In the tradition of Jesuit education’s goal of enabling students to learn and grow into becoming more deeply men and women for and with 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.
Ignatian Ignite is a student driven organization that focuses on creating programs that embrace our Jesuit identity and celebrates our Jesuit heritage. This group works toward ensuring that service, reflection, and active faith formation, all integral aspects of the Le Moyne student's collegiate experience, are provided for members of this Jesuit institution of higher learning. Activities include sandwich making and shawl making, among other seasonal activities. During the pandemic, they also met with community members and write cards for nursing home residents.
Dolphins Connect with Homelessness Outreach
The purpose of Dolphins Connect With Homelessness Outreach is for students to explore and learn about how to make a direct impact on the issue of homelessness in the Syracuse community by connecting with and serving the homeless community on a personal level. Through these experiences, students will have a greater appreciation for the challenges that exist within our own community and promote efforts towards a more just society.
In recognition of Le Moyne College’s mission statement, Dolphins Connect With Homelessness Outreach will, in the Catholic and Jesuit Tradition, seeks to help its members with the search for meaning and value in their intellectual lives while preparing them to be leaders in areas of service and social justice in their personal and professional lives.
Rescue Mission Syracuse: Feeding the Hungry or Homeless
Volunteer to serve dinner at the Rescue Mission on Saturdays during the academic year. Campus vans leave from the chapel at 3pm, and return to campus by 5:45pm. We are at the Rescue Mission Dining Facility on Gifford Street in Syracuse working in kitchen and serving to people in need.
Helping the Homeless with To the Streets with Emmaus Ministry
Teams of Le Moyne students collaborate with Emmaus Ministry, a community-based group who does hands-on outreach to homeless people, helping to meet their basic needs. Each month a team from Le Moyne participates in To the Streets ventures which include preparing and serving hot meals to men at Catholic Charities Emergency Men's Shelter in Syracuse.
Dolphins In Volunteer Efforts (DIVE) - Day of Service
Le Moyne students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, family, and friends spend a morning serving as people for and with others, helping with tasks of greatest need off campus and on campus. Sites include local parks, community centers, and organizations which serve men, women, children, families, homeless people, hungry people, and people with disabilities. Participants venture out to local community partners and transportation is provided from Le Moyne to service sites. There are several on campus service sites for those who wish to remain on campus, a friendly way for families and children to engage in meaningful service. DIVE Days occur every semester, typically in September and April.
Campus Ministry organizes both domestic and international service immersion trips where we intentionally place participants in direct contact with the poor and marginalized for extended exposure experiences. We hope that participants will learn the value of building relationships across socio-economic lines, increase their awareness of the injustices in the world and connect to the ways that they are being called to build up our human family—with a special concern for those most disadvantaged. Our program incorporates the four cornerstone values of simplicity, spirituality, social justice and solidarity.
Previous trips include:
- Philadelphia, PA - St. Francis Inn
- Albuquerque, NM - Desert Immersion
- Mandeville, Jamaica - Diocese of Mandeville
- Quito, Ecuador - Working Family’s Center
- San Salvador, El Salvador - CRISPAZ
The Jesuit ideal is to form men and women for and with others. One way to live this ideal is volunteer for a year after graduation. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community, spiritual growth and commitment to social justice. Volunteers are provided room and board, health insurance, a small stipend, and usually student loan deferrals.
List of some organizations graduates have joined after graduating Le Moyne: