Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Villanova is a faith community known for its service to the marginalized of our society. In the spirit of St. Thomas of Villanova, who dedicated his life to the service of the poor, Campus Ministry provides numerous service & social justice opportunities for all members of our Villanova community. There are different types of service opportunities depending on your interests, availability and time commitments.

RUIBAL & COV

Ruibal is a semester-long first-year program that partners with after-school programs to tutor and mentor children in the Philadelphia community. Volunteers are placed in groups with other freshmen, and commit to serving with the same after-school program weekly for the course of the semester. In addition to direct service experiences, both COV and RUIBAL also provide opportunities for social justice education as well as personal and spiritual reflection. In this way, participants can learn more about the social, economic, and political factors which create the need for service in the first place and reflect on them in light of their own personal experience and commitments.

HHAW / ACT! SPEAK! BUILD! Week

Once a year Campus Ministry sponsors major events such as Hunger Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) in the Fall, and in the Spring Act! Speak! Build! Week and Advocacy Week. These are run almost entirely by volunteers.

Weekends

On weekends the Villanova Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build homes in the local area, and is involved in advocacy and fundraising throughout the year.

The Knights of Columbus

is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to Join

Although our service events are open to the entire community, membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.