Semester of Service

ZVC-Semester of Service connects teams of students with local nonprofit organizations in Spokane to volunteer weekly. Volunteers engage in the community, learn about social justice, and participate in reflection while supporting community organizations and working for positive social change. Students serve with the same team and volunteer with the same organization on the same day of the week at the same time for the length of the semester. Sign up to be a volunteer with ZVC-Semester here!

ZVC–Semester volunteer opportunities, days, and times vary according to community partner needs and availability. Issue areas include poverty, homelessness, hunger, and environmental justice. Populations include children, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and people experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. Sites will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today. Continue reading for more information about specific sites, days, and times and detailed application instructions.Questions? Want to learn more? Contact Hannah Klaassen, CCE Program Manager:, 509-313-6937.

2017-2018 ZVC-Semester Community Partners
***Times listed include travel to and from the site.***

The Arc of Spokane
Tuesdays, 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm
The city of Spokane is home to 7,000 individuals who have an intellectual or developmental disability such as autism, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome. The Arc of Spokane works to promote independence and better the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. As a student volunteer, you will interact with individuals at The Arc of Spokane on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm by playing games and engaging in fun activities. Having a disability should never prevent someone from enjoying a joyful and meaningful life. Be an advocate, and an ally.

Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA)
Tuesdays, 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA), a program of Catholic Charities of Spokane, provides families with young children many resources, including counseling and parenting classes. Unfortunately, many parents are unable to utilize these resources because they are unable to find affordable childcare. For 2 hours every Tuesday, you can support these parents by actively engaging with kids ages 1-5-years-old. Let these families know they are cared for and valued – and come hang out with some adorable kids! THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Furniture Bank
Saturdays, 8:45 to 11:15 am
Do you enjoy working with your hands? How about helping to improve the quality of life of your neighbors? Then the Catholic Charities of Spokane Furniture Bank (CCSFB) might just be the service site for you! Founded in 2010, CCSFB works to improve the lives of individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness in our community by distributing essential home furnishings, including couches, chairs, dining tables, mattresses, and more. This site challenges you to collaborate with others and problem-solve while doing physical work. As a volunteer, you will be responsible for inspecting donations and making sure they are in good shape before delivery to our neighbors.

House of Charity (HOC)
Saturdays, 9:45 am to 12:15 pm
Make deep, lasting connections with those experiencing homelessness in our community! Our main purpose at House of Charity is to form relationships and to show others that they are worthy of love and respect. Volunteers will build relationships with patrons by having conversations, playing games, watching sports, providing support in the kitchen, and sorting donated goods. You’ll make great friends, engage in deep and intellectual conversations, learn more about poverty, and make a difference in Spokane’s community!

Lands Council
Tuesdays, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Envision a day when the forests of the Inland Northwest are protected for a diversity of wildlife species and provide our communities with plentiful clean water, a Spokane River that supports native fish and is safe for the public to recreate and fish in, and a community that is resilient and prepared for climate change. You can help to create this future by serving at the Lands Council assisting with planting trees, cleaning up rivers, and supporting staff in vital research projects.

Maplewood Gardens
Wednesdays, 5:45 to 8:15 pm
Maplewood Gardens is one of very few options for Medicare/Medicaid assisted living in Spokane. Many residents who live there seek friendship and connection. As a volunteer, you will offer residents companionship and build a strong community through playing games with them for 2 hours each Wednesday evening. Help us build strong relationships with Maplewood Gardens residents and strengthen our community. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Meals on Wheels (MOW)
Wednesdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meals on Wheels (MOW) provides over 270,000 meals annually to people who are homebound, disabled, and elderly across all 1,781 square miles of Spokane County. As a driver you and other ZVC volunteers will be assigned a route in the Hillyard area. Stand in solidarity with our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Please note: volunteers at this site must have a driver’s license and be willing to drive a Gonzaga University vehicle as part of their role. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Miryam’s House
Mondays, 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Women experiencing homelessness face increased risk of injury, medical and mental illness, physical and sexual assault, substance abuse, and dehumanization. Miryam’s House is a transitional housing program that offers a supportive and nurturing environment for women recovering from crises related to homelessness, abuse, addiction, and displacement. As a volunteer, you will offer companionship, build community, and encourage growth and self-sufficiency among residents through meaningful social interactions. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

