Jesus spent his life preaching, healing and spending time with the poor. Catholic social teaching calls upon each of us as disciples to help the poor in whatever ways that we can, through prayer, compassionate service, and advocating justice for the oppressed.
Campus Ministry offers opportunities to help the poor locally and in other parts of the country through week-long service trips.
Local Volunteer Opportunities
Campus Ministry is excited to provide several opportunities for service in the Nashua area this year! We believe and affirm that God is present in the poor and marginalized in a special way. When we serve those in need we build up God’s kingdom and allow ourselves and others to be touched by the Spirit.
For a listing of local volunteer opportunities sponsored by Campus Ministry, visit the campus calendar and select "Community Service" from the list under event types. Transportation will be provided. Contact Campus Ministry ahead of time at ext. 8577 to get details about where to meet and to be sure there is room. All of these events will include spiritual reflection. God is in our midst! Let us pause to recognize the workings of the Spirit in and around us.
Anne Marie House: This is a local transitional housing facility for women and children in Hudson, named after Anne Marie Rivier (yes, Rivier University was named for her, too!). Join other Riv students by volunteering your time to play with children, clean, wash, or serve meals. See more at http://www.gnihn.org/
Nashua Soup Kitchen: The first Wednesday of every month, Rivier serves at the Nashua Soup Kitchen on Chestnut Street in Nashua. With food donations from dining services and student, faculty and staff volunteers, the patrons of the soup kitchen are served dinner on Riv! Learn more at http://www.nsks.org/
Thanksgiving Food Drive: The biggest event of the fall semester, join the whole Rivier community in collecting more than 200 Thanksgiving meals, including turkeys! The food drive culminates with an interfaith prayer service on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at 11:30 in the Dion Reception Room. Then students help deliver food to area agencies for distribution to local families in need.
• This is a huge project, and we are always looking for volunteers to pull this event together in November.
Visiting the elderly: Join other students in periodic visits to local nursing homes.
DeSales Service Works, Camden, New Jersey
Starting in Spring 2010, we are offering a Spring Break Service Trip to Camden, NJ to serve the local community through the DeSales Service Works. DeSales Service Works, DSW, is a ministry of the Oblates that invites people to join us in service, prayer, community, and Salesian spirit. This ministry is particularly focused on sharing Salesian spirituality with the people of Camden, NJ, through direct personal service and the advancement of peace and justice. Volunteers do much-needed, practical service. The DSW experience fosters the Christian worldview of St. Francis de Sales and brings the power of Salesian gentleness, humility, and optimism to a very poor, hard-edged city. See more information at:
• The team fundraises for the trip in the fall semester.
• Application and interview required in the fall semester.
• For more info, visit http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org96348.jsp