Affiliated Associations and Organizations
Casa Internazionale delle Donne
The International Women’s House is a shelter, located just around the corner from John Cabot University, for women who have been victims of violence. The Organization offers a variety of services to empower women ranging from art lessons to self-defense classes. JCU students volunteer their time by teaching English.
Centro Italiano di Solidarietà is an association founded upon the desire to generate solutions and build a community of support for those dealing with difficulties. They offer a large array of services to the public such as: treatment of drug abuse, mental health care, and family counseling among many others. JCU specifically works with the Progetto Bambino (a day care that hosts babies from low income families and immigrant families) as well as having students volunteer their time by teaching English to middle and high school students who have learning disabilities.
Grassroots is the environmental club at John Cabot University. One Sunday each month, the students get together and pick up trash in the Trastevere area. Besides helping to clean the city environment, this volunteering opportunity is a great way for students to build a positive image of the university among local Romans. For more information please contact [email protected]
Students can volunteer their time at L’ARCA, located by Ciampino, in a Community made up of people with and without physical and intellectual disabilities. The main goal at l’ARCA is to make new friends and give a hand in the variety of laboratories that the association offers. Volunteers are required to have beginners to intermediate knowledge of the Italian language.
Istituto Leonarda Vaccari
The Leonardo Vaccari Institute is a public facility for mentally and physically disabled adults and children. This is a very unique structure where doctors are very friendly and where everyone is welcomed as a “guest” and not as a “patient”. Students are able to volunteer in many different ways such as helping build arts and crafts for theater productions at the Institute to assisting specialists in the “Special Aids Laboratory”.
La Ronda della Solidarietà
JCU students get together and walk to Piazza Mastai where they meet up with volunteers from the RomAltruista Organization and hand out breakfast (coffee, milk, cornetti, biscuits, and pizza) to the homeless and needy of Trastevere.
STAND is a student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network. Students volunteer their time by helping distribute clothing, blankets, toiletries, food and other necessities to refugees at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center. Also, STAND also conducts both English and Italian lessons. For more information please contact [email protected]
Comunità di Sant'Egidio
The Community of Sant'Egidio was created in 1968 and has over 60,000 members today. It is a movement of lay people that are dedicated to charity in Rome as well as all over the world. JCU students can volunteer their time preparing meals at San Bartolomeo, on the Tiber Island, and walk around the neighborhood distributing food to the needy of Trastevere.
Italy Reads is John Cabot University's community-based reading and cultural exchange program that began in 2009 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for The Big Read Rome. The minimum time commitment expected is about 6 hours during the semester for high school visits – you are always welcome to do more! This program is administered by the Dean’s Office. Find out more about it at Volunteer for Italy Reads. For further information contact [email protected].
John Cabot University has established a great relationship with EMATOS FIDAS, the Italian Blood Donors Associations Federation, which is located inside the Fatebenefratelli Hospital. Students have the possibility of donating blood at this Hospital and are accompanied by the Community Service Coordinator.
Get involved! Email [email protected]