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.

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

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.

Experience El Salvador Mission Trip | January 2-11, 2020

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 application is below

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 | Friday, April 5, 2019 | 6pm - midnight | Hennessy Gym

Students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and community members are invited to participate and raise funds for the American Cancer Society at Dominican College’s annual Relay for Life event. You can make a difference!

$10 At The Door (Or no charge if more than $10 raised on fundraising site)

The event will raise 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.  Your support would help us immensely!

Click HERE for more information

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.

Applications are accepted for the waiting list at this time.

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.

The 2018-19 CLI Program is currently underway. Applications for 2019-2020 will be available fall 2019 semester. 

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

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.