Community Service

Affiliated Associations and Organizations

Casa Famiglia Bice Porcu

The Bice Porcu Foster Care Home, located in via del Casaletto, hosts children from various international backgrounds between the ages of two and eighteen. JCU students volunteer their time by creating and delivering early learning programming. 

Church of S. Lucia del Gonfalone

The Church of S. Lucia del Gonfalone, located in via dei Banchi Vecchi, provides a variety of services to the marginalized communities. JCU students volunteer their time assisting Father Franco in the distribution of breakfast, clothing and hygiene items. 

Croce Rossa Italiana

The mission of the Italian Red Cross is to improve the lives of vulnerable people, both nationally and internationally, especially in the fields of relief, health, social care and youth. JCU students organize and lead projects, such as painting the common rooms in the structure, to beautify the Secondary Welcome Center, along with the asylum seeking guests. 


Vo.Re.Co offers a vast array of services including psychological and legal counseling services, breakfast and dinner delivery to the less fortunate,  and provides temporary shelter to underprivileged fathers who have children hospitalized at Bambin Gesù. JCU students volunteer their time by helping with the distribution of dinners and cleanup of the Center. 

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 students volunteer their time at the Center by teaching English to middle and high school students from different backgrounds.


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 Leonarda 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”.

tuttoblue arte e sociale

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.


The John Cabot University STAND branch, created in 2009, was the first STAND branch in Europe. STAND is a student-led international NGO founded in 2004 whose mission is to end genocide and other mass atrocities around the world. Our chapter, however, extends its mission to various human rights issues and focuses on improving the lives of refugees and migrants here in Rome, Italy. STAND currently carries out community service activities at the three Centers: TuttoBlue Arte e Sociale, Vo.Re.Co and the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center. 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

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].

Blood Drive

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.

LDS Charities

LDS Charities is a world-wide humanitarian organization focusing on self-reliance. Located inside the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, LDS Charities offers a variety of activities ranging from cooking classes to first-aid courses for migrants and refugees. JCU students volunteer their time teaching English, Italian and computer skills alongside the missionaries of LDS.


The Centro Diurno offers a safe and inclusive space for those who have difficulty socializing and engaging with the community. JCU students have the opportunity to contribute to an art project, where drawing is the common language to build relationships between participants.


Hummustown helps refugees gain economic independence by providing them with a dignified income by learning how to cook, package and deliver delicious Syrian food around Rome. JCU students volunteer their time by teaching basic Italian to the Hummustown team!

Get involved! Email [email protected]