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Community Engagement and Leadership Development

We are committed to providing all members of the Dominican College community with opportunities to become involved in shared pursuits of social justice and charity.

Through exploration of civic needs and compassionate response, our students are exposed to real world conditions.

Our goal is to transform students into community leaders, dedicated to social action. There are community service initiatives planned throughout the year which are open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. The projects we choose are based on the interests of our community, and there is always room for ideas!

Community Engagement & Leadership Development Opportunities:

  • Meals on Wheels
  • RISE (Readiness Through Integrated Service Engagement)
  • Experience El Salvador Mission Trip
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Relay for Life
  • Leadership Guest Speaker Series
  • Charger Leadership Institute

If you do not find what you are looking for, contact Kathryn Strobel: | 845-848-4122

Below are some available service & leadership opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Strobel. The sign-up form is below the service descriptions.

The Catherine Howard Campus Food Pantry

Located in the Sullivan Library

Hours: Tuesdays from 1pm-5pm and Thursdays from 9am-12 & 1pm-5pm


Dominican College’s Food Pantry is currently closed. If you are a Dominican College student who needs assistance obtaining food, please email

Dominican College’s Food Pantry is available to all current students. We are located in the main hallway of the Sullivan Library. If you need help finding us, the front desk library representative will direct you. There are breakfast foods, quick foods, and meals to make at home such as pasta, mashed potatoes, and tuna. Once arriving – you can fill out a form and provide any suggestions. Students are welcome to return as often as need.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Meals on Wheels | Every Friday | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

At Dominican College, we are committed to caring for our community. Meals on Wheels delivers more than just food to our local senior neighbors. Our delivery volunteers help this population to live healthier, more nourished lives in the comfort of their own homes.

Due to physical distancing regulations, Meals on Wheels volunteering for Fall 2020 Semester will be structured differently. Rather than registering to accompany a driver on our route, you can register to deliver meals on your own (if you are over 21 and van certified / or if you have a legal driver’s license and would like to use your own car).

Pickup is between 10-11am at Meals on Wheels of Rockland: 121 W Nyack Rd, Nanuet, NY 10954

Complete the form below to register.

RISE: Service Activity | Last Wednesday of each Month | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The RISE program (Readiness Through Integrated Service Engagement) provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to strengthen their skills and independence through engaging in crafts and projects with our student population. Make service crafts that help our community while engaging with those who benefit from your relationship and connection!

RISE will be held virtually for Fall 2020 semester on the following Wednesdays from 11am – 12pm.

Wednesday, September 30th
Wednesday, October 28th
*Wednesday, November 18th (College is closed on Wednesday, November 25th)

Wednesday, January 27th
Wednesday, February 24th
Wednesday, March 31st
Wednesday, April 28th

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Register below by 5pm on the day before each session to receive a Zoom invitation and participate!

Telephone Reassurance Program

Help alleviate feelings of isolation among our senior neighbors by calling to check in and engaging in friendly conversation. Genuinely listening to someone is an act of kindness. Asking someone to share their story will not only benefit them, but it will serve as a gift to you – as well. 

1) Volunteers who can commit to calling seniors at least once a week
2) Friendly individuals with the ability to maintain a conversation
3) Ability to take notes and record information
4) Experience using Google forms is a plus, but not a necessity (training will be provided)

How it Works
1) Fill out the Interest Form below 
2) After completing the form, Kathryn Strobel will connect you with a Meals on Wheels representative
3) The Meals on Wheels representative will ask you to complete a Volunteer Application Form
4) A list of names and phone numbers will be provided to you
5) You will make calls from your own phone on your own time
6) Call each person at least once a week: It’s critically important that you take responsibility for your list for the duration of your time volunteering
7) Documentation of each call: This is also very important (and is done through a Google response form)

Complete the form below if you’re interested!

Experience El Salvador Mission Trip

Experience El Salvador is a collaborative program between Dominican College and Molloy College. Our students work at a children’s camp in Sol Naciente, which is a community in La Union, El Salvador. The camp is for children ages 4-12 and takes place when the schools are on recess.

Due to guidance from the state government and The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, the 2021 El Salvador Trip won't be taking place.

Updates for 2022 applications will be provided in Spring 2021.

Contact Kathryn Strobel with any questions.

