Mondays 3–7 PM (specific dates; not weekly) 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.
Mondays 5:45–8 PM 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.
Aquinas Center (English as a Second Language Tutor)*
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:45–9:10 PM Aquinas Center is located on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and it offers a wealth of programs, including community organizing, immigration legal services, and English classes. The Center is a safe and welcoming place where visitors experience radical hospitality through the many services offered. Volunteers will assist adults with English language tutoring. The ability to speak Spanish (or any other language) is not required.
Tuesdays 6–8:45 PM Located in the heart of South Philadelphia, 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 Spanish-speaking adults learning basic computer skills by assisting the lead teacher and working with individual students. Spanish speaking ability is ideal for computer class volunteers. Classes are very interactive and conversation-based, empowering both students and teachers to share and learn each other’s languages. Basic Spanish knowledge is ideal but not required of Intercambio volunteers. Volunteers may also be asked to also work with the children of those in attendance from time to time throughout the semester.
Wednesdays 4:45–7:30 PM 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.
Wednesdays 6–8:45 PM | Thursdays 6–8:30 PM St. Barnabas Mission and Families Forward are emergency shelters for families, 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 and Families Forward is located right next to CHOP.
Wednesdays 1:15–3:15 PM 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: St. Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School. Day and time not yet solidified for Fall 2020.
Fridays 5 AM– 7:30 AM BoMF is a program that supports people experiencing homelessness by fostering confidence and goal-setting through running. It simultaneously combats stigmas surrounding homelessness. Volunteers run/walk with people experiencing homelessness, the BoMF members. Members also receive assistance with housing, employment, and education through the program.
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.
Saturdays 10:30 AM–2:30 PM 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 Fridays 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!
Mondays 3-6 PM
Tuesdays 3–6 PM
Thursdays 3–6 PM
Fridays 3–6 PM
*These sites are ONLY open to volunteers who have completed or plan to complete all required clearances to work with minors. Please email for information regarding the clearance process.