Service Sites

There are many options for finding a service site:

  1. Visit the BUSN 200 Center in room McNeely 217.
  2. The Career Development Center has an extensive list of unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations.
  3. Community Engagement Network (CEN), a St. Thomas-based search engine for finding service opportunities.
  4. Use one of the following service-oriented search engines:
    volunteermatch.org
    serve.gov
    handsontwincities.org
    idealist.org
  5. Our Facebook page often has opportunities posted; you can also explore the organizations we "like."

Pre-established Partnerships

Junior Achievement

A partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world.

While most volunteers come from corporate partners, UST students are able to serve as role models and introduce the idea of a college education to students. The student group on campus has placed more than 400 volunteers in St. Paul classrooms in less than five years.

Contact: Dr. Barbara Gorski, BUSN 200 Center Director, bagorski@stthomas.edu

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Listening House

This is a day/evening shelter and community resource center that provides hospitality, practical assistance and counsel to people who are homeless, disadvantaged or lonely. People in transition or experiencing crisis often feel isolated and need to feel part of something. Listening House opens their doors to more than 200 adults every day and is a place anyone can belong.

For the more than a decade, BUSN 200 students have organized and hosted a silent auction that raises enough funds to cover the costs for keeping the Listening House Shelter open for a full month.

Contact: Dr. Barbara Gorski, BUSN 200 Center Director, bagorski@stthomas.edu

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London Business Semester

Each fall, approximately 50 students study in London with faculty from both the University of St. Thomas and the University of London. Students complete their BUSN 200 service at a variety of sites, including several schools, centers for the elderly, environmental groups and charity shops (similar to Goodwill centers).

Contact: Dr. Barbara Gorski, BUSN 200 Center Director, bagorski@stthomas.edu

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Students Today Leaders Forever

An optimistic group of students that engages in servant leadership to create positive life experiences. With a mission to reveal leadership through service relationships and action, STLF engages college, high school and middle school students in service and leadership.

Each spring break, UST students fill two buses and head out to complete service at various sites across the country as part of the “Pay It Forward” service tour. Students learn about a variety of social issues with hopes of learning more about themselves, their own community and the world.

Contact: Dr. Barbara Gorski, BUSN 200 Center Director, bagorski@stthomas.edu

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Tutor/Mentor

Partnering with school and community programs within Minneapolis and St. Paul, student volunteers assist school-aged youth in academic work, enrichment activities and other opportunities.

Students are placed at sites based on community requests and their own personal availability. After attending an initial training session, students complete 10 site visits and attend a mid-semester reflection in order to receive recognition for their participation.

Contact: Kate Caffery, Director of the Tutor/Mentor Program, kdcaffrey@stthomas.edu

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Up ‘Til Dawn

A team initiative where students compete in an all-night challenge for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Funds raised support St. Jude’s groundbreaking and pioneering care to save the lives of children in communities everywhere. Participants are recruited as teams of five and supplied with event and fundraising materials by St. Jude.

Contact: Dr. Barbara Gorski, BUSN 200 Center Director, bagorski@stthomas.edu

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VISION Service Tours

This cultural immersion and service program allows St. Thomas students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth. Teams of approximately nine students, two student leaders and one graduate student/staff/faculty advisor live, work and learn with partnering organizations in approximately 14 locations throughout the United States and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America each J-term and spring break.

Contact: Jacob Cunningham, VISION Director, jdcunningham@stthomas.edu

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