Virtual Week of Service

The Week of Service — presented by UChicago’s University Community Service Center (UCSC) within the Office of Civic Engagement in partnership with UChicago Laboratory Schools and UChicago Charter School — will give local residents and community-based organizations an opportunity to take part in activities and support efforts ranging from resume review services from the University’s Office of Career Advancement to yoga and wellness classes facilitated by University students and faculty and staff from more than 13 units across campus. Members of the University community will have a chance to learn from local residents as well through a conversation series, workshops, and other activities.

Each day will be themed to highlight principles central to Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and feature local community-based organizations, as well as large-scale volunteer opportunities.

Sunday January 17, 2021

Reflection

1 PM: MLK, The March on Washington, and the Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation: A Public Speaking Workshop (Open to All)

Monday January 18, 2021

Collective Action

8 AM: Still Meditation with Spiritual Life (Open to All)

4:00 PM: Film Screening of "The Color Tax" by Organic Oneness Bronzeville  Description and registration link here (Open to All)

5:30 PM: Lasagna Love with Celebrity Chef Michael Kornick (Open to All)

6 PM: MLK, The March on Washington, and the Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation: A Public Speaking Workshop (Open to All)

6 PM: My Very Own Library: Read Alouds for Children and Families (Open to All)

6:30 PM: City Chats with Jhmira Alexander of Public Narrative (For UChicago Students)

UChicago Parrhesia’s Historical Conversations with Chicago Seniors: Brad Lyttle Talks About Civil Disobedience (podcast open to all)

Tuesday January 19, 2021

Community Building

8 AM: Still Meditation with Spiritual Life (Open to All)

11 AM: Community Building Through the Arts with Joanie Friedman (Open to All, registration required)

5:30 PM: Gentle Yoga with Spiritual Life (Open to All)

6 PM: My Very Own Library: Read Alouds for Children and Families (Open to All)

6:30 PM: City Chats with Megan Jeyifo from Chicago Abortion Fund (For UChicago Students)

Resume Review for Community Members with Career Advancement (Make an Appointment)

Live Mindfulness Meditation Sessions (For UChicago Students, Faculty, and Staff)

UChicago Parrhesia’s Historical Conversations with Chicago Seniors: Dolores Cross Talks About Being The First and Community (podcast open to all)

Cultural Exchange Presentations with International Students and Woodlawn Charter and Lab School (At Capacity) 

Wednesday January 20, 2021

Restorative Joy

5:30 PM: Gentle Yoga with Spiritual Life (Open to All)

Resume Review for Community Members with Career Advancement (Make an Appointment)

Live Mindfulness Meditation Sessions (For UChicago Students, Faculty, and Staff)

UChicago Parrhesia’s Historical Conversations with Chicago Seniors: Sophia Watson Talks About Coming Full Circle (podcast open to all)

Cultural Exchange Presentations with International Students and Woodlawn Charter and Lab School (At Capacity) 

City Chats with Barbara Flynn Currie (At Capacity) 

Thursday January 21, 2021

Professional Development

8 AM: Still Meditation with Spiritual Life (Open to All)

1 PM: Stress Management and Self-Care for Students Workshop with Wellness (Open to All)

5:30 PM: Yoga Flow with Spiritual Life (Open to All)

7:00 PM: Community Meditation (Open to All)

7:30 PM: City Chats with Grace Chan McKibben from Coalition of a Better Chinese American Community (For UChicago Students)

Resume Review for Community Members with Career Advancement (Make an Appointment)

Live Mindfulness Meditation Sessions (For UChicago Students, Faculty, and Staff)

UChicago Parrhesia’s Historical Conversations with Chicago Seniors: Dorothy Strang on Education and Open Heartedness (podcast open to all)

Cultural Exchange Presentations with International Students and Woodlawn Charter and Lab School (At Capacity) 

Friday January 22, 2021

Wellness

12 PM: Stress Management and Self-Care for Community Members Workshop with Wellness (For Community Members, UChicago Faculty, and Staff)

12 PM: MLK Virtual Letter Writing to Incarcerated with Institute of Politics, Bridge Writing Workshop, and Pozen Human Rights Lab (Open to All)

1 PM: Free Virtual Boxing Class with Ring of Hope (Open to All)

2 PM: "Know Your Rights" Presentation by the UChicago Law Impact Initiative (Open to All, registration required)

Resume Review for Community Members with Career Advancement (Make an Appointment)

UChicago Parrhesia’s Historical Conversations with Chicago Seniors: Allen Lang Talks About A Trip to D.C. (podcast open to all)

Cultural Exchange Presentations with International Students and Woodlawn Charter and Lab School (At Capacity) 

Saturday January 23, 2021

Interconnection

Connecting Through Stories Workshop (At Capacity)

Other Ways to Engage

Virtual Winter Coat and Gear Drive with Cradles to Crayons

Join the UChicago Book Club for "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" (For UChicago Students, Faculty, and Staff)

UChicago's Black Grad Coalition MLK Coat Drive Event Page

Related Content

UChicago Parrhesia’s Historical Conversations with Chicago Seniors (podcast open to all)

The University Community Service Center Video Archive

Discover Chicago Bound Resource Page

UChicago Department of Humanities Lectures

Open Lectures for Residents: Provided by UChicago’s Office of Civic Engagement in Partnership with Cook County

 

Donation Opportunities 

Please click on the organization's name below to donate to great causes!

