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!

Below are some of Dominican College's available Community Engagement & Leadership Development opportunities.

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Jawonio
  • RISE
  • Charger Leadership Institute
  • Experience El Salvador Mission Trip
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Relay for Life

If you do not find what you are looking for, connect with us so we can connect you with a fitting opportunity. 

Below are some service opportunities available this semester.

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

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 each 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.

RISE: Campus Service Activity | Last Friday of each Month | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

RISE provides those with disabilities an opportunity to facilitate crafts and projects right here on our campus. Come by to participate in this service activity, which helps these individuals strengthen their skills and independence.

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 sessions are on Friday afternoons from 2 – 4 p.m 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 Application for 2019-2020 is available below. Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019. 

Session 1: Friday, October 18, 2019
Session 2: Friday, November 1, 2019 (off campus retreat)
Session 3: Friday, November 22, 2019
Session 4: Friday, January 31, 2020
Session 5: Friday, February 21, 2020
Session 6: Friday, March 20, 2020
*Potential snow day makeup Session: Friday, March 27, 2020

Experience El Salvador Mission Trip | January 2-11, 2021

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.

The 2021 application will be available on Monday, January 13th, 2020.

Alternative Spring Break | March 8 - 14, 2020

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.

2020 Applications will be available on Friday, August 23rd, 2019.

New Applicants

Returning Applicants

Relay for Life | Paint & Snack | October 1st | 2:15 - 4pm | Granito

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to our annual Paint & Snack to kickoff Relay for Life fundraising!

Relay for Life raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society to support research and provide services for patients. Cancer is something that hits home for many of us here at Dominican College, and we want to do all we can to help eliminate it.  Fundraising starts NOW!

Click HERE for more information regarding Relay for Life. Register for our Paint & Snack Activity below!

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.