The opportunities listed below are what we expect to offer for Spring 2023. However, we will be updating this section periodically if any changes or additions arise.
Financial Literacy Outreach at St. I's
Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
The Villanova Financial Literacy Outreach program is a weekly program that partners with OMS/St. Ignatius School in West Philadelphia, and teaches middle schoolers about basic financial concepts. Through the program, students will bond with the students and other volunteers, deepen the student understanding of financial concepts and their importance, and ignite lasting positive change in the community. For the Fall semester, the program will take place on Monday mornings. All are welcome!
Mondays and Fridays, 2–4:15 p.m.
The Fr. Bill Atkinson Service Corps serves individuals with disabilities and meets for fun and fellowship while engaging in exercise, cooking, arts, music, and life skills. A key component of the Service Corps is service projects such as natural environment clean-up, fundraising for cancer research, gathering canned goods for Thanksgiving, and recycling at the Haverford Community Recreation Center (CREC). Volunteers will partner with adults with disabilities to enhance confidence, independence, and health through community opportunities consistent with Catholic values.
Mondays, 2:45-6 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (These exact timings are not yet solidified- we are currently working on plans with LaSalle for the Spring)
Open to students of all faiths and backgrounds; La Salle Academy educates students who are uniquely diverse and offers its students an academically rigorous education designed to prepare them for future success in high school and beyond. Based upon a unique, transformative, and successful model for elementary and middle schools dedicated to serving poor and at-risk students, known as the San Miguel Model, La Salle operates an 11-month school calendar, extended school day from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and class sizes not exceeding 15. Villanova volunteers will work one on one or within a classroom setting supporting students who may need a bit of extra help with reading, math, or other subjects.
Mondays, 3–7 p.m.
SFI is a welcoming community grounded in care and respect for every person’s human dignity. SFI offers volunteers an opportunity to interact with guests in a restaurant-style setting. Volunteers may be asked to participate by serving guests, busing tables, cleaning dishes or organizing the pantry.
Mondays, 5:45–8 p.m.
NCS believes that every child has the potential to transform him- or herself—no matter their background or life situations. Volunteers spend an hour one-on-one with students, tutoring them in basic math, science and reading. The day often ends with free time/play.
Flexible timing for service. Bi-weekly reflection on Mondays at 8 p.m.
This is a virtual service opportunity offered through St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in South Philadelphia. Through Aquinas, volunteers will serve as tutors and work one-on-one with adult English learners, whose skills may range from beginner to advanced. Volunteers will find one hour a week in their schedule that works best for them and their partner to work together. Additionally, volunteers must participate in bi-weekly reflection with their fellow volunteers on Mondays at 8 pm.
Tuesdays, 3–6 p.m.
At North Light, volunteers serve as tutors and/or mentors for students enrolled in the school's aftercare program. Volunteers can expect to help with homework, snack, play outside, and organize crafts or other fun activities!
Wednesdays, 2:30–5:45 p.m.
At St. Laurence volunteers serve as tutors and/or mentors for students enrolled in the school's aftercare program. Volunteers can expect to help with homework, snack, play outside, and organize crafts or other fun activities!
Wednesdays, 5–7:30 p.m.
University City Hospitality Coalition offers a hot meal to anyone who may need it. Volunteers are responsible for serving the food, carrying trays, pouring tea, cleaning up and visiting with guests. The soup kitchen is housed in Episcopal Cathedral.
Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m.
ADROP’s mission is to is to build bridges between providers, recipients and community leaders across economic, political and religious spectra. COV volunteers will serve as tutors with adult English learners. They also will have the opportunity to learn Spanish from their tutoring partners. The classes takes place 6:45–7:45.
Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.
At St. I's / OMS, volunteers serve as tutors and/or mentors for students enrolled in the school's aftercare program. Volunteers can expect to help with homework, snack, play outside, and organize crafts or other fun activities!
Fridays, 4:55–7:30 a.m.
BoMF supports people experiencing homelessness by fostering confidence and goal-setting through running, and combats stigmas surrounding homelessness. Volunteers run/walk with BoMF members, who also receive assistance with housing, employment and education through the program. Many Villanovans have spent their early Friday mornings with BoMF and have loved every minute.
Fridays, 12:45-3 p.m. at St. Laurence School
This science learning program is designed to engage elementary-age students with science. Volunteers prepare fun experiments and then work with students as they complete them, helping students to learn about different science topics.
Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, HFNH offers the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity. Volunteers serve through forming relationships with residents by serving lunch, visiting with them as they eat, and assisting as needed.
One hour a week, according to your schedule
The Monastery on campus is home to many Augustinians, particularly those who are elderly and infirm. Although plans are still being solidified, volunteers should be able to visit with the residents and form personal relationships, as well as be paired with a friar to write letters back and forth.
*Sites are open ONLY to volunteers who have completed or plan to complete all required clearances to work with minors. Please contact us for information regarding the clearance process.