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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
- 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 email@example.com.
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 http://www.toysfortots.org/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 http://lauw.org/. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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.
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: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/resources/how-to-guides/volunteer/doc/benefits-of-volunteering.html
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 http://charity.lovetoknow.com/History_of_Volunteerism_in_America.
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
- Go to http://volunteer.truist.com
- Under User Login, click on Not registered? Sign up now
- Start filling in your personal information
- NOTE: When asked where you are employed, please enter CCSJ for tracking purposes. You can change this when you graduate.
- 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
- To log your hours, click on Log Hours
- You can then click on Find existing agency to look up the agency you volunteered at.
- Type in a key word or words and when you find your agency you can click on it.
- You can now select the dates and times that you served at this particular organization.
- NOTE: Please enter CCSJ as your place of employment for tracking purposes.
(219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120
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
Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.