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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

Saturday, April 11th, 7:30am- 12:30pm (bring your muni pass)

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.

2015 April Action Day of Service Sites Included:

-SF Golden Gate Park - Ocean Beach Raised Beds

-San Francisco Golden Gate Park Restoration

-America SCORES

-Asian Week Foundation - Community Garden Project

-Golden Gate National Parks - San Francisco Ocean Beach

-St. Vincent de Paul Multi-Service Center

More information on April Action 2015 service sites

Registration for April Action 2015 is now closed.

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.


Solidarity In Action 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

Meet at the University Ministry Office 45 minutes before the start of the event.

  • Saturday, 2/7 @ 11:30am-2pm: 5 spots
  • Sunday, 3/1 @ 11:30am-2pm: 5 spots
  • Sunday, 3/8 @ 11:30am-2pm: 8 spots
  • Sunday, 5/3 @ 9am-11am: 8 spots
  • 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. Students will be serving breakfast/lunch for the community. Spaces are limited. Interested students should email Andrea Powell at to sign up.

    Direction: Take 5 Muni bus downtown, get off on 5th and Market and walk to 330 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    St Anthony's Dining Room

    Meet at the University Ministry office at 8:30am.

  • Sunday, 2/15 @ 9:15am
  • Sunday, 3/8 @ 9:15am
  • Sunday, 4/19 @ 9:15am
  • Sunday, 5/17 @ 9:15am
  • Volunteers will join staff and other community volunteers to serve about 2,600 lunches to poor and homeless community members. Volunteers will serve trays, bus tables, work on the food line, and prep food in the kitchen. All volunteers will have the opportunity to experience several different positions and interact with the guests in the St. Anthony's Dining Room. Interested students should email Hope Cornelis at to sign up.

    Directions: Take 5 Muni bus downtown, get off on 5th and Market and walk to 330 Ellis St, 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

    Meet at the University Ministry office at 3:00pm.

  • Saturday, 2/7 from 3:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday, 3/7 from 3:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday, 4/4 from 3:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday, 5/2 from 3:30-7:30pm
  • 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. Interested students should email Gino Altamura at to sign up. After contacting Gino, students must sign up online at

    Directions: Take Muni 5 towards Howard Street and Main Street. Get off on Market Street and 5th Street. Walk to 5th street and Bryant.

    St. Vincent De Paul Wellness Center

    Meet at the University Ministry office at 3:15pm.

    Days/Times: Every Friday except holidays and spring break, 4:00-5:00pm.

    The Wellness Center program encompasses the four cornerstones of human well-being: stress management, nutrition, exercise and spirituality/community building. Our goal is to help individuals nurture these four aspects of living to address the root causes of persistent health problems and make lifestyle changes to improve their overall health. The Wellness Center largely serves an at-risk and underserved population of adults in San Francisco who are facing drug and alcohol addictions, mental health challenges, are primarily homeless or marginally housed and living in poverty.

    Direction: Take Muni 5 towards Howard Street and Main Street. Get off on Market Street and 5th Street. Walk to 5th street and Bryant.

    Interested students should email Thiago Lopes at to sign up. After contacting Thiago, students must sign up online 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

    Meet at the University Ministry office at 1:20pm. Transportation will be provided by RM to 4150 Clement Street, Bldg.7, Room 120, San Francisco, CA 94121.

  • Friday, 2/20 from 2:00-4:00pm
  • Friday, 3/6 from 2:00-4:00pm
  • Friday, 4/17 from 2:00-4:00pm
  • Friday, 5/1 from 2:00-4:00pm
  • 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

    Other Local Service Opportunities


    Tutoring Programs

    University Ministry sponsors after-school tutoring programs at St. Anthony's of the Immaculate Conception Elementary School, St. Peter's Catholic 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 a minimum wage compensation for their time. 


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