Serving Others

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.

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