First-Year Student Opportunities

Five students making a design on the floor at a local school.

The Center for Service and Action is committed to enriching the first-year student experience at Loyola Marymount University through a variety of service events and organizations.

Past Events

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, El Espejo, Service Organizations, MESA, Service Retreat, Feed the Hungry, Oxfam Club, Special Games and many more will be ready to answer all of your questions.

AB Info Night

Wednesday, September 4 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in St. Robert's Auditorium

Come join us to learn more about the Alternative Breaks program and the trips offered for the upcoming school year.


Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Alma Backyard Farms

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. Help to reclaim the lives of formerly incarcerated people through repurposing urban land into bountiful farmland and a reimagined Los Angeles. 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 St. Robert's Grass at 8am in front of the Center for Service and Action office.

Community Service Fair

Thursday, September 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on St. Robert's Lawn

Every year, CSA invites 50 non-profit organizations to come to LMU for the Community Service Fair to recruit volunteers and raise awareness about the various issues in Los Angeles and beyond.

More Service Opportunities

  • LMU's Alternative Break Program is to promote service and cultural exchange on the local, national, and international level through hands-on, community based learning.

    Learn more about the Alternative Breaks Program.

  • El Espejo serves to educate, mentor, and establish a bond with inner city youth in order to promote a better understanding of the possibilities of personal and intellectual growth. It provides leadership, support advice and awareness on crucial issues facing the Latino community.

    Learn more about El Espejo.

  • CSA created a series of day-long immersion trips to different parts of L.A. targeted at first year students.  These immersions provide an opportunity for first year students to get to know L.A. through a social justice lens and meet other first year students also passionate about service.  Each immersion is focused on a particular community in L.A., highlights one specific social injustice that is prevalent, and then connects students with local nonprofits and activists who are actively working against these injustices in their community.  The goal is to uplift the justice work already being done in these communities, and offer students an opportunity to become more educated about the issue and get involved, all while exploring Los Angeles and meeting new people. 

    Learn more about the Immersion Trips.

  • Each Service Organization has its own unique mission, history, charisma and organizational structure. The members of these organizations make themselves available for on-campus service as well as on-going commitments to serve at specific non-profit agencies in Southern California.

    Learn more about Service Organizations.

  • Special games is a student-run, non-profit organization that was founded as a day of celebration for the mentally and physically challenged of the Los Angeles community. Special Games brings together the special needs community of Los Angeles and the University for three days of fun, friendship and personal growth.

    Learn more about Special Games.

For more information, contact CSA at 310.338.2959 or email us at and we would be happy to help you find the placement / opportunity that is right for you.