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Volunteer Programs

University Ministry's Solidarity-In-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 - 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.

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.

2014 April Action Day of Service Sites Included:

-St. Ignatius Parish 

-VA Hospital

-Sutro Stewards

-Golden Gate Park

-Special Olympics

-St. Vincent de Paul

-Habitat for Humanity


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 18th, 7:30am- 12:30pm (bring your muni pass)

Please contact Kique Bazan at with questions.

Sign ups for October Outreach are now closed.


Monthly Volunteer Opportunities

University Ministry Resident Ministers organize a Solidarity-In-Action program each semester that provides students with opportunities to volunteer at various organizations throughout San Francisco. Our Solidarity-In-Action programs are listed below.

Glide Memorial Church

Sunday, September 21st

  • 9:00am (5 spots available)
  • Sunday, October 19th

  • 9:00am (10 spots available)
  • Friday, November 14th

  • 11:30am - 2:00pm (10 spots available)
  • Students will be preparing lunch for the community. Spaces are limited, so any interested students should email Andrea as soon as possible to secure a spot. Glide began serving meals in 1969 as a volunteer-run potluck for 50, and now serve on average 2,560 meals a day with the help of 30 kitchen and security staff and thousands of volunteers each year. For more information, please contact Andrea Powell at

    Directions: Participants will leave from the University Ministry Office together. They will take the 5 MUNI bus downtown, get off at 5th Street and Market Street and walk to 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    St Anthony's Volunteer Program

    Sunday, September 21

  • Meet at the University Ministry office at 8:15am (10 spots available)
  • Sunday, October 19

  • Meet at the University Ministry office at 8:15am (20 spots available)
  • Sunday, November 16

  • Meet at the University Ministry office at 8:15am (10 spots available)

  • Students will have a wide variety of positions including serving trays to guests in the Dining Room, sorting clothing donations, teaching classes in the Tech Lab, and administrative assistance to name a few. Fore more information, please contact Hope Cornelis at

    Directions: Participants will travel to the site together by taking the MUNI 5 bus downtown to 5th Street and Market Street. They will walk to 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    St. Peter's Mass and Vigil Volunteer Program

    Days: Last Friday of the Month

    Meet at UM at 5:00pm

    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

    Volunteers will attend a mass, organized by the San Francisco Organizing Project and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Father Moisés Agudo, who talks about the fear that permeates the undocumented Latino population. For more information contact Thiago Lopes at

    Directions: Take 33 Muni on Stanyan & Fulton then walk to 1200 Florida St CA 94110‎.

    St. Vincent De Paul Multi-Service Center

    Wednesday, September 3rd
    • Orientation from 6:15pm - 7:45pm
    Saturday, September 6th
    • 4:00pm - 7:45pm (Meet at University Ministry office at 3:00pm & travel to the site together.)
    Saturday, October 4th
    • 4:00pm - 7:45pm (Meet at University Ministry office at 3:00pm & travel to the site together.)
    Saturday, November 1st
    • 4:00pm - 7:45pm (Meet at University Ministry office at 3:00pm & travel to the site together.)
    Saturday, December 6
    • 4:00pm - 7:45pm (Meet at University Ministry office at 3:00pm & travel to the site together.)
    Students will be serving dinner for the homeless community and see San Francisco through the perspectives of the homeless community. This volunteer opportunity allows students to be a welcoming presence for the Society clients as they meditate, promote well-being, positive attitudes, and build relationships. This amazing opportunity promises unique encounters with the marginalized and a chance to truly learn about solidarity. For more information please contact Resident Minister Gino Altamura at Directions: Participants will meet in the University Ministry office at 3:00pm and take the MUNI 5 towards Howard Street and Main Street. They will get off at Market Street and 5th Street and walk to the intersection of 5th Street and Bryant Street.

    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

    Wednesday, September 24th
  • 3:00 - 4:45pm (Meet in the University Ministry office at 2:30pm to travel to the site together. Volunteers will be back to campus by 5:00pm.)
  • Wednesday, November 19th
  • 2:30pm - 5:00pm (Meet in the University Ministry office at 2:00pm to travel to the site together. Volunteers will be back to campus by 5:15pm.)

  • October & December dates are TBD. 

    Volunteers assist the VA staff in making patients' stay at the hospital more enjoyable and fun! Activities include playing bingo, dance expos, art, and sharing in conversation and getting to know the Veterans. For more information please contact Resident Minister Andrew Shahamari at

    Directions: University Ministry will provide transportation to 4150 Clement Street, Bldg. 7, Room 120, San Francisco, CA 94121.

    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.