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SCSJ Local Community Engagement

Interested in a committed site for the semester or one time volunteering? Scroll down for student-led opportunities to serve and learn with our Omaha community. Transportation is provided. 

Fall applications for semester-long, committed programs (402 Service Program, C.R.E.W. for Social Justice) will open in early August. To receive information about future programs, sign up on our Interest List.

For drop-in weekly service, sign up for each week you wish to attend on our new platform, Creighton Engage! Use your Creighton login through the single-sign on (no need to create an account!) and see all service opportunities available.


402 Service Program & C.R.E.W. for Social Justice

Join a semester-long service, justice, and reflection program with the SCSJ. Service opportunities are available Monday-Saturday at a variety of times to fit all schedules. Transportation provided. 

Fall applications for semester-long, committed programs (402 Service Program, C.R.E.W. for Social Justice) will open in August. To receive information about future programs or get the application emailed to you, sign up on our Interest List.

402 Service Program

This committed group of students will have the opportunity to serve as mentors, tutor and/or reading buddies for students at local schools or serve as conversation partners for adults learning English. Transportation provided. Participants are expected to demonstrate commitment to building relationships and attend every week. Community partners are: Completely Kids, Jesuit Academy, Yates Illuminates and Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Welcome Center. Program times are available Mondays through Saturdays; find what fits your schedule! 

Serving with youth in after school programs 
Completely KIDS: Serve every week at the same community partner throughout the semester. Volunteers will serve off campus as mentors and reading buddies with elementary aged children in an after school program. Participants build community and participate in reflection each week. The program is offered:

  • Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15pm
  • Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15pm
  • Thursdays, 4:15-6:15pm 

Jesuit Academy: Tutor 4th-8th grade boys at Jesuit Academy, a middle school in North Omaha. Build relationships, mentor, and partner with hardworking students to achieve academic success. Creighton participants are expected to attend weekly and will learn and grow together through service and group reflection.

  • Thursdays, 3:15-5:00pm

Partnering with immigrants & refugees learning English

Omaha Public Schools Welcome Center: Make a commitment to service and reflection every week throughout the semester. Participants will meet immigrant and refugee community members with Omaha Public Schools (OPS). We will reflect on migration issues and the diverse populations that are part of our community, while engaging in direct service as a conversation and reading partner with adults and/or as an aide with young children learning English. Service on Fridays will change depending on the needs of the community partner and includes a variety of classes/ presentations.

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
    • 9:00am-10:45am and reflection time 
    • 10:45am-12:15pm and reflection time
  • Fridays 
    • 9:00am-11:00am and reflection time 

OPS volunteers in this program must be available for service and one of the reflection times. Group reflection offered:

  • Tuesdays, 5:00-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:00pm OR
  • Fridays 11:00-11:30am

Yates Illuminates: Participants will serve as conversation partners and teaching assistants in an English Language class. You’ll have the opportunity to form relationships with immigrant adults and learn about different cultures. We will build community and reflect together after service each week.

  • Saturdays 12:35-3:35pm 

C.R.E.W. for Social Justice- Migration Justice

Community. Reflection. Education. Weekly.
Participants in this weekly program commit to weekly formation, reflection, community building and learning together about immigration. Students will focus on the topic of migration justice, learn and reflect together, and participate in a variety of service opportunities. Service includes working with immigrant parents preparing for parent/ teacher conferences and other opportunities. Anyone with an interest in learning about immigration and reflecting together is welcome.

  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm
  • Fridays, 1-2:30pm
CREW participants volunteer at Immigrant Legal Center event

Weekly Service with the SCSJ!

Join the SCSJ for drop-in service with a variety of community partners! Students can attend once or multiple times across the semester, and must sign up on CU Engage for each week they wish to attend. If a site is full, you are encouraged to join the waitlist. We reflect as a community after each service experience. Transportation is provided and leaves from the SCSJ (Upper Brandeis Hall, Suite 202).

DREAM Scholars

A student-led committed service program that partners with the DREAM after school program. 

DREAM Scholars aim to build relationships through positive mentoring in the Omaha community and combat institutional barriers through mentorship. Applications for Fall 2024 are now open. Applications are open until filled on a first come, first serve basis. Apply here

DREAM Scholars

Join DREAM Scholars and serve with other Creighton students weekly at Howard Kennedy or Hartman Elementary school. We live out our pillars of community, mentorship, and building relationships by volunteering every week throughout the semester. Participation throughout your time at Creighton is encouraged as we build the community of DREAM Scholars. Transportation provided.

Apply here for Fall 2024.

Program is offered:

  • Wednesdays 4:00-6:15 p.m.
  • Thursdays 4:00-6:15 p.m. 

For more information email leaders:



"By working with DREAM Scholars, I was able to provide mentorship to the children at Howard Kennedy. Prior to this, I expected this to just be a weekly chance to volunteer. However, after my time, I truly see how much I have gotten out of it. By giving back to the Omaha community, I felt myself grow in my faith. I found a better understanding of what it meant to love my neighbor as myself. All too often we believe we are too busy to do something for someone outside our inner circle. This belief can make us close-minded and doesn't allow us to grown in our love for others within our community. DREAM Scholars has provided me with a greater appreciate for the Omaha area and a desire to make it better for all."

-Participant from Fall '22

Katelyn’s Service Experience at Completely Kids

Katelyn Grzelak’s involvement with Completely Kids provided her with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many elementary aged children.  

“Creighton makes volunteering super easy,” she says, “they provide transportation, and you can count on it every week!”