Service & Justice

Campus Ministry seeks to form students known for compassionate service, in support of Assumption’s mission statement. A variety of opportunities – locally, nationally, and internationally – provide students with the experience of putting their faith into action in a concrete way. Students are invited to join hundreds of others who have participated in a number of opportunities to engage in compassionate service.

A number of student groups also exist to affirm the dignity of each person and to educate the Assumption College community about matters of social and environment justice, as well as the Christian call to care for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized.

Reach Out Center

The Reach Out Center is Campus Ministry's center for coordination of Assumption College’s local volunteer service opportunities. Students gain positive and rewarding experiences through volunteering in the greater Worcester community and can choose to volunteer occasionally or on a weekly basis. As a volunteer, students have the opportunity to:

  • Mentor children
  • Tutor teens
  • Lead recreational activities with children and adults with special needs
  • Visit with veterans
  • Refurbish abandoned houses
  • Share a meal with adults in transition

Community service enhances students’ liberal arts education and creates an environment on campus that is inspiring and supportive of civic responsibility and community action.

Some of the agencies that volunteers work with include:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts
  • Community Harvest Project
  • Elm Park Community School
  • Nelson Place School
  • MA Veteran's Inc.
  • Matthew 25
  • Nativity School of Worcester
  • Pernet Family Services Homework Club
  • Rainbow Childhood Development Center
  • Special Olympics with Seven Hills Foundation
  • Worcester Housing Authority
  • Working for Worcester

Please contact Vinnie Sullivan-Jacques for more information.


SEND Service Trips

The SEND Service Immersion Trips reflect the Catholic responsibility to put our faith into action with works of charity. “The Christian spirit of service to others for the promotion of social justice is of particular importance for each Catholic University, to be shared by its teachers and developed in its students.” (Ex Corde Ecclesiae) These trips offer students and trip leaders an opportunity to serve others, to foster community, and to gain insight into our personal spiritual lives. SEND participants develop strong bonds with other Assumption students, staff, faculty and alumni through a combination of shared service experiences, prayer activities, immersion opportunities, and critical reflection rooted in the Assumptionist Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. Fr. D’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, wrote “We propose to extend Our Lord’s reign more especially by…charitable works, by which we can prepare children to fulfill their Christian obligations in the world and to reconcile the poor and rich classes.” Throughout the service immersion week, SEND group members discover their strengths and callings while exploring the needs of our world. SEND service immersion experiences take place during winter, spring and summer breaks in the following locations:

Winter Trips

  • Duran, Ecuador (Rostro de Cristo)
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (Habitat for Humanity)

Alternative Spring Break

  • Baltimore, MD (Habitat For Humanity, Catholic Charities)
  • Camden, NJ (Romero Center Ministries)
  • Florida (Immokalee Friendship House, Habitat For Humanity, Redlands Migrant Christian Association)
  • Georgetown, DE (Habitat For Humanity, Delaware State Parks)
  • Pennsylvania (Habitat For Humanity, Variety Club)
  • Trenton, NJ (Center For FaithJustice)
  • Washington, DC (Bethlehem House, Capitol Hill Ministries)

Summer Trip

  • Pine Ridge, SD (Re-Member)

SEND inspires students and trip leaders to deepen their own faith by becoming witnesses to the Gospel, building communities of faith, and actively participating in the Church. Prayerful reflection and sacramental opportunities are incorporated in the trips to help students associate the work they do with Christian discipleship.

Participation in this program is by application. Costs are reasonable because fundraising is available. 

Please contact Vinnie Sullivan-Jacques for more information.

Days of Service


Student Groups

  • AC Allies is a support and social awareness group for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. Please contact Paul Covino for more information.
     
  • AC Interfaith Alliance provides a welcoming, respectful and nurturing environment for people of spiritual, religious, and non-religious identities. It aspires to create an inclusive environment that acts as an agent of change in the local community and the world. Please contact Conway Campbell, advisor of the cross cultural center, for more information.
     
  • Advocates For Life is dedicated to defending life from conception to natural death. Please contact Paul Covino for more information.
     
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Social Justice Ambassadors aim to raise awareness, to educate, and to foster dialogue in an effort to create an engaged campus, where issues of inequality, justice, and social change are integral to the learning and development of the college community. Please contact Vinnie Sullivan-Jacques for more information.
     
  • Greenhounds is an environmental club on campus that aims to promote sustainable practices at the levels of both the individual and the institution. Please contact Vinnie Sullivan-Jacques for more information.