Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Weekly Service Sites

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Sites Listed by Interest

Adult Literacy


Developmental/Learning Disabilities

Loyola/Govans Neighborhood




Latinos/Spanish Language



Youth, Education and Tutoring

Sites and Descriptions Listed Alphabetically


Service Coordinator  yes
Victoria Downey, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Kevin Good
After School Academy
P.O. Box 11068
Baltimore, MD 21212

Our vision is to equip boys with a sense of future and hope that will help them resist a multitude of at risk behaviors. We do that by conducting comprehensive after school academies that equip at risk boys with foundational character traits and life skills and apply them to being good students, citizens, teammate and employees while making successful progression into middle and high school.

We meet each day after school and on some weeknights with boys in grades 6th - 8th at Guilford School. Each grade has a group of 14 boys with one teacher. Our goal is to have 9 volunteers for each day, 3 for each grade.

Volunteers are needed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday any time between 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. to be assistant teachers and help with tutoring, coaching and mentoring during sports, service projects, team building, building projects, and other lessons. We ask that volunteers commit to come that same day for a semester. Certain days have occasional expeditionary (interactive learning) field trips and volunteers are given the option to attend or not.

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Best Buddies

Loyola University Buddy Director
Caitlin Hines, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Brendan McNickle
Senior Program Manager - Best Buddies Maryland
3500 Boston St., MS-47, Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-327-9816 (fax)

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Best Buddies is also in association with Gallagher Services, which offers Halloween Carnival. Halloween Carnival is among the highlights of the Loyola partnership with Gallagher Services, a local agency for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A collaborative effort of Best Buddies and Gallagher Services volunteers, the Carnival provides a fun and memorable afternoon for everyone involved. Volunteers help set up, run carnival booths, and clean up so that our Gallagher guests can enjoy socializing, doing crafts, playing games, and showing off their costumes.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant international organization. Through frequent one-to-one activities and occasional group events, Best Buddies enhances the social and recreational lives of all people involved.

The one-to-one outings are simple and fun. Being a Buddy can be as easy as tossing a football a few Saturdays a month, picking up the phone or going for walks and local cultural events — anything both people enjoy doing together.

Best Buddies requires commitment and dedication, but at the same time is fun and rewarding. Best Buddies is about having and being a friend.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in group outings
  • Participating in group sessions and reflections for college buddies to discuss and share their experiences,
  • One-to-one communication once per week and activities twice per month,
  • A commitment for one year.

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CARES (Civic And Religious Emergency Services)

Service Coordinator
Tyler Cochran, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Rachel Neill
CARES Program Director
5502 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

CARES operates a food pantry and emergency assistance center that offers food packages, eviction and utility cut-off prevention funds and pharmacy assistance to people facing financial hardships. Task include packing food bags, meeting with clients to assess their needs and acting as receptionist.

Volunteers can also work on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.  - 12 p.m. to pack grocery donations. CARES also operates CARES Career Connection, which helps our clients locate jobs, prepare for employment, secure a job and keep the job. They need volunteers to help program participants use computers to search for jobs, complete online applications, set up and access email accounts, and find resources online, and write resumes as well as cover letters.  

Volunteers are needed at CARES Career Connection on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2-hour shifts between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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CASA of Maryland

Service Coordinator
Katelyn Feliciano, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Liz Alex
Lead Organizer/Manager
CASA of Maryland, Inc
2224 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

CASA of Maryland strives to improve the quality of life for recent immigrants to the United States through a combination of direct services, education, advocacy and organizing. CASA facilitates the self-development, organization and mobilization of the Latino and other immigrant communities to gain full participation in the larger society. CASA achieves its goals through leadership, organizing, advocacy, community education, and provision of direct services focused on financial literacy, employment, legal, citizenship, health, and education.

Volunteer opportunities include participation in voter registration events and recruitment, community education and advocacy for the MD DREAM ACT and other advocacy campaigns, financial literacy education and tax preparation, ESOL education, outreach and marketing to employers, general administrative support in the CASA office, and the design and production of outreach and publicity materials.

Opportunities to volunteer are available during the week or weekend and day or evening. Spanish requirements could be minimal or more advanced depending on the type of work; however, it is not necessary for some activities.

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The Choice Program

Service Coordinator
Ruben Ferreira de Carvahlo, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Eric Ford
College Night Coordinator
UMBC-The Shriver Center
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
410- 327-54633835

The Choice Program is a community based intervention program for youth who are living in at-risk environments and who may be involved in the juvenile justice system. The program assists approximately 500 youths each year and is located throughout Baltimore and surrounding counties. Loyola students spend 3-hours each week with the youth on campus. The evening consists of dinner, 1-hour of educational activities and a social/recreational program. By becoming a Choice mentor, volunteers work with the youths for a semester, providing them with academic and mentoring support.

