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Community Partners and Service Locations

The following are community organizations with whom CCSJ has an ongoing partnership for service, immersions, and advocacy initiatives. Some academic service-learning partners may not be listed below. View Academic Service-Learning Community Partners.

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Aging/Senior Citizens

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Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

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The Arc of Baltimore

Dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities make the most of their potential since 1949, The Arc Baltimore's innovative services support more than 5,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Programs help families provide needed care and opportunity for their children, and individuals are able to live and work in the community. Students build relationships with an individual with developmental disabilities in order to create informed letters advocating funding for services

 To volunteer on your own with this community partner:

Debbie Staigerwald, Director of Volunteers and Interns
7215 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
410-296-2272 ext. 5216

Asylee Women Enterprise

Asylee Women Enterprise helps women seeking asylum to rebuild their lives and their spirits. Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) provides transitional housing, companionship and community to asylum seekers by offering a safe and nurturing home, opportunities to connect within the larger community and each other.. Service-learning students become part of the AWE community and share their skills.

 To volunteer on your own with this community partner:

Laura Wagner, Program Director
4500 Frankford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206

CARES (Civic and Religious Emergency Services), a program of GEDCO

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. CARES also operates CARES Career Connection, which offers employment mentoring, resume and job search help, computer training, and GED classes.

Food pantry needs include packing food bags, meeting with clients to assess their needs, and acting as receptionist. Career Connections needs include helping program participants use computers to search for jobs, complete online applications, set up and access email accounts, find resources online, and write resumes and cover letters.

CARES Food Pantry:

Monday: 9:00am-11:30am

Thursday: 9:00am - 11:30am

Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm

CARES Career Connection Center:

Tuesday: 9:00am-11:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am-11:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Friday: 9:00am-11:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Loyola Service-Learning Contact
Ryan Baldino

Community Partner
Rachael Neill, Director of Community Services
5502 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212

The Choice Program

The Choice Program is a mentoring program for Baltimore youth who may be in at-risk environments. Dedicated, active role models volunteers are needed to mentor the Choice youth on campus, give a taste of the collegiate life, and build relationships. The first hour is a free dinner, the second hour is an educational activity, and the third hour are activities in the Loyola Fitness and Aquatics Center (FAC).

Community Partner
4500 Frankford Ave.,Baltimore MD 21206
Eric Ford, Director of Operations
The Choice Program at UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

CASA de Maryland

CASA de Maryland works to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in the state of Maryland by providing employment placement; workforce development and training; health education; citizenship and legal services; and financial, language, and literacy training to Latino and immigrant communities throughout the state.

Community Partner
Juan Cortés

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

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 are needed for individual, after-school tutoring and homework help in a various subjects.

Service Times: Weekly commitment required, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:00-5:00 PM (includes travel time)

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Katie Metzger

Community Partner
Walter Reap, Principal
420 S. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Beans and Bread Outreach Center, a program of St. Vincent de Paul

Beans and Bread is a homeless day resource program that serves 300 people daily with serving meals “restaurant style”, healthcare, showers, laundry, employment services, case management, housing referrals and placements, mail receipt, and telephone access. On the last Sunday of every month, the Loyola community takes full responsibility for funding, staffing and operating the Beans and Bread meal program with student, employee and alumni volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the meal, welcome guests, bus tables, clean up and volunteer with a weekly mid-day Friday board game program.

Service Times: Last Sunday of every month from 10 AM-2:30 PM.

Loyola Student Service Coordinator

Lily Tiger



Community Partner
400 South Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Govans Elementary School Classroom Assisting and After-School Program

Govans Elementary School is a Baltimore City Public Charter School for students in grades K-5 supported by its charter operator, the Baltimore Curriculum Project. The children who attend Govans elementary live in the Govans neighborhood, adjacent to Loyola’s campus.  Govans offers service opportunities as a classroom assistant or in the after-school program.  

Students serving in the Govans classroom assistant program are paired with a particular teacher and assist with one-on-one or group-level student help, grading, and lesson prep. 

Service Times: Weekly commitment required, Monday-Friday any two-hour period from 8 AM-2:30 PM

Govans Elementary After-School Program is a STEM-based after-school program for nearly 100 Govans-area kindergarten through fifth graders followed by an hour of enrichment and electives. Offerings include art, drama, character education, service-learning, field trips, and much more.

Service Times: Weekly commitment required, Monday-Thursday from 2:15-4:15 PM and 4:15-6:15 PM; Thursday from 2:30-4:30 PM. (includes travel time)

Loyola Student Service Coordinator - Classroom Assistant Program
Bethany Richardson


Loyola Student Service Coordinator - After-School Program
Bethany Richardson


Community Partner
Sandi McFadden, Community School Coordinator
Govans Elementary School
5801 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

Micah House, a program of GEDCO

GEDCO’s Micah House serves men and women who had been experiencing homelessness by providing permanent housing with supportive services. Residents receive support from Advocacy Counselors in setting and maintaining goals while gaining skills and opportunities through outside collaborative agencies. The Micah House & Loyola volunteer program is designed to foster relationship and mutual learning through recreational activities.

