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2015 Campus Ministry Domestic Service-Immersion Experiences 

Our domestic service-immersion program provides one-week experiences that expose participants to people who are marginalized. They challenge your beliefs and provide ample opportunities for reflection and dialogue. All of our experiences are based on the cornerstones of simplicity, social justice, solidarity and spirituality. Winter Service Week is our introductory service-immersion experience. Preparation includes a kick-off, a morning of local service, a team dinner and final details meeting. Alternative Spring Break (now for groups) has a deeper preparation that includes an overnight retreat and pre-ASB involvement with the community partner. Our international service-immersion experiences (separate application) are Campus Ministry’s most advanced and longest trips.

This year, Campus Ministry is offering several opportunities for individuals to participate in Winter Service Week and two group opportunities for students in the Honors Program (Winter Service Week) and residents of the Ignatian Floor (Alternative Spring Break).

We invite you to:
 journey with us, challenge yourself, explore your relationship with God, live simply & seek kinship

 2014-2015 Domestic Service-Immersion individual options:

St. Bernard’s Project: Hurricane Sandy (NYC) (12 open places)
Sunday, January 4-Saturday, January 10, 2015
Participant cost: approximately $300

Participant pays for: Travel to NYC (plane, train, car), local transportation in NYC (about $35 for a weekly metro pass) plus a $150 fee to Campus Ministry to cover transportation and food. Student participants will be asked to cover 1-2 meals on their own.

Participants will be living in Jamaica, NY at a Volunteer Village and serving with St. Bernard’s Project, the community partner Campus Ministry served with in New Orleans post-Katrina. Students will meet in NYC on Sunday, January 4th and serve during the week, departing on Saturday. Work will be very hands-on, Habitat-for-Humanity type service.

Erie Benedictine Community (6 open places)
Sunday, January 4-Saturday, January 10, 2015
Participant cost: $200 per person (All inclusive: transportation, housing, and food)

Students will work with the Benedictine sisters in a variety of ministries throughout the inner city and within the monastery itself.  Volunteer opportunities include education centers for adults and children, a community center for disabled adults, after-school programs for underprivileged children, a children’s art house, soup kitchens, a food bank, and endless opportunities to help the sisters at the Mount. Participants will stay at the monastery and experience the sisters’ daily life of prayer and service.  Evenings will be spent reflecting with the sisters on the experiences of the day.

Syracuse Northside CYO (7 open places)
Sunday, January 4-Saturday, January 10, 2015
Participant cost: $225 per person (All inclusive: transportation, housing, and food)

Students will partner with the Catholic Charities CYO in Syracuse, NY. Participants will work within a combination of five CYO programs: refugee resettlement, helping in pre-K classrooms, working in two inclusive classrooms, assisting with an after-school program, and taking part in an evening respite program for disabled teens and refugees. Catholic Charities serves a large refugee community in the Syracuse community. Participants will be working with local Jesuit Volunteers and engage the local JVC community with an evening reflection. Lodging will be at the Sisters of St. Francis’ Spirituality and Nature Center.

Ndakinna Education Center (7 open places)
Sunday, January 4-Saturday, January 10, 2015
Participant cost: $250 per person (All inclusive: transportation, housing, and food)

The Ndakinna Education Center is located just outside of historic Saratoga Springs NY.  Ndakinna is situated on the Marion F. Bruchac Nature Preserve and is a short drive away from the Adirondack State Park. Students at Ndakinna have a chance to both volunteer their time and gain a better appreciation for the region’s rich cultural and natural histories.

Learning experiences at Ndakinna can include Northeast Native American history and culture, nature awareness, land stewardship, basic wilderness survival and animal tracking to team building and youth programming facilitation. Storytelling is usually an essential part of all Ndakinna programming. Field trips to local wilderness areas, historical landmarks, as well as to other cultural sites, including to the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community in Fonda, NY are also available. Time at Ndakinna is focused on immersive education with some service elements.  Work options can include trail construction and maintenance, exhibit creation, facility upkeep, maple sugar collection, and office projects.

2014-2015 Domestic Service-Immersion group options:

Homelessness in Buffalo (7 open places): ALL COLLEGE HONORS STUDENTS ONLY
Sunday, January 4-Saturday, January 10, 2015
Participant cost: $125 per person (All inclusive: transportation, housing, and food)

Honors students will be living in community while they experience issues surrounding homelessness in Buffalo. The focal point of their direct service will be at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy where participants will be serving food, helping in the mission mall and assisting in their school. Speakers and other, short experiences will further immerse participants in learning about a different side of the City of Good Neighbors!


On or before Wednesday, October 15: All applications are due by 5pm in Campus Ministry (OM 207). Applications and information sheets are available in Campus Ministry or can be downloaded here:

Information sheet (.pdf) 
Application (.pdf)

Questions? Contact Sarah Signorino at 716-888-2424 or signoris@canisius.edu