Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE)

What if doing well and doing good weren’t mutually exclusive? At Saint Michael’s, we draw on compassion, education, and advocacy as we respond to the world’s largest challenges.

A Partner in Purposeful Learning: Blending Intellect with Empathy

Our Mission and Purpose

Through the MOVE organization, we seek to expand the concept of community service — embracing social justice and deepening our connection to the world, as defined by Catholic social teaching.

We live this truth by providing students opportunities to go outside their comfort zones and help others; to work together; and to participate through service trips and local programs.

To fulfill our purpose of service and activism, we aim:

  • To meet the community’s unserved needs by focusing the energy and creativity of our students on effective and necessary volunteer programs.
  • To forge partnerships with members of the surrounding communities (with a particular focus on the city of Winooski) to build relationships, improve dialogue, and share resources.
  • To provide leadership development to student leaders, with the intention of raising awareness about diversity, equity, and inclusion and nurturing lifelong engaged citizens for our world.

Not every student comes to Saint Michael’s with the intention to volunteer. Once they are here, however, most are inspired to do so as they see its importance in the community and feel pulled by ideas of social impact.

Getting Involved

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all people and has caused shifts for many of our community partners in how they operate and the capacities in which they can accept or interact with volunteers. Over the past two years, MOVE has worked alongside community partners to be flexible & adaptable, while continuing to provide support in the form of adjusted volunteer opportunities in ways that prioritize the health and safety of our partners, students, and community members. Due to COVID-19, a few MOVE programs currently offer in-person & regular volunteering with our community partners. If you have any questions, please email move@smcvt.edu.

How can I know what’s happening in MOVE? 

The Bulletin Board outside the MOVE office is where program leaders post sign-up sheets for weekly events that are accepting volunteers. Events for the entire month are listed on the calendar so students can look ahead at opportunities yet to come.

Follow MOVE on social media: 

Instagram: @movesmcvt

Facebook: @movesmc

Subscribe to MOVE’s weekly Newsletter through Mailing Lists on the SMC Portal

How do I sign up for a MOVE program?

Sign-up sheets are posted on the MOVE Bulletin Board on the first floor of Alliot. Stop by and sign up!

Where do I meet for the program I am doing?

Program Leaders will confirm with volunteers specifically where to meet. Many programs meet in or outside the MOVE office (Alliot 124).

What is expected of me in order to participate in MOVE programs?

Please meet at the specified time and location, follow the volunteer rights & responsibilities, and adhere to all community partners & college expectations and policies. Please comply with all COVID-19 guidelines outlined for a particular service project & stay home when sick. All participants are welcome to mask as make sense to you. Please remember, we impact each other and when participating in MOVE community service we also impact our larger community.

MOVE Office Hours