Chinese American Service League: For over 40 years, the Chinese American Service League’s (CASL) comprehensive programs have connected families and individuals in the Chicago Chinese community and beyond with the vital support they need.

One Million Degrees: The potential of a single degree to change a life, a family, a community, inspires us to think beyond the boundaries of what is to what could be. One Million Degrees accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility.

One On One: Directly supports job-seekers on the South and West Sides of Chicago by working one-on-one with them through the process of finding and securing employment. 

Easterseals: Since its founding in 1919, Easterseals has remained committed to ensuring that the needs of children and adults with disabilities, veterans and older adults are met with services and supports to help them live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Chicago Hyde Park Village: The mission of Chicago Hyde Park Village is to help its members to remain in their homes and engaged in the community as they grow older, through education, volunteerism, and referrals. 

Chicago Scholars: We believe that education is social justice. That's why we are empowering Chicago's best and brightest first-generation and low-income students with the mentors, resources, and opportunities to go to our nation's best colleges and universities, graduate on time, and become Chicago's next generation of leaders. 

City Elementary: K-8 private school in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago that inspires diverse learners to take risks to achieve their fullest academic and social potential.  

Media Burn Archive: A nonprofit in Chicago that collects, produces, and distributes documentary videos created by artists, activists, and community groups. Their mission is to use archival media to deepen context and encourage critical thought through a social justice lens. 

Bethany House of Hospitality: Bethany House is an alternative to incarceration program for immigrant women 18 and over. Specifically, this is for women who have been in children's immigration detention and on their 18th birthday are transferred to adult immigration detention unless they can be released to family or Bethany House. We are located in the Hyde Park neighborhood. We have welcomed 49 women and 9 children from 16 countries.

South Side Community Art Center: As the oldest African American art center in the US, the South Side Community Art Center conserves, preserves and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture.

Arts of Life: Manages two studios that support 60 adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guided by a progressive vision to put inclusivity and creativity first, we seek to increase the visibility and recognition of our artists through exhibitions and partnerships in Chicagoland and beyond.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club: Brings people together to strengthen the health, vitality, and sustainability of our diverse local community through programs and partnerships, with a particular focus on child and youth development. During the Covid-19 pandemic, HPNC has opened its doors as a Learning Hub for children of essential workers and others to safely complete their remote learning with additional social and recreational opportunities.

 

General Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the organizational links below to make an immediate difference that can serve as a springboard for long-term commitment!

Love Fridge: Nourish Chicago communities through mutual aid! Drop food off to one of many outdoor refrigerator locations across Chicago!

District #5 Senior Wellness Calls with Rep. Lamont Robinson (At Capacity)

Any Soldier: Personalize a letter to a service person experiencing isolation in the coast guard, navy, air force, marines, or army.

Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Boxes: Drop books off at one of 72 outdoor libraries across the city!

Honeycomb Project Meal Support & Donation Efforts (Lab and Charter Families): Cook a meal at home and donate it for distribution!

Top Box Meal Support (Lab and Charter Families): Cook a meal at home and donate it for distribution!

Hope for the Day: Share information about suicide prevention and mental health resources.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison: Donate books to women who are incarcerated. Check out their wishlist here or coordinate a socially-distanced drop with staff here.

Symphony of South Shore: Create cards for seniors experiencing isolation in South Shore. Cards can be mailed to: Symphony of South Shore, Attn: Carmela Burns, 2425 E. 71st Street, Chicago, IL 60649 OR staff will collect them in a socially-distant manner at the front desk. Here is a helpful guide for card/letter creation from another organization.

Bethesda Home Senior Care: Create cards for seniors experiencing isolation on Chicago's Northwest side. Cards can be mailed to: Bethesda Home, Attn: Melissa Barnett, 2833 N. Nordica Ave., Chicago, IL 60634 OR staff will collect them in a socially-distant manner at the front desk. Here is a helpful guide for card/letter creation from another organization.

Montgomery Place Retirement Community: Create cards for seniors experiencing isolation in Hyde Park. Cards can be mailed to: Montgomery Place, Attn: Creshana Henry, 5550 S. Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637 OR staff will collect them in a socially-distant manner at the front desk. Here is a helpful guide for card/letter creation from another organization.

Cardz for Kidz: Uplift the spirits of disheartened kids! Here is a helpful, kid-friendly guide for card/letter creation. Completed cards can be mailed to Cardz for Kidz!, 323 East Wacker Drive #11, Chicago, IL, 60601

 

Tech and Development Collaborations

All Things Through Christ Outreach Ministries, Inc (ATTCOM), supported by the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and UChicago Alumni Relations and Development  (At Capacity) 

Bronzeville Historical Society, supported by the Organization of Black Students (OBS) at the University of Chicago and UChicago Alumni Relations and Development  (At Capacity) 

BTM Chicago, supported by Tech Savvy Friends, a student organization at the University of Chicago (At Capacity) 

Chicago Defenders Charities, supported by the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and UChicago Alumni Relations and Development (At Capacity) 

Chicago Urban League, supported by Tech Savvy Friends, a student organization at the University of Chicago (At Capacity) 

Destiny Outreach, supported by the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and UChicago Alumni Relations and Development (At Capacity) 

Sue Duncan Children’s Center, supported by the UChicago Alumni Relations and Development (At Capacity) 

YogaCare, supported by Tech Savvy Friends, a student organization at the University of Chicago (At Capacity) 

 

Questions? Contact Kafi Moragne-Patterson at kafi@uchicago.edu or Marquita Amoah at mamoah@uchicago.edu.