Economics and Public Policy

Project H.O.M.E.

1515 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-232-7272, ext. 3023

Description: This institution has numerous agencies under its umbrella, providing a full range of services to the poor and homeless people of Philadelphia. One Project H.O.M.E. Agency is Kairos House at 1440 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19121, 215-763-4783. This is a shelter for 36 men and women who are mentally ill. Most have dual diagnoses, which means they are mentally ill and alcoholic or mentally ill and drug addicted. There are a variety of ways in which a volunteer may be able to be of service.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project

2141 North Howard St.
Philadelphia, PA  19122
Contact Person: Kelsey Harro (

Description: The project provides a variety of services to the community, including tutoring, computer classes, and environmental awareness (building gardens, etc.)

Children's Crisis Treatment Center

1823 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA  19130
215-496-0707, ext. 1156
Contact Person: Mark Willie (

Description: The center serves a pre-school setting for children who have suffered some type of abuse.  Volunteers work with the teachers to provide adequate education and recreational activities for the children, as well as provide a loving and supportive environment.

Bethesda House

1630 South Street
Philadelphia, PA  19146

Description: Provides service opportunities with the homeless of Philadelphia.

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

1725 Fairmount Ave., Unit 102
Philadelphia, PA  19130

Description: Serves the coalition of food agencies in the greater Philadelphia area.  Publishes a newsletter, runs monthly seminars for advocacy training of grass roots agencies, runs the annual Walk for Hunger, and other periodic events.

Habitat for Humanity

Villanova Habitat Advisor: Will Stehl, 610-519-5178

Thorncraft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc.

190 Township Line Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Contact Person:  Jessica (

Description: Our mission is to help build the physical, emotional and mental well-being of all people, particularly those with special needs, through establishing an atmosphere of cooperation, respect and love in an equestrian environment. Volunteers help as side aides and leaders in the riding ring; they aid in the grooming and tacking up of the horses and ponies; working in the stable, tack room, indoor arena, or the nearby fields.  All volunteers receive in-service training so they may better respond to the special needs of our riders.  Experience with horses or people with disabilities is not necessary, but patience, understanding and the capacity to be comfortable around horses are essential!

Contact Us

Questions/Concerns contact:
Brett Wilmot, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Service Coordinator
Ethics Program
Villanova University
Phone: 610-519-7197

Necessary Forms

Service Sites

For some suggested service sites that might interest you, explore this directory (you are not limited to these sites and are free to pursue any alternative site that meets the criteria listed).

Ethics and Health Care

Ethics, Economics and Public Policy

Ethics, Politics and Law

Ethical Issues in Science, Technology and the Environment

Additional Service Opportunities

Villanova Office for International Studies for international opportunities*

The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership*

*All study abroad programs must be approved by the Villanova Office for International Studies.