Guatemala Mission Staff

In line with the mission of Calumet College of St. Joseph, the Office of Servant Leadership’s mission is to serve as a bridge between local, national, and global communities by exposing students, faculty, staff and community members to various volunteer opportunities. The goal of the office is to prepare its students to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, virtue, and wisdom; and to work for a more just world.

Children from GuatemalaThe Guatemala initiative has been ongoing since 2003 every spring. Members of CCSJ have been traveling to La Labor in Guatemala to work on service projects for the La Sangri De Cristo Parish, to help strengthen the community. To name a few projects; the establishment of a computer lab & sponsoring a tutoring program to help local students with their studies, and the sewing project where women of the community can strengthen their self-esteem and learn the needed skill of sewing to enhance their lives. Brother Jerry Schwieterman also collects monetary donations as well as school supplies, books in Spanish for the mobile library there, and dental hygiene products. All members of the CCSJ family are encouraged to participate. To learn more contact Br. Jerry Schwieterman at 219-473-4239 or

What is Service Engagement?

Service Engagement is any endeavor that brings the community into the campus and the campus into the community, reciprocally, often addressing a social concern.

  • It could include service-learning, co-curricular community service, and volunteerism.
  • It could include some internships and field experiences.
  • It could include research

Ultimately, the sum of these activities leads to a campus that is fully engaged with the community.
~ Jamison & McCracken (2007)

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning at Calumet College of St. Joseph is the combination of meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Service-learning is implemented throughout some majors and specific coursework at CCSJ. Service-learning courses are offered to enhance the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen surrounding communities.

What is co-curricular community service?

Instructors at CCSJ are encouraged to help students plan service projects or get involved in existing service events and projects within the community as well as nationally. These opportunities are optional, vary by instructor, and are usually linked but not limited to a specific course and or curriculum. Co-curricular service learning opportunities are offered to engage students outside of the classroom and draw them into the community through meaningful service activities.

Why is service engagement an important part of a student’s college experience?

Service Engagement:

  • Promotes learning through active involvement in service experiences
  • Creates an organized setting where students can reflect on their experiences through open discussions and writing assignments
  • Allows for learning outside the classroom setting and into the community
  • Enhances critical and reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility
  • Provides meaningful and dynamic opportunities for students to work with others in their community

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana , a Lake Area United Way agency, is a community program that utilizes volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to the homebound elderly, ill, and disabled Lake County residents. This also serves as a wellness check, since for nearly 50% of clients, the volunteer is the only person they will see all day. CCSJ was recently recognized for five years of service. The College’s volunteers deliver meals on Monday on a rotating basis. Each team of two delivers once a month. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Gajewski at


Since 2009, CCSJ’s Athletic Club has been collecting and donating toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. “The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unopened, and unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.” Visit for more information about the organization.
The drive starts this year on November 16th and goes through December 14th. Donations are accepted by the Office of Student Accounts in room 104 during regular business hours.
If you would like to donate to Toys for Tots through CCSJ or would like more information please contact Adam Raven at or (219) 613-8291.

Whihala Beach & Park Clean-Up

The Whihala Beach and Park Clean-Up outing is a new tradition which started with CCSJ’s Athletic Club in 2012. The club is hoping to make this an annual tradition and invites all members of CCSJ and surrounding communities to participate. The event takes place each spring in April runs from 11am to 2pm. All participants will meet in the Campus parking lot the day of the event and head out together for a day of environmental TLC.
The following donations are accepted for the clean-up event by the Office of Student Accounts in room 104: Gloves, heavy duty garbage bags, garbage cans with wheels, and rain ponchos.
For more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Adam Raven at

The CCSJ Lake Area United Way Campaign

The Lake Area United Way (LAUW) currently has 31 member organizations where their donations are invested locally in Northwest Indiana. “The Lake Area United Way is known for advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Their focus is on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life.” To learn more visit their website at CCSJ has been an active member of the LAUW family for twelve years. The CCSJ United Way Committee is comprised of Lynn Duimich- Campaign Manager, Brother James Ballmann, and Ashley Lake.