Alternative Spring Break | March 6 - 13, 2021

For over 12 years, groups of Dominican College students have chosen to substitute the traditional Spring Break experience with the opportunity to participate in a Disaster Relief Experience or an Urban Poverty Experience. (Please note, types of experiences change from year to year.) Our students forgo relaxing for their spring break, and opt to travel with a group of like-minded students to build with Habitat for Humanity and participate in living simply, disconnecting from technology, and implementing self-reflection.

Disaster Relief Experience- This group will travel to a location that has experienced major destruction as the result of a natural disaster.  The work will be primarily rebuilding with families that have lost their homes and material possessions.  This group will concentrate on the devastation caused by a natural disaster.

Urban Poverty Experience- This group will travel to a location that is economically disadvantaged.  The work will be construction and restoration with families that cannot afford standard housing.  This group will concentrate on the impact of poverty on a community over time.

ASB groups travel by air or by car with College administrators/faculty/staff. The cost for the flying trip is $350. The cost for the driving trip is $200.  This cost can be offset by fundraising. The student participant contribution is due at the end of the fall semester.  This contribution goes towards the cost of travel, food, and the individual fee for Habitat for Humanity, and the additional cost is offset by the College.

Applications for 2020-2021 will be available Fall 2020 Semester.

New Applicants

Returning Applicants

Relay for Life

One Day | One Night | One Community | One Fight

Have fun while raising funds for the American Cancer Society to support research and provide patient services. You can make a difference! Students, faculty, staff, family, friends, and community members are welcome.

We will have a Go Gold Day event on Tuesday, September 1st on the Granito Patio in order to come together in a physically distanced fashion, announce raffle prize winners, enjoy “grab & go” snacks, and raise funds that specifically support childhood cancer research, prevention, and services.

Click HERE for more information about Go Gold Day and Relay for Life.

Leadership Guest Speaker Series

The objective of these sessions is to serve as a source of inspirational fuel by providing insight on different professionals’ stories, habits, and behaviors that contribute to successful leadership. These sessions are a way to expose our students to professionals from a variety of fields who demonstrate effective leadership skills.

Fall 2020 session will be virtual, and students can ask questions via YouTube live chat. Registration is not required. The links will be released via DC email on the dates and times below.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:30pm
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:30pm
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 2:30pm

Charger Leadership Institute

The Charger Leadership Institute is designed to help emerging leaders learn important lessons in effective leadership. The program is for any student striving to improve their leadership skills for future roles on or off campus. No previous leadership training is required. The program is a total of six sessions over the course of one academic year.

The sessions are on Friday afternoons from 2 – 4 p.m. Fall semester session will be virtual, and Spring semester sessions will be in-person – in the Holt Room. Applicants should make arrangements in advance to attend all of the scheduled meetings. Accountability and commitment are significant components of leadership. Successful completion of the Charger Leadership Institute is determined by satisfactory attendance, progress, and active participation.

The applications for the 2020-2021 program is below. Applications are due by Friday, September 25, 2020.

2020/21 SESSIONS: Fridays from 2-4pm

Session 1: Friday, October 16, 2020 (virtual)
Session 2: Friday, November 6, 2020 (virtual)
Session 3: Friday, December 4, 2020 (virtual)
Session 4: Friday, January 29, 2021
Session 5: Friday, February 26, 2021
Session 6: Friday, March 26, 2021
*Potential snow day makeup Session: Friday, April 2, 2021

Community Engagement Payment Form

If you’re participating in a CELD program which requires payment, please fill out the form below to submit your payment.

Volunteer Student Spotlight

Ifeanyi Maduegbuna is a senior majoring in Nursing. Ifeanyi generously volunteered her time this summer to deliver Meals on Wheels. She expressed that delivering Meals on Wheels was a valuable experience that she would absolutely recommend to other students. “Volunteering made me feel like I was adding value to the community, and made me realize how needed this service is” – she stated.

Freshman Louis Rodriguez volunteered for all 3 sessions of our service activity where we packaged 10,000 meals for those in need on September 4, 2020. “I know how big of a problem hunger is in today’s society, “ he said. “Even though it seems like a minor issue in such a big place like the US, there is hunger everywhere and it is devastating.” Louis also mentioned that “Volunteering is actually really refreshing because it gives you a new perspective on the things we take for granted from time to time.”