fellows and COV board sign-ups.