Service Organization Options

lmu csa service organizations options

Recognizing the need for a comprehensive and active service organization comprised of Loyola Marymount University students, Sursum Corda, a Latin term meaning “lift up our hearts” is rooted firmly in the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for humanity. Using this ideal as a foundation, Sursum Corda emphasizes the importance of service and the fervent desire to serve others. The importance of this mission is to inculcate the love of humanity through the practice of service, and enjoyable participation in the community on a personal level, thus developing in each member the love of humanity.

Loyola Marymount University and Center for Service and Action is home to nine Service Organizations, each with their own unique history, mission and service commitments.

  • Crimson Circle (All-Male)

    Mission

    Service, honor, brotherhood, tradition, and faith are the hallmarks of the Crimson Circle. Dating back to 1929, the Circle has always had a tradition of prestigious and diverse membership. The Circle dedicates their time and expresses many outstanding talents that contribute from serving Loyola Marymount University to the greater Los Angeles and World communities in a commitment to social justice. To be a Crimson is to be a man for and with others.

    Service Sites

    • Urban Compass in Watts, an after school program created to keep children off the streets and provide them with fun educational activities and a safe environment.
    • St. Columbkille Elementary School, also located in Watts
    • St. Bernard’s Elementary School

    Special Projects

    • Participate in the annual Special Games held on LMU campus
    • Blood Drives: In a partnership with the LMU Center for Service and Action, the Crimson Circle organizes the LMU blood drive each semester. Donations go to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center which safeguards the health of over 4 million people in the western Los Angeles County. LMU consistently gets hundreds of student and faculty donors.
    • Assist in the annual LA Buddy Walk: The Buddy Walk is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to walk — or support a walker — and raise funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles and the National Down Syndrome Society. The Crimson Circle volunteers at this event once a year every fall semester. In October 2014, The Crimson Circle received the Volunteer Honor Plaque from the DSA for our service at the event.
    • Prepare meals for the homeless at Midnight Mission
    • Organize and facilitate Charity Ball with the Belles, which has raised money for St. Columbkille Elementary School and Urban Compass in Watts, St. Joseph's Center in Santa Monica, Good Shepherd Shelter.

    Contact Info

  • Belles (All-Female)

    Mission

    The mission of Belles Service Organization is to inspire civically engaged and empowered women, with and for others. We seek to form meaningful relationships and promote social justice across diverse communities through direct service and involvement. Our values of service, love, and solidarity motivate us in building connections with one another, the University, and the communities we serve.

    Service Sites

    • Bread & Roses Café
    • Good Shepherd Shelter
    • Lange Foundation
    • Girls Inc.
    • Richstone Family Center

    Special Projects

    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    • Organize and facilitate Charity Ball with the Crimson, which has raised money for St. Columbkille Elementary School in Watts, St. Joseph's Center in Santa Monica, victims of Hurricane Katrina, and Break the Cycle (non-profit aiding victims

    Contact Info

    • Website: lmubelles.com
    • Contact: lmubelles@gmail.com
  • Esperer (All-Female)

    Mission

    We, the women of Espérer, hereby make it our mission to cultivate the growth of the individual for the betterment of the community. In doing so, we strive to preserve freedom through justice and conservation of the world and people around us. Our endeavors aim to promote human dignity through enduring, emotional connections and to prevent future generations from bondage by acting as spokeswomen for the cause. In addition, we aspire to promote knowledge and the use of sustainable practices in our local communities, as we further develop and maintain these traditions throughout our lives. Under this mission, the women of Espérer hope to create a freer, greener world.

    Service Sites

    • The Learning Garden
    • Southeast Middle School
    • San Miguel Catholic School
    • Tree People
    • Heal the Bay
    • Downtown Women's Center

    Special Projects

    • Human Trafficking Awareness Week: A week of education, empowerment, and solidarity with victims and survivors of human trafficking.