Committee Goals
The CCSJ United Way Committee goal is to have a 100% employee participation rate. They are also looking for new ways to raise money through fundraising events, and encourage ideas and participation from students, faculty, and staff.

How it works for CCSJ employee participants
CCSJ’s United Way Campaign provides the option of selection as to where the money you donate is distributed. A listing of the member companies by state is provided to you at the time you join United Way. All employee donations are electronically drawn through our payroll company and all donations are tax deductible. Campaign efforts begin in October and donations are drawn at the start of each year in January.

If you would like further information or would like to participate in this campaign please contact Lynn Duimich at

Education Department Summer Educational Programs

The Summer Reading Program and The Saturday School Program both focus on enhancing reading and other academic area skills of students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Their goal is to improve the academic performance of students in the community, and prepare each individual to succeed as they move forward to the next grade level in their educational careers. In addition to providing student support, changing the lives of families by empowering them through personal and professional growth is equally important. The programs run in the summer months. Both the Summer Reading Program and the Saturday School Program run in the summer months, from June through August.

The Summer Reading Program is geared towards enhancing skills in reading and language arts. The Reading Program is currently implemented from 10:30 to noon, Monday through Thursday and started in 2010.

The Saturday Program focuses on all academic areas (math, science and social studies) which were integrated with reading and language arts. The Saturday School Program, which started in 2012, is currently implemented on Saturdays from 10:00 am to noon. MAT Teacher Candidates provide instruction for this program and address all academic areas when providing instruction.

In addition to the programs, professional development opportunities are implemented for interested parents of participating students.
If you would like more information on how your child can participate, please contact the Education Department.

Service Event Planning Guide for Students, Faculty and Staff

If you are planning a service event through CCSJ you must fill out the Pre-Service Event Planning Form and return to the service coordinator (room 407)

Pre-Service Event Planning Form
Volunteer Waiver And Release Form

Websites for free Volunteer Resources

Did you know that CCSJ is an Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) member campus?
Indiana Campus Compact is a state-wide higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement. Here you can find resources, events, and grant opportunities for students, faculty, and staff members.

Grant Opportunities
Grants for Students
Grants for Faculty
Grants for Staff

For more questions about CCSJ’s membership with ICC please contact CCSJ’s Service Coordinator.

Whether it is the environment, animals, or people that are your passion, there are plenty of organizations in need, and opportunities to volunteer. There are many benefits to volunteering as well. Ultimately you are helping others, but through serving others you can also learn and grow from your service experiences as well. Check out some great benefits to volunteering at this website:

Philanthropy has been around for a long time. Imagine the impact that has been made from service throughout history. To learn more about the history of volunteerism in America visit

According to the Volunteering in America Web site, 62.8 million American adults volunteered almost 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations in 2010. That’s just in 2010. If you would like more statistics and info on volunteering in America visit:

Steps to Serve

Students who are completing service hours for a CCSJ service-learning course are required to create an account through the United Way Regional Volunteer Center’s website. Creating your own volunteer profile will allow you to find volunteer opportunities, and log your hours of service. Your personal profile is not limited to required service. You can volunteer beyond requirements with a group or individually during your college experience at CCSJ and beyond. You can even log hours of service done at an organization that is not listed on the United Way Volunteer Center website.

How to register with the United Way Regional Volunteer Center

  1. Go to
  2. Under User Login, click on Not registered? Sign up now
  3. Start filling in your personal information
  4. NOTE: When asked where you are employed, please enter CCSJ for tracking purposes. You can change this when you graduate.
  5. Once you finish you will have your own personal volunteer account and you can begin to search for a volunteer opportunity.

How to log hours with the United Way Regional Volunteer Center

  1. To log your hours, click on Log Hours
  2. You can then click on Find existing agency to look up the agency you volunteered at.
  3. Type in a key word or words and when you find your agency you can click on it.
  4. You can now select the dates and times that you served at this particular organization.
  5. NOTE: Please enter CCSJ as your place of employment for tracking purposes.

