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I Make A Difference: National Jesuit Service 2015

Through meaningful service projects open to all Jesuit-educated alumni, graduates across the nation are engaged in shared service that demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. This spring, alumni are invited to participate in community service projects sponsored by the following Jesuit colleges and universities (listed in alphabetical order). PLEASE NOTE: This list continues to grow! Send any new projects to AJCU's Director of Communications, Deanna Howes: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

Boston College, Various Dates: Boston College is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Global Days of Service project. Throughout the months of April and May, alumni across the globe will participate in service for others.

Click here to register.

Canisius College, Saturday, April 18thCanisius College will sponsor Spring Community Day, a gathering of students, faculty, staff and alumni who will offer their service to more than 40 community partners throughout the city of Buffalo, NY.

Click here to register.

Creighton University, Saturday, April 11: Creighton University will partner with the Hunger Collaborative for the National Jesuit Alumni Service Initiative. A collaboration of Omaha’s major food pantries committed to sustainable solutions combating hunger, the Hunger Collaborative brings together Heart Ministry Center, Heartland Hope Mission, Together Inc. and Food Bank for the Heartland.

Click here to register.

The annual Creighton Clean Up will also take place on Saturday, April 11th: it is a campus-wide day of service in which students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to give back to the Omaha, NE community. This year's event will take place on April 11th from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM; volunteers will serve various sites around Omaha and will be provided with breakfast and lunch, t-shirts and raffle prizes. 

Click here to register.

DC Jesuit Alumni Chapters, Saturday, April 25th: Washington, DC-based alumni of Jesuit colleges and universities are invited to volunteer at Kenilworth Park & Bandalong Litter Trap for an Earth Day clean-up, sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Click here to register.

Fairfield University, Saturday, April 18th: Join Fairfield University alumni, students, and staff for the 27th Annual Hunger Cleanup. Volunteers will be assigned to sites in Fairfield, CT and neighboring towns to do such jobs as spring cleaning, yard work, painting, etc.

Click here to register.

Fordham University, Saturday, April 18: Jesuit alumni are invited to join a team of alumni relations staff from Fordham University, who will be assisting in the ongoing rebuilding efforts for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers will travel to Breezy Point and the Far Rockaways to help clear debris and gut devastated homes. Groups will join Habitat for Humanity and other organizations already working in the area.

Click here to register.

Gonzaga University, Saturday, April 25: Gonzaga University is partnering with Magis: Alumni Living the Mission and Seattle University for a day of service, specifically hosting sites at Eastside and Westside Baby Corners in the Greater Seattle area. Magis is dedicated to Ignatian leadership and spiritual formation beyond college, and empowers Jesuit alumni to create a more just and humane world.

Click here to register.

John Carroll University, Saturday, April 25: Join the John Carroll University community for a city-wide service event organized by JCU's Center for Service and Social Action. The "Jesuit Day of Service" is an annual day of service involving all 10 Jesuit institutions in northeast Ohio working together to serve the community, strengthen the bonds of solidarity, and celebrate a day of spring cleaning.

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Le Moyne College, Saturday, April 18th: Join members of the Le Moyne College community for “Dolphins Dive into Service,” a campus-wide service event organized by the Le Moyne College Office of Campus Ministry. Participants will meet at 8:30 AM to serve those in need at various sites throughout the Syracuse community and end the day with a luncheon on campus. Site locations will be confirmed in advance of the event. In addition, service events will be hosted by Le Moyne alumni in the Boston area on Thursday, May 14th and in the Atlanta area on Saturday, April 18th.

Click here to register.

Marquette University, Saturday, April 18th: Join the Marquette University community for Hunger Clean-Up: Marquette’s largest day of service, bringing together approximately 1,500 members of the University community to volunteer with 50 agencies each April. This student-led initiative also provides $9,000 in grants each year. Volunteers must be 14+ and will serve from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 18th.

