Campus Ministry: Service Opportunities

    Volunteers in Action (VIA)

    Volunteers in Action (VIA) is a club for students interested in community and on-campus service. Students gather with others who have similar interests,  learn about and sign up for service opportunities, and assist with planning events sponsored by the club. Everyone is welcome.

    President: Tara Ippolito
    Vice President:
    Megan Stanton
    Secretary: Angelina Balestino
    Treasurer: Gianna Borrelli

    Advisor: Ann O'Brien  

    Contact to get involved.

    VIA Updates and Links to Sign Up for Service (September 2020)

    Service Guidelines & Opportunities

    We are continuing to provide opportunities for service in our local community that adhere to relevant safety protocols.

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    Student Racial Healing Circles

    September 15th to October 14th
    4:00 - 5:30pm
    Swartz Center, Room A

    We invite you to come together in small groups to learn, listen and discuss what we can do to heal the divisions between us.
    For information, contact Sr. John or Yerodin Lucas

    Sign Up Here!

    Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate Sales

    Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate is available year-round in Campus Ministry.

    Our coffee comes from San Lucas Mission in Guatemala, where our students have gone on service trips and helped pick coffee beans.

    Our Fair Trade chocolate is made with cocoa from the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana and is purchased through Catholic Relief Services.

    Good Samaritans

    Our goal is to model the parable of "The Good Samaritan", which portrays the Golden Rule: treat others as you want to be treated.

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    Big Friends/Little Friends

    Children need mentors to help them become the best they can be. Help with homework and plan fun activities.

    Contact or sign up in Campus Ministry to get involved.

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    Food Recovery Network

    7 Days a Week
    Monday-Friday: 8am-9am, Weekends 11:30am
    All Dining Locations to St. Francis Soup Kitchen

    Join the largest student movement against hunger in changing the norm from food waste to food recovery.

    Volunteers needed.

    Contact to get involved.

    Food Recovery Network Video

    FRN Daily Sign UP Sheet

    FRN Pick Up Instruction Sheet

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    Fair Trade Sale

    Start your Christmas shopping! You're invited to shop for Fair Trade gifts, housewares, jewelry, and more! These beautiful handmade items are made by artisans living in developing regions around the world to help them make a just living wage.

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    Fair Trade Sale

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    2. Shop Fair Trade items


    • Proceeds benefit Alternative Break Service Trips
    • Addition information will be available soon

    UN International Day of Peace

    Take 60 seconds and sign a pledge to help mobilize the world towards international peace.

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    Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family Project

    Help a family in need by providing all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. This project is in partnership with United Neighborhood Centers.

    Students, Clubs, Classes, Faculty, Staff, and Administration have the opportunity to support the Marywood University Campus Ministry Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Family project, sponsor a family, or make a monetary donation.

    Sponsoring a family includes shopping for food (a food list will be provided), preparing the basket, and delivering it to a family (family contact information will be provided) on Saturday, November 23, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.*

    Approximate cost for items on food list for one family: $50.

    Marywood University partners with and receives family names from United Neighborhood Centers

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    Register to Participate or Donate

    Christmas Giving Trees

    Share holiday cheer with people in need in our local community. Christmas Giving Trees are set up in:

    • LAC
    • Nazareth Student Center
    • McGowan Center

    Trees have ornaments for children of all ages, elderly persons, and homeless individuals. 

    Members of the Marywood community are invited to take an ornament, purchase an appropriate gift, and deliver the unwrapped gift with tag attached to Campus Ministry.

    Gifts are donated to Friends of the Poor, St. Anthony's Haven Men & Women’s Shelter, Our Lady of Peace Residence, United Neighborhood Centers, EOTC, and Holy Family Residence.

    Easter Baskets

    Campus Ministry sponsors an Easter basket collection during Lent.

    Baskets filled with tags for children of all ages are displayed in:

    • Regina Hall
    • Nazareth Student Center
    • McGowan Center

    Anyone interested in putting together an Easter basket for a local child should take a tag, prepare a basket with candy or other age-appropriate items, and leave the basket at Campus Ministry by the specified deadline. Easter baskets are donated to Friends of the Poor.


    This annual mini-carnival is for children ages 4-8 who are served by United Neighborhood Centers and Friends of the Poor.

    The children are invited to campus for an afternoon of games, activities, entertainment, and food. Nearly 25 student clubs and organizations sponsor games and activities, and up to 100 student volunteers assist with food and become the the children’s “buddies” for the afternoon. 