Volunteers spend time with residents conversing, playing games, and providing learning and reflection opportunities one evening a week.

Community Partner

Valerie Walker, Resident Manager
5207 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

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

Don Miller House is a permanent housing program for single adults with AIDS who were formerly housed in the shelter system, nursing homes, hospitals, or on the streets. Volunteer needs include transportation, visitation, maintenance (in home/outdoor), food preparations, special events and fundraising.

Community Partner
Jenn Greger
Program Manager
1800 North Charles Street, Suite 700, Baltimore, MD 21201
Don Miller House

Esperanza Center

Esperanza Center is a program of Catholic Charities that offers services to immigrants in the Baltimore metropolitan area including ESL instruction, workforce development, immigration legal services, health services, family reunification, and social service referrals. Esperanza’s mission is to welcome immigrants by offering hope, compassionate services, and the power to improve their lives. 

Volunteers are need to tutor basic English, working one-on-one or in small groups. Spanish is not required but helpful. Further, volunteers may be able to help in their new youth educational support as well. Esperanza Center also accepts volunteers in its Legal and Health Services programs, depending on Spanish language ability, availability, and volunteer background. 

Service Times: TBD

Loyola Service-Learning Contact
Alison Diaz

Community Partner
Hannah Mueller at 667-600-2910  hmueller@cc-md.org
430 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 

Harford House, a program of GEDCO

Harford House is a permanent housing program for 26 men who were formerly homeless. Residents either participate on-site or are provided with referrals to outside agencies for job training, mental health counseling, educational tutoring, and health care. The Harford House & Loyola volunteer program is designed to foster relationship and mutual learning through recreational activities.

Volunteers spend time with residents cooking dinner together, conversing, playing games, and providing tutoring on computer skills one evening a week.

Community Partner
Palestine Boone, Program Associate
1517 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Health Care for the Homeless

Health Care for the Homeless provides integrated, whole-person care to individuals and families experiencing and at risk of homelessness. Services span medical, psychiatric and dental care; behavioral health care; substance use treatment; case management; convalescent care; supportive services, including benefits enrollment and help securing housing; and outreach. Health Care for the Homeless also advocates for access to high-quality health care, affordable housing and incomes for all.

 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.

Community Partner
421 Fallsway Baltimore, MD 21202

Helping Other People through Empowerment (HOPE)

Helping Other People Through Empowerment Inc. is a participant-run Wellness and Recovery Center for adults and families who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The center was established to provide a safe place for those who have been denied or refuse to participate in mainstream services due to their disabilities. The center provides clients--many of whom are homeless--with planned activities such as discussions, movies, and speakers, as well as a place to stay, do laundry, make calls, receive mail, use a computer, take showers, and rest. Students spend time with men, women, and families who drop in, and may also play games, share stories, or provide other support as needed.

To volunteer on your own with this community partner:

Shariff Johnson, Program Director
2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore, MD 21218

Maryland New Directions

Maryland New Directions offers no-cost career counseling and job search skills training. We assist low-income Baltimore City residents, 18-60 years of age entering or re-entering the workforce through a range of training services. Service-learning partnerships have included writing newsletters and assisting with job preparation programs.

Community Partner
2700 N. Charles St. Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21218

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Today, it is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in local communities to raise awareness and provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership. Service-learners serve in the Baltimore office and see the inner workings of a nonprofit.

Community Partner
5210 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

Oak Crest Village

Oak Crest Village is a vibrant retirement community in Parkville where residents can transition from independent living to continuing care health services as needed. Service-learning partnerships involve service of presence as students pair with residents and build relationships.

Community Partner
8820 Walther Blvd, Parkville, MD 21234

Our Daily Bread Employment Center

Our Daily Bread Employment Center, a program of Catholic Charities, offers  hot meals every day of the year, job placement support and benefit assistance.  Volunteers from Loyola serve with the meal program at on intermittent Saturdays throughout the school year.


Community Partner
Kim Kahl, Volunteer Manager
725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202
Our Daily Bread

BCCC's Refugee Youth Project

Refugee Youth Project, a program of Baltimore City Community College, 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 are needed to be enthusiastic, patient tutors willing to learn about refugee-related issues as well as behavior management and tutoring techniques.

