Campus Ministry

Alternative Breaks

Campus Ministry is offering students an opportunity to make a difference this spring break.  Join us to travel to Camden, New Jersey and experience service and solidarity in a powerful way.  Recruitment for the trip begins in October 2014 with meetings and fundraising beginning in late October to early November.  The trip includes spiritual reflection and sharing as part of the experience.  Cost per student will depend on the amount of money the groups fundraise.  See below for more information about the trip. 

Alternative Spring Break: Camden, NJ  March 7-12, 2015 

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Campus Ministry at Rivier University has partnered with DeSales ServiceWorks since spring of 2010.  ServiceWorks is coordinated by the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales who went to serve in Camden, NJ in 2009.  They have been welcoming groups since then who want to join them in service to the people of the city.

It's tempting to write off the city of Camden - 9 square miles of poverty and devastation, at least at first glance.  Often ranked as the poorest and most dangerous city in the country, the dropout rate is 70%, 42% of the population is addicted or recovering, 20% of homes are abandoned and vacant, 50% of the population is functionally illiterate, the current unemployment rate is 16.8%, and the average income for a family of four in North Camden (where we serve) is $15,000.

We'll be involved with home visitations, tutoring at Holy Name School, home rehab, serving meals at Cathedral Kitchen and Joseph House, making sandwiches, and cleaning up the local parks.

Opportunities also exist at the Heart of Camden Housing Project, The Center for Transformation, and the Greenhouse Project.

We will be housed at the former Holy Name Rectory at 522 State Street in Camden.  We will also be responsible for shopping for our food and preparing our meals each day.

This is a great opportunity to serve.  The real hope in Camden lies in the compassion of people who are committed to building relationship in the city.  Come be part of that.

To apply for the Camden trip, please email or drop off your responses to the following questions to Mary Jane Silvia at by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014.  A meeting will be scheduled after all applications are received. 

1. Name, year, best way to reach you (phone, email, etc.) 

2. Why do you want to go to Camden? (about 75 words) 

3. Have you been involved in service work? Explain. (about 75 words) 

4. Explain how working in one of the poorest cities in the country is a way to live what you believe. (about 75 words) 



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