St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen
Mondays 3:00 – 7:00PM, St. Francis is a little bit different from the typical soup kitchen since the volunteers actually serve the guests restaurant-style, creating an interactive and dignifying atmosphere. Volunteers can do anything from waiting, busing the tables, dishing out food, cleaning dishes, helping hand out desserts, working the door hand outs and sometimes organizing the extra food. St. Francis Inn forms a welcoming community grounded in caring and respect.
*Northern Children's Services
Mondays 5:45 – 8:00PM, Northern Home is a place where we interact with at risk children. It is located in Roxborough, PA right outside of Manayunk. For the first hour we tutor children (help them with basic math, science, and reading) and then for about a half an hour we play outside or we do activities such as video games, pool, and foosball inside.
* Providence Center (New Site!)
Tuesdays 2:45-6:00 pm, Come to Providence Center to serve with Power, an afterschool program for children in grades K-6. Providence Center is located in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia and serves the direct community there. We as Villanova Volunteers will spend most of our time helping with homework and assisting the staff in other areas of need. We may also assist during snack time, circle sharing, and other social and emotional learning opportunities.
St. Agatha’s Soup Kitchen
Wednesdays 4:45- 7:30PM, At St. Agatha's soup kitchen, part of the University City Hospitality Coalition, volunteers are responsible for preparing and serving the food and for cleaning up afterwards. To serve, volunteers can carry trays, serve food or pour juice. Students from other universities are usually also there. We return to campus between 7:30 and 8 p.m.
*Centro San Jose (English as a Second Language Tutor)
Mondays and/or 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. Most of the students are from Latin America, but the program is open to anyone. Volunteers will 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.
*North Light Community Center
Thursdays 3:15 - 6:00PM, Come to the North Light Community Center to help out with the after school program. North Light houses an after-school program for children ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade. We work with the students one-on-one, providing homework help, playing games and organizing arts and crafts. Join us to become a role model...and have a lot of fun!
*St. Barnabas Women’s Shelter
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00PM, ECS St. Barnabas Mission serves women and their children experiencing homelessness, providing not only shelter but case management and related services to address the root causes of homelessness. As volunteers, we partner with CHOP to implement the SPARK Program (Safe Physical Activity and Recreation for Kids), and act as positive role models and friends.
Holy Family Nursing Home
Saturdays 10:00AM-2:00PM, Help serve, leader activities, and connect with the residents at this Kensington nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Students form relationships with residents through prayer, meals, and conversation. Time is spent aiding residents in various activities, serving lunch in a quasi-restaurant style, and chatting.
Caritas (New Site!)
At least 1 hour, once a week, when you choose, Through Caritas, volunteers get to know and visit with the elderly and infirmed residents in the Augustinian Monastery on campus. Volunteers commit to spending at least 1 hour each week spending time with the friars, depending on when volunteers are available and able to serve. Helping with basic activities, such as Bingo nights, and various other social gatherings is also encouraged!
*These sites are ONLY open to fellow applicants. All other sites are open to fellows and COV weekly-sign ups when space is available.