Philadelphia is diverse and sprawling city made up of distinctive neighborhood communities. The Augustinian Volunteers live in the Old City neighborhood, adjacent to St. Augustine Church, the birthplace of the Augustinian Order in the United States. Old City is in Center City Philadelphia and is home to much of its well-known history. The volunteers serve in a variety of capacities and in communities throughout the city.
Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor
In their own words:
ADROP (Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor) seeks to serve the needs of the poor and marginalized, especially immigrants and migrants in the Philadelphia area. Historically, ADROP has served the people through a medical clinic, legal support, an inner city Catholic school, English as a Second Language (ESL), the imprisoned and those released from prison.
How AVs serve at ADROP:
The volunteer serves as an Administrative Coordinator overseeing the selection, orientation, training and scheduling of volunteers, as well as community outreach and education. He or she is involved in all of ADROP’s programs including the Unity Health clinic, distance learning as St. Anthony of Padua School and a variety of restorative justice initiatives.
Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius of Loyola School
In their own words:
We are a Pre-K to 8th grade catholic elementary school in the heart of West Philadelphia. Families have relied on Our Mother of Sorrows / Saint Ignatius School to help their children reach their God-given potential for over 130 years.
We believe in educating the whole child. Our teachers are able to focus on individualized learning because we limit the size of our classes. Children benefit from weekly classes in art, music, technology and gym. We offer reading support programs for all of our students and math challenge groups as well. Our safe and supportive environment allows students to focus on their personal and academic development.
How AVs serve at OMS/St. I’s:
The volunteer serves as a School Aid, dividing his or her time equally between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. He or she assists the teachers with daily lessons, mentors and tutors children in small groups, and helps with daily teacher duties such as recess supervision and general classroom organization.