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Service Coordinator
Shawn Turner, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Dawn Strickland
Assistant Principal
420 S. Chester Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
443-573-9898 (fax)

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory, work-study high school for students from families of very limited means in Baltimore City. Cristo Rey Jesuit embraces a student in their entirety. Cristo Rey's goal is to have every student achieve a college education.

Volunteers for individual, after-school tutoring and homework help in math and sciences, daytime math lab, athletic coaching assistant, and daytime writing lab.

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Dewees – DMG Elements

Service Coordinator
Theda Tann, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Jordan Dorsey
Americorps VISTA
5104 York Road,
York Road Initiative
Baltimore, MD 21212

DMG Elements is an after-school program run through Dewees Recreation Center that is dedicated to providing youth in the york road neighborhoods near Loyola’s campus with opportunities in education, leadership, service & arts. The program focuses on providing youth access to homework & reading help, and out-of-the-classroom education in structured sporting activities, such as swim lessons & basketball.

The after-school programming runs Monday – Friday 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. with 3 different weekly volunteering opportunities, ranging from 1 to 10 hours a week. 

  1. The Jade Buddies will work in small groups with youth grades K-5 to provide tutoring and mentoring from 3:30-4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays. Then, from 4:30-6:00pm, volunteers will lead leadership, service, or art activities. 
  2. The Turquoise Buddies will help facilitate club activities and organized sports for youth ages 5-17 Thursdays from 3:30 – 6:00pm in larger groups with multiple volunteers. 
  3. Aqua Buddies will facilitate swim lessons and free swim time for youth ages 6-12 once a week (day TBD) from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Loyola’s FAC. Lifeguard-certification perferred.

Volunteers will also be needed throughout the year to participate in big events such as cultural coffee houses & youth service days. Volunteers will assist with setup & tear-down, chaperoning, advertising, etc.

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Don Miller House, an AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) Program

Service Coordinator
Brittany Brock, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Jenn Greger
Program Manager
1800 North Charles Street
Suite 700
Baltimore, MD 21201

The principal goal of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) is the development and provision of services for persons with AIDS and advocacy for a comprehensive community system of care. With a core community of volunteers from among various faith groups, AIRS gives witness to a caring religious response in support of people with AIDS. AIRS is committed to providing support, respect, reconciliation and hope to persons with AIDS. A broad spectrum of residential and case management services such as housing, personal care, advocacy, money management, planning and counseling are offered to meet the needs of the individual.

AIRS seeks volunteers with:

  • Non-judgmental attitude towards people with AIDS
  • Commitment to a caring response to AIDS
  • Openness to personal growth and challenge
  • Agreement to confidentiality of residential site

Volunteer responsibilities are assigned by the Program Managers. Opportunities include transportation, visitation, maintenance (in home/outdoor), food preparations, special events and fundraising.

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Esperanza Center

Service Coordinator
Katelyn Feliciano, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Eric Seymour
Volunteer Coordinator
430 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
410-675-1451 (fax)

 Esperanza Center offers many services to immigrants in the Baltimore metropolitan area including ESL instruction, workforce development, immigration legal services, health services, and social service referrals.

ESL volunteers have the opportunity to tutor students in Basic English, working one-on-one or in small groups. Spanish is not required but helpful.

Volunteers may also contribute through individual projects such as the development of patient education materials for the Health Center. For more information about our volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants/

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Frederick Ozanam House (FOH)

Service Coordinator
Juliana Hart, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Patrice Cook
400 South Bond Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

The Frederick Ozanam House, a recovery-based transitional housing program operated out of the Beans & Bread Center, provides housing for up to two years and on-going support to men who are struggling to regain stability in their lives on a variety of levels.

Volunteers accompany the men on a series of recreational, cultural, educational and social activities. FOH activities occur twice a month (mostly on Saturdays) and a commitment for all of the events each semester is required.

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Harford House

Service Coordinator
Tyler Cochran, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Palestine Boone
Program Associate
1517 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21213

Harford House is a permanent housing program with some social services for men who were formerly homeless. The building is located on North Avenue, near Harford Road in the Oliver Community. Harford House provides housing to 26 men with disabilities and counseling sessions toward independent living. Each man has his own room and shares the common kitchen, lounge, and dining room located on each of the four floors, as well as a large multipurpose room. Residents either participate on-site or are provided with referrals to outside agencies for job training, mental health counseling, educational tutoring, and health care.

Case management, life skills workshops, goal planning, advocacy and substance abuse counseling are also offered. Housing and supportive services at Harford House are a program of the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO). The Harford House & Loyola volunteer program is designed for cross-cultural learning through recreational activities.

Volunteers are needed once a week to spend time with residents cooking dinner together, conversing, playing games, and providing tutoring on computer skills. Volunteers will work with residents to build relationships, often during interactive cultural workshops, bowling, or special presentations from city-wide organizations, groups, or other volunteers.

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Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.

Service Coordinator
Brittany Brock, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Patrick Diamond
Volunteer Coordinator
111 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21201

Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) was established in 1985 and is a nationally-recognized model for the delivery of care to undeserved populations. HCH provides comprehensive services including: pediatric and adult medical care, mental health services, social work and case case management, addiction treatment, dental care, vision assistance, HIV services, outreach, supportive housing, and access to education and employment. HCH also integrates direct service with advocacy.

