L.O.Co: Weekly Community Service

The Lasallian Outreach Collaborative (L.O.Co.) is a weekly community service organization which partners with local community-based organizations in the Bronx, and greater NYC area.

students at volunteering eventStudents involved in L.O.Co. participate in ongoing, sustainable, weekly service work throughout the year with various local community organizations, working to create lasting social change by responding to the expressed needs of our community partners (see full list below).  

All current Manhattan College students are encourage to participate in the program. To get started, you should make an appointment with the Coordinator of Community Partnerships & Service to fill out the necessary paperwork, learn about transportation options, and get connected with other current student volunteers!

Kathleen Von Euw
Coordinator of Community Partnerships & Service
Student Commons, Social Action Suite CS 2.03C
Phone: 718-862-8106

  • Community Partners

    Manhattan College continues to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with local community-based organizations. Our students involved in the Lasallian Outreach Collaborative (LOCo) work with these partners in a variety of volunteer roles.

    Concourse House Shelter for Women & Children

    Concourse House offers a temporary home to approximately 42 women and their children. Our volunteers typically assist in the childcare center or in the after-school program with homework assignments and activities.

    Ethical Culture Men’s Overnight Emergency Shelter

    The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture runs a men’s overnight emergency shelter on Mondays. Our volunteers support the shelter by setting up cots, preparing food and providing hospitality for the guests.

    Fordham-Bedford Community Services

    Fordham-Bedford Community Services provides social services to families in Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation buildings and the surrounding community. Our volunteers typically tutor children in the after-school program, and assist with daily activities and projects.

    God’s Love We Deliver

    God’s Love We Deliver is a meal assistance program for the elderly, sick and homebound. Our volunteers deliver meals to individuals and families needing assistance around the Bronx community.

    Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

    Kingsbridge Heights Community Center provides educational and social services to the Bronx community. Our volunteers work with a variety of age groups in the:

    • After School Program - offers structured educational and recreational activities for children in grades K-5.
    • Tween Program - offers activities and educational opportunities for youth in grades 6-8.
    • College Directions Program - provides Bronx high school students with help applying to colleges and universities.

    Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation

    The Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation assists seniors in need of both short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care. Our volunteers work directly with residents, or assist professional staff, to achieve the Home’s mission of providing the best possible care and quality of life.

    Part of the Solution (POTS)

    Part of the Solution (POTS) provides a number of services to local individuals and families in need, including meals, a food pantry, barbershop, clothing room, shower facilities, medical clinic and more. POTS relies on volunteers to help run its Community Dining Room, which provides meals to people in need, as well as the Family Club, which provides homework help for children and cooking classes for adults.

    Passage of Hope (Camino de Esperanza)

    The Passage of Hope (Camino de Esperanza), a program run by nonprofit Leake & Watts, provides short-term care and assistance to undocumented migrant children who have come to the United States from other countries without an adult guardian. Our volunteers provide tutoring and assistance learning the English language.

    Serviam Gardens

    Serviam Gardens is an affordable senior housing community provided by Fordham-Bedford Community Services. Our volunteers assist with adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Bingo games, as well as teaching art and computer classes to residents.

    University Neighborhood Housing Project (UNHP)

    University Neighborhood Housing Project (UNHP) has been a resource for residents of the Northwest Bronx for 30+ years by providing financial education, foreclosure prevention, free tax preparation and small business help. Each spring, our volunteers receive free training and put their accounting skills to use helping Bronx residents with income tax preparation and/or translation services.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I get there?

    Depending on the time, select service sites have MC van transportation to and from campus. All partner sites are accessible via public transportation. A few sites are also within walking distance from campus.

    What about the time commitment?

    Students who participate in L.O.Co. visit our partner sites and serve between 2-5 hours each week (including transportation). 

    CMSA and our Community Partners prefer students commit to a weekly basis so that we can more readily meet the needs of our Community Partners, as well as develop relationships with the people with whom we are working. 

    What else is required of me for service?

    Most service sites have an initial orientation to familiarize you with the work of the agency and skills you need to be an effective volunteer.

    Many sites also require a volunteer application to be filled out for their records, as well as a background check if working with children. 

    Any Other Questions?

    Contact the Coordinator of Community Partnerships & Service to learn more or visit the Social Action Suite in the Student Commons, 2nd Floor, Suite 203!

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