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Alumni For Others Service Projects

Our Alumni For Others program offers alumni, family and friends an opportunity to come together in their communities to volunteer with a service project.

St. Ignatius called us to “transform the world” and as graduates of a Jesuit, Catholic university we share a commitment to be men and women for others. Learn how you can answer the call.


St. Teresa of Calcutta noted, “do small things with great love.” April marks our Month of Service when Broncos gather with a spirit of caring and learning more about our neighbors. This year we designate every day as an opportunity to be Alumni For Others. So, grab your AFO t-shirt, baseball cap, or other SCU swag and find something on our Do Small Things With Great Love calendar. Take a picture of yourself and send it to us so we can bond and celebrate our Bronco pride virtually! Share your photos with #scusmallthings

Want quick reminders? Follow us on Instagram/Facebook and tune into our stories for daily service suggestions!

Alumni Association

April 2021



Donate toiletries to a local shelter and view our Bronco Spirit and Pride in action!


Donate canned goods to a local food bank

Alum Jimmy Shoven in Van


Donate layette Items to your local St. Vincent de Paul


Make an Easter basket for a neighbor who lives alone


Forgive someone who has wronged you


Donate flowers or fresh produce to a nursing home

Flowers in the Forge Garden


Donate used books to the library or school


Offer advice or help on Switchboard


Pay for the next person's meal in the drive through line


Make a blanket for a child in need with Project Linus:

Learn More Here

Blanket making for Project Linus


Help local churches or non-profit organization with food distribution

Jennifer Burman at Dolores Street making Spaghetti


Send a card to a friend, letting them know you appreciate them


Donate coloring books, games, or art supplies for a hospital pediatric ward


Check in on neighbors who live alone. Hear from Kevin Leidich, S.J. at The Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos two easy ways on how we can help our neighbor


Buy a warm meal for someone in need

Barnett Family at Kindness Event


Make a card for an elderly person receiving a meal from Second Harvest:

Learn More Here


Participate in a Local Clean Up

SCU Alumni for Others Tshirt


Volunteer at a Community Garden

AVP for Alumni Relations Kathy Kale at the Forge Garden


Participate in the SCU tUrn week activities

Alumni rolling wheelbarrow in the Forge Garden


Tune in and learn about the 3-days of Climate Action


Donate to your favorite place on campus

Saint Ignatius statue in front of the Mission church


Attend Earth Day Live 2021


Write positive messages on the sidewalk in your neighborhood


Do yard work for a neighbor


Make dinner for a family in your neighborhood


Bring treats to your local fire station


Happy 140th Alumni Association Anniversary! Reach out to an alumnus you haven't talked to recently


Donate old linens to an animal shelter


Send a care package to our troops

Alumni packing goods in assembly line


Plant a tree for National Arbor Day and learn about The Canopy Project

SCU alunni planting a tree



Know of an organization in your area that needs help? Email Sarah Bonini, J.D. '93, Alumni Association Community Engagement, Service & Spirituality to spread the word!


Featured Story

45 Alumni. 90 minutes. 1,000 Meals for the Hungry.

Something extraordinary happens when the Bronco family comes together to help the community. Need hygiene kits for the homeless? The Santa Clara clan steps up. How about some help at an event supporting mothers and children in need? Alumni lend a hand. One thousand brown bag lunches for the food insecure? Broncos find a way.

And that’s exactly what happened Nov. 12. Forty-five alumni, their families, friends and SCU staff descended on Bannan Alumni House to make lunches for Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen to distribute to people experiencing homelessness. 

Volunteers divided into groups and manned their stations working assembly line-style, passing lunch sacks around the room until they were filled and placed in crates for delivery.  Ninety minutes later, this dedicated team had prepared more than 1,000 brown bag lunches for hungry community members in Santa Clara County.

This is just one of many examples of Broncos giving back through the Alumni Association’s Alumni for Others (AFO) program, led by Sarah Bonini J.D. ’93, assistant director of service and spirituality. In just a month’s time, more than 150 Broncos are serving or preparing thousands of meals for vulnerable community members in six different cities across the country including, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, and San Jose. 

“Service was always a huge part of what attracted me to Santa Clara and now I’m excited to give back as an alumna,” said Stephanie Johnson ’94.

“The need to help our communities exists all year round,” explained Bonini. “So alumni participate in service opportunities across the country both during the holidays and throughout the year. In the words of St. Ignatius, ‘Love ought to show itself in deeds more than words.’”

Visit the AFO website to volunteer at an AFO service project or host one in your area.

Learn more about what Alumni For Others has accomplished.

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