At Saint Martin's, we strive to make a positive difference in the world through life-changing community partnerships, advocacy, and promoting respect and dignity for all. 

Saints serve with heart

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There are numerous opportunities to engage in service programs and initiatives across the campus community. Our service programs and initiatives summon in you an ethical call to personal and social transformation, to engage in authentic relationships with others and address the needs of our shared humanity. Your service experience with us will transform your life and perspective.


Volunteer opportunities

Students engage in a variety of service opportunities involving charity, relationship and social justice. One of our long-term partnerships has been serving at Community Kitchen for more than a decade.

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • City of Lacey
  • City of Olympia
  • Community Kitchen
  • Family Support Center
  • Kokua Services - Hummingbird Art Studio
  • Our Common Home Farms
  • Saint Martin’s Abbey Cemetery
  • Thurston County Food Bank
  • ​United Way
Saint Martin's student work in a kitchen during an immersion opportunity

Immersion opportunities

Service programs situate students in direct contact with local, regional and international communities where they address real needs and promote social change. Whether participating in service immersion programs or volunteer and community service projects, students become engaged citizens within their chosen vocations.

  • Norcia Leadership Community 24-hour immersion trip
  • Act Six
  • Alternative Spring Break
A student speaks with a professor

Academic service-learning

Spanning the curriculum, our academic service-learning experiences interweave experiential learning within the classroom with engagement with off-campus communities. These programs enhance interpersonal and critical thinking skills and encourage students to connect academic learning with real-world problems and solutions.

A student speaks with a recruiter at a career fair.

Post-grad service

Service can continue after college! Saints can listen with the ear of their heart to learn new skills, live in a new community, embody the B-Vals and act on social justice. Here a few websites you can explore:

Meet with the Career Center or schedule an appointment with Coordinator of Service and Justice Crystal Cardona at 360-438-4581 or to get support while you discern your vocation.


Saint Martin's students Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors

Faith in action will see results. This leadership program empowers Catholic students (and is open to students of all beliefs) from more than 100 universities across the country to advocate for justice within Catholic Social Teaching by mobilizing our campus communities. Stay in touch with our CRS Student Ambassadors on Facebook and Instagram.

Four main themes:

  • Climate change
  • Global hunger
  • Human trafficking
  • Migration

Saints Serve on social media

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Follow us @saintsserve on Facebook and Instagram to see how Saints are engaging in service on campus, in our community and around the world.

Tell them about us

Amy Pollard visits St. Agnes Primary School

Tell them about us

"When I think about Father Zeno’s words, I become overwhelmed. I could tell you a story exclusively about poverty and suffering. Or I could tell you a different story."

Amy Pollard Literary studies Class of 2016

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