Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Winter Service Week

Winter Service Week is an opportunity to work and learn with communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Greenfield Center, NY, New Orleans, Erie and Syracuse. All of these experiences will expose you to the marginalized, challenge your beliefs and provide ample opportunities for reflection and dialogue. This will be the 13th year of Winter Service Week at Canisius College. Campus Ministry will be going to five different locations to do service.

Each of these sites has different arrival and departure dates.
Please pay close attention to their descriptions, dates and costs!

New York City (9 open places)
Saturday, January 4-Saturday, January 11, 2014
Participant cost: approximately $300*
Participant pays for:
Transportation to NYC, local transportation and a $150 fee to Campus Ministry to cover food/lodging.

*The total cost depends on where you are traveling from and how you choose to get to NYC (bus, plane, train, car). Campus Ministry will take care of housing and most food.

6 participants will be serving with students from Le Moyne University at Mercy Center in the South Bronx. They will organize a Winter Camp for neighborhood kids and assist Mercy Center in its other ministries (ESL and parenting classes, employment readiness skills and ministering to the community). Mercy Center participants will live at a former convent in the Bronx.  

5 participants will be serving at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, a Nativity Miguel Middle School in Brooklyn. They will be helping with tutoring and an after school program. These participants will stay with the Brooklyn Jesuit Prep volunteer community in Brooklyn.

Participants will arrive in NYC on Saturday for a common meal and orientation. On Sunday all participants will serve at Xavier Parish’s Welcome Table soup kitchen. Students will serve at their placements Monday through Friday and depart for home on Saturday.

New Orleans (5 open places)
Friday, January 3-Saturday, January 11, 2014
Participant cost: approximately $450
Participant pays for:
flight to New Orleans plus a $125 fee to Campus Ministry to cover transportation, food and tours

Campus Ministry will take care of local transportation, housing, and most food. Student participants will be asked to cover 1-2 meals on their own.

This year’s NOLA group will be serving with St. Bernard’s Project. Participants will be staying at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the Garden District. Cultural activities will include a visit to the French Quarter, beignets and café au lait at Café Dumond, and a tour of the damage done by Katrina.

Erie Benedictine Community (6 open places)
Sunday, January 5-Saturday, January 11, 2014
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 5-Saturday, January 11, 2014
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.

Syracuse Cathedral Academy at Pompei (3 open places)
Sunday, January 5-Saturday, January 11, 2014
Participant cost: $225 per person (All inclusive: transportation, housing, and food)

Students will serve alongside teachers at the Cathedral Academy at Pompei. This innovative school provides culturally responsive teaching and learning to students from diverse linguistic, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Participants will also be working in classrooms, participating in the after-school program and working on projects at Our Lady of Pompei Parish. Lodging will be at the Sisters of St. Francis’ Spirituality and Nature Center.

Ndakinna Education Center (7 open places)
Sunday, January 5-Saturday, January 11, 2014
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 divided equally between learning and volunteer work.  Work options can include trail construction and maintenance, exhibit creation, facility upkeep, maple sugar collection, and office projects.

If you have questions, come to an information session on:

Monday, October 7th at 4pm or Tuesday, October 8th at 4pm. Both sessions will be held in OM 219.


Wednesday, October 16: All applications are due by 5pm in Campus Ministry (OM 207). Applications are available in Campus Ministry or can be downloaded here.

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