St. Ignatius

Information for Community Agencies

St Ignatius has a rigorous service requirement which asks each student to participate in meaningful direct service in partnership with local community based organizations. Our requirement seeks to engage our students throughout the first three years of high school. 

SI's graduation requirement is directed through our Community Service Office. We are currently staffed by Ms. Jocelyn A. Sideco and Mr. John Ottersberg.

We do welcome community agencies to connect with us and express their needs for volunteer support. Our CS office is eager to collaborate with local nonprofit organizations (agencies registered with a Federal Tax 501c(3) as partners that engage students in social change.

There are many ways agencies can connect with SI. Please take a look below where we briefly describe the various opportunities for local organizations.

Connect with SI as a Referral Organization. Referral organizations are listed in our database as a resource to our students. These organizations typically do not fulfil our Core Agency criteria, but are important local partners in the SF Bay Area. Most of the time, these are agencies that have one-time service needs, particularly projects which would be excellent for student groups. As well, referral agencies are those that may have the need for an on-campus charity drive. Finally, referral agencies may be local faith-communities where students can participate in the life of the religious institution.  Referral agencies are useful to SI as resources to our student body. Typically, referral agencies are nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is not focused on social justice issues (such as homelessness, hunger, healthcare, education for the marginalized, etc). As well, these agencies may address may address important issues, but are unable to host students for 40 hours or more of consistent volunteering. Finally, referral agencies tend to be organizations that need one-time volunteers or agencies that would like to be placed in our SI database for possible charity drive opportunities.

Please fill out the information below so that we can place your organization in our student volunteer database: Name of Organization; Staff contact name; Staff phone; Staff email; Organization address; Way your organization would like to be involved with SI.

If you have one-time service activities, please send Ms. Sideco details on the service event. We are unable to promote and recruit for special events as our focus at SI is on our Core Projects. But we can post your event in our offices for students and/or on-campus clubs.

You should include the following information in your request: Date of Event, Purpose; Organizing Agencey; Type of Activity; Time of Volunteering; Contact Person

If your agency is in need of a charity drive (you need socks, toiletries, food etc.) please contact Ms. Sideco. We will do our best to accomodate your needs.

Participate as a Core Agency Partner with SI. Core Agencies are key partners with SI. These are agencies that have a strong focus on social justice within our local community. These organizations can host student volunteers in an on-going,  committed basis for at least 40 hours, possibly even more. Students volunteering at core agencies must be engaged directly with people in need, providing very important hands-on service. As well, these agencies must have responsible and consistent staff supervisors who are available to support our SI students. Core Agencies are asked to maintain regular communication with Community Service staff such that we are informed of any changes or updates. Finally, core agencies are the only organizations which are invited on campus to attend our annual service fair.

Core Agencies are Nonprofit Organizations that work closely with the SI Community Service Office and who foster an on-going relationship with SI student volunteers.

Core Agencies are able to host student volunteers for at least a minimum of 40 service hours (within a regular schedule of volunteering that does not take longer than 6 months). These agencies also provide direct service opportunities for at least 85% of the volunteer time, making it possible for SI students to engage directly with organizaton clients and staff in meaningful ways. During this time of core service,  students reflect regularly via an SI journal which they are provided.  Students must have an SI journal in order for their service to be considered a core project.  It is the student's responsibility to plan their core service experience and apply for a core journal BEFORE beginning core service. Agencies should be aware of our SI student requirement, but ultimately it is the students job to fulfill any and all SI requirement activities. Core Agencies can expect to have regular opportunities to recruit SI student volunteers via our Volunteer Fairs and Community Service staff.  Community Service expects that Core Agencies maintain contact with us and provide updates on staff contact information, agency data etc. It is very important that Core Agencies maintain regular contact and provide updates to us so that we can support the referral of student volunteers to their site. If you are interested in becoming a Core Agency with St Ignatius, please complete the Core Agency Application (pdf format) and email it to Ms. Sideco. Please include brochures and detailed information on your program. The more information you are able to share with us, the better we can promote your organization to our students. Please note that we will respond to you once we receive your application--and we will do our very best to get back to you in follow up as soon as possible.