Office of Service Learning
Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need. The Catholic Charities' English as a Second Language (ESL) program helps adult immigrants from over thirty countries each year. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we not only increase students' English abilities, but lead them towards becoming more confident, independent, and integral members of the greater New Orleans community.
Catholic Charities Head Start Centers provide education, social services, and health screenings to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (6 weeks to 5 years old) from low income families.
Loyola service learning students can play with and read to Head Start children and assist classroom teachers. Students will learn to interact with diverse groups of people. They will also learn about early childhood development, classroom and behavior management, and different approaches to early learning.
OportunidadesNOLA is an adult education program promoting the successful integration of immigrants into greater New Orleans society through education and social services. We teach 4 levels of ESL, computer literacy, and provide a middle and high school diploma program similar to GED.
Loyola service learning students will assist in the classroom, tutor one-on-one in English and computer literacy, and help with operating nightly programs.
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children (Metro) provides services to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Metro provides many services, including a 24/7 crisis line, an emergency shelter, individual counseling, children's advocacy, group support, stalking support, human trafficking services, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, referrals and community education.
Luke's House's mission is to be a place of medical and spiritual hope, health and healing for the people of greater New Orleans; and a doorway to long-term healthcare solutions. We are the city's only free medical and mental health services provider. We offer basic primary care to anyone in need.
New Orleans Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the quality of public education by connecting its partner schools with thousands of volunteers and community resources. The New Orleans Outreach team has remained dedicated to this mission, as well as the city of New Orleans, by providing direct support to its partner schools by managing various volunteer-driven programs - including a teacher assistant program, after school electives, an internship
Project Lazarus is a transitional housing program that provides services to people with HIV/AIDS who can no longer live independently, or whose family can no longer take care of them. The primary purpose of Project Lazarus is to help heal and empower people living with HIV/AIDS by focusing on wellness, providing housing and offering important support services in a homelike environment.
STAIR is a reading program for public school second graders who are reading below grade level. Volunteer tutors work with students one-on-one using a professional reading curriculum. Our mission is to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of elementary school students. STAIR has been active in the New Orleans area for 25 years.
The Uptown Shepherd's Center is a senior activity center open to those 60 years and older. Various activities, classes, exercise, hot lunch and transportation to and from the Center are provided to our seniors. This gives the clients an outlet for socialization, mental and physical stimulation and provides an enabling perspective to deal with aging and maintaining independence.
By serving at Uptown Shepherd's Center, Loyola students can gain exposure to the senior population and come to have better understanding of them.
The Harry Tompson Center provides a calm and caring environment in which to serve the needs of the poor and homeless in the downtown New Orleans area. We are a day center only, and we provide showers, laundry services, a telephone room, legal aid, medical care (including mental health), and prescription assistance. Lunch is also provided daily at our site.