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. In spring 2015, alumni participated in community service projects sponsored by the following Jesuit colleges and universities (listed in alphabetical order):
Boston College, Various Dates: Boston College celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Global Days of Service project in 2015. Throughout the months of April and May, alumni across the globe participated in service for others.
Canisius College, Saturday, April 18th: Canisius College sponsored Spring Community Day, a gathering of students, faculty, staff and alumni who offered their service to more than 40 community partners throughout the city of Buffalo, NY.
Creighton University, Saturday, April 11: Creighton University partnered 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.
The annual Creighton Clean Up also took place on Saturday, April 11th: it is a campus-wide day of service in which students, faculty, staff and alumni gave back to the Omaha, NE community. This year's event took place on April 11th from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM; volunteers served various sites around Omaha and were provided with breakfast and lunch, t-shirts and raffle prizes.
DC Jesuit Alumni Chapters, Saturday, April 25th: Washington, DC-based alumni of Jesuit colleges and universities volunteered at Kenilworth Park & Bandalong Litter Trap for an Earth Day clean-up, sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society.
Fairfield University, Saturday, April 18th: Fairfield University alumni, students, and staff volunteered for the 27th Annual Hunger Cleanup. Across Fairfield, CT and neighboring towns, participants performed such jobs as spring cleaning, yard work, painting, etc.
Fordham University, Saturday, April 18: Jesuit alumni joined a team of alumni relations staff from Fordham University to assist in the ongoing rebuilding efforts for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers traveled to Breezy Point and the Far Rockaways to help clear debris and gut devastated homes. Groups joined Habitat for Humanity and other organizations already working in the area.
Gonzaga University, Saturday, April 25: Gonzaga University partnered 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.
John Carroll University, Saturday, April 25: Volunteers joined 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.
Le Moyne College, Saturday, April 18th: Volunteers joined 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 served those in need at various sites throughout the Syracuse community and ended the day with a luncheon on campus. In addition, Le Moyne alumni hosted service events in the Boston area on Thursday, May 14th and in the Atlanta area on Saturday, April 18th.
Marquette University, Saturday, April 18th: Volunteers joined the Marquette University community for Hunger Clean-Up: Marquette’s largest day of service, which brings 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.
Regis University, Saturday, March 28th: Regis University hosted 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.
Rockhurst University, Saturday, March 21st: All Rockhurst and Jesuit alumni were 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, taught participants ways to become better disciples of Christ. As a collective almsgiving effort, volunteers were encouraged to bring items to include in Easter baskets that were later given to local homeless families.
Saint Joseph's University, Saturday, April 25th: This spring, Saint Joseph's University hosted its 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.
Saint Louis University, Saturday April 11th: Saint Louis University and Alpha Phi Omega hosted the annual Showers of Service event on Saturday, April 11th. Jesuit alumni were invited to take part in a variety of service projects across St. Louis, MO.
Saint Peter's University, Various Dates: A robust calendar of community service events was 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.
Santa Clara University, Various Dates: Santa Clara University honored the founding of the SCU Alumni Association on April 27, 1881 with a National Month of Service. Jesuit alumni were invited to join an Alumni for Others (AFO) service project at sites across the country during the month of April.
Seattle University, Saturday, April 25th: A robust calendar of community service events was 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 were available throughout the greater Puget Sound region and other regions, including the Bay Area.
University of Detroit Mercy, Saturday, April 25: Volunteers joined University of Detroit Mercy alumni for a McNichols Campus neighborhood clean-up from 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM. Volunteers helped clean up two sites around the UDM McNichols Campus. Breakfast and t-shirts were provided.
University of San Francisco, Saturday, April 11: During the month of April, USF students, staff and faculty were encouraged to give a day by volunteering and engaging in service around the Bay Area in California. This year’s April Action program provided the USF community with opportunities for service and knowledge to enrich their advancement toward creating a more humane, just and green world.
The University of Scranton, Saturday, March 21, 2015: Volunteers joined Scranton alumni, parents and friends at one of twelve service sites across the country on Saturday, March 21st.
Wheeling Jesuit University, Sunday, May 3: All Jesuit alumni and community members were welcome to volunteer at the Area I Special Olympics in Wheeling, WV. Volunteers helped with clinics, ran craft stations and served as "buddies" for the day with Special Olympic athletes.
The WJU Community Garden service project launched 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 gathered together to serve at 20+ sites across the greater Cincinnati region on Community Action Day. Volunteers arrived back on campus that afternoon for lunch and reflection in the Gallagher Student Center on Xavier's campus.