Working with the Underserved

Dumas Wesley Community Center

Dumas Wesley’s After School Achievement Program has been in existence for over 40 years. The program serves school-age children in the Crichton community. This program seeks to help community youth to have a safe environment in which to participate in free age-appropriate activities. Special events, tutoring, computer discovery, athletic events, and college prep coursework are provided to over 250 children year-round.

Students must have their own transportation.

Directions: 126 Mobile St, Mobile, AL 36607

Times of Service: Monday-Friday 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Penelope House

Penelope House helps victims of intimate partner violence to gain social and economic independence through shelter, counseling, advocacy, and referral to community resources and agencies in Mobile, Washington, Choctaw, and Clarke Counties in Alabama. The center can provide refuge for victims and their children when their lives are in imminent danger; the temporary shelter allows escape from a violent situation. The prevention of domestic violence through education and public awareness is the goal of Penelope House.

Students must have their own transportation and are forbidden to bring others to service with them due to the undisclosed location of the shelter.

Directions: Confidential

Time of Service: Determined by onsite coordinator

Catholic Social Services

The mission of Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Mobile is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and people of good will to do the same. It is a multi-service center dedicated to helping the underserved in the community.

Volunteers work on a variety of tasks during the day Monday – Friday.

Students must have their own transportation. A background check and Child Protection Training is required for this site.

Directions: 188 S. Florida St., Mobile, AL 36606

Time of Service: Determined by coordinator on site.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Offered each spring semester as a three credit-hour course, ACC490 represents the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program as a partnership between Spring Hill College and SaveFirst (a tax preparation and financial literacy initiative of Impact Alabama). Students Attend training sessions, take an IRS examination, provide free tax preparation services to low-income families in our area (Mobile and Baldwin County), keep an activity log of volunteer hours and write a paper on the history and significance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Contact: Dr. Andrew Sharp, 251-380-4121

Time of Service: Spring Semester