Welcome to HoundServe!
Interested in serving your community, but don't have time for a weekly commitment? HoundServe offers a variety of one-time service experiences which happen throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Participating in HoundServe is not a commitment to volunteer with every program; each event has its own preparation and reflection opportunities, run by trained student Service Coordinators. Choose the events below that work with your schedule and passions, and serve the way a HoundServes!
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HoundServe Opportunities for 2014-15
Check out the following HoundServe events organized by Loyola!
- September 10 - Community Service Fair
- September 29 - Last Sunday at Beans and Bread
To sign up to receive more information about HoundServe opportunities, complete the HoundServe Interest Form. You will be asked to check all the types of events below in which you’re interested!
Beans and Bread Center
Beans & Bread Center, Loyola's longstanding community partner, serves meals to approximately 300 people every day. Many stay to receive case management services, collect their mail, or socialize. Meals at Beans and Bread are served in restaurant style, including meal options and a dessert tray. These details are designed to promote the dignity of each guest and allow for warm, personal interaction with volunteers.
On the last Sunday of each month, the Loyola community takes full responsibility for funding, staffing and operating the Beans & Bread Meal Program. If not for the Loyola community, Beans & Bread could not afford to be open on these days, which are a particular need as guests' resources dwindle at the end of the month.
Volunteers are needed to help with the meal program on some Saturdays, and on every Last Sunday. Responsibilities of volunteers include helping with preparing and serving the meal, welcoming guests, and doing a number of other much needed tasks such as busing tables and cleaning up. For more information about volunteering for a Last Sunday or a Saturday meal program, contact email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Chesapeake serves communities throughout Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. They merged this year with Loyola’s longtime partner, Sandtown Habitat for Humanity. Together, they believe that a safe and secure place to live is one of the most fundamental needs in life. Without it, families suffer, children’s academic performance declines and communities crumble. Unfortunately, the resources required to fulfill this basic need are unavailable to millions around the world, including many people here in Central Maryland. At Habitat for Humanity, they do more than build houses-- they partner with homebuyers, volunteers, donors, businesses and community organizations to transform lives and rebuild communities. Habitat is currently involved in a project in Loyola’s neighborhood, Govans.
Volunteers are needed to assist in renovating houses, fundraising and doing other community projects. Skilled and unskilled volunteers are welcome. For more information about volunteering, contact the Service Coordinator, Brooke Dugan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ignatian Family Teach-In
Convened every fall, the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice has come to hold particular significance as the largest meeting place of individuals from U.S. Jesuit-affiliated institutions, gathering in a remarkable display of solidarity to bear witness to the legacy of faith in action. The event is a powerful experience, especially for students at high schools and colleges, who connect with their faith through education, liturgy and advocacy. Participants are required to register for the event and commit to attending a series of educational activities in preparation for the Teach-In. For more information, contact the Service Coordinator at email@example.com.
Meet and Eat
Held every semester, this event allows the Loyola community to host its neighbors from partner agencies around Baltimore. Loyola volunteers serve at many of these agencies, and Meet and Eat is a special chance to show our neighbors, who have welcomed us into their communities, our hospitality. Students, faculty, staff, agency professionals, and clients from different backgrounds gather over a shared meal and live entertainment. The fall “Meet & Eat” is scheduled during November, and the spring “Meet & Eat” in March is for women, in honor of Women’s History Month. For more information about volunteering, contact the Service Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Daily Bread
Guests of Our Daily Bread Employment Center can obtain a warm meal and tap into other resources offered at the Center, such as literacy/general education diploma training, job placement support, and substance abuse recovery assistance. The organization's mission is to improve the lives of people in material need by connecting them to resources, providing daily meals and supporting efforts towards stable employment and housing.
Volunteers from Loyola serve with the meal program at Our Daily Bread on intermittent weekends throughout the school year. The volunteer shift lasts from 9AM - 1PM. For more information about volunteering, contact the Service Coordinator at email@example.com.
Poverty Awareness & Advocacy Events
Poverty Awareness activities are designed to inform and educate the Loyola community around the realities for people who are materially poor, hungry and/or homeless, as well as, to explore root causes of these systemic problems. Often these opportunities include working with and listening to people experiencing material poverty. Activities/events from past years have included: special service and advocacy opportunities, canned food drives, speakers and panel discussions, prayer services and candlelight vigils. For more information, contact the Service Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Olympics Maryland offers year-round sports training and athletic competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The organization’s mission is to provide continuing opportunities for athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
Each spring, CCSJ coordinates with the Department of Recreational Sports at Loyola to host Special-Olympics athletes from all over Maryland for the annual swim qualifier at the Fitness and Aquatic Center. Volunteers escort the athletes to their places, and assist with timing, score keeping, and cheering athletes on. The support of the Loyola community makes this event a special time for honoring these athletes. For more information on volunteering, contact the Service Coordinators at email@example.com.
Viva House Food Bag Collection Program
Viva House, the Catholic Worker House in Baltimore, has a monthly food bag collection. These bags are donated and delivered to Southwest Baltimore to be distributed to families experiencing material poverty in the neighborhood. Each bag serves a family of four for three days. Although Loyola has been a long time contributor of this program, there are still many families whose needs are not being met.
For details of when, where, and what to donate, please visit our Viva House page. If you have any questions, please email the Viva House Service Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
York Road Community Days
Each semester, the York Road Initiative offers a number of large-scale volunteer opportunities available to the Loyola community through both internal and external partnerships. Volunteer activities include planting flowers and native plant species along the corridor and in the Govans Urban Forest, maintaining the forest and removing invasive ivy species, working with local partners such as churches and schools, and many more. Students who wish to participate must attend a Community 101 session before the volunteer day, to learn more about the greater community surrounding Loyola’s campus. For more information on volunteering, contact the Service Coordinators at email@example.com.
To learn more about the York Road Initiative and our neighboring community, visit www.loyola.edu/yri.
Youth Education Awareness & Advocacy Events
Youth Education Awareness activities are designed to inform and educate the Loyola community about issues affecting youth and schools in the city of Baltimore, as well as, to explore root causes of these systemic problems. Often these opportunities include working with and listening to local education advocates. Activities/events can include: special service and advocacy opportunities, speakers and panel discussions. For more information, contact the Service Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.