Domestic Service Trips

MOVE’s Mission continues to expand the concept of community service to embrace social justice; this is the heart of our service trips. These trips cover a wide variety of different justice issues, as we strive to engage in justice through service. It is our opportunity to honor the life and dignity of others, understand a greater call to our community, advocate for those living in poverty, and begin living in solidarity with others whose life experiences may be different from ours.

We currently work with organizations who work for the following justice issues:

Child Poverty and Education
Animal Rights
Environmental Justice
Migrant Farm Work
AIDs Rights
Rural poverty
Urban Poverty
Native American Rights

Our Student and Staff Leaders organize time in service, reflection, and thinking about how to bring our serving actions back home. In past years, we have sent an average of 125 students, faculty, and staff to 11 domestic locations, and two international sites, for service each year during school breaks.

*The number of service trip sites that we offer each year is subject to change with the evolving COVID-19 pandemic as well as changing community needs. The current service trip offerings for the 2021-2022 academic year are listed in the application form.

Domestic Service Trips

Here are some examples of trips we have led in the past:

Habitat for Humanity, East St. Tammany, Slidell, Louisiana

Our participants focus on housing security, mentoring, and food security while serving in Slidell, Louisiana. They spend much of the week working with Habitat for Humanity in housing construction, Big Brother Big Sister mentoring children, and at New Orleans Mission serving and sharing meals with the poor and marginalized of the city.

Hartford, Connecticut

Participants spend a majority of their time with one of the three shelters and soup kitchens: St. Elizabeth’s House, Immaculate Conception Emergency Shelter, and House of Bread. They also work with the after-school program at the Village for Families and Children, Inc. It is an opportunity for our students and staff to tap into solidarity with others, whose life experiences may be different from that of their own. The participants stay at the Holy Family Retreat House in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Hope House, Port Jefferson, Long Island

Hope House is a place for the ministry and service of presence. Participants serve in both a community residence for youth between the ages of 16-21 and a Human Services Center. Hope House is a place where youth having difficulties with drug or alcohol abuse, emotional problems or socializing problems can come for help and support. The Human Services Center at Hope House provides a number of social services in the Suffolk County area and volunteers assist in these social programs. This is recommended for students who major in psychology, sociology or education but is open to everyone.

Here are some examples of trips we have led in the past:

Catholic Central School, Buffalo, New York

Interested in educational justice? Participants work in the middle school program at Catholic Central School, modeled after the Jesuit-based Nativity Network, providing private education for students who cannot afford it otherwise. They serve in the St. Monica Scholars Program for Young Women and the St. Augustine Program for Young Men, and have an opportunity to work with a diverse group of students (largely African-American and African refugees, immigrants and new Americans) during the school day and in the after-school program. This site is recommended for Secondary Education majors.

Immokalee Friendship House & Habitat for Humanity, Immokalee, Florida

During the day, participants work with the local Habitat for Humanity building homes for the migrant workers in the community. In the afternoon, the group helps out at an after-school program at a local school operated by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, working with children of migrant farm workers. In the evenings, participants stay in a Habitat home, cook and share meals together, and spend time in reflection.

Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota

Working in solidarity for Native American rights, participants work with Lakota Native American reservation in La Plant, South Dakota through the non-profit organization Simply Smiles. The mission of this week is to improve the lives of impoverished children in the community. Participants engage in both hands on construction work as well as programming for the youth summer camp. This is a community surrounded by economic and social strife with a suicide rate three times the national average. This trip offers additional preparation prior to departure due to the specific needs of the service.

Here are some examples of trips we have led in the past:

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah

Hearts that scream for animal rights, this is a great trip for you. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is home to about 1,500 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, pigs, goats, birds and other rescued animals, and is the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for homeless animals. Participants help care for the animals and help prepare them for “forever homes” by walking dogs, socializing animals, cleaning projects, etc.