ongoing service

Ongoing service opportunities allow APU students to serve from Azusa to LA in a consistent capacity with existing organizations that work towards community transformation. The heart of these ministries is for APU students to develop relationships with the communities they serve over the 10 week period of local engagement per semester. These opportunities fulfill service credits, but more so aim to foster relationships, learning, and a posture of life-long service for APU students. How better can we fulfill Christ's call to love our neighbor than to know them and walk alongside them weekly?



community development

Dream Center Adopt a Block

Saturdays (2x/Month), 8:00am-2:00pm | 15 Service Credits

As a ministry of the Dream Center, Adopt a Block serves over 150 communities weekly through immediate food and hygiene relief with the hope of offering additional holistic resources for individuals experiencing homelessness and hunger. Students build relationships with people in various communities of Los Angeles and serve them through relief assistance and prayer.

Young Lives

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm (February 13th, March 13th, April 17th) | 10 Service Credits (must go to each event)

Young Lives is a branch of Young Life that ministers to teen moms. Volunteers will provide childcare for mothers of the program at a church in Pasadena during a Young Lives meeting. This ministry works to support these young mothers by giving a respite during these support meetings. 



YMCA Basketball League, Santa Anita

Practices: 1 hour, 1 day a week (Monday-Thursday)

Games: 1 hour, 1 day a week (Friday night or Saturday morning)

15 Service Credits

We are partnering with the YMCA of Santa Anita to help coach youth basketball teams. Coaches will work in pairs to coach young adults from the Santa Anita area. Coaches will facilitate one hour long practice between Monday and Thursday (depending on coaches' schedules) and attend one hour long game on either Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on the age group. 

Open Door Soccer League

*Fall Semester Only

Practices: Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:30pm + Games: Saturdays, 9:00am-10:00am & 10:00am-11:00am

15 Service Credits

We partner with Church of the Open Door to run a free youth soccer program for kids in the community. Students serve as coaches and referees for the participants, ages 4-12.

Challenger Baseball

*Spring Semester Only

Saturdays, 9:00am-11:00am | 15 Service Credits

We are partnering with the Challenger Division of the National Little League, which allows boys and girls who are differently-abled to play baseball together in an organized league. Students serve as buddies and help participants play the game.



Neighborhood Homework House

  • Mondays & Wednesdays: 3:00pm–4:30pm or 4:45pm–6:00pm

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3:00pm–4:30pm or 4:45pm–6:00pm

  • Fridays (Club Meetings): 3:00pm–4:00pm & 4:00pm–5:00pm

  • 15 Service Credits

We partner with Neighborhood Homework House whose mission is to partner with parents of at-risk, Azusa students to equip them to thrive academically, socially, and spiritually. Students serve as tutors and mentors for small groups of students, grades PK through 12, in the program.



Young Life Capernaum

Fridays, 6:00pm-8:00pm | 15 Service Credits

We partner with Young Life Capernaum, which is a ministry of Young Life, and a relationally based service for differently-abled children and youth in Azusa and Glendora. Students help set up and facilitate various activities and build lasting relationships with youth and families.


Dream Center Foster Care Intervention

A pressing challenge in Foster Care, is that children are separated from parents due to poverty-related issues. The Dream Center - Foster Care Intervention Program, allows volunteers to build furniture for families which helps prevent families from becoming separated due to their living environment. 

If you are interested in serving this upcoming Fall 2019 semester, please contact


senior citizens

San Dimas Retirement Center

Tuesdays, 6:45pm-8:00pm | 15 Service Credits

We are partnering with SDRC to build relationships with the elderly in our community.  Students enjoy various activities like meals, crafts, games, and entertainment with the residents.


food ministry

Community Meal

Saturdays, 9:30am-1:30pm (4-5 times per semester) | 15 Service Credits

As a ministry of Foothill Community Church in the city of Azusa, Community Meals exists to provide food relief to those who are experiencing homelessness and hunger in the community. Students help prepare, serve, and clean up for each meal.


shoulder the weight

Mission: Carry burdens for survivors | Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Service Opportunity: Support Safe Houses in Southern California

  • Visit Redeeming Love’s Safe House in Covina, CA once a week on Saturdays to meet with the residents.

  • Students will engage in friendships with women through Redeeming Love through a range of bonding exercises. These can include ceramics, general art, gardening, or movie nights.

  • The requirements to volunteer are as follows:

    1. Application + Live Scan

    2. Orientation with SMC

Educational Opportunities:

  • Stay tuned for a variety of on-campus educational events

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local service

Service credits listed are for those who attend ministry. Those who are inconsistent in attendance will receive less credits, potentially none. Our heart is for relationship building and growth over time which cannot be achieved without investment. 

For more information, regarding Ongoing Opportunities, please contact “