O’Malley Apartments
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:45 pm OR Wednesdays, 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm
Senior citizens and people with disabilities in the Logan neighborhood want to make connections and create friendships with Gonzaga students. Friends of O’Malley will spend 2 hours weekly building community through playing games and having conversations. This program offers Zags the opportunity to recognize the infinite worth of individuals both on and off of campus. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Salvation Army
Thursdays, 4:45 pm to 7:15 pm
Forty percent of the homeless population in Spokane is made up of families with children. The Salvation Army works to provide shelter and care to a number of these families. As a volunteer, you will create bonds and form relationships with children and their parents at the shelter while participating in a variety of activities with them, from cooking classes to board game nights. By offering them support and compassion, you will provide these families with meaningful relationships, letting them know that they are worthy of love, dignity, and respect. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Second Harvest Kitchen
Tuesdays, 4:15 to 7:45 pm
Washington is the nation’s 23rd hungriest state, with 1 in 7 residents relying on food assistance. Every month, Second Harvest distributes 2 million pounds of food, 80% of which is fresh fruits and vegetables. As a volunteer, you will educate residents on how best to prepare and use healthy foods while on a budget by assisting in teaching a community cooking class in the Second Harvest Kitchen. Help Spokane become a healthier and happier place by participating in this weekly volunteer opportunity.

St. Margaret’s Shelter
Saturdays, 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
St. Margaret’s Shelter is a short-term housing environment for families struggling with housing insecurity. As a volunteer, students will provide childcare, as well as work in the shelter’s food bank and clothing store. Be a part of the solution, and support families as they transition into stable homes. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Transitional Living Center (TLC)
Thursdays, 3:45 to 5:45 pm
Women and families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, with 34% of the total U.S. homeless population being composed of families. Transitional Living Center (TLC) is dedicated to helping homeless women with children create stability in their lives. As a volunteer, you will help build community with women and children transitioning out of homelessness through cooking weekly dinners and engaging in meaningful conversations (and spending time with some sweet kids)! Be a part of creating a more stable future for families experiencing homelessness in Spokane. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2018. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!

Women’s Hearth
Tuesdays, 9:45 am to 12:15 pm
Throughout the United States, domestic and sexual violence are the leading cause of homelessness among women. Eighty-four percentof women experiencing homelessness have experienced severe abuse at some point in their lives. Women’s Hearth is a safe, welcoming space for women who have experienced trauma and homelessness, offering them a “hearth” of welcome, respect and community. As a volunteer, you will help to create and maintain this community by building meaningful relationships, encouraging self-determination by participating in World Cultures sessions where we learn about women around the world and throughout history who have made a significant impact in their communities. Please note: volunteers at this site must identify as a woman.

Sign-up Information

Volunteer registration information will be posted on this page in December. Spots are available until the site is full. All new ZVC-Semester volunteers are required to attend a half-day training prior to beginning service. The Spring 2018 training is scheduled for Sunday, February 4. Please mark your calendars and plan to be there.

Service begins the week of February 4 and continues through the week of April 22, with a week off during spring break.

Questions? Contact Hannah Klaassen, CCE Program Manager:, 509-313-6937.

To Register:

1. Fill out CCE’s General Volunteer Application through CiviCore
2. After you have submitted the form, you will receive an email from CiviCore with a link to the ZVC-Semester of Service sign up page. Select the opportunity you are choosing and submit your information.
3. After you sign up for a particular site, you are registered as a ZVC-Semester volunteer! Plan to attend the volunteer training on Sunday, February 4 and watch your email for more information from your site leader and/or CCE staff.