Volunteers at HCH will be part of the new Help Desk program, a product of Health Care for the Homeless' Consumer Advisory Board (CAB). Volunteers serve with a team of 2-3 volunteers, including HCH client/consumer to connect individuals with resources and services in our community. The two roles within the team specialize in a) offering friendly, engaging support and b) using  HCH's electronic community resource guide. Both engage in actively listening to clients' concerns and identifying if a client needs to speak with an HCH staff member.

Service times: Monday,Wednesday,Friday from 7:30-10:00 AM or 10:00-12:00 PM

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House of Ruth

Service Coordinator
Emily Delany, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Faith Savill
Community Relations Specialist
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD  21218-1627

The House Of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation's leading domestic violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.

The House Of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.

The new 84-bed shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with children who are in the daycare facility while their moms either work, attend sessions, or look for employment. The daycare is open from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Fridays. All of the children have either witnessed or experienced violence, so special training is required of all volunteers, as well as a background check and fingerprinting.

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Mother Seton Academy

Service Coordinators
Taylor Rogers, ext.2989
Sarah Hand, ext.2989

Contact Person
Sandi Mcfadden
Director of After School Programs
2215 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD21218
(410) 563-­2833

Mother Seton Academy is an innovative, tuition free, Catholic middle school for culturally diverse boys and girls of Baltimore whose families have low incomes. Extended day, small classes, personal attention, variety of teaching strategies and field trips are the backbone of the curriculum. Loyola volunteers are needed as Power Hour Homework Helpers and/or Fitness Buddies. Homework Helpers build mentoring relationships with Mother Seton students through weekly homework support.

Volunteers must commit to one afternoon per week, Mondays through Wednesdays, 3 PM – 5:30 PM, including transportation time, for a semester or entire year. Loyola also supports Fitness Buddies, a weekly fitness program, every Friday from 3 PM - 5 PM on Loyola's campus. 

This interactive fitness club requires volunteers to commit their Friday afternoons to helping mentees exercise in a safe and controlled environment. The activities are very diverse and can include a variety of sports, games, and other team building activities. Fitness Buddies volunteers must be enthusiastic and ready to commit themselves once a week for one hour on Friday afternoons. Volunteers must commit to eight Fridays per semester (on average) for the entire academic year. 

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BCCC's Refugee Youth Project (RYP)

Service Coordinators
Mackenzie Keefe, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Brittany DeNovellis
Volunteer Specialist
c/o Baltimore Resettlement Center
3516 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

BCCC's Refugee Youth Project runs after-school, summer school, and mentoring programs for more than 300 refugees between the ages of 4 and 21. Two hours a day, newly arrived refugee youth receive academic tutoring and integration support from trained volunteer tutors.

Volunteers do not need any previous tutoring experience to work with RYP. RYP looks for  candidates who are enthusiastic, patient, and willing to learn about refugee-related issues, as well as behavior management and tutoring techniques.

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Soccer Without Borders

Service Coordinator
Mackenzie Keefe, ext.2989

Contact Person
Kate McGrain
Volunteer Coordinator
2040 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 205-9792

Soccer Without Borders' mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success. The program is successful across borders because of its adaptable framework, which includes team building, off-field education, cultural exchange, civic engagement, and soccer play and instruction.

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St. Ignatius Loyola Academy

Service Coordinator
Shawn Turner, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Malena McLaughlin
740 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

St. Ignatius Loyola Academy is a unique middle school for Baltimore boys from families with low to modest incomes. The Academy, rooted in the 450 year-old educational tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola, seeks to foster spiritual, academic, social and cultural development in its students.

The Academy offers a challenging 3 year middle school program with a class size of 13 students. The Academy day begins with breakfast and morning prayer at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Academy students participate in community service through the school's social service program.

Volunteers are needed to assist and tutor students in one-on-one settings in the Monday and Wednesday afternoon homework club (Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.).

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The Weinberg Center

Service Coordinator
Briana Stuhlman

Contact Person
Beth Awalt
Volunteer Manager
620 Fallsway
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-478-3777 x407

The WHRC provides temporary overnight housing in a low barrier shelter, case management, and resource referrals to people living in poverty in Baltimore City to help clients transition to permanent housing and self-reliance. Breakfast and dinner are served to overnight residents. WHRC provides temporary overnight housing for 275 men & women every day. WHRC is housed under the umbrella of Catholic Charities, and is one of many service CC offers to people experiencing poverty throughout the city of Baltimore.

Volunteers are needed to help with the evening meal program from 4:15pm- 7:30pm. Volunteers will help prepare the meal, serve residents, and have the opportunity to get to know men and women who are overnight residents at the shelter.

The meal program opens 7 days a week, volunteers are needed Sunday, Monday or Wednesday evenings.

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