Service Times:: Tuesday, Wednesday from 3:20-5:20 PM (35 minutes travel each way) and 3:30-5:45 PM (20 minutes travel way); time also depends on the program location

Loyola Student Service Coordinators
Jacob Bierstaker

Community Partner
Alanna Hays
Refugee Manager, Baltimore City Community College
c/o Baltimore Resettlement Center
3516 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
(443) 926-3997


Safe House of Hope

Safe House of Hope is a volunteer-run and -led nonprofit organization that welcomes people from all backgrounds and spiritual traditions. We provide education, training, and support to help victims of human trafficking become an active part of a healthy community. Service-learning partnerships have included serving in the drop-in center and participating in groups.

For information about Loyola's service-learning partnership:
Loyola Service-Learning Contact
Rosemary Riel

To volunteer on your own with this community partner:
Ryan Servant, Public Relations Coordinator

St. Ignatius Loyola Academy

St. Ignatius Loyola Academy is a unique middle school for Baltimore boys from families with low to modest incomes. The Academy, seeks to foster spiritual, academic, social and cultural development in its students with a challenging 4 year middle school program with a class size of 30 students, beginning with breakfast and morning prayer at 7:25 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

Service Times: 
Volunteers are needed to assist and tutor students in one-on-one settings on Monday or Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 PM (includes travel time) actual tutoring time is 3:30- 4:45pm

Volunteers are needed to assist in intramural activities (the Academy has an intramural program for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, which focuses on the same goals as the interscholastic sports and also provides an opportunity to be leaders and mentors to the students. Intramurals meet for 90 minutes 3 times a week. The coaches are all teachers at the Academy.) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 -5:00 PM (includes travel time. Actual mentoring time is 3:30-4:45 PM

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Brett-Ashley Hooper

Community Partner
Susan Booth, Director of Volunteer Engagement 
300 Gittings St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Saint Paul Bridges Program

Bridges is an innovative program committed to the long-term success of Baltimore City youth, providing life changing volunteer opportunities for independent school students. Bridges currently supports the long-term success of 200+ motivated Baltimore City youth ages 9-22 via its sites at St. Paul’s School (est. 1993) and at Gilman School (est. 2014). Rising fourth grade students enter the program from eight Baltimore City Public Schools in northeast Baltimore; most Bridges students live in Loyola’s extended neighborhoods. Over their thirteen years in the program, students receive access to a year-round support system with four key components: (I) summer programs, (II) school-year programs, (III) middle, high school, and post-high school guidance support, and (IV) one-on-one academic and social support. Service-learners are invited to tutor with Bridges middle and high-school students at their location in Belvedere Square. Bridges’ greatest needs are in calculus, geometry, and chemistry, but they seek tutors in all areas.

Preparation & Getting Started

  1. To sign up for this site, please notify your professor and complete the application form by Friday, September 13.
  2. If you plan to use Loyola vehicles and have a license, we strongly encourage you to become authorized as a Motor Pool driver in Week 1 and be willing to drive your carpool group.
  3. Students will receive placements and time information from Kevin by Monday, September 16.
  4. Complete the CCSJ online registration form
  5. Complete the Community Engagement Online Modules
  6. Service will begin with an orientation and tutoring training September 16, from 5-6 p.m. at Belvedere Square.
  7. Tutoring begins the week of September 24 or sooner and continues until the end of classes.
  8. Students must attend an on-campus prep session on school service with Erin Lynch, servicelearning@loyola.edu, held in the CCSJ Common Space TBD.

Partner Contact

Kevin McCloskey, kmccloskey@stpaulsmd.org or 410-236-9493

Location and Transportation

540 E. Belvedere Ave, Suite 201
Belvedere Square is a 13-minute walk from the edge of campus or an easy ride on the MTA Red bus. Motor Pool vehicles are available for use but must be reserved by the student. Service-learners intending to use Loyola Motor Pool cars and in possession of a driver’s license are strongly encouraged to become authorized drivers in Week 1 and be willing to drive their group if needed. Students who drive themselves as well as the students in their vehicle will be covered by their own insurance; Loyola University Maryland is not responsible.

Please Note

Bridges closes when City Schools are closed. This is the snow policy and also applies to school breaks. See the City Schools calendar for dates.

Soccer Without Borders

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.

Service Times: Vanguard Collegiate Middle School: (Soccer Coaching) from 2:15-4:30PM (Academic Coaching) from 4:30-6PM PM & John Ruhrah Elementary and Middle School: (Soccer Coaching) from 2:30-4:00 PM & (Academic Coaching) from 4:00-5:30 PM. 

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Alison Diaz OR Jacob Bierstaker

Community Partner
Program Coordinators:
Ryan Gitonga, 443-630-8181  rgitonga@soccerwithoutborders.org
Erin O’Brien eobrien@soccerwithoutborders.org 
3700 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Maryland offers year-round sports training and athletic competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Each spring, CCSJ coordinates with Loyola’s Department of Recreation and Wellness to host Special-Olympics athletes from all over Maryland for the annual swim qualifier. Volunteers are needed to 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.

