In the tradition of Jesuit education’s goal of enabling students to learn and grow into becoming more deeply men and women for others, Campus Ministry offers a variety of local service opportunities where students can use their time, talents and personal gifts in service to people in need, including children, families, and homeless men and women. These opportunities include bi-annual campus wide service days, as well as opportunity to participate individually in service or join student clubs and organizations in outreach on a weekly and monthly basis.
For information about getting involved in volunteer service around Syracuse, contact Bill Dolan S.J. in Campus Ministry at ext. 4112 or email@example.com
You can also learn more about service at Le Moyne here
Here's an example of local service opportunities during the school year:
Rescue Mission/Syracuse: Feeding the Hungry or Homeless every Saturday
Volunteer to serve dinner at the Rescue Mission on one of the Saturdays of Spring Semester.
Leave campus at 3 p.m., return to campus at 6 p.m. (We are committed to serving dinner, 10 Saturdays of the Spring 2015 Semester at the Rescue Mission Dining Facility on Gifford Street in Syracuse, (through the line) working in kitchen and serving the cafeteria style meal to poor and needy men, women, children who eat their regularly.)
Helping the Homeless with To the Streets with Emmaus Ministry
Teams of Le Moyne students collaborate with Emmaus Ministry, a community-based group who do "hands on " outreach to homeless people, helping to meet their basic needs. Each month a Le Moyne team participates in To the Streets ventures which include preparing and serving hot meals to men at Catholic Charities Emergency Men's Shelter in Syracuse and accompanying the Ministry’s Hope Mobile Van in reaching out to homeless people in places where they congregate, whether on street corners or under bridges, offering food, warm clothing personal care items, a kind word, smile and recognition of their own human dignity as a child of God and brother or sister human being. Weekday and Weekend (Saturday afternoon) opportunities.
Say Yes to Education/Syracuse - working with elementary or middle schoolers
Fall and Spring Semester Dolphins Dine-in to Serve Campus-wide Service Days
Say Yes to Education/Syracuse is interested in having Le Moyne student volunteers come once a week, and companion students during recess, and snack time. There are also opportunities for tutoring and classroom assistance in elementary and middle public schools on weekdays in the mid-morning or afternoon. Our local site of preference opposite the Le Moyne Plaza is H.W. Smith Middle School, a public school which draws its students from a rich diversity of background.
People in Action
The People in Action organization has opportunities for developing big brother/big sister relationships with pre-school, elementary school and middle school children who residents of Springfield Garden Apartments. It is located nearby in the Judge David Klim Center within the Springfield Gardens Apartment Complex, a two to three minute walk from the rear entrance to the College. The minimal need is for one hour, one afternoon per week. More time is welcome and possible. Activities include working with pre-school day care, tutoring, and after school recreational and cultural programs. The need is on weekdays in the morning or afternoon.
Friendly Visitor: Nursing Home Bound Senior Citizens at Menorah Park
Menorah Park is located on East Genesee Street near Le Moyne College. The volunteer services program is interested in having Le Moyne students meet nursing home and assisted living elderly residents, and develop friendships through one-on-one visits. (This would be similar to a "Foster Grandparent/Grandchild " opportunity.) Their specific request is to come on Saturday mornings, "wheel" and accompany them to Jewish Sabbath Services and visit with them afterward.
In addition to the meal program listed above, other opportunities and needs at the Rescue Mission include assisting at clothing distribution center at Gifford Street Campus and Thrifty Shopper Stores.
Below are some more opportunities with groups around campus:
2:20 Student Ministries (Bible Study Club) -- Club members are investigating working with the religious services program at Rescue Mission assisting the chaplain and men in Bible study. (2:20 Student Ministries meets on Monday nights, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at Drescher Community Room in the Panasci Family Chapel.) For information on 2:20 Bible Study Club and their service work, contact Devon Bartholomew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two times during the academic year, Le Moyne student, faculty and administrator volunteers go out to do "hands on" tasks to help with the most pressing and immediate needs of community centers and organizations. These volunteers are devoted to working with the organization to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, children, families, hungry people, and those living with homelessness or disabilities.
A large team of environmental engineers for a day is needed to do grounds work at two city parks most in need of extra care, as determined by the Syracuse Parks Conservancy. There will also be a behind-the-scenes team of children and families who stay on campus to make sandwiches and bake cookies for emergency shelters, as well as putting together personal care bags for people served at local shelters.
Sign ups and more information are available at Campus Ministry and through coordinators Laura Davis, '16, email@example.com, and Bill Dolan, S.J., firstname.lastname@example.org