Community Service Programs
Urban Mission Project
St John's Well Child Clinic
This free clinic offers basic medical care for children under the age of 18 in economically struggling families in the surrounding area and provides the volunteer with the chance to practice Spanish language skills. There are multiple options based upon each volunteer's personal interest. The waiting room is often full of children (patients waiting to be seen by the doctors and also their brothers and sisters). Much of our work involves interacting with the children by leading activities that will make their wait for the doctor less tedious and arduous. These activities include: coloring, reading stories, and simply playing with the children. Another task is to assist the doctors by taking the children's vital signs (temperature, height, and weight). Finally there are some clerical tasks such as filing and answering phones. To work at St. John's you must have proof of a recent TB test and MMR shots.
The After School Program at St. Philips:
This opportunity gives volunteers a chance for first-hand interaction with inner-city school children. The children come from the 28th street Elementary school and the kids range from k-6 grades. Volunteers assist with the kids homework as tutors (encouraging students to do homework and helping them understand what they need to do). Volunteers also assist with reading, playing games, and socializing. This program provides a casual atmosphere and weekly contact which allows for personal bonding with children. Furthermore this site is great for those who love kids and perfect for those who aspire to be teachers.
A Community Place:
A Community Place, a project of USC's United Ministry, is a homeless resource center where volunteers prepare and provide healthy lunches, bus tokens and refferals to the homeless population.
Sunshine Mission/ Casa de Rosas:
A shelter for single women in crisis and a long term hotel that serves as transitional housing. Volunteers can answer phones and help with basic office work, help the groundskeeper with he gardens and lawns or teach/assist classes on basic computer skills, yoga and career preparation.
Adam's Harbor Hot Lunch Program:
Adam's Harbor is a Saturday feeding program for the homeless, unemployed and underemployed. The program offers meals and various hygienic products and those in need.
The Food Cupboard:
This is a free grocery service for families in the university Park community and volunteers are asked to help pack grocery bags from 9:30 to 1:00 pm on the third and fourth Wednesdays of every month. This program has a very comfortable environment and a great introduction to volunteer service.