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Franciscan Service Program

Service is important at St. Francis College and our mission is to help all SFC students become Servant Leaders. The Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue works to develop service opportunities for the Terriers Community.

St. Francis College Mission Statement

St. Francis College is an inclusive and diverse institution of higher education rooted in a commitment to academic excellence, compassionate hospitality and ethical leadership. Inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, and founded by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, the college prepares students to serve and thrive in a global community and help shape a just society.

Franciscan Service Program Mission Statement

SFC's Franciscan Service Program is committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring them in a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship.

The Program builds upon the Franciscan value of serving others by providing opportunities for students to put their knowledge into action - from classroom to community. Our students gain skills and exposure to help explore possible career choices while being good neighbors serving in the community.

Steps to Participate

  1. Identify a service engagement with a Community Partner (see below)
  2. Schedule and confirm a specific service engagement
  3. Review the Service Orientation Guidelines
  4. Complete the Volunteer Registration Form
  5. Complete the Service Completion Form upon completion of the service engagement

Terriers in Action

Serene volunteered at Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ)

Read Serene Arana’s Service Reflection

SFC Community Partners

Listed below are Community Partners where students can volunteer more than just once or twice. These are volunteer opportunities one could volunteer once a week for a semester, etc.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

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Brooklyn Book Bodega

Brooklyn Book Bodega increases the number of 100+ book homes in Brooklyn. Research shows that households with 100+ books boost life outcomes for children and adolescents. Despite the resources and wealth in Brooklyn—parts of our own community are classified as book deserts, areas with very few books available for sale or lending. Volunteers 18+ are welcome.

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Brooklyn Book Festival (July signup)

Our volunteers are an important part of the community spirit of the Festival and welcomed both authors and audiences to enjoy the day. We look forward to welcoming volunteers for the Sept/Oct 2024 Festival and will post the registration information in July.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.

The organization will contact volunteers as needed for various events.

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Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Brooklyn Community Pride Center advances lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer liberation by celebrating, commemorating, and convening LGBTQ+ Brooklyn through socially conscious and culturally responsive programs, partnerships, and advocacy.

Whether you can commit to an ongoing role, or just want to lend a hand at special events, get started by filling out this form.

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Brooklyn Library

Want to enrich your own life and the lives of others? Spread the love of reading and learning, curiosity, and tolerance? Improve your local branch library? Join hundreds of volunteers who share their time, skills, and energy to strengthen the library community.

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Brooklyn Library: Corporate & Group Volunteer

Brooklyn Public Library hosts several large events each year which are perfect for groups of volunteers to learn more about the library, bond as a team and meet like-minded people in their community. One-time group projects are a great way become involved in your local community and support the library. Abundant opportunity for service teams

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Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens

A few hours of your time means a lifetime for another. Share your time and talent with your neighbors in need. Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens offers many ways for you to get involved at locations across the Diocese. Volunteer today!

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Founded in 1971, CHiPS is now a full-service soup kitchen and food pantry open six days a week, as well as a home for expectant single mothers. For over fifty years, CHiPS has served as a beacon of hope to thousands of friends and neighbors in need—and has been able to succeed thanks to people like you. Our friends, supporters and volunteers help ensure CHiPS keep the doors open, the meals hot, and the support ready for years to come.

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EVLoves NYC feeds NYC’s food insecure, partnering with more than 85 organizations (churches, mosques, community fridges, mutual aids, etc.) that serve the most challenged populations of our city. Learn More

Fort Greene Park Conservancy

Caring for public spaces is an all-hands activity. From spring through fall, we offer several opportunities for you to get involved, whether that’s hands-on work in the park, or helping Fort Greene Park Conservancy run our many public programs. From individuals to corporate groups, there’s an opportunity for everyone.

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Gallery Players

Want to get involved? Gallery Players works hard to present the best costumes, lighting, sets, and music possible in our productions – but there’s so much more that needs to be done!

From the Board of Directors to the ushers, Gallery Players operates by an all-volunteer staff, and as we continue to grow, expand our programs, and bring you the best Brooklyn has to offer, our needs grow with us.

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Gallop NYC

Gallop NYC offers a variety of programs to suit the needs of a variety of New Yorkers. Learn more about our therapeutic horseback riding center!

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Good Shepherd Services

Good Shepherd Services offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, with options for groups and individuals to contribute their time through ongoing, occasional, or one-time commitments.

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Heights and Hills

Currently, Heights and Hills strongly prefers volunteers who live and/or can travel to the following Brooklyn neighborhoods: Flatbush, East Flatbush, East New York, Crown Heights, and Bedford Stuyvesant. Heights and Hills volunteers provide friendship and support to frail and homebound older adults in 19 diverse Brooklyn communities. They visit, go for walks, assist with grocery shopping, chat about art and cultural events, or help master a new smartphone.

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Letters Against Isolation

We fight senior loneliness one letter at a time. Through handwritten messages of love, hope, and joy, our volunteer community brings seniors connection and improves their mental and physical health.

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Manhattan Sites Volunteer Program

The greater Manhattan area contains nine national park sites under the Manhattan Sites (MASI) administrative umbrella. Volunteer positions generally include front-line visitor services, including staffing visitor centers, greeting visitors, answering questions, and giving tours. A weekly commitment of at least four hours per week is preferable, but event volunteers may be needed from time to time. Learn more on

Migrant Center

The Migrant Center of The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is Inspired by the Franciscan tradition of ministering to people who are alienated, displaced, or persecuted. The Migrant Center assists immigrants/migrants with their legal needs:

  • Volunteer every week as an intake coordinator.
  • Be a translator from your native tongue to English, during intakes or translating documents.
  • Due to the learning curve for volunteers, the minimum commitment is 32 hours.

To volunteer, email Bob Justich at [email protected].

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New York Cares

We provide year-round volunteer opportunities for New Yorkers like you. Projects take place across the city Explore 1,000+ volunteer opportunities. Become a team leader to build your skills and credentials.

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One Love Community Fridge

One Love Community Fridge works to connect, empower and engage the community through education and providing access to fresh, healthy food with no stigma. Learn More

Prospect Park

Prospect Park Alliance engages thousands of volunteers annually to help keep Brooklyn’s Backyard green, vibrant and welcoming. The volunteer season runs from April through November. Register today to become a volunteer.

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Sant'Egidio is a Christian community born in 1968 in Rome and now spread in 70 countries. It's rooted in prayer, service to the poor and work for peace.

  • Interested volunteers to befriend an elderly person at Hopkins Rehabilitation Center (155 Dean Street, Brooklyn)
  • Opportunities are on Wednesdays (3-7 p.m.) and Sundays (10:30 a.m.-1:30 pm).

Email Susan Cangiano at [email protected] or dial 917-817-3919.

350-Plus Students Are Currently Providing Community Service

The Franciscan Service Program is expanding to 500 students per year.

Senior Adjunct Lecturer; Chair of Franciscan Service Program

Bob Justich

[email protected]
Cell: 862-485-2605 
Dir. of Office of Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue | Co-Director of The Office of DEI

Bro. Gregory Cellini, OSF

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