University Ministries

Urban Outreach

The purpose of Urban Outreach is to inspire, inform, and invite North Park University students, faculty, and staff to engage the city of Chicago living a life of significance and service to others. 

Presence

Service initiatives place an emphasis on a ministry of presence by building relationships across various contexts. We believe these relationships can influence both our personal sense of vocation and transform our worldviews.

Programming

The Programming team plans events that promote an ethos of civic engagement across the campus and connect us with our community. We believe events like Service Day can help galvanize our student body to be active participants in the dynamic work that is already taking place in our city.

Policy

North Park Faith and Justice is a grassroots student-driven organization that partners with local community-based organizations to address public policy issues in our city. We believe democratic engagement is an important moral obligation and intrinsic to what it means to be a citizen.

Urban Outreach Opportunities

Students can get involved by doing the following:

  1. Select a site that aligns with your interests
  2. Email our coordinator directly with the site name in the subject heading
  3. Our coordinator will send a follow up email and provide logistical information on when and where you need to be.
  4. Transportation to and from the site will be provided

A grassroots social justice organization that addresses the issue of trafficking.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

North Park students, faculty, and staff serve the local community through service.

Day: once a semester

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

An after-school tutoring program held at North Park Covenant Church.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

Volunteers help with an after-school program that supports the families of refugees. Build friendships with refugee youth, play games, and assist with homework.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

A transformative program at various Northside High Schools that help teens grow in their faith.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

An after-school program in Humboldt Park that provides tutoring and mentoring of students.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

An after-school program in the Near Northside Community that provides tutoring and mentoring.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

Multiple sites dedicated to serving our senior citizen population.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

Commuter students take part in a monthly service project around different areas of the city.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

Volunteers serve the less fortunate who meet them at Lower Wacker Drive, by meeting physical needs such as food and clothing. They are also intentional about developing meaningful relationships.

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)

The Green Team is a group of students committed to creating sustainable and healthy food, neighborhoods, and lives. Join us as we create an on-campus garden, make our campus more energy efficient, and raise awareness!

Day: Weekly

Contact: Terence Gadsden (tzgadsden@northpark.edu)