Service is at the heart of the Saint Michael’s College experience because our students believe in it. We are excited by and proud of the number of students who choose to make service a part of their SMC experience.
Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) exists to expand the concept of community service to embrace social justice and emphasize our connectedness to the world, as defined by Catholic Social Teaching. Through our experiences of service, reflection, and dialogue, we are compelled to respond through compassionate action, education, and advocacy
By graduation, nearly 70% of our students participate in MOVE in some way, which is the highest participate rate of any organization on campus. Nearly 60 student leaders coordinate our individualized, creative, and community centered programs. In 2015-2016, 395 student MOVE volunteers accounted for over 28,000 hours served locally, domestically and internationally.
In short, not every student comes to Saint Michael’s to volunteer. But once they are here, most are inspired to do so by experiencing its importance in the community.
“When I came to St. Mike’s, MOVE was a place to get involved in good things,” says one graduating senior. “But over time, I’ve realized it’s not just a place to come to do things, it’s really a way of being. I have a much better understanding of our world and my place in it because of my time in MOVE.”
The variety of programs, from an couple hours making dinner for Canal Street Veteran's Home residents to a multi-year commitment mentoring a child, mean there are service options that will fit any student’s schedule and interest level.
What moves you? MOVE invites you to find out.