Take the next step!

Volunteer Opportunities

The American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana provides emergency services and emergency response training throughout Northwest Indiana in Lake, Jasper, and Newton Counties. Volunteers are needed for disaster relief, to teach health and safety courses, to help support the military, for office and administrative work, and to promote the Red Cross.
(219) 756-5360
The Arc works to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. They offer support, training, and care through their day services. They also have residential programs and social services. Although their main office is located in Gary, they also have offices in Highland, Hobart, and Crown Point.
(219) 884-1138
The Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI) seeks to improve Wolf Lake, a lake that straddles the border in between Hammond, IN, and Chicago, IL, and its surrounding area. While volunteers are always needed for regular maintenance, AWLI sponsors four major events each year and relies on volunteers to make sure these events run smoothly.
(219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana is an after-school and summer youth development organization providing positive, educational, leadership, and character building programs for youth ages 6 to 18. Club membership is only $10 per child per year. BGC NWI serves over 7,000 youth in Lake County. Volunteers are needed to provide children with character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness, and recreation.
(219) 881-1060
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God's love and can live and grow into all that God intends. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana aims to build at least four homes in Lake County, IN by the end of the year. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana needs volunteers to help with office work, administration, fundraising, and promotion. They have a special need for roofing, framing, drywall, plumbing, and electrical skills. They also need volunteers to help with the ReStore.
(219) 923-7265
The Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) is a no-kill shelter located in Munster, IN that houses dogs, cats, and other small “critters”, like rabbits and guinea pigs. HSCA needs volunteers to help maintain the shelter, help guests find their new family member, bathe the animals on adoption day, and to work the special events they host. They also need volunteers to be foster families for some of the animals.
(219) 922-3811
Junior Achievement (JA) seeks to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. Through age-appropriate curricula, JA programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. JA programs continue through the middle grades and high school, focusing on the key content areas of entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. JA seeks volunteers who are willing to travel to local schools and teach students valuable skills for their futures.
(312) 715-1300
Lakeshore PAWS is dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned and unwanted pets in northwest Indiana. Lakeshore PAWS is a volunteer organization supported by foster families and boarding facilities. They need volunteers to help with their adoption events and to distribute binders, posters, and collection boxes to local businesses. They also need volunteers to act as foster families for homeless pets.
(219) 476-7297
Meals on Wheels seeks to deliver nutritious meals to those in need with the help of community volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana has a state of the art kitchen facility in Merrillville. They deliver meals Monday through Friday between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to help the kitchen staff prepare meals and to deliver the meals. Volunteers for Meals on Wheels must agree to a semester-long commitment.
(219) 756-3663
Sojourner Truth House (STH) is a community resource and day shelter for homeless and at-risk women and children. STH is located in Gary, IN, and currently serves approximately 1,100 women, children, and men per month. Volunteer opportunities include clothes closet attendant, babysitter, interviewer, computer trainer, receptionist, office assistant, grounds/maintenance person, driver, lunch preparer, furniture mover, data base entry, and more.
(219) 885-2282
SuCasa Youth Culture Center provides a safe place for teenagers (ages 13 to 18) to hang out after school and during the summer to keep them off the streets. They also provide programs for them that involve college readiness, leadership development, community participation, cultural diversity and homework assistance when requested.
For the SuCasa center, volunteers are needed to assist in planning and implementing programs for SuCasa students, such as workshops, college tours, field trips, and our annual leadership conference, Health & Informational Programs Helping Our People (HIPHOP). Volunteers are also needed to help decorate the center, chaperon for field trips, attend community information fairs with a staff member, and more.
Outside the SuCasa Center, International Community Alliance is in need of volunteers for the following: teachers' assistants for ESL classes and computer classes that will be available in the fall, childcare assistants for those who provide childcare during the ESL classes, volunteers for their upcoming fundraiser "Locos of Comedy" in October, and volunteers to help with their upcoming community events.
ICA: (219) 980-4636
SuCasa: (219) 397-7465

Contact Us

Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.

Campus Minister