Service and Social Justice

The Ithaca College Catholic Community offers local, regional and national opportunities to get involved in serving others and learning more about social justice.

Check out some of our upcoming offerings and volunteer to serve today!

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Local Service Opportunities

Loaves and Fishes

When: Tuesday / Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: 210 North Cayuga St. Ithaca

Loaves and Fishes is the local soup kitchen in the city of Ithaca that provides meals and advocacy services to those in need. The Cornell/Ithaca Catholic Communites will take students down on Tuesday's & Thursday's throughout the semester to volunteer and share a meal with those that come in for a meal. Time commitment: 5:30-6:30pm. Check back in the spring for information about future trips to Loaves and Fishes!

If you are interested in attending, email John at jmorton4@ithaca.edu

Play 'n Talk
Play 'n Talk is an organization to support parents of children on autism spectrum. They have volunteer opportunities for students to play with children 1-on-1 or in groups as much as the child is willing. If you are interested in getting involved, email John at jmorton4@ithaca.edu.

Tioga County Spring Clean Up
Ithaca College students have the opportunity to volunteer in Tioga County with the Tioga County Rural Ministry. In the spring, students can travel and work with elderly residents who need help with household chores such as raking leaves, planting flowers, washing windows and other activities.

Service Projects Led By Our Student Leadership Team
In addition to the projects listed above, our student leadership team has also come up with various service projects. In the past, they have made rosaries to donate to the Ithaca Rescue Mission, an organization working with the homeless in Ithaca. They have also donated to Thrive for Life Prison Project, an organization run by Zach Presutti, S.J. who works with inmates in the New York City Area to provide care for those in jail and in their transition out of jail. The Catholic Community has gone to Syracuse to work with A Tiny Home for Good, an organization that builds homes for homeless men in Syracuse. Finally, they have also donated blankets to the Every Child Deserves a Bed Project in New York where they have made blankets for children in need.

Our service projects vary each semester but they are available for students to get involved with at any time! Contact our Service and Social Justice Co-Chairs on our leadership team Mary Stephenson (mstephenson@ithaca.edu) or Jack Warren (jwarren4@ithaca.edu) to find out about what the service and social justice committee has planned for the upcoming year!

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National Service Opportunities

Nazareth Farm Winter Break Service Trip
Over the last week of winter break, Ithaca College and Cornell students travel to Nazareth Farm, West Virginia to assist local homeowners with home repair and learn more about economic justice and Catholic Social Teaching. Students also reflect on their experiences and learn about the value of a ministry of presence. Check out their website here: http://www.nazarethfarm.org/

To sign up for Nazareth Farm, sign up here: https://cornellcatholic.org/nazareth-farm-2019

Romero Center Spring Break Service Trip
During spring break, Ithaca College students travel to the Romero Center in Camden, NJ to participate in their Urban Challenge program. This program is a service-learning, immersion experience rooted in the Catholic faith tradition. The program consists of three fundamental components of faith, community and service. During the week, students will volunteer at social service agencies including adult day care, nursing homes, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and after school programs. The Romero Center is named after Blessed Oscar Romero, an archbishop from San Salvador who spoke out against poverty and social injustice. For more information on the Romero Center, check out their website here: http://romero-center.org/

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester Weekend Service Retreat
During the year, Ithaca College Students will have the opportunity to volunteer with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester. This weekend will consist of prayer, reflection on Catholic Social Teaching and service in the Rochester area. Students could volunteer at Bethany House, a Catholic worker women's shelter, Morning Star, a foster home for medically fragile and hard to place children or St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, a Catholic Worker soup kitchen and men's shelter.

Romero Center 2018