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Regis University, Saturday, March 28thRegis University will host the 16th annual Regis University Easter Service Project on campus in Denver, CO. This Easter Basket collection collects Easter goodies for needy Denver-area Catholic children.

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Rockhurst University, Saturday, March 21st: All Rockhurst and Jesuit alumni are invited to participate in a morning of prayer and reflection at Rockhurst University. Through talks and periods of reflective prayer, Rev. Jim Blumeyer, S.J., founder of the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City, will help you explore how you can learn to be a better disciple of Christ. As a collective almsgiving effort, please consider bringing items to include in Easter baskets that will be given to local homeless families.

Click here to register.

Saint Joseph's University, Saturday, April 25th: Saint Joseph's University will host the annual Global Community Day. Each year, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, and friends gather together as men and women with and for others for a day of service. It is an opportunity to give back while connecting with the SJU community.

Click here to register.

Saint Louis University, Saturday April 11th: Saint Louis University and Alpha Phi Omega are hosting the annual Showers of Service event on Saturday, April 11th. Jesuit alumni are invited to take part in a variety of service projects taking place across St. Louis, MO. The day starts at 9:30 AM and will conclude at 2:00 PM.

Click here to register.

Saint Peter's University, Various Dates: A robust calendar of community service events has been developed by the Office of Campus Ministry to offer Saint Peter's University alumni and members of the University community (including Jesuit alumni) an opportunity to give back with time and talent throughout the spring.

Click here to register.

Santa Clara University, Various Dates: Santa Clara University will honor the founding of the SCU Alumni Association on April 27, 1881 with a National Month of Service. All are invited to join an Alumni for Others (AFO) service project at sites across the country during the month of April.

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Seattle University, Saturday, April 25th: A robust calendar of community service events has been developed by the Office of Alumni Engagement and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission to offer Seattle University alumni and members of the University community, including all local Jesuit alumni, an opportunity to give back with time and talent. Sites are available throughout the greater Puget Sound region and other regions, including the Bay Area.

Click here to register.

University of Detroit Mercy, Saturday, April 25: Join University of Detroit Mercy alumni for a McNichols Campus neighborhood clean-up from 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM. Volunteers will help clean up two sites around the UDM McNichols Campus. Breakfast and t-shirts provided.

Click here to register.

The University of Scranton, Saturday, March 21, 2015: Join Scranton alumni, parents and friends at one of twelve service sites across the country on Saturday, March 21st.

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Wheeling Jesuit University, Sunday, May 3: All Jesuit alumni and community members are welcome to volunteer at the Area I Special Olympics in Wheeling, WV. Volunteers do not need to sign up in advance, but should arrive at the McDonough Center at Wheeling Jesuit University by noon on Sunday, May 3rd to get assignments. Volunteers are needed to help with clinics, run craft stations and serve as "buddies" for the day with Special Olympic athletes. Volunteers are encouraged to wear WJU gear for the event.

Call the WJU service office with any questions: (304) 242-8728.

The WJU Community Garden service project will launch on Friday, April 24 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Each Thursday thereafter, WJU students, employees and alumni can volunteer in the campus garden between from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM from May through October. For more information, contact Beth Collins of WJU's Appalachian Institute: (304) 243-4361.

Xavier University, Saturday, March 28th: Xavier students, faculty, staff and alumni will gather together to serve across the greater Cincinnati region on Community Action Day. Participants will gather, rain or shine, between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM in the Xavier Yard on March 28th, and sign up for one of 20+ service sites to volunteer with that morning (no pre-registration is required). Everybody will arrive back on campus that afternoon for lunch and reflection in the Gallagher Student Center on Xavier's campus.

Write to communityactionday@xavier.edu with any questions.

Quote of the week

"One of the key phrases capturing the charism of Ignatian spirituality is “to love and serve in all things.” Here lies the key to Jesuit higher education in the 21st century. For a Jesuit university should ask more of its students by challenging them to make Ignatius’ charge—his notion of service—their own."
Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President, University of Scranton


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