Community Outreach

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" -Martin Luther King Jr

One of the cornerstones of the Loyola Jesuit mission is service to others. As such our students, faculty and staff demonstrate a profound commitment to the underserved and to issues of social responsibility and justice. We believe it is necessary to inspire our students to become active global citizens, thus serviceoutreach and community partnerships are an integral part of the Stritch experience.

Located in an underserved area, Loyola has a unique opportunity to promote health equity and collaborate with local agencies to empower the community.  We offer students various opportunities to engage in  local and global service activities that enhance the quality of life of others while enriching their own learning experience. Furthermore, programs/courses in the Center for Community and Global Health and Bioethics integrate service activities with reflection and structured class activities to enhance personal, professional and civic development.

Featured Opportunities:

HPREP:

HPREP is a program dedicated to alleviating health care disparities by encouraging high school students from underrepresented groups and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers as health professionals. The program takes place on Saturday mornings at the School of Medicine and students engage in a variety of  structured activities that included hands on- workshops, panel sessions and group mentoring. Medical student volunteers serve as mentors to high school students and plan Saturday sessions.

Contact: Freager Williams, MD (FWILLIAMS@lumc.edu)

Maywood Youth 4 Change:

Loyola directed program that provide youth and children of the area with a safe space and with activities that: help them to develop leadership skills, express their creativity, improve and/or develop artistic skills and become active participants in the enrichment of their community. Volunteer leaders plan activities/programming that is tailored to the teens in the group that is instructive, yet creative and fun. Program is held every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

ContactKaren Heisler (heisler.k@gmail.com) or Emily Obringer (emily.obringer@gmail.com)

Housing Forward:

http://www.housingforward.org/get-involved

Loyola Medical Center and Stritch partner with Housing Forward to combat homelessness in the Cook County area. This agency helps clients achieve self-sufficiency by providing access to basic self-care services necessary for daily living, as well as health and case management services. Housing Forward also provides shelter, support services, employment readiness and supportive housing.  

Contact: Mark Kuzcewski, PhD (mkuzcew@luc.edu) or (adminassist@housingforward.org)

Community Health Clinic Night on Tuesdays 

Free Clinic in Humboldt Park neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side – Serves primarily Puerto Rican & Polish Immigrant families. Loyola students & physicians run the clinic on Tuesday nights by volunteering their time seeing patients. This is organized by the student organization “Students for a Healthy Community”.

Please see University Ministry for more opportunities to participate in service and outreach.