St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen
Mondays 3 – 7PM St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen 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. SFI is located in the neighborhood of Kensington in Philadelphia.
Northern Children's Services*
Mondays 5:45 – 8PM, NCS believes that every child has the potential to transform him or herself—no matter their background or life situations. Volunteers spend an hour of one on one time with students; tutoring them in basic math, science, and reading and we often end the day with free time/play. NCS is located in the neighborhood of Roxborough
Centro San Jose (English as a Second Language Tutor)
Mondays & 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 in the area. Most of the students are from Latin America, but the program is open to anyone. Volunteers 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.
Wednesdays 2:45–6PM PC’s after school program, called Power, works with children in grades K-6, offering them a safe and caring environment dedicated to helping the children grow into their unique selves. Volunteers will spend their time helping with homework, snack time, circle sharing, and other social and emotional learning opportunities. Providence Center is located in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia.
UCHC Soup Kitchen
Wednesdays 4:45- 7:30PM, Formally known as St. Agatha's soup kitchen, this soup kitchen is run through the University City Hospitality Coalition. Volunteers are responsible for serving the food, clean-up, and visiting with guests. To serve, volunteers can carry trays, serve food or pour juice. The soup kitchen is housed in Episcopal Cathedral, located in University City.
St. Barnabas Women’s Shelter*
Thursdays 6–8:30PM ECS St. Barnabas Mission is an emergency shelter for women and children, providing stability through supportive services. Volunteers serve as role models and friends for children during the weekly SPARK exercise program (Safe Physical Activity and Recreation for Kids), run through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. St. Barnabas is located in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia.
SciTime at St. I's / OMS*
Fridays 8:30 AM–11 AM SciTime is a new science learning program designed to engage elementary age students with science. Volunteers work directly with students as they complete experiments, helping students to learn about and explore different science topics. SciTime takes place at one of our RUIBAL Sites: Our Mother of Sorrows / St. Ignatius School.
Hub of Hope: Project Home
Fridays 9:15 AM–1:45 PM Located in Suburban Station, the Hub of Hope offers a safe place where people experiencing homelessness can enjoy a warm cup of coffee, take a shower and wash laundry, seek medical care, or speak to case managers to begin the process of finding a permanent home. Volunteers spend time providing hospitality to participants by serving coffee and assisting with basic services the Hub offers.
Holy Family Nursing Home
Saturdays 10AM–2PM Run through 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, leading activities, serving lunch, and assisting with whatever the sisters might need each week.
One hour/week minimum, according to your schedule The Monastery on campus is home to many Augustinians, particularly those who are elderly and infirm. Through Caritas, volunteers visit with the residents and form personal relationships with them. Volunteers commit to spending at least 1 hour each week at the monastery, depending on when volunteers are available and available to serve.
RUIBack at It*
Hoping to continue your RUIBAL experience? Did you hear about RUIBAL too late and want to finally see what it’s all about? Join us at St. I’s, St. Rose, or North Light on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays respectively with fellow upperclassmen to volunteer at their afterschool programs for children ranging from kindergarten to grade 6. Volunteers serve as mentors, playmates, and role models for the students, while providing homework help in addition to assisting with clubs, snacks, and games. Join us to become a role model...and have a lot of fun!
St. Ignatius / Our Mother of Sorrows*
Mondays 3-6 PM
St. Rose of Lima*
North Light Community Center*
*These sites are ONLY open to fellow applicants. All other sites are open to fellows and COV weekly-sign ups IF space is available.