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!

If you do not find what you are looking for, please make an appointment to discuss new possibilities.

Below are some service opportunities available this semester.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Leigh Grau at or 845-848-4122. The sign-up form is below the service descriptions.

Founder's Day Preaching In Action | Friday, September 28, 2018

Join us as we gather to package 10,000 meals for local community members in  need. The program will begin with a gathering prayer in Rosary Hall where the meal preparation program will be held.  We will center ourselves on the impact of hunger on 13% of the residents (819,000 people) of our state of New York as well as getting in touch with the hungers that are within each of us: the hunger to do good, the hunger to enable others, the hunger to make a difference in our world and in our time.

Prayer Liturgy | 10:30 am | Lawrence Room, Rosary Hall
Meal Packaging | 11:00 am | Lawrence Room, Rosary Hall


Semester Service Opportunities | Information & Sign Up

Meals on Wheels | Every Friday | 11 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.

The Dominican College van departs from the Granito Loop promptly at 11 a.m.

Jawonio Day-Hab Program Visit | Second Friday of the Month | 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Jawonio is an organization dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being, and equality of people with disabilities and special needs.

DC student volunteers help adults in this vibrant community reach their personal potential and increase their independence by engaging in fun and creative ways, such as board games, karaoke, and craft projects.

 The Dominican College van departs from the Granito Loop promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Relay for Life Event Launch – Paint & Snack | Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m

Join us for the annual Paint & Snack activity to kick off the Relay for Life fundraiser, which celebrates our community’s fight against cancer. The required donation is $5 per canvas, which is payable via DC 1 or cash on the day of the event.

All proceeds go to our Relay for Life program. Every penny raised helps the American Cancer Society save lives and support cancer patients.

Please complete the Service Opportunity Sign-up Form if you’re interested in participating.

One Day | One Night | One Community | One Fight

Founder’s Day | Friday, September 28, 2018 | Lawrence Room, Rosary Hall

Join us as students, college administrators, and community members work with a national non-profit to prepare 10,000 non-perishable meals for local food pantries.

Please complete the Service Opportunity Sign-up Form if you’re interested in participating.

Alternative Spring Break | March 9 - 17, 2019

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.

Please complete the appropriate form below if you’re interested in participating. Applications are due no later than October 26, 2018, by 5 p.m.

New Applicants

Returning Applicants

Charger Leadership Institute

The Charger Leadership Institute is designed to help emerging leaders learn important lessons in effective leadership. The course is designed for any student with little or no previous formal leadership training who is striving to improve their leadership skills for future leadership positions on and off campus.  The program takes place over a period of six sessions.

The program session take place on Friday afternoons from 2 – 4 p.m.  Applicants should make arrangements in advance to be available for all of the scheduled meetings. Successful completion of the Charger Leadership Institute is determined by satisfactory attendance, progress, and active participation.

Please submit your application by 5 p.m., October 5, 2018

Session 1: Friday, October 26, 2018
Session 2: Friday, November 9, 2018
Session 3: Friday, November 30, 2018
Session 4: Friday, January 25, 2019
Session 5: Friday, February 8, 2019
Session 6: Friday, February 22, 2019
*Potential snow day makeup Session: Friday, March 1, 2019