Service

Loras is recognized nationally for our commitment to community service and interfaith efforts. Many students are dedicated to service and social justice as a way of life.

Loras offers a variety of service and social justice experience trips throughout the year. Every year, over 100 Loras students, faculty and staff go out on weeklong trips across the country and abroad.  Below are few of our signature trips.

McKee, KY
This trip is focused on helping the local residents at St. Paul’s Parish.  Students work on housing improvements, visit with elderly and learn about the Appalachian people.  Students also organize a Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment for residents of the area.

Morton, MS
Working with the Sisters of St. Francis, students assist with outreach in local schools and after school tutoring programs, work on home repairs throughout the community, and visit the elderly, all while learning about the history and culture of the area.

Chicago, IL
The Brother David Darst Center offers an urban immersion experience focused on justice, peace, spirituality, and education.  Students will work at soup kitchens and shelters in the city.  The team will also discuss social and economic changes as well as urban poverty and homelessness.

Camden, NJ
With the DeSales Service Works program, students work closely with the community serving in the streets of Camden.  Working in the urban setting, the Loras community serves in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other programs.

Flores, Honduras
Students spend time with the children at our various sites around the Comayagua Valley, visit English classes, partake in daily spiritual activities, work on labor projects, visit the local towns, and do sports and crafts with the children.

New Orleans, LA
Two trips are offered to New Orleans.  Volunteering with the United Saints Recovery Project, students work with homeowners to help rebuild homes damaged by natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.  Focus is on the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged communities.

Grainger County, TN
On this trip, volunteers take part in an immersion experience that blends service, prayer and a simple community lifestyle at the Glenmary Farm.  The team works on construction projects and visits nursing homes, adult daycare centers, and a food pantry.  They also work on activities around the farm and in the community.

Washington, DC
Members of the Loras community will travel to Baltimore the first half of the week to live and work with the Little Friends of Peace, who provide education, outreach, summer camps and a garden all focused on cultivating peace through nonviolence.  The latter half of the week is spent in DC with those committed to peace, engaging in prayer and study followed by action.