Service Organization Options

Students from different Service Organizations smiling for a picture

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.

  • Agape

    Mission:

    Agapé Service Organization is a group of people of all genders who seek to serve and support those living with mental illnesses. Agapé is built on three essential principles: compassion, courage, and change. Agapé, derived from the Latin word meaning “selfless love,” strives to promote the wellbeing of persons, both on and off campus, through service, community engagement, and ending stigmas surrounding mental health.

     

    Service Placements:

    o Safe Place for Youth (SPY)

    o Dream Catcher of LA

    o Our Lady of Victory School

    o National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

     

    Special Events:

    o Mental Health Marathon: Agape's annual mental health awareness week that promotes campus awareness of prevalent mental health issues.

    o Mental Health Summit: Agape's campus awareness event to promote wellbeing in the spring semester.

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: lmuagape@gmail.com

  • Belles

    Mission:

    The mission of Belles Service Organization is to inspire civically engaged and empowered female identifying and gender non-conforming students, 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 Placements:

    o St. Joseph’s Bread and Roses Café

    o Good Shepherd Shelter

    o Lange Foundation

    o Girls Inc.

    o Richstone Family Center

     

    Special Events:

    o Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    o Organize and facilitate Charity Ball in collaboration with Crimson Circle Service Organization. Charity Ball is an annual dance which has raised money for St. Columbkille Elementary School in Watts, St. Joseph's Center in Santa Monica, and Good Shepard Shelter.

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: lmubelles@gmail.com

    o Website: lmubelles.com

  • Creare

    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 Placements:

    o Mar Vista Family Center

    o Ascension Catholic School

    o 826 LA

     

    Special Projects:

    * Fright Night is a Halloween event where children come to LMU to trick-or-treat, since many of their neighborhoods are not safe to do so in. This event allows the children Creare serves to interact with college students on a college campus.

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: crearepresident@gmail.com

    o Website: creareserviceorg.weebly.co

  • Crimson Circle

    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. Crimson 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 Placements:

    o Urban Compass

    o St. Columbkille

    o Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center

    o Midnight Mission

     

    Special Projects:

    o Participate in the annual Special Games held on the LMU campus.

    o Bi-annual Blood Drive: 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 each year.

    o Organize and facilitate Charity Ball with the Belles Service Organization, which has raised money for St. Columbkille Elementary School, Urban Compass in Watts, St. Joseph's Center in Santa Monica, and Good Shepherd Shelter.

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: thecrimsoncircle@gmail.com

  • Esperer

    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 Placements:

    o Venice Learning Garden

    o Southeast Middle School

    o San Miguel Catholic School

    o Heal the Bay

     

    Special Projects:

    * Human Trafficking Awareness Week is a week of education, empowerment, and solidarity with victims and survivors of human trafficking.

    o LMU Garden

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: esperer.president@gmail.com

  • Gryphon Circle

    Mission:

    Gryphon Circle is an honorary women's service organization, whose primary focus is to serve people at Loyola Marymount University and the outside community through educating themselves and others about education as a social justice issue.

     

    Service Placements:

    o St. Columbkille Elementary School

    o Marycrest Manor

    o St. Margaret's Center

     

    Special Projects:

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

    o Education Month is a month of advocacy events each year that focuses on a different intersectional theme revolving around education

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: gryphoncirclepresident1968@gmail.com

    o Website: gryphoncircleservice.wordpress.com

  • Ignatians

    Mission:

    We, the people of Ignatians Service Organization of Loyola Marymount University, work together to perform service for the LMU Community and to our outside service placements for the promotion of social justice and the preservation of respect for the whole of the human race. We perform these duties with intentionality, openness of mind, and in solidarity with our LMU service counterparts for the purpose of displaying the objective of this organization.

     

    Service Placements:

    o 186th St. School

    o Guadalupe Homeless Project

    o The Amanda Foundation

    o Central Juvenile Hall

    o Marycrest Manor

    o Francisco Homes

    o Beach Clean Up

     

    Special Projects:

    o Fiesta de Navidad: Underwings Praxis and Ignatians 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

    o Email: iggiepresident@gmail.com

  • Magis

    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 Placements:

    o El Espejo

    o Blessed Sacrament Church

    o Verbum Dei High School

    o Good Shepherd Shelter

    o Safe Place for Youth (SPY)

     

    Special Projects

    o Homeless Understanding Week

    o 48 Hour Walk

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: magispresident@gmail.com

    o Website: lmumagis.com

  • Marians

    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 Placements:

    o 186th Street School

    o El Espejo

    o Good Shepherd Shelter

    o Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) LA

    o Midnight Mission

     

    Special Projects:

    o Women’s Herstory Month

    o Women's Health Week

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: mariansserviceorg@gmail.com

  • Sursum Corda

    Mission:

    As members of Sursum Corda Service Organization, we are committed to the promotion of social justice, through active service and advocacy. Our service, focused on hunger and food justice, is expressed in companionship with Los Angeles communities, and inspires us to grow in our understanding of the intersections of social injustice. We hope to build an authentic community, which engages in self-reflection and encourages passion among its members. Our name, Sursum Corda, is Latin for “lifting hearts.” We strive to lift our hearts in service, in hopes of being people who stand with and for all people.

     

    Service Placements:

    o Guadalupe Homeless Project

    o Feed the Hungry

    o St. Francis Center

    o St. Joseph Center

    o Boys and Girls Club Mar Vista

    o Safe Place for Youth (SPY)

    o Good Shepherd Shelter

    o Beach Clean Up

     

    Special Projects:

    o Hunger Awareness Week 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.

    o ABC Dance is an annual “Anything But Clothes” Dance, raises money for a Sursum placement and collects clothing donations

    o Food Recovery Network

     

    Contact Info

    o Email: sursumcordalmu@gmail.com