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, February 3.

Service begins the week of February 3 and continues through the week of April 28. 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 (klaassen@gonzaga.edu, 509-313-6937) or Sooyoun Park (parks@gonzaga.edu, 509-313-7305).

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

The Arc of Spokane

Wednesdays, 12:00 to 2:15 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA)
Tuesdays, 3:15 pm to 5:45 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! THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

Family PromiseContemplatives in Action

Thursdays, 3:45 to 6:30 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 SPRING 2019.

 

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, 2:15 pm to 4:30 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 and providing support in the kitchen when needed. Service will center around conversing with patrons of the shelter while lunch is being prepared. 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
The Lands Council is an environmental non-profit in Spokane that focuses on restoring, maintaining, and protecting the Northwests' forests, water, and wildlife. During the spring, volunteers get the opportunity to help out at the Lands Council offices by assisting in fundraising operations and their spring auction (which is A TON of fun). Additionally there are often opportunities to help out in their tree nurseries in later spring. The Lands Council is an amazing organization and volunteers get the chance to meet and get to know the incredible staff there as well. If you have a passion for environmental justice and also want to make connections in that industry this is a great site! Sign-up soon as space is limited!

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, 10:15 am to 12:45 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
Wednesdays, 4:45 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

Northeast Youth Center                     
Mondays, 3:30 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

Second Harvest Kitchen
Tuesdays, 4:30 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

St. Margaret’s Shelter
Wednesdays, 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

Transitional Living Center
Mondays from 4:45 to 7:15 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. THIS SITE IS FULL FOR SPRING 2019.

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 3rd and watch your email for more information from your site leader and/or CCE staff.