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 week-long trips across the country and abroad. Below are a few of our signature service opportunities.
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.
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.
New Orleans, LA
While working on coastal restoration projects, you will learn about the gulf coast and witness first-hand what years of hurricanes and environmental disasters have done to the area. Work and live with Camp Hope, whose mission is defined by “what we do and how we live.”
Bring the mercy of Christ to the poor through street ministry with Christ in the City. Serve lunch in the park for those experiencing homelessness, hike in the Rocky Mountains, and learn about food insecurity with SAME Café, a pay-what-you-can restaurant started by a Loras alumna.
Explore the Dubuque area through the lens of Catholic social teaching. Serve a meal in the community, engage with students at a local elementary school, and learn about sustainability and food insecurity within our local area.
San Diego, CA/Tijuana, Mexico
Focusing on poverty in the U.S. and Mexico, we will serve with youth and young adults in San Diego and learn of their experiences with foster care, addiction and unemployment. We also plan to cross the border into Mexico, visiting the community in Tijuana.
New Orleans, LA
Volunteering and living with Camp Hope, 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.
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.