Annual Events

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The Center for Service and Action holds several events throughout the academic year designed to engage Loyola Marymount University students with the greater Los Angeles community. Find out how you can make a difference and make some friends along the way.

  • Slice of Service

    Slice of Service Tuesday, September 3 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. on St. Robert's Lawn

    Slice of Service, which is sponsored Center for Service and Action, is a chance for LMU students to meet leaders of various service and justice clubs and hear how to get involved at Loyola Marymount University.

    Representatives from Alternative Breaks, Underwings Praxis, El Espejo, Service Organizations, MESA, Service Retreat, Feed the Hungry, Oxfam Club, Special Games, Ignacio Companions and many more will be ready to answer all of your questions.

  • ServeLA

    ServeLA 2019 will be Saturday September 21, 8am to 2pm 

    Register for the largest service day of the year! Join your fellow first-year students and student leaders for a day of service at Alma Backyard Farms. Work with a community organization that serves those who live on the margins and roll up your sleeves to lend a hand. Space is limited. There will be free food, t-shirts, transportation and the feeling of knowing that you helped someone out. Participants will meet at the Center for Service and Action office. Sign up for ServeLA today.


  • Community Service Fair

    The 2019 Community Service Fair will be on September 12th, 10a, to 2pm.

    Every year, the Center for Service and Action invites 50 non-profit organizations to come to LMU to recruit volunteers and raise awareness about the various issues in Los Angeles and beyond. Come find your service match. This event is open to staff, faculty and students. Come to find your service match!

    If you are a community partner, click here to register for the 2019 Community Service Fair.

  • Service Retreat

    Service Retreat is held over Fall break, October 10-12

    Service Retreat is open for all undergraduate and graduate students. The Service Retreat is a combined effort of Campus Ministry and the Center for Service and Action. Open to all students, the Service Retreat provides an opportunity to gather and reflect on the essential connection between faith and justice.

    Through direct experience, social analysis and theological reflection this retreat becomes a profound experience of the personal and social transformation that is made possible when we engage in community service as critical thinkers living in faith and solidarity. Combining service and reflection in this way invites our students to spend a weekend as true contemplatives in action. 

    Note: Retreat begins Thursday at 3:45pm. Afternoon classes on Thursday may conflict. There are no classes scheduled for Friday. 

    The weekend will consist of living for a weekend on Skid Row, a well known area in Los Angeles with one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. Midnight Mission and Cardinal Manning will be providing secure sleeping arrangements for all retreat participants. The weekend will be a mix of service and conversations about issues surrounding homelessness.

  • Blood Drives

    The Fall 2019 Blood Drive will be held on October 16 & 17 from 10-4pm in St. Robert's Auditorium.

    Center for Service and Action together with Crimson Circle sponsor two Blood and Bone Marrow Drives every academic year. The Blood Drives are run in conjunction with the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center and the City of Hope. Click here to sign up.

    Every pint collected saves three lives so please consider donating to this important cause.


    If you're healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds you can donate blood.

  • Hunger Banquet

    2019 Hunger Banquet Date & Time: November 4 from 5-9 p.m. in St. Robert's Auditorium

    Experience the unequal distribution of resources and wealth in the world; a powerful evening that brings to life global inequalities and challenges us to realize how our decisions affect others. To RSVP, click here.


    • 963 Million People are Hungry
    • Everyday 16,000 Children die daily from Hunger related illnesses
    • Pregnant women, new mothers who breastfeed infants, and children are amongst the most at risk of undernourishment
    • Oxfam International

    Hunger Banquet is sponsored by Oxfam America.

    Donation: Not required but will accept donation at Door (Cash or Flexi)


  • Advocacy Teach-In

    The 2019 Advocacy Teach-In will be February 22nd, 9am to 12pm

    Advocacy Teach-In is an annual event dedicated to providing the LMU community tools to effectively take action for social justice through local community organizations.


    Past keynote speakers for the Advocacy Teach-Include have included:

    • 2017: Marcos Gonzales S.J. and Jose Arellano, Homeboy Industries
    • 2016: Melinna Abdullah, Black Lives Matter organizer, professor and chair of Pan American Studies at California State University

    Registration for the 2020 Advocacy Teach-In will open up in Spring 2020

  • Special Games

    The Special Games Pratice Day will be March 21st, 8am to 5pm

    The Big Day for Special Games will be Marh 28th, 8am to 7pm

    The mission of Special Games is to bring together the special needs community of Los Angeles and the Loyola Marymount University community for a day of fun, friendship, and personal growth. There is no experience like Special Games and no other event celebrates the many gifts of the special needs community in quite the same way. Today we continue our goal of fostering love, creating new friendships, and making life-long memories.

  • Ignatian Solidarity Network

    Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) promotes social justice leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools.