Each year students at Caldwell University are invited to go beyond themselves and meet the needs of the world community and local communities through special outreach projects.
These outreach opportunities are based on the Gospel message found in Matthew 25:34: “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it to me.'”
Our Lady Help of Christians School – After-Care Tutoring
Students can volunteer weekly to work at local after-school hour programs tutoring students and providing recreations activities. These programs engage the students in programs in a safe environment that may enhance the learning opportunities of needy children in the communities surrounding the college campus. Students who volunteer in these programs are able to apply classroom knowledge to the experience of learning alongside a child or youth in need.
St. Catherine’s Health Care Inc. and Marian Manor
St. Catherine’s Health Care Inc. Marian Manor Students have the opportunity to work with High School Students who are physically challenged either in the classroom or as part of an after-care program.
Recognizing the aging of America and the need for continued friendship and care for the elderly, our students volunteer to participate in numerous outreach programs to diverse senior populations. Students can assist with recreation programming at a local senior residence community or assist at St. Catherine’s Health Care facility located on university campus.
The Midnight Run
Students volunteer to go out into the streets of Manhattan and feed and clothe the homeless. Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. Its goal is to forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring from which solutions may evolve. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see the homeless as real people, not a commodity. And homeless men and women learn that many people have commitments and concerns that go beyond their own lives and families.
Caldwell Day of Service
Caldwell University “Caldwell Day of Service” – Celebrating the life of St. Martin de Porres is held during the fall semester. St. Martin was a Dominican brother whose passionate love for God led him to serve the poor in Lima, Peru during the early 1600s. The campus administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni commit to serve the local Caldwell/Essex County area and to put into action our Catholic Dominican mission as a university community.
New Student Day of Service
All new students are encouraged to participate in the New Student Day of Service during the August Orientation. Students volunteer in the local Caldwell and greater Essex Country area.
Alternative Winter Break Experience
Students are encouraged to participate in a week-long service- retreat to Bethlehem Farm. Student spots are limited; applications are available in the Campus Ministry Office. “Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. We are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer and service. We serve alongside our neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community.” – taken from Bethlehem Farm website
Alternative Spring Break Experience
Christian Appalachian Project, WorkFest
Since 2006, Caldwell University has been sending students to rural Kentucky to a program called WorkFest. Student spots are limited; applications are available in the Campus Ministry Office. “WorkFest is an alternative spring break for college students held annually in March. The event attracts more than 400 students from 40 different colleges and universities each year. At WorkFest, students serve in teams to repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families in Eastern Kentucky. No prior building experience is necessary.” – taken from CAP website
Not only the catechumens, but all in the Caldwell community are called to reflect on how they will experience new life through these members. Anyone interested in receiving the Sacraments for the first time is encouraged to contact the Chaplain to learn more about the Catholic faith.
If you wish to participate in any of these opportunities to volunteer your services in the spirit of our Dominican and Catholic Tradition here at Caldwell University, contact the Chaplain’s Office at 973-618-3660.
Fr Thomas Blind