Where are we going this year?
Who will we be working with?
Franciscans for the Poor.
What are we celebrating this year?
One decade of helping others across the nation.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the application below.
Download and complete an application today!
What is the Service Trip?
At the heart of Saint Martin's University's mission is the value
of service. Service is done in mutuality and respect—it is an
integral part of social justice. To serve others is to work for a
more humane and peace-filled world. Campus Ministry's 2012 Service
Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio offers students the opportunity to explore
the realities of poverty and homelessness in American society and
work for a more just society. Cooperating with Cincinnati
non-profits, participants will examine thoughtfully and with others
the issues of community, social justice and Christian faith and
spirituality. Part of our experience this year will be to live in
simple community with each other in prayer and reflection, putting
the core values of faith, reason, service and community into
What do I learn?
John Hopkins, associate dean of student affairs, states "becoming an
effective participant in service-learning requires deep reflection and
critical consciousness about social justice issues." Prior to the
service trip, students will be required to participate in various
preparatory workshops that focus on social justice, oppression theory,
Catholic social teaching, and contemporary social issues around race,
class, gender and disability. Doing so develops the needed skills of
multicultural understanding, cross-cultural communication and authentic
allyship. These combined workshops will be available for course credit,
culminating in the Service Trip at the conclusion of the semester. Susan
Leyster, director of Campus Ministry, believes this opportunity should
be available to all students and works hard to ensure the cost of the
Service Trip is kept to $150. This is achieved through fund-raising and
Where have you gone?
Campus Ministry has taken from twelve to twenty-two students for the
last ten years on its annual May Service Trip. In the past they have
traveled to Vanceburg, Kentucky to work with the Glenmary Fathers,
Newburg, New York and Birmingham, Alabama to join with Habitat for
Humanity, Browning, Montana to help the LaSalle Brothers and Washington,
DC to work with Covenant House. For the past two years, Campus Ministry
has chosen to serve with the Franciscans for the Poor in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Sites are chosen that are culturally different than the Pacific
Northwest. Many of our students have not traveled out of Washington
State. This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden volunteers'
understanding of the causes of poverty, oppression and injustice—and how
their life choices can impact these issues.
How do I apply?
For more information please contact Susan Leyster by
email or phone at 360-789-6701. Applications are available