Service and Volunteer Opportunities
Service and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Campus Ministry Blackboard Site (you must be enrolled by contacting Sr. Mindy), the Volunteer/Service Blackboard Site, our Facebook, and on Planga.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
St. Francis Inn
This is a soup kitchen at which the persons who are helped are seated at a table of four and actually served dinner. This provides dignity to those who are in need of help during economic crisis and who are just really down. Our students help in the kitchen and serving of food. We provide this service opportunity twice a month. http://www.stfrancisinn.org/
Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius Elementary School
This will be a new adventure for us as we work with the Principal of the school, an SSJ sister, in projects that will include tutoring, after school activity, small projects, and other opportunities as they arise.
Our Mother of Sorrows
Our Mother of Sorrows is a soup kitchen where CHC students serve hot meals to those who need them most. This is an opportunity to serve your fellow man and put a smile on the face of someone who could really use it. We provide this service opportunity twice a month. http://www.omsalumni.org/
Serving and Leading Together is a community of students who desire to make a personal commitment to service and reflective practice. Any student who is volunteering, in any capacity, is welcome to be a part of this group. Our only hope is to create a greater desire to serve and learn from one another and our experiences. Each individual will covenant to serve so many hours according to her/his schedule and to join in on the community gatherings of S.A.L.T. to share in what was felt, learned or what is happening in their field of giving. We hope that this will enable us to become more educated about injustices and to work together for systemic change. For more information, contact Campus Ministry or RyanK@chc.edu (Kait Ryan), KirschK@chc.edu (Kristin Kirsch)
PB & J
“Please Be Jenerous” (PB & J) is a service centered through making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for shelters in need of food for others. Most recently, we have been making sandwiches for Our Mother of Sorrows Parish Lunch program. This is normally done twice a month in the cafeteria and it has to be one of the most convenient ways to help serve others. Sports teams, Extra-curricular clubs, SSJ Associates, Campus Ministry Team, and Academic Departments sign up to provide the bread, peanut butter and jelly and the many hands to make approximately 400 sandwiches per month. Sr. Nancy Roche, SSJ certainly appreciates the ability to not only serve a hot lunch throughout the week but also provide something to give to the lunch participants for a meal later on in the day. She says that everyone just love it! For information on giving PBJ a go with your group, contact: Campus Ministry or Meg Davis (DavisM4@chc.edu)
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
We are hoping to connect with the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity to become more involved in this project. We will update our various sites and e-mail students as the opportunities arise.
VILLA VISITATION: ELIZABETH MINISTRY
We will be setting up, in the near future, (Fall of 2012) a group willing to visit with the Sisters of St. Joseph who are now residing at St. Joseph Villa. We will work with the Pastoral Care Team, Supervisor and others who will offer training and a tour. Students, faculty and/or staff will be able to partner with a Sister and visit her on their own scheduled time.
One Time Opportunities for Service
Halloween Party for Carson Valley School Children sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Freshman Class/Fontbonne Hall .
Empty Bowl Dinner – A large fundraiser of NPIHN which assists the homeless. SEE the NPIHN website.
Local Community Opportunities (as needed)
Alternative Spring Break Service Trip – We have been traveling to the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains to work with Caritas Mission and the Young People Who Care Mission in Frenchville, PA. The week provides opportunities to work in homes of those in the area helping with small jobs such as painting, moving furniture, working in an clothing bank, visiting the elderly, doing work on the mission. It has been a wonderful experience and our students continually desire to go back a second and third year! http://www.ypwcministries.org/
One Day without Shoes – Created by the maker of TOMS shoes, One Day without Shoes a day filled with remembrance to those who spend every day without shoes. This day is sponsored by students dedicated to the mission of TOMS, the Unified for Unifat Club and Campus Ministry. Experience the feeling of walking barefoot through the neighborhood of Chestnut Hill with a walk to town, around campus and through the halls (shoes are worn to class and to the cafeteria). The students will sponsor activities throughout the day such as feet painting and pedicures, water balloon toss, an Ultimate Frisbee game, the walk around campus without shoes, and much more. (Usually in April) http://www.toms.com/OneDayWithoutShoes For more information on how to become involved contact one of the following: Kelly Dennis (DennisK@chc.edu) , Nicole Mezzanotte (MezzanotteN@chc.edu) , Caitlin Kain (KainC@chc.edu) or Campus Ministry