Many of our service volunteers are actively involved in one or more of our 19 community service programs. These programs, under the direction of University Ministry and Service, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, include involvement on and off campus and represent a wide array of service opportunities. The programs are divided into two distinct areas of participation: direct service programs and social justice advocacy programs. All of the programs are guided by the Fellowship of Community and University Services (FOCUS), which fosters campus-wide programming and planning of community service activities. The following are a list of La Salle’s community service programs:
- AIDS Outreach visits Calcutta House residents living with HIV, engages in therapeutic social activities, and sponsors on-campus educational programs.
- The Alliance is a program that works to provide a safe space and support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Straight students, to sponsor educational programs, and to engage in direct service.
- Circle K is an international organization that works to meet the needs of local communities through a wide variety of service activities that go beyond our university-based programs.
- La Salle Learners is a weekly mentoring and tutoring program for students who are referred to the university through the Philadelphia Department of Human Services or any other child welfare organization.
- LOCK (La Salle Organization Caring for Kids) works with youngsters from Ronald McDonald House and the Germantown Y Child Care Center to provide educational and recreational activities and organizes the annual Christmas Toy Drive.
- Neighbor to Neighbor performs light work projects for neighbors who are elderly and or handicapped.
- Neighborhood Tutoring is a tutoring and mentoring program that assists children in grades K-8 in the surrounding community Time is spent doing homework and recreational activities.
- Police Athletic League (PAL) is a mentoring program that works with the Philadelphia Police Athletic League on a weekly basis.
- Pheed Philadelphia is a soup kitchen program that serves at St. Francis Soup Kitchen, the Face-to-Face program at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.
- Promise Academy at the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School is a new initiative requested by the Philadelphia Mayor’s office to assist high school juniors and seniors prepare their college application materials.
- REACHE is a program which assists developmentally delayed individuals with group recreational activities and competitions, with partners like Special Olympics.
- Team Lasallians is a service group that mentors and tutors three times a week at the DePaul School in nearby Germantown and two specialized Lasallian middle schools: La Salle Academy and Brother Rousseau Academy in Philadelphia.
- Women’s Relationship Awareness Program (WRAP) is a group of volunteers who assist two women’s transitional housing organizations. They are also dedicated to raising issues affecting both men and women and healthy relationships awareness on campus.
- St. Raymond Elementary School is a weekly mentoring program where volunteers tutor and also do general recreation activities during recess with the students.
- Students for Environmental Action (SEA) work to create awareness and change on our campus and in the real world about environmental issues. They have partnered with organizations like Awbury Arboretum and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
- Students in Action is a new program where students mentor high school students, in collaboration with the national Jefferson Awards organization, to help create a rewarding culture of volunteerism at various high schools in the Philadelphia area, three during the spring 2012 semester and adding two more in the Fall 2012 semester.