Whether students take on a weekly service commitment, or lend a hand with a seasonal initiative, Campus Ministry provides many opportunities to help those close to home.
Weekly Service Opportunities
Cor Unum: Students go to the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence once a month to serve a meal and eat with those whom they serve.
Haven from Hunger: Students prepare, serve, and share meals with guests of Haven from Hunger in Peabody.
Putnam Farms: This assisted living community is designed for those who need a helping hand in their daily lives. It is a positive alternative for older adults who no longer wish to live alone or be burdened with the responsibility of coordinating in-home services. Students may also visit with residents of Homestead, a special unit for patients with memory loss.
Salem Boys and Girls Club: Students head to the Salem Boys and Girls club at the Collins Middle School to tutor and play with the children there. (Students must complete a CORI check in order to participate in this volunteer program.)
Xaverian Connection: Every Tuesday after school, students will walk down to the Xavier Center, fondly known as the Brother Barn, with a campus minister to spend quality time conversing, playing cards and sharing stories with the retired Xavarian Brothers living there.
Community Service Initiatives
Donations & Drives: St. John’s sponsors several drives throughout the year to raise funds to benefit those in need.
Operation Backpack: Students collect school supplies in September for local agencies and shelters to distribute to needy children.
Winter Coat Drive: The Prep community is asked to donate winter coats in good condition for local agencies to give to those in need. This initiative takes place biannually in November.
Turkey Drive: This annual collection of turkeys and trimmings for local food pantries takes places in November.
Loaves & Fishes: This annual food collection for local food pantries takes place each January.