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After the Day of Service: What Now?


The St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service is just one of many ways that Villanovans reach out to meet the needs of communities near and far. Below are a few examples of opportunities to continue your service throughout the year with Villanova or with outside agencies.

Artisans for Peace Retreat - Monday, September 28 - Sunday, October 4, 2020

This retreat will explore the ways that art is an entryway to foster both inner peace and outer peace.  Beginning artists, experienced artists, and people who may not see themselves as artists are welcome! No art experience necessary!  Guest presenters will invite us to deepen our creative practices of artistic expression (including drawing, oil pastels, poetry, music, photography, dance/movement, ETC...) and share their own stories of how their art speaks to justice issues of the day.   For questions, please reach out to michelle.sherman@villanova.edu . Register by Wednesday September 23 at retreats.villanova.edu

Special Olympics Fall Festival – The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world.  November 6-8, 2020 at Villanova University. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities.

Post-Graduate Volunteer Service Fair – The 2020 Fair will be VIRTUAL!  Join us online on Tuesday, October 27 between 5:30 and 7:30pm.  Register here for this event and others!

Serving in a post-graduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity, as well as gaining valuable job skills and experience. Contact: Kate Giancatarino, (610) 519-6285 or visit St. Rita’s Hall 112..

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Day of Service – January 18, 2021. Information and Registration is through the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Contact: Eloise Berry, (610) 519-6633, Dougherty Hall 214.

Rays of Sunshine – The RAYS OF SUNSHINE PROGRAM provides Villanova student volunteers the opportunity to tutor, mentor, and support children in inner-city Philadelphia schools and community centers on a weekly basis.  Contact: Stephen Koch at (610) 519-4214, or stop by Dougherty 102.  

RUIBAL – A first year-only service opportunity. Volunteer one day a week to serve Philadelphia schools and community centers while creating meaningful relationships with your fellow volunteers on campus!  Contact ruibalchallenge@gmail.com with any questions!

COV: Community Outreach of Villanova  - COV offers a large array of weekly opportunities for volunteers to serve various non-profit organizations in and around Philadelphia! Contact villanovacov@gmail.com with any questions!  

Please visit the Campus Ministry website for answers to frequently asked questions about COV and other weekly service opportunities. 

LEVEL – LEVEL is a student group formed to bridge the gap between students with various abilities and disabilities. Targeting academics, social interaction, mindsets, and physical barriers, LEVEL is working to expand the idea of community on and off campus. Our goal is to make daily interactions all inclusive as well as raise able-ism awareness at Villanova and beyond. Contact Greg Hannah, (610) 519-3209

REACH is a student organization that offers tutoring and mentoring for high school students from under-resourced areas of Philadelphia.  For more information, contact interculturalaffairs@villanova.edu.

SREHUP (The Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia) - An initiative shared by Philadelphia area college students to help empower positive changes in the lives of Philadelphians experiencing homelessness  Contact: Stephanie Sena

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter – Several Saturdays each semester the Campus Chapter provides students with the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery and Chester Counties.  Contact vuhabitat1@gmail.com for more information.

Back on My Feet – The Villanova Chapter of Back on My Feet (BoMF) organizes weekly runs/walks at several BoMF sites in Philadelphia, hosts a campus-wide Sneaker Week initiative for BoMF, and participates in community building through a variety of activities with BoMF members who are or were experiencing homelessness. 
Contact villanovacov@gmail.com for more information

Food Recovery Network – FRN is a student group that recovers usable food waste from the dining halls and delivers the food to area soup kitchens.  Contact the Executive Board for more information.

The Center for Peace and Justice Education has a mailing list that you can register for to receive weekly updates on peace and justice related events and opportunities on campus.  Sign up at  peaceandjustice.villanova.edu

Students who are interested in an intentional community focused on the integration of knowledge and experience related to service with poor and marginalized communities should consider applying to be a part of the Sophomore Service Learning Community.  For more information, contact Noreen Cameron, (610) 519-3251, St Augustine Ctr Liberal Arts Rm 386

Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In - This year's Teach in will be a Virtual Conference from October 19-26, 2020!  Contact Ed Sloane for more information.

Faith and Justice Virtual Encounters Looking to build new community this semester? This year the Campus Ministry Service and Justice Experiences program is responding to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic with a new initiative! Build community at Villanova and maintain solidarity with partners across the country working toward justice. Topics include immigration justice and activism; race, class, and activism; and ecological justice and simple living. Groups kick off with a half day retreat, which is followed by a meeting once a week for four weeks and a capstone retreat at the end. Students will meet regularly with Community Partners beyond Villanova, gaining first-hand insight into justice issues. Meetings will be both in-person and on Zoom.  There is NO COST to participate! To learn more about the program, group themes, the calendar of events, and to register by Oct. 5th, please check out this link.

Thanksgiving Outreach In the past, Villanova has organized a "Turkey Drive" and donated hundreds of turkeys and meal boxes to partner organizations to distribute directly to families in need.  Since 2020 is a unique year, we anticipate this program will be unique as well.  If you are interested in helping out and/or kept informed of the outreach, please fill out this quick form.  Please email Kate Giancatarino in Campus Ministry with any questions: catharine.giancatarino@villanova.edu.  Thank you!!

Enroll in a Peace and Justice (PJ) course.  PJ Course Offerings for the next semester are made available following the Fall/Spring breaks.  Classes include: Race, Class, and Gender; Education and Social Justice; Peacemakers and Peacemaking; etc.  You can also sign up for a major or minor in Peace and Justice!

The Freedom School -  As part of our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Freedom School offers concurrent hour-long sessions that are hosted by various faculty members, staff, and students.  TBD.

Thanksgiving Outreach In the past, Villanova has organized a "Turkey Drive" and donated hundreds of turkeys and meal boxes to partner organizations to distribute directly to families in need.  Since 2020 is a unique year, we anticipate this program will be unique as well.  If you are interested in helping out and/or kept informed of the outreach, please fill out this quick form.  Please email Kate Giancatarino in Campus Ministry with any questions: catharine.giancatarino@villanova.edu.  Thank you!!