msmc serves - Mount Saint Mary College

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msmc serves - Mount Saint Mary College
MSMC SERVES is an initiative of Campus
Ministry that aims to unify and centralize all
service learning and community outreach
programs offered by Campus Ministry, thereby
helping raise awareness of all the various
programs offered, encourage campus-wide
participation, foster the continual growth of
each program, and promote the development
of new programs.
MISSION OF
MOUNT SAINT MARY COLLEGE
“Consistent with Judeo-Christian values and the
Dominican tradition of education that values
the inherent worth of the individual, the mission
of Mount Saint Mary College is to create an
environment which fosters… students to reach
their full potential as lifelong learners.”
MISSION OF MSMC SERVES
“To enflesh the Judeo-Christian value of service
to others by assisting students in internalizing
this value in their lives, and in turn helping
students live out the mission of lifelong
learning and service.”
Contact us
Campus Ministry is located in Hudson Hall
FR. FRANCIS AMODIO, O.CARM
Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry
Hudson Hall, rm. 115
[email protected]
845-569-3154
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CAMPUS MINISTRY
Service • Community • Prayer
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OTHER PROGRAMS
MSMC SERVES
Service Sundays & Semester-Long Service Learning
Service Sundays & Semester-Long Service Learning is a program which provides students the opportunity to participate in
service learning. The program includes elements of education, placement, reflection, and evaluation.
MSMC SERVES
Objectives
• To provide an in depth, systematic approach to
service learning.
• To educate students in their awareness of the spiritual,
sociological, historical, and cultural realities of poverty.
• To reflect on these realities of poverty through the lens
of social justice and morality.
STAGE 1: SERVICE SUNDAY
STAGE 2: SERVICE/PLACEMENT
• Students will fulfill the weekly commitment with their
placement group.
Description: Students are expected to attend their placement
each week. Should a student be unable to attend, they must
inform Campus Ministry via e-mail and Newburgh Ministry prior
to missing a scheduled service time.
STAGE 3: REFLECTION
• Introduction to the cycle of poverty
• Tour of Newburgh Ministry
• Introduction to Semester-Long Service
Learning program
• Sign up for service groups and times
• Attend reflection seminars
• Maintain a written journal of reflection on experiences
• Complete an end of the semester one-on-one evaluation
• Complete an end of the semester written evaluation and
final reflection
• Develop an experience into a written case-study
Description: Students go to Newburgh Ministry for 2
hours where they are introduced to the Ministry, the cycle of
poverty, and get a tour of the facility. At the end of the event,
the students form groups of 2 to 4 people and select a time
for weekly service. The amount of time will vary based on
the group’s availability and the needs of Newburgh Ministry.
Service Sundays are offered at the beginning and the
midpoint of the semester to give students an opportunity
to commit for the whole semester or join the program half
way through.
Description: Throughout the semester, students meet with
Campus Ministry at reflection seminars. Each student is also
encouraged to keep a journal to document their experiences. At
the end of the semester, one-on-one evaluation meetings are
scheduled. In these meetings, the student’s involvement, personal
growth, and development is discussed. Finally, students are
encouraged to write a final reflection and evaluation. In addition
to these reflections, interested students are also encouraged to
further document their experiences by drafting a case study of a
particular event or experience they participated.
THE GIVING TREE: In collaboration with Catholic
Charities of Orange County, the Giving Tree is an
effort to provide local families in need with gifts
for Christmas. Each year the Mount Saint Mary
Community collects hundreds of gifts and every year
we aim to increase our total number of donations!
THE THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE: During the
months of October and November, Campus Ministry
sponsors a drive in which food is collected to support
the efforts of Loaves and Fishes, a local organization
that provides the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal
to local families in need. The Mount Saint Mary College
community donates over $1,000 worth of food each
year to the effort and every year we continually strive to
exceed our previous years amount.
RESPONDING TO SPECIFIC NEEDS: Every year there
are specific events that create a need and through targeted
efforts, the Mount Saint Mary College community has
responded. In the past, Campus Ministry has partnered
with local churches on collections of items to benefit the
community and various campus organizations to respond
to natural disasters. When our brothers and sisters are in
need, it is important that we respond. RESOURCE FOR THE CAMPUS: Campus Ministry is
always available to assist individuals and groups on
campus looking to participate in service. Our connection
with local organizations can be a valuable resource
when looking for a location or activity to participate
in. In addition, Campus Ministry is always interested in
partnering with individuals and groups in their efforts. By combining our efforts, we can achieve a greater
impact.