The RUIBAL Challenge is a first-year-only service program that offers volunteers the opportunity to serve K-8 students in Philadelphia schools and community centers on a weekly basis. In addition to weekly service, volunteers grow in tight-knit community with the other members of their service group, take part in events that talk about social injustices present at the schools we serve, and advocate for positive change.
Local Volunteer Opportunities
Community Outreach of Villanova (COV) is a weekly volunteer service program open to all Villanova students which partners with community-based organizations in the Philadelphia area working around a variety of issues to create lasting social change. Through COV, participants are able to deepen their commitment to service, learn about the social justice issues which necessitate service in the first place, and reflect on who they feel called be to in light of this experience.
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.
Once a year Campus Ministry sponsors major events surrounding service and justice that are run almost entirely by volunteers! Some examples include:
Hunger Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) (Fall)
Thanksgiving Turkey Drive (Fall)
Advocacy Week. (Spring)