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    Rice Bowls

    Pray, Fast, Learn, Give - Pick up a Rice Bowl in any Campus Eatery or outside the Marian Chapel. Look for donation bowls around campus! Donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services for people in need overseas and at home.

    All donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services to fight hunger and poverty around the world. Thank you for helping our most vulnerable brothers and sisters during this Lenten season.

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    Maxis-Gillet Service Scholars

    In addition to providing a variety of service opportunities, Marywood University extends this commitment to community involvement through its Maxis-Gillet Service Award, named in honor of the founders of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother Theresa Maxis, IHM and Father Louis Gillet, CSsR.

    A total of twenty $2,500.00 Service Awards are offered annually to full-time undergraduate students, including up to five first year, full-time undergraduate students who already have demonstrated outstanding service to the community and dedication to sustain that service while enrolled at Marywood.

    Maxis-Gillet Service Scholars are expected to participate in a minimum number of weekly community service hours and to assume a leadership role in community service activities coordinated through the Campus Ministry/Community Service Office. Candidates for this award must have already applied and been accepted to Marywood University.

    The Maxis-Gillet Service Award is offered on a yearly basis through a re-application process for up to four years. Contact Campus Ministry to learn more about this opportunity.

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    Maxis-Gillet Re-Application for Returning Students

    St. Catherine Medal

    Awarded to one junior each year.

    Download Application

    Kappa Gamma Pi


    The purpose of the Kappa Gamma Pi Society is to strive for a high standard of personal Christian excellence, service, and scholarship among members; to encourage individual and group initiative and participation in local and national church and secular affairs; and to awaken a spirit of Christian leadership among the undergraduates of Kappa affiliated colleges and universities.


    The Greek phrase Kappa Gamma Pi stands for Catholic Women Leaders. The original name has been retained because of its importance in the Society's History. However, both non-Catholics and men are welcomed to the membership of Kappa Gamma Pi each year.

    The motto of the Society is Faith and Service. Membership in Kappa Gamma Pi is a promise for the future, to continue in service to church and community. Members are chosen because they have already demonstrated this commitment, and are expected to continue in this leadership role after graduation.


    Both Undergraduate and Graduate students graduating in December 2017, January 2018 or May 2018 are eligible to apply. To qualify for membership in Kappa Gamma Pi, a nominee must:

    • Be a leader in co-curricular or volunteer projects, on campus or off-campus and have an outstanding record of service and leadership.
    • Have an exceptional scholastic record and have attained a cumulative QPA of 3.50 or higher.
    • Be willing to accept membership, knowing that acceptance is a commitment of personal responsibility for future service and leadership in church , civic, and Kappa Gamma Pi sponsored activities.
    • Undergraduate students must also have attended Marywood for the last two years. 

    Marywood University nominates 15-20 inductees each year.

    Once the committee has had the opportunity to review all applications, we will meet to select this year’s nominees.  All applicants will be notified of their status by March 30, 2018.  Kappa nominees and their families and friends will be invited to the installation ceremony in April.

    Download Application

    Visit Kappa Gamma Pi Website

    Catholic Volunteer Network

    A directory of full-time, faith based volunteer opportunities.

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    Community Service Approval

    Any group or individual must submit a description of any service project or idea at least 2-4 weeks prior to the planned date of the project.

    Approval is required before any arrangements are made. This is to ensure that service projects are not duplicated and that each project receives support and guidance from the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service in order to be most successful. 

    All submitted service ideas will receive an answer within 1 week from the date of submission.

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    Community Service Completion

    Complete this form to tell us about the service you completed.  Individuals, groups, clubs, alumni, and employees can all use this form! 

    Tell us how many people served, how many hours they completed and tell us how this service made a difference to you and those in the community.

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    Clearances to Complete Service

    Some community service agencies require volunteers to complete a PA State Police Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance. Typically, agencies require copies of the three clearances listed below. Be sure to have your Social Security Number available when you begin the process.
    • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record
      - Click on New Record Check (Volunteers Only)
    • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
      - Click on Create Individual Account
    • How to Obtain FBI Fingerprints and Criminal History
      - Volunteers should enter Service Code 1KG6ZJ
      - Then click on "Schedule or Manage an Appointment"
      *The Legal Name you enter for this appointment must match exactly on all identification documents you plan to bring to enrollment (Driver's License or Permit, Passport, etc.)
      *The Scranton IdentoGO location is about 10 minutes from campus, but expect metered street parking. The Clarks Summit and Archbald Fingerprinting locations are about 20 minutes away from campus. Please select an appointment that will allow you to get there on time.

    For assistance obtaining clearances, email Ann O'Brien Schedule an appointment and we will go through the online process together!