Service and Justice
“I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” –St. Dominic
From freshman orientation on, the students of Caldwell University are encouraged to go beyond themselves to meet the needs of the world community and local communities through service programs. Part of our Dominican mission is to be of service to others—living in and responding to the “signs of the times”.
The Freshmen FIRST Program: The Freshmen FIRST Program is offered through the Office of Campus Ministry at Caldwell University and stands for “Freshmen Immersion into Reflection, Service, and Tradition. This is a unique program offered to incoming Freshmen who are interested in engaging in their faith here on campus. There will be aspects of faith reflection, service, and diving into the Dominican tradition. There is no experience necessary and all incoming freshmen are encouraged to think about applying. The program is held in late August each year and we accept 15 freshmen into the program.
Service Saturdays : Once a month, Campus Ministry offers an opportunity for students to go out and serve their Caldwell community through Service Saturday projects. Each month will be a different service sight. This is an opportunity for students to be able to serve others during their time in college.
Midnight Run : Twice a semester 10 students head into NYC from 9 PM-12 AM to help distribute clothes, food, toiletries, and blankets to our brothers and sisters living on the streets of New York City. Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. 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. All are welcome to sign up to participate in this program!
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.
Alternative Break Immersion:
Belize January Immersion: Since 2013 Caldwell University has taken small groups of students, faculty, and staff to Belize to serve in the poorest district of Belize, Toledo. The trip takes place in January during Winter Break. When you step back from the beauty of the resorts you discover that Belize’s coast is far different from its interior. The Caldwell group has stayed at St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda, a small coastal town in the Toledo District. Punta Gorda serves as the “base camp” each year from which the group travels from to their service sites. Info sessions for the trip are held in September and students can apply after attending an info session. Contact Colleen at email@example.com for more information and details!
Philadelphia Spring Break Service Trip : During Spring Break students have an opportunity to spend their break serving others in Philadelphia. The Caldwell group stays at St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center in the Germantown in Philadelphia. The group learns about the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul, who had a heart for working with the poor and connecting the wealthy with those in need. The program focused on service, reflection and education. Contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and details!
Justice Opportunities : “Cry out as if you have a million voices, for it is silence that kills the world.” – St. Catherine of Sienna Campus Ministry at Caldwell is committed to providing students opportunity to live out their faith through justice. We are not only called to service but we are called to work for systemic change in our world, we are called to have a voice for the voiceless
Racial Justice : Campus Ministry is committed to connecting faith with working for racial justice both on campus and beyond. Supporting the anti-racism lecture series, campus wide speakers, celebrating National Black Catholic Month, and more is part of our mission both at Caldwell University and within Campus Ministry. For additional resources please visit: https://www.caldwell.edu/racial-justice/
Catholic Relief Services: We have partnered with Catholic Relief Services to have a CRS University group here on campus. The students who serve as CRS Student Ambassadors create programs to shed light on social justice issues that are happening in the world. Such as Migration, Global Hunger, Climate Change and Human Trafficking. The student ambassadors create programs to have on campus to help education their peers about the social justice issues.