Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

One-Time and Group Service

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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 Hound serves!

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HoundServe Opportunities for 2015-16

Check out the following HoundServe events organized by Loyola!


January 31 - Last Sunday at Beans and Bread


February TBD - Poverty Awareness & Advocacy Event during Maryland Legislative Session

February 15 through 19- The Youth and Education Advocacy Week

February 18- 20/20 Baltimore Youth and Education Advocacy Event

February 28 - Last Sunday at Beans and Bread


March 19- York Road Community Day

March 27 - Last Sunday at Beans and Bread (Easter Sunday)


April 2- Our Daily Bread

April 9- Our Daily Bread

April 9 - York Road Community Day

April 10- Special Olympics
April 16- Our Daily Bread

April 23 - Mayor Spring Clean Up Day

April 24 - Last Sunday at Beans and Bread

April 30 - Rebuilding Day


May 29 - Last Sunday at Beans and Bread

HoundServe Individual Interest Form

Sign Up for HoundServe Events as an individual

1.  Choose the event(s) from the calendar and descriptions below and email the service coordinator listed to sign up.

2.  Complete the HoundServe Individual Interest Form to receive more ongoing information about HoundServe opportunities.  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 beansandbreadsc@loyola.edu.        

Beans & Bread also offers a weekly service called Beans & Bread Recreation Games which engages in board game and conversation with clients at Beans & Bread. The preference for this service are students who have experience working with people experiencing homelessness. The service is every Friday from 12:30-2:30PM. 

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Ignatian Family Teach-In

Convened every fall, the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice has come to hold particular significance as the largest convention of U.S Jesuit-affiliated institutions. Gathering in a remarkable display of solidarity, participants of the teach-in learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together in the context of social justice. The event is a powerful experience, bringing together students from 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 teachin@loyola.edu.

How to Sign Up

Registration is open and spots are limited.  Please complete the online form by Oct. 1, 2015.

To pay and register please go to: http://www.loyola.edu/department/ccsj/socialjustice/events

Program Details

Program Dates:  Saturday, November 7- Monday, November 9, 2015

Delegates leave for Washington D.C on Saturday, November 7 where we will be staying at Crystal Gateway Marriott. During the convention, participants will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions that cover a variety of social justice issues and hear from Keynote speakers such as Rudy Lopez, Director of the Interfaith Worker Justice, Maureen O’Connell, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at LaSalle University, Hellen Prejean, Anti-Death penalty Activist, and Francisco Herrera, Musician and Cultural Worker. On Monday, November 9th delegates head to Capitol Hill to share stories, facts, and ask for more just policies with their elected officials. Advocacy efforts will focus on Immigration reform, environmental justice, and human rights in Central America. 

For more program schedule and details please visit: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/schedule/

Expectations of Loyola delegation participants:

Please read the following carefully and mark dates before proceeding with the registration.

  • Attendance at three preparatory meetings:
    • First Meeting (enrichment): Thursday, Oct. 8 (8-9pm)
    • Second Meeting (education): Thursday, Oct. 22 (8-9pm)
    • Third Meeting (engagement): Thursday, November 5 (8-9pm)

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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 Saturdays throughout the school year. The volunteer shift lasts from 8:30AM - 1PM. For more information about volunteering, contact the Service Coordinator at  odbsc@loyola.edu.

Service Times & Dates: April 2, April 9 and April 16 from 8:30AM-1PM. 

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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 povertyawareness@loyola.edu.

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Immigration Awareness & Advocacy Events

Immigration Advocacy and Awareness is designed to offer the Loyola community a chance to engage with the themes and topics surrounding the issue of migration. It serves as a platform to connect groups on campus that are involved with immigration issues as well as to connect students with opportunities to participate in advocacy events, attend discussions, and become more informed on immigration issues. Migration is a multifaceted topic that touches the lives of Loyola students on a daily basis. Through our engagement, we hope to raise consciousness of issues ranging from the rights of migrant farm workers, sex trafficking, and the implications of immigration status.  For more information, contact the Service Coordinator at hispanicsc@loyola.edu

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Special Olympics

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 houndserve@loyola.edu.

Service Time & Date: April 10 from 7AM-12PM. 

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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 vivasc@loyola.edu.

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York Road Community Days

Get to know our York Road community and neighbors by participating in our Building Community Days!  Each semester, Loyola’s 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 activities to help support our community partners. Students who wish to participate must attend a Community 101 session with the CCSJ Student Coordinator before the volunteer day, to learn more about the greater community surrounding Loyola’s campus and what it means to serve in our community. If you need more information, please contact the Service Coordinators at communitydays@loyola.edu.

To participate in York Road Community Day, please sign up here!  

Service Times & Dates: March 19, April 9, April 23 and April 30 from 9:45AM-12:15PM. 

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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 youtheducation@loyola.edu.

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