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Volunteer Programs

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.  

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April Action

April Action 2014 - A Month of Engagement.

During the month of April, USF students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to give a day by volunteering and engaging in service around the Bay Area. For more information on service opportunities during the month of April, stop by the University Ministry Office.

University Ministry is also coordinating a Day of Service on Saturday, April 12, 2014. 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 world.

April 12, 2014 Day of Service Sites Include:

St. Ignatius Parish 9am-1pm (5 volunteers) OR 1pm-5pm (6 volunteers) Service includes preparing and serving meals.

VA Hospital
Service includes spending time at the VA Hospital’s recreation therapy center.

Sutro Stewards
Service includes clean-up, trail restoration, and maintenance.

Golden Gate Park
Service includes clean-up, trail restoration and maintenance.

Special Olympics
Service includes assisting with a Special Olympics swim meet at the College of San Mateo (swimming not required).

St. Vincent de Paul
Service includes preparing and serving meals.

Habitat for Humanity
Contact Erin Grogan to sign-up!


October Outreach

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 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

Community Garden

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)

Project Open Hand

Mission: Project 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.

Time:  3:00pm-6:00pm - 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


Focus:  As 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 volunteers.

If you are interested, please contact Ashley Artmann at
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San Francisco Organizing Project

The San Francisco Organizing Project is committed to working with community members and identify and solve problems of racial and economic injustice. USF students will work with this organization’s Immigration Integration campaign, which is aimed at improving the quality of life for immigrants.

 Day: Every Wednesday Meet at UM at 5:00pm

 Time: 5:30pm-7pm

 Contact: Gabriela Garcia Cruz –

St. Vincent De Paul Meal Project

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 or contact Pierre Kolowe at

St. Vincent De Paul Wellness Center

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 or contact Justin Grider at

USF Corpus Clinic Pre-meds

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 for more information or fill out the sign up sheets available in the  University Ministry Office.


VA Hospital

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 or contact Lauren Totah at

Other Local Service Opportunities


Tutoring Programs

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. 


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* For further information on tutoring programs, please contact University Ministry at or (415) 422-4463.