The Center for Community Service and Justice invites all members of the Loyola community to inform their minds and experiences through educative community service opportunities in Baltimore and beyond.
We offer a variety of service opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and administrators, and we hope we have something for everyone. We have a range of commitment levels and types of service programs, from weekly semester-long opportunities (known as The Service Thing) to one-time service opportunities (known as Houndserve) and immersion programs.
CCSJ is committed to building partnerships with organizations that work with people who are marginalized. This collaboration ensures a productive, transformative experience not only for clients and beneficiaries of the agencies, but also (and perhaps more so) for those who serve.
At the start of each fall semester, CCSJ offers a Community Service Fair to bring together students interested in service and community partners. Read more about the Community Service Fair as a first step toward service.
CCSJ can help you arrange free transportation to and from your service site by reserving a vehicle with Loyola’s Motorpool. Learn more about transportation policies and options here.
Types of Community Service
CCSJ partners with a number of community organizations to which it provides student volunteers each semester through The Service Thing. These students commit to preparation, weekly service for the duration of the semester, and reflection, described on the PARE web page. Other students choose to volunteer with community partners outside of The Service Thing. Though these volunteers do not benefit from the structured preparation, reflection, and logistical support of The Service Thing program, they have access to CCSJ’s transportation accommodations and partner agencies.
CCSJ also has many opportunities for one-time service with Loyola initiatives or partners. Community members who cannot commit to regular, long-term service often enjoy HoundServe events, many of which are open to faculty, staff, and administrators as well as students. Like The Service Thing, HoundServe provides preparation, logistical support, and reflection for its programs. Some volunteers may be interested in engaging a particular type of one-time service not offered by HoundServe, or organizing a service project for a large group of volunteers. CCSJ offers a list of opportunities that can be privately arranged with community partner organizations on a case-by-case basis.
Throughout the year, CCSJ sponsors drives for a variety of its community partner organizations, including food bags for Viva House and Presence for Christmas. Check out the Collections and Donations page to learn about how to contribute, or to make an online monetary donation in support of Loyola’s ongoing programs.
CCSJ offers a variety of Spring Break Outreach (SBO) trips across the U.S., two urban immersion programs in Baltimore, and two international immersions each year. Each is open to student and faculty/staff/administrator participants by applications, found on each program’s website.
Having learned to connect with their local community through service, many Loyola students hope to create a similar connection during their international study experiences. CCSJ offers connections with service organizations at many of Loyola’s study abroad locations.