    Contact Info

    • Email: esperer.president@gmail.com
  • Creare (Co-Ed)

    Mission

    Creare Service Organization's mission is to act; to create opportunities, and futures for those who need it most. With an emphasis on helping the youth of the community, we stand as role models and mentors for the younger generations. Our goal is to work with children to not only help with their personal needs but to teach the importance of camaraderie, service, and social justice. We also stand as role models for the Loyola Marymount student body and will work to give back to the community that helped us "to create" the futures we ourselves work towards.

    Service Sites

    • Mar Vista Family Center
    • Ascension Catholic School
    • 826LA

    Special Projects

    • Fright Night

    Contact Info

  • Gryphon Circle (All-Female)

    Service Sites

    • Marycrest Manor
    • Westchester High School
    • St. Columbkille Elementary School
    • St. Margret's Center

    Special Projects

    • Gryphon Games, an annual event in April where children from community partners come to campus for a day of activities and fun.

    Contact info

    • Email: gryphoncirclepresident1968@gmail.com
  • Ignatians (Co-Ed)

    Mission

    The Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice.

    Service Sites

    • Beach Clean Up
    • Playa Del Rey Care and Rehabilitation Center:
    • 186th St. School
    • Guadalupe Homeless Project
    • The Amanda Foundation
    • Central Juvenile Hall

    Special Projects

    • Annual Service Project
    • Fiesta de Navidad: Underwings Praxis and Ignations Service Organization collaborate to plan and execute Fiesta de Navidad, an annual commemoration of the relationship between Dolores Mission and Loyola Marymount University. Fiesta de Navidad honors this special bond by providing a night of togetherness surrounding a tradition that is dear to every Jesuit institution: celebrating Christmas.

    Contact Info

  • Marians (All-Female)

    Mission

    Marians Service Organization is a group of women dedicated to the betterment of women and children. Through service and activism, Marians work to better both the LMU community and local Los Angeles community. Marians specifically embrace the ideals of feminism, and work to create equality for all through service. Marians embody the Jesuit and Marymount spirit of service, and through this service grow as individuals and as feminists. As a collective organization, the women of Marians embrace the flame of passion for justice, and work to ignite this flame in others.

    Service Sites

    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Downtown Women's Center
    • El Espejo
    • Good Shepherd Shelter for Battered Women and Children
    • KEEN
    • Midnight Mission

    Special Projects

    • Women’s Herstory Month

    Contact Info

    • Email: mariansserviceorg@gmail.com
  • Magis (All-Male)

    Mission

    Established in 2003, Magis is a male organization that is built on three essential principles: service, diversity, and spirituality. Magis fulfills these standards by gathering a diverse group of men who are dedicated to service and are committed to their growth as a complete individual. The organization seeks to develop men who strive toward the Jesuit ideal of the magis: a thirst for the more, for the greater good, and for a life-long disposition to a fuller service of God and others following the Jesuit motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, "for the greater glory of God."

    Service Sites

    • El Espejo
    • Blessed Sacrament Church
    • Verbum Dei High School
    • Good Shepherd Shelter

    Special Projects

    • Homeless Understanding Week

    Contact Info

    • Email: Magismen@gmail.com

  • Sursum Corda (Co-Ed)

    Mission

    Recognizing the need for a comprehensive and active service organization comprised of Loyola Marymount University students, Sursum Corda, a Latin term meaning “lift up our hearts” is rooted firmly in the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for humanity. Using this ideal as a foundation, Sursum Corda emphasizes the importance of service and the fervent desire to serve others. The importance of this mission is to inculcate the love of humanity through the practice of service, and enjoyable participation in the community on a personal level, thus developing in each member the love of humanity.

    Service Sites

    • Guadalupe Homeless Project
    • Good Shepherd Shelter
    • Feed the Hungry
    • Beach Clean Up
    • St. Francis Center
    • St. Joseph Center
    • Boys and Girls Club

    Special Projects

    • Hunger Awareness Week (HAW) brings the issue of hunger within LA to the LMU community by promoting CSA’s Hunger Banquet, hosting a campus-wide canned food drive, raising money to donate through HAW t-shirt sales, and hosting educational events.
    • Annual ABC Dance, Anything But Clothes, raises money for a Sursum placement and collects clothing donations

    Contact Info

    • Email: sursumcorda@gmail.com