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Service & Justice

Service & Justice

SERVICE: As a core value of Chestnut Hill College, service provides a basis of learning and growth. Service to the dear neighbor is the genesis of transformative experiences; all those involved benefit and are changed as a result.  Campus Ministry offers a variety of service opportunities to expand the horizons of participants, while facilitating reflection that can create a commitment to service for life.  Campus Ministry creates intentional relationships with community partners, allowing students to delve deeper into the lives of those they serve while also considering their own role and identity in the world.

Stay tuned-- we are currently organizing our weekly service opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please contact Anna Ryan-Bender, Director of Campus Ministry, at ryan-bendera@chc.edu with any questions, needs, and desires regarding outreach and advocacy opportunities. You can learn more about our local service opportunities below. 

JUSTICE: Are you passionate about social justice? Campus Ministry provides students with leadership development opportunities on and off campus where you can integrate advocacy and action into your life. In Fall 2021, we will participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice -- a leadership summit and advocacy training conference rooted in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching with a specific focus on compassionate immigration reform and climate justice. Email Anna if interested!

Meet our local community partners and explore previous service opportunities:

Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center

728 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134

 *Volunteers must commit to serving each Wednesday 5:00 to 6:00pm. This is a semester-long commitment.

The Welcome Center offers opportunities that enable immigrants and others to improve the quality of their lives through access to education, support services and programs leading to self-sufficiency. Volunteers prepare and teach ESL classes from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Transportation is provided.


Saint Francis Inn Ministries

2441 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm

SFI is a Franciscan, Eucharistic community called to minister with the poor and homeless of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel, we try to meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing and hospitality. Volunteers serve meals to guests from 4:00 to 6:00pm.


Face to Face

123 East Price Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Fridays, 10:00-11:30am

Face to Face is a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to the health, well-being, and stability of the Germantown community. Face to Face offers a dining room, a health center, a legal center, a social services center. Volunteers talk with guests while working on art projects together.


Volunteers for all service days are required to sign up one week in advance of all service opportunities by emailing campusministry@chc.edu. Space is limited and transportation is coordinated. There are no sign-up sheets.


Spring Break Service Experience

Spring Break Philly: March 5-8, 2020

Students are engaged before, during, and after in the issues surrounding specific trips and are invited to explore issues of justice, systemic change, and advocacy so that trips are not simply direct service but allow for true dialogue, relationship building, and conversion of heart.An educational service experience through Philadelphia neighborhoods shaped by pillars of community, spirituality and justice. We will spend time serving with our community partners Saint Francis Inn and Face to Face. A collaboration with the Office of Service-Learning.



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