Domestic Service Trips

Students in 2017 serving at the Good Shepherd Mission on the Navajo Nation, Fort Defiance, Arizona

Campus Ministries' Center for Service & Social Justice coordinates domestic service trips during January Intersession and Spring break with organizations and programs that serve marginalized populations across the United States. 

Students are encouraged to attend September and April information sessions to learn about trip locations, types of service activities, accommodations, costs, and fundraising opportunities. Students need to complete an application and take part in an interview. All participants commit to pre-trip group preparation, the one week service trip, and a follow-up gathering. A faculty or staff member serves as a chaperone, accompanying students on each trip. Types of services can include:

  • Serving in soup kitchens & food pantries
  • Disaster relief
  • Tutoring/mentoring children
  • Refugee assistance
  • Working with persons with disabilities and former gang members
2019 Domestic Service Trip Locations

Mar 9-16     Homeboy Industries/Dolores Mission                Los Angeles, CA
                     Serve at-risk youth and adults with the largest and most comprehensive gang intervention and    
rehabilitation program in the country
Mar 9-15     Christian Appalachian Project / Workfest          Appalachia, KY
                     Repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families
Mar 10-16   Experience Missions                                             Puerto Rico
                     Rebuild homes for families in need impacted by Hurricane Maria

Mar 9-16     St Michael Association for Special Education   St Michael, AZ (Navajo Nation)
                    Serve Navajo
children and adults with developmental disabilities
Mar 9-16     St Francis Inn                                                          Philadelphia, PA
                    Serve the homeless by preparing daily meals, cleaning, and sorting clothing/food donations

Mar 9-16     The McKenna Center                                             Washington, DC
                    Serve the homeless in a daytime drop-in center for homeless men
May 18-25  St. Bernard Project                                                 Baton Rouge, LA
                    Repair and rebuild homes
May 18-25  White Violet Center for EcoJustice                      St. Mary of the Woods, IN
                    Engage in hands-on and educational experiences that focus on environmental justice and  

May 18-25  Kino Border Initiative                                             Nogales, AZ - Nogales, Mexico
                    - A joint service trip with our International Service Program: an immersion and direct service      
experience with people impacted by migration at the US-Mexico border

  Look where we've been in 2017!



Students who attend the Los Angeles CA Sevice Trip to Homeboy Industries provide support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women working to redirect their lives.