Service Match Program

Service Match is an opportunity for students to engage with community members, while supporting the mission of a Chicago-based community organization. The program matches a group of five or more students (undergraduate and/or graduate) with ongoing volunteer activities at community organizations near campus during the winter and spring quarters. Students have a chance to learn more about community-based organizations while providing meaningful service to their site partner.

Application Deadline: Click here to apply By 5PM Wednesday, 11/2

“Service Match is a wonderful opportunity to explore life beyond the University of Chicago. I formed close relationships with community members and was proud to be able to make a meaningful impact on the lives of the women I worked with at the YWCA.” — Anastasia Kaiser, Student Volunteer


Students can register to participate on an individual basis, or register to participate with their friends or house members.

We look for students who:

  • Have shown commitment and dedication to community service and volunteerism
  • Are able to commit to on-going volunteer service at the matched Community Partner site
  • Can attend regular networking and professional development meetings and events as part of the Service Match Program
  • Provide feedback on the Service Match Program through surveys and in-person meetings

Interested in joining a Service Match team? Contact Maya Jones, UCSC Intern for Service Match (Community Relations) or Emilie Weisser, UCSC Intern for Service Match (Volunteer Management) at

Community Partners, Academic Year 2016-2017

Bright Technologies: Bright Technologies is a not-for-profit agency providing computers and computer education to underserved low-income areas in the South Side of Chicago. Their goal is to bring computers and computer education to communities that have not yet been able to take advantage of the benefits of contemporary technology.

Boys and Girls Club: In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

Ounce of Prevention Fund: Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. They integrate the latest research and best theories into their program development efforts.

Phalanx Family Services: Their mission is to assist economically disadvantaged at-risk youth and families in the pursuit of self-sufficiency with a multi-faceted approach to employment.  Their services include recruiting, training, job placement, and providing support services to individuals seeking employment or career advancement. They offer a holistic approach to serving both employers and job seekers throughout the metropolitan Chicago community.  

Ryan Banks Academy: Ryan Banks Academy is an independent and coeducational college-preparatory, residential, tuition-free middle and high school that prepare motivated students from Chicago neighborhoods to graduate from college, enter into meaningful careers, and be the catalyst to bring positive change into their communities.  

The 61st Farmers Market: The 61st Street Farmers Market is south side Chicago's premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, offering the freshest produce, meat, eggs, cheeses and prepared foods from local and regional farms. This year's lineup includes Ellis Family Farms, Organic Bread of Heaven, Growing Power, Faith's Farm, Mint Creek Farm, Lucky Duck Farm, Stamper Cheese, Pince Spice Market, Growing Power, The Urban Canopy, SenTEAmental Moods Teas, Bot Gluten Free Vegan Bakery, and many more. It runs outdoors Saturdays from 9AM-2PM and indoors on January 9, February 13, March 12, and April 9.

Turning the Page: Turning the Page links public schools, families and our community so that, together, we can ensure students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. Turning the Page is looking for volunteers to help with their Community Nights. They partner with 6 K - 8 schools in North Lawndale and hold Community Night at each once a month. They have a big communal dinner, and then a series of workshops, one set for family and then a set for children split up by grade. Volunteers would help facilitate the workshops, primarily those with the children. On off-weeks when there are no community nights (usually no more than one a month) volunteers could help with the prep work and planning for them.

YWCA: YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

“Service Match heightens student engagement in the community in which they live. The students bring new ideas and energy to challenges that the community faces and that engagement can then be translated to other areas where these newly acquired skills can be put to use.” — Brenda Sawyer, Executive Director of Friends of the Blackstone Library

How to Get Started

New participants can join the program at the beginning of each academic quarter. If you are interested in participating in Service Match as a volunteer, please contact Emilie Weisser, UCSC Intern for Service Match-Volunteer Management, at and fill out this form.  If you are interested in participating in Service Match as a community partner, please contact Maya Jones, UCSC Intern for Service Match-Community Relations, at