Skip to main content

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships are reciprocal relationships between Villanova and an Agency or school that serves the poor or cares for our environment. When Villanova seeks to form a partnership with an agency or school in underserved communities we ask the question, “What do you need that Villanova University can to provide?

Organizations that serve the poor have so many needs that this question is often difficult to answer. We begin to list the needs and it is the responsibility of the Office of Service Learning to seek out faculty who may be wiling to teach a course through which our students can learn as well as meet the needs of our community partner and reflect on the broader issue which affects the constituency of that partner.

What an Organization Must Do

The organization must:

  • Address the needs of the poor or underserved community
  • Have an infrastructure that can support volunteers
  • Ability to have volunteers who work on Higher Education Schedule without consequence to their services.
  • Have a staff or faculty liaison who can maintain communication with the Office of Service Learning.
  • Have a perceived need which Villanova student can address through research or praxis.
  • Have a safe environment in which the students can work

General Instruction:

SLC students are expected to sign up once a week for service.  If you wish to serve more than once, (which is great for our partners) you may do so after all other students in SLC have been placed at a service site.  All Times include transportation to and from Villanova.  If fewer than 3 students sign up for a site at any given time that service day and time will be cancelled and students will have to find another service site.


Sophomores who participated in Ruibal as freshman may continue as leaders in the program.  Sites and hours will be determined by Campus Ministry.  8-10 students

Poverty and Homelessness

  • CHOC:  Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center  New!!
  •  Broad Street Ministry:  Meal service
  • Face to Face Dining Room  Meal service
  • SREHUP: Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SPRING ONLY)
  • Project Home:  Kairos House and St. Columba  Temporary Housing

Adult Literacy  (need criminal clearance)

  • Delaware County Literacy Council:  Adult Literacy, GED and ESL

Requires two days a week students become certified literacy tutors.

Education School and After School Placement Will need Clerance

  • Cristo Rey High School:  After School Program M-Th 2:45-5:30
  • Strawberry Mansion High School:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:30 pm 
  • ACLAMO: Afterschool program—Norristown PA: Latino/Hispanic Afterschool Program 
  • *ST Gabriel’s Hall  (possible)  Center for Adjudicated youth—after school activities  New!
  • High School of the Future Friday 12:30-3:30pm   Entrepreneurship Club  1:30-4
  • KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy  West Philadelphia  Monday, Tuesday and Friday 2:30-5:15
  • Vested  (Spring only) 
  • Mighty Writers  Monday or Wednesday 3-7pm  project based writing projects  NEW!!!


  • Level:  SLC students will be matched with Villanova students on campus who have differing abilities. Leveling the playing field, socially, academically, spiritually and physically.


  • Sisters Returning Home: Women Ex-Offenders returning to Society:  GED, Literacy, Resume writing


  • Boys and girls Club of Germantown:   Since Art programs have been eliminated in most schools. A Villanova Alum who works with Boys and Girls club has asked us to start and Art club afterschool.  The details will unfold. (NEW!!)