Semester of Service

ZVC-Semester of Service connects teams of students with local nonprofit organizations in Spokane to volunteer weekly. You’ll serve on the same day at the same time with the same group of students each week for the semester. New volunteers are required to attend a CCE and ZVC-Semester orientation on Sunday, September 16.

 

Service begins the week of September 16 and continues through the week of December 3. Sites will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today! 

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Contact Hannah Klaassen (klaassen@gonzaga.edu, 509-313-6937).

2018-2019 ZVC-Semester Community Partners
***Times listed include travel to and from the site, provided by CCE***

The Arc of Spokane

Wednesdays, 1:45 to 4:15 pm
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’s Community Center on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 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 two 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! 

Family PromiseContemplatives in Action

Thursdays, 4:45 to 7:45 pm

Family Promise works to help families experiencing homelessness find homes again. Students will work specifically with the patrons of the Open Doors Family Day Shelter, one of the few shelters in Spokane to specialize in service to families. Families with children of all ages come to Open Doors for a warm space to grow together as they transition out of homelessness. You’ll spend time with the kids, giving their parents time to finish chores around the shelter. Activities range from reading to crafts to playing games to telling stories. Volunteers should be flexible and bring open hearts and creative minds. After our time at Family Promise, the group will gather together for reflection, prayer, and discussion.

 

Contemplatives in Action: are you looking for a service experience that combines faith and justice? Sign up for a Contemplatives in Action site through ZVC-Semester. St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, believed that we must find God in all things. The Contemplatives in Action reflection time is a place to do just that, integrating spirituality and service into one immersive experience.

 

Food for All                          

Mondays, 12:45 pm to 3:15 pm

Food for All works to provide food to people in need and alleviate hunger in Spokane, focusing on increasing food security by establishing a local source for healthy goods through nutrition education, farming and gardening, and preparing and cooking healthy and easy meals! Volunteers will help harvest, weed, and clean up around the farm during the fall and then work on meal prep for the Welcoming Table after the farming season ends. If you are looking for a way to get off campus and work for food justice in our community, sign up for Food for All!

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
Wednesdays, 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 two hours each Wednesday evening. Help us build strong relationships with Maplewood Gardens residents and strengthen our community.


Meals on Wheels (MOW) – Contemplatives in Action
Wednesdays, 12:00 pm to 2:00 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.

Contemplatives in Action: are you looking for a service experience that combines faith and justice? Sign up for a Contemplatives in Action site through ZVC-Semester. St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, believed that we must find God in all things. The Contemplatives in Action reflection time is a place to do just that, integrating spirituality and service into one immersive experience.

Miryam’s House
Mondays, 4:45 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 cook a meal with residents while building community and engaging in meaningful social interactions. 

Northeast Youth Center                     
Mondays, 3:15 to 5:45 pm

At The Northeast Youth Center, our group will be working with a group of grade school students. We'll have a great time helping with crafts, homework, snack time, and games after school. NEYC acts as a safe and fun after school program for Regal, Bemiss, Lidgerwood, Longfellow, SIA, Arlington, Cooper, & Whitman schools. We will get the opportunity to hang out with a very diverse group of kids and give them a place where they feel loved and respected while they have a great time!

O’Malley Apartments (Tuesdays)
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:45 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 two 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.

O’Malley Apartments (Wednesdays)
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 two 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.

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.

Second Harvest Kitchen
Tuesdays, 4:15 to 8:15 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
Tuesdays, 4:45 to 7:15 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. 


Transitional Living Center (TLC)
Sundays, 1:45 to 4:15 pm
Transitional Living Center (TLC) is dedicated to helping homeless women with children create stability in their lives. TLC is a transitional housing program in which participating families may live for up to twenty-four months in one, two, or three bedroom apartments. As a volunteer, you will help build community with women and children transitioning out of homelessness by providing childcare for children ages 1-12 during a weekly mom’s group! Be a part of creating a more stable future for families experiencing homelessness in Spokane.

Sign-up Information

Spots are available until the site is full. New volunteers are required to attend a CCE and ZVC-Semester orientation on Sunday, September 16. Please mark your calendars and plan to be there.
Service begins the week of September 16 and continues through the week of December 3.

Questions? Contact Hannah Klaassen, CCE Program Manager: klaassen@gonzaga.edu, 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, September 16 and watch your email for more information from your site leader and/or CCE staff.