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. Volunteers are required to attend a CCE and ZVC-Semester orientation on Sunday, September 15.

Service begins the week of September 15 and continues through the week of December 1. Sites will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today!

*** Times listed include travel to and from the site, provided by CCE ***


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

2019-2020 ZVC-Semester Community Partners
***Times listed include travel to and from the site. Transportation is provided by CCE***

The Arc of Spokane

Mondays, 2:15 to 4:15 pm
The Arc of Spokane works to promote independence and better the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. As student volunteers you will build relationships within the Community Center through games, crafts, and hanging out with one another. Having a disability should never prevent someone from enjoying a joyful and meaningful life. Be an advocate and an ally.


Family Promise

Mondays, 5:30 to 8:15 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR FALL 2019.

House of Charity
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 show others they are worthy of love and respect. Service will center around conversing with patrons of the shelter and providing support in the kitchen when needed. This is an opportunity to build relationships, engage in important conversations regarding social injustice, learn about local poverty, and work for change in Spokane’s community.

Maplewood Gardens
Wednesdays, 5:45 to 8:15 pm
Maplewood Gardens, near the Gonzaga campus in the Logan neighborhood, 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.

Miryam’s House
Mondays, 4:40 to 7:15 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. NOTE: per Miryam’s House policy, every volunteer must identify as a woman.

Northeast Youth Center                     
Tuesdays, 3 to 5:15 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 like you. Friends of O’Malley will spend two hours weekly building community through conversation and games like Bunco, Apples to Apples, and more. This program offers Zags the opportunity to recognize the infinite worth of individuals both on and off 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 like you. Friends of O’Malley will spend two hours weekly building community through playing bingo and having conversations. This program offers Zags the opportunity to recognize the infinite worth of individuals both on and off campus.

Rising Strong
Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm
Rising Strong is a residential-style treatment center that works to keep families together by providing a joint parenting and drug-treatment program. While volunteering at Rising Strong, we will have the privilege to form meaningful relationships with the parents and children at the shelter. We will have the opportunity to engage in different activities such as teaching resume-building workshops, participating in jeopardy, and enjoying movie nights. This is an opportunity to have a fun time while also providing families with love and support.

Salvation Army
Thursdays, 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm
The Salvation Army works to provide shelter and care to families experiencing homelessness. As a volunteer, you will create bonds and form relationships with children and their parents while participating in a variety of activities, from supporting weekly dinners to providing homework help to socializing at this organization located right here in the Logan neighborhood. 

Second Harvest Mobile Market
Wednesdays, 11:15 am to 2:00 pm
Washington is the nation’s 23rd hungriest state with 1 in 7 residents relying on food assistance. Second Harvest distributes 2 million pounds of food monthly – 80% being fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2019, Second Harvest piloted a redesigned and retrofitted Spokane transit-bus into a grocery store on wheels called the Mobile Market. As volunteers, we will be travelling to subsidized and transitional housing units with the Mobile Market and distributing fresh produce to residents. Our group will be working with a wide range of populations ranging from young students to elderly community members. We will be helping to gather fruits and vegetables for participants, helping them get their groceries to their rooms if needed, and talking to residents about nutrition and diet. Throughout the semester, we will be working to reduce Northeast Spokane food insecurities as well as learn more about food justice in our neighborhood. 

St. Margaret’s Shelter
Tuesdays, 6:15 to 8:30 pm
St. Margaret’s Shelter is a short-term housing environment for families struggling with housing insecurity. As volunteers, students will spend time with the children who live there and help sort donations for the clothing store and food bank. Be a part of the solution and support families as they transition into stable homes. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR FALL 2019.

Transitional Living Center
Thursdays, 3:45 to 6:15 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 24 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 to 12! Be a part of creating a more stable future for families experiencing homelessness in Spokane.

World Relief
Tuesdays, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
World Relief is a refugee resettlement agency providing employment and legal services to support refugees and immigrants in rebuilding their lives. Volunteers will have the opportunity to develop relationships through working individually with clients in the computer lab and assisting with resumes, applications, and general English language support.

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 15 and watch your email for more information from your site leader and/or CCE staff.