Service Trips

 2016 service trips

"We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise." 

Elms offers a number of week-long service opportunities in destinations in the U.S. and abroad. The goals of the service trips are to teach community building, further the mission of the college and the Sisters of St. Joseph, to implement the Catholic social teachings that form the base of the Elms experience, to instill the importance of cultural sensitivity and service to others, and to teach students how to safely conduct themselves in new environments and cultures.

There are four phases to each trip:

selection process, preparation program, on-site program and return program

Students pay their own way, but there are numerous school-sponsored fundraisers you can participate in to raise money, as well as soliciting individual sponsors to finance your trip. Every trip is led by student leaders, who are overseen by faculty and staff on the trips.

Past Service Sites Include

Baltimore, MD


San Jose, California

Concordia, Kansas

New Orleans, LA 

Brooklyn, NY



Read student accounts of service trips

Contact Us

Office of Campus Ministry
Carol A. Allan, SSJ, M.A.T.