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Service & Justice

Weekly 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 wide variety of service opportunities to expand the horizons of participants, while facilitating reflection that can create a commitment to service for life.  Throughout the year, Campus Ministry runs weekly service site offerings as well as intensive service/immersion trips over extended breaks to diverse communities.  Reflection is a key component of Chestnut Hill College’s commitment to service, helping students to recognize the lived reality of what it means to “love God and neighbor without distinction. Participants in service activities exhibit an ability to be "ready for any good work," doing whatever is needed to help the dear neighbor.

Weekly Service

Campus Ministry offers opportunities to stand one with the dear neighbor on a regular basis. With volunteer opportunities every day of the week, Campus Ministry creates lasting relationships and allows participants to delve deeper into the lives of those they serve while also considering their own role and identity in the world.

Volunteers are required to sign up one week in advance of all service opportunities by emailing Space is limited and transportation is coordinated. There are no sign-up sheets. Please contact Jackie Newns, Director of Campus Ministry, at with any questions, needs, and desires regarding outreach and advocacy opportunities.

Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center

728 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Wednesdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm

January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29, May 6

 *Volunteers must commit to 13 of the 15 dates. 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; Saturdays 11:00am-1:00pm

January 30, March 5, March 7, April 14, May 5

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

January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 3, 17, 24; May 1

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.


Spring Break Service Experience

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.

Spring Break Philly: March 5-8, 2020

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.

Email Jackie Newns, Director of Campus Ministry at for an application.



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