A Welcome Week of Service

First-Year Student Service Program
August 23-28, 2020

The Office of Campus Ministry sponsors the Dorothy Day Program for students to take part in a week-long service experience at a Sisters of St. Joseph-sponsored ministry or in a local social service agency. All incoming first-year students are welcome to apply and be a part of a legacy of commitment to serving our neighbors with a compassionate heart.

The Dorothy Day Service Program is a great opportunity for first-year students to live on campus a week before the beginning of the academic year, meet members of their class and become acquainted with the campus and the college community while serving the needs of the local community.

Through service work students have the opportunity to explore and reflect on Catholic Social Teaching and the essence of the life at Elms College, a college founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

Each day consists of service at agency sites followed by socials and local trips. Daily group reflection is at the heart of the Dorothy Day Program, as students are called to reflect upon their own experience with the people they have served. Student leaders facilitate open discussions on the group’s experience at their service site, while also exploring spirituality.

The Dorothy Day experience provides returning and first-year students with an opportunity to serve the local community while becoming engaged in the charism of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, by “uniting neighbor with neighbor, and neighbor with God, without distinction.”

Who is Dorothy Day?

The program is named after Dorothy Day, a Catholic woman who cofounded The Catholic Worker. Inspired by her faith, Dorothy Day actively served the poor by providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and hospitality to all. Her activism for a just society and dedication to peace continues to inspire and challenge us all to have a “revolution of the heart.”