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Center for Service & Social Action

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Center for Service & Social Action
PredecessorCenter for Community Service
Established1992; 29 years ago (1992)
  • 1 John Carroll Blvd.
    University Heights, Ohio
Sr. Katherine Feely, SND
AffiliationsJohn Carroll University
Jesuit, Catholic

Center for Service & Social Action (CSSA) was founded at John Carroll University in 1992 primarily to further the Jesuit mission of educating men and women for others,[1] through service and advocacy.[2] The center currently facilitates activities related to social justice as course components, and as voluntary one-time or semester-long experiences.[3]


CSSA offers to students around 120 possibilities for weekly service commitments over the 10-week semester.[4] It also offers to the whole JCU community the opportunity to help with special projects like Special Olympics, health fairs, and advocacy events.[5]

Professors use CSSA to facilitate placement of a service or advocacy component in their courses,[6] which currently includes 75 academic courses as diverse as Clinical Psychology, Poverty & Social Entrepreneurship, U.S. Politics, Exercise Science, Women's/Gender Studies, Business Communications,[7] and The Carroll Ballers.[8] A grant from the McGregor Fund assisted the extension of this program into 60 poverty-related courses for better understanding of its causes, effects, and possible solutions.[9]

CSSA partners with over 75 nonprofit organizations in the area which provide service experiences,[10] including schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, social service programs, and neighborhood outreach centers.[11] The organizations also offer numerous and varied internship possibilities.[12] Through its various programs JCU provides more than 100,000 hours of service to the community each year.[4]

The Center hosts the Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program which sent two youth in 2012. They assisted with an emergency food center, a healthy eating program for youth, and a vegetable garden for immigrant families.[13] The office also serves as a resource for JCU's academic programs which train administrators for non—profit organizations.[14] Jesuit networking is an important part of the Center's experience.[15]


In 2015 the Center received the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from the Washington Center for its We the People program with East Cleveland schools.[16] Organizations mention the energy that the student volunteers bring, animating initiatives that would not be possible without them.[17]


  1. "Men for Others". onlineministries.creighton.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  2. "History". sites.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  3. "Mission". sites.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Student Service Opportunities". sites.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  5. "IIS Windows Server". webserv.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  6. "Faculty & Staff Resources". sites.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  7. "IIS Windows Server". webserv.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  8. Ballers. Accessed 26 April 2016.
  9. McGregor Foundation. Accessed 26 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  10. "Current Community Partners". sites.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  11. Opportunities. Accessed 26 April 2016.
  12. "Internship Opportunities". sites.jcu.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  13. "VISTA Summer Associates History". Ohio Campus Compact. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  14. "John Carroll University - Nonprofit Administration Program - Idealist". www.idealist.org. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  15. "Social Ministry Delegates Meet in Santo Domingo". jesuitsmidwest.org. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  16. "2015 Recipients". www.twc.edu. 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  17. "January Partner Spotlight: John Carroll University and Their Collaborative Efforts With Service Learning Opportunities". Catholic Community Connection. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2017-10-24.

See also: Marian J. Morton. John Carroll University. Charleston: Arcadia, 2013. ISBN 9780738590745 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png., pp. 101–103.

Coordinates: 41°29′28″N 81°31′48″W / 41.491°N 81.530°W / 41.491; -81.530

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