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Loyola University New Orleans is part of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NAICU) national initiative CampusCares: Solutions for Stronger Communities. CampusCares salutes the involved and engaged members of college campuses across the nation. Every day, in thousands of ways, society benefits through the community service and civic engagement activities of students, faculty, and staff and administrators. A significant number of community members at Loyola contribute their talents to a variety of service learning and volunteerism projects throughout New Orleans. Loyola’s impact is tremendous.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Loyola University New Orleans

Description: Loyola students visit a local New Orleans elementary school where they will develop a unique one-on-one relationship with an elementary student through mentoring. One hour a week at the elementary school is the only mandatory requirement. There were 150 active student mentors in Spring 2005, and they completed approximately 2,700 hours of service.

How to join: Submit an application to the Loyola University Big Brothers/Big Sisters coordinator.
Contact: George Gallien: (504) 865-7921
Web Site : http://www.loyno.edu/~bgbrosis/

Student Government Association

Description : Wolves on the Prowl is an annual event that consists of community service projects across the New Orleans area. The current students and alumni gather to give back to the community and participate in hunger relief projects, assist persons with special needs, and share experiences with others. At the end of our long day, we take time out to reflect on how we are "men and women with and for others." This day is special to those of the Loyola family and the New Orleans community. The date of this year’s event is November 12, 2005.

How to join: There is no formal registration. Participants gather Saturday morning at Loyola and carpool to the selected site.
Contact : Lee Daugherty in the SGA office for more details, (504) 865-2132.
Web Site: http://www.loyno.edu/sga/

Service Learning

Description: Service Learning combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as civic and personal responsibility. Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to the community. Community sites include, but are not limited to, battered women shelters, schools, homeless shelters, hospitals, elderly care facilities, literacy centers, programs that serve the needs of the physically and/or mentally challenged, and programs that address the special needs of inner city youth. Instructor and student select specific site and activities that correlate to course content. The faculty member grants the student academic credit based on the learning achieved through service, not for completing the hours.

How to join: Inform faculty member that you are interested in participating in Service Learning activities or contact the Director of the Office of Service Learning.
Contact: Dr. Carol Jeandron, Director of the Office of Service Learning, (504) 865-2283, cajeandr@loyno.edu, Bobet 113

Contemplatives-in-Action Center

Description: Provides a variety of opportunities for the University community to live a reflective faith of action for justice and peace. Advises and supports the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP). Coordinates service trips as the Alternative Spring Break in which students spend a week living and working with the poor and the Two Worlds in Solidarity (TWINS) Immersion Program for students who desire an extended hands-on experience of life in Nicaragua living and working with the campesinos during the Christmas break. Coordinates the Peace Vigil trip to the School of the Americas in November.

How to join: Call (504) 865-2141 or email us at lpcerda@loyno.edu
Contact: Sister Leyla Cerda, CSJ, Director

Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP)

Description: LUCAP is an umbrella organization for 12 community and advocacy programs. In addition to community service, LUCAP also promotes awareness of social justice issues on campus and sponsors debates, speakers, and other events throughout the year. LUCAP members meet weekly for reflection and mutual support.

2005-2006 Projects include:

Environmental Action, Moratorium Campaign, Students Seeking Solidarity (global justice), Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Relief, Guardian Angels (shelter vouchers), SMILE (Students Moving Into the Lives of the Elderly), Loyola University Literacy Outreach Program, Children with Special Needs (Mentoring), CARE (Children Are Reason Enough), Esperanza (Tutoring Latino children), St. John the Baptist (tutoring).

How to join : Come to the LUCAP office in “The Wolf Den,”located in the Danna Center basement. You can join LUCAP any time by simply coming to an event or project.
Contacts: Jacob Steubing (Chair) jwsteubi@loyno.edu
Jay Alcazar (Assoc. Chair) acalcaza@loyno.edu
LUCAP office: (504) 865-2140. E-mail us at lucap@loyno.edu
Advisor: Sr. Leyla Cerda, CSJ Lpcerda@loyno.edu
Web Site:http://www.loyno.edu/lucap/

Loyola University Sociology Student Organization

Description : LUSSO is a student-run organization that offers a broad variety of opportunities for students to engage in social service activities and research aimed at improving the quality of life in the larger New Orleans community. Examples of past activities include environmental clean-up and education, promotion of awareness about hunger and homelessness, and joint work with Students Against Sweatshop Labor.

How to join : attend one of LUSSO’s monthly meetings.
Contact : Justine Diamond, 2005-06 LUSSO President, at jmdiamon@loyno.edu, or Dr. Marcus Kondkar, LUSSO faculty advisor, at (504) 865-2572 or at kondkar@loyno.edu.
Web Site : http://www.loyno.edu/~lusso/

Loyola Circle K International

Description: Circle K International is an organization for college and university students who are responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to community service. Current membership is 12,288 college students on 507 campuses in 15 nations in North and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and West Africa. The three aims of Circle K are service, leadership and fellowship. Throughout the year, we hold a number of meetings, exciting service projects, social activities, and other events that fulfill these aims. We also provide scholarships, leadership seminars and other training, and fellowship events with our other chapters, which include clubs at Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University, and many more.

Were you in Key Club International in high school? Circle K is the college branch of the Kiwanis Family, a worldwide service organization comprised of individuals who want to improve their communities.

How to join : Contact President Josh Matassa at jrmatass@loyno.edu. Also, check out our message board in the lower level of the Danna Center.
Websites: http://www.loyno.edu/~circlek/
http://www.circlek.org/
http://www.lamisstenn.org/circle-k/

Disclaimer: This list of community service projects may not reflect all the university organizations that perform community service. If your organization or group is involved in community service and would like to be listed on this page, please email information in above format to: david@loyno.edu

Updated October 9, 2008