University Ministry's Community Action program collaborates with a variety of Bay Area non-profit agencies to provide USF students with opportunities to serve in their local community. Through these programs, our students honor the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others, and contemplatives in action. Students witness the daily struggle of people living on the margins of society and are encouraged to ask questions about the systems which perpetuate this suffering.
Days of Service
Do you have a passion for the environment and or social justice? Then join us on April 12th from 7:30am to 12:00pm for our annual April Action day of service
event. Every year for this environmentally themed service event, USF faculty, staff, and students work at several sites in the Bay Area to provide urban community gardening, cleanup, planting, and beautification services. In addition to April Action, the USF community will have the opportunity not only to partake in service activities, but also to choose to participate in a one-day immersion. The one-day immersion will focus on seeing San Francisco through the perspectives of the underrepresented communities. This year’s April Action will provide the USF community with opportunities of service and knowledge that enrich individual's advancement in creating a more humane, just, and green
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October Outreach is a community engagement volunteer event that gives
the USF community the opportunity to connect with nonprofit
organizations throughout the City of San Francisco. Participants
engage in either social analysis learning experiences or hands-on
activities at Glide Memorial, Saint Vincent De Paul Center, SF Food
Bank, Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, Hayes Convalescent Hospital,
Veterans Hospital, St. Ignatius Shelter Meal, and Ocean Beach.
USF's Annual October Outreach: Building Community Across the City of San Francisco
Saturday, October 26th, 7:30am- 12:30pm (bring your muni pass)
Please contact Kique Bazan at email@example.com with questions or click here to sign-up.
October Outreach: Logistics & Details:
Meet at the LoSchiavo Plaza (by the UC buiding) at 7:30am
All participants will be required to sign a Liability waiver and Model Release form before volunteering
Breakfast will be served. First come, first served.
All volunteers are REQUIRED to have long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Water bottles, snacks, and layered clothing are recommended.
This year's sites: Veterans Hospital, St. Vincent De Paul Homeless Shelter, Project Open Hand, Meals on Wheels, Hayes Convalescent Hospital, Glide, St. Ignatius Shelter Meal Project, SF Food Bank, and Ocean Beach will serve as overflow.
Depending on your site choice, work will include: gardening, weeding, planting, trash pick-up (ocean beach), park restoration, lunch preparation, and interacting with veterans.
Monthly Volunteer Opportunities
Open Hand is
a food distribution organization that is located in the heart of the Tenderloin
district of San Francisco on Polk Street. POH started as an
organization dedicating to serving those living with HIV/AIDS in the San
Francisco area. Since then POH has expanded their services to
anyone in physical need that is unable to provide food for themselves. POH
works with the San Francisco culinary school to provide their clients with high
quality and healthy meals. POH delivers both hot and frozen meals.
- Meet at University Ministry at 3:00. We will return around 6:00pm to campus.
Scheduled Dates: Last Monday of the Month, starts September 23.
Size of group: 3-8
a part of Community Action with USF we assist POH with delivering hot
meals to residents in the Tenderloin district. Every last Monday
afternoon at 3 pm, we meet at University Ministry. We arrive at POH for an orientation We will deliver meals
to POH participants. We will arrive back at USF around 6:00 pm for a
short reflection process. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide
direct service to a diverse population of people in need. It is also a
unique way to immerse oneself in the culture of the Tenderloin and see what the
living conditions are like in that area of the city. It is also a very
team oriented experience and you have the opportunity to socialize with other
If you are interested, please contact Ashley Artmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students have the opportunity to help the San Francisco community by volunteering at the Wellness Center on the last Friday of the month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This volunteer opportunity allows students to be a welcoming presence for the Wellness Center clients as they meditate, promote well-being, positive attitudes and build relationships and engage in a reflective discussion afterward.
Students will meet at the University Ministry Office at 3:00pm and should return to campus around 6:00pm
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or contact Justin Grider at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students have the opportunity to help the San Francisco community by serving dinner on the first and last Wednesday of each month.
Groups meet at the University Ministry at 3:30PM and return at 8:30PM. There will be a 15 minutes training on how to handle food and serve it to homeless people. The St Vincent de Paul Society serves meal to more than 450 people every day of the week.
The center is located in a relatively safe neighborhood. However, you are required to leave all valuable belongings on campus or in a safe backpack. No iPad, iPhone, camera, iPod, or wallet are to be left in plain sight. If you must take these valuable items with you, please put them in a bag which can be securely locked in a room upon arrival at the center.
Dress code: T-shirt and full length pant and covered shoes.
For more information, email us at email@example.com or contact Pierre Kolowe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students have the opportunity to help the San Francisco community by spending time at the VA Hospital’s recreation therapy center last Tuesdays of the month. Groups meet at the University Ministry at 1:30PM and return at 5:30PM. For more information, e-mail us at email@example.com or contact Lauren Totah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come get your hands dirty at USF’s very own community garden! Students can drop by anytime on Fridays between 2:00 and 5:00pm and lend a hand with garden maintenance.
Meet at the garden (on Turk between Lone Mountain and the School of Education)
This volunteer program gives USF pre-med students a chance to volunteer at the St. Vincent De Paul Homeless Center Clinic. A women’s only clinic is run once a month on Sunday nights in the same facility. Students help with triage throughout the shelter, take vital signs of patients, shadow patient interviews, ask preceptor questions about diagnosis and assessment plans to organize the paperwork at the end of the night. It is a beneficial platform for volunteers to interact with patients and doctors of the Bay Area.
Please e-mail email@example.com for more information or fill out the sign up sheets available in the University Ministry Office.
University Ministry sponsors after-school tutoring programs at St. Anthony's of the Immaculate Conception Elementary School and St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School. Transportation is arranged to and from the respective locations. Once a year, students from both schools come to the USF campus for a chance to see the opportunities they would have in attending a university. Tutors receive $10 per hour compensation for their time.
* For further information on tutoring programs, please contact University Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 422-4463.