Service Times: TBD

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Cate Cino

Community Partner
Jeff Abel
Special Olympics of Maryland

The York Road Community Food Access Program

The Food Access Coordinator works with the neighborhood leaders and local organizations to support them in initiatives related to food access in our York Road community. They work to connect students to support the needs of these organizations and learn more about justice issues related to food access, nutrition, and sustainability.  The coordinator supports a number of organizations, including the Black Church Food Security Network, GEDCO CARES Food Pantry, Woodbourne McCabe Neighborhood Association, Wilson Park Northern Neighborhood Association, Glenwood Life Recovery Garden and Govans Presbyterian's Soul Kitchen. 

Service Times:  TBD. 
Loyola Student Service Coordinator:
Katie White

Tunbridge Public Charter School

Tunbridge Public Charter School was founded in 2010 and serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade 8. Tunbridge is operated by Afya Baltimore Inc. “Afya” is a Swahili word for health. Tunbridge focuses on the intellectual, physical and social/emotional health of students. Movement and action are at the heart of the school. Throughout the day, kids at Tunbridge play, sing, act, dance, create and perform. They also work hard on their academics, learning from expert teachers how to be good readers, writers, scientists and mathematicians.  Loyola students, often service-learners, either serve in the after-school program or are paired with a specific teacher and will work with students and their teachers in the classroom, grading and filing papers, prepping materials for teachers, tutoring students with teacher prepared assignments, and supporting in the computer lab, gym, or art.

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Brett Hooper

Community Partner
5504 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

U.S. Dream Academy

Through U.S. Dream Academy empowers children most at risk of future incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed. Through innovative after-school and mentoring programs in 10 cities nationwide, U.S. Dream Academy offers research-based academic, social, and values programming to transform children into dreamers who envision and realize their potential. Service-learners support program activities and may work with students with specific speech/language learning needs.


To volunteer on your own with this community partner:
Renee Angelo, Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator
4849 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD 21215

Viva House Catholic Worker

Viva House Catholic Worker and soup kitchen opened in 1968 to be a refuge of hospitality and feed and welcome those in need. As part of the Catholic Worker national movement co-founded in New York in the 1930s by Dorothy Day, Loyola has long supported Baltimore workers Willa Bickham and her husband, Brendan Walsh with monthly food bag collections. Bags are donated and delivered to families in need in Southwest Baltimore. Each bag serves a family of four for three days.

Service Times: Bags typically should be delivered the second Tuesday of every month for Timonium Campus and second Thursday of the month for the Evergreen Campus. For a list of bag items and specific drop off dates and locations please contact vivasc@loyola.edu.

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Cate Cino

Community Partner
Viva House Catholic Worker
26 S. Mount Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Walter P. Carter, Guilford Elementary/Middle Schools Program

Walter P. Carter and Guilford Elementary are two of Loyola's local schools and have been identified as a priority for the work of the York Road Initiative. Both Guilford and Walter P. have daily and weekly opportunities for service related to literacy/reading tutoring, in-class math tutoring, and homework help.  Volunteers are needed for activities with afterschool boys and girls programs located at Walter P. Carter and Guilford.  

Service Times: TBD

 Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle (Prevention and Intervention for Early Learners-PIEL Program)once weekly Monday-Friday 2:30-3:30 tutoring + prep time

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Sydney Pinkett

Community Partner, Walter P. Carter
Shekita Wilkins, Community School Coordinator
820 E. 43rd St., Baltimore, MD 21212

Community Partner, Guilford Elementary
Annie Weber, Community School Coordinator
4520 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212
410-914-8044; aweber@strongcitybaltimore.org

The Weinberg Housing and Resource Center

A program of Catholic Charities, the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (WHRC) is a low barrier emergency shelter that provides homeless services to over 275 adult men and women each night in the City of Baltimore, including shelter, convalescent care, breakfast and dinner, showers, laundry, case management and a variety of life skills and empowerment classes -- with a focused goal on assisting residents in obtaining permanent housing. Volunteers are needed to prepare evening meals, serve residents and get to know men and women who are overnight residents at the shelter.

Community Partner
Caitlin Balicki, Volunteer Manager
Weinberg Housing and Resource Center
620 Fallsway Baltimore, MD 21202
443-478-3777 x407

York Road Partnership (YRP)

York Road Partnership (YRP) is a membership network of 20+ neighborhoods and affiliates promoting the vitality of Baltimore City’s York Road community as a desirable urban environment in which to live, shop, work and worship. Join the first Wednesday of every month at 7:15pm in St. Mary's Church Hall (5502 York Road, around back), or participate in York Road Community Days throughout the fall and spring.

Service Times:  Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30-5:30pm

Loyola Student Service Coordinator
Henry Podeschi

Community Partner
Marie M. Anderson
York Road Partnership
Weinberg Housing and Resource Center
5104 York Road Baltimore, MD 21218