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Activities Throughout the Year

Big Friends/Little Friends: After School Program at Valley View Housing Development

Children need mentors to help them become the best they can be. Help with homework and plan fun activities, Mondays or Thursdays, 2:30-4:50 p.m.  Transportation is provided. Sign up in Campus Ministry. For more information, contact Natalie Burke at nburke2@m.marywood.edu .  



Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate

Is available year round in Campus Ministry. Our coffee comes from San Lucas Mission in Guatemala, where our students have gone on service trips and helped pick coffee beans. Our Fair Trade chocolate is made with cocoa from the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana and is purchased through Catholic Relief Services.


Knitting Club - every other Friday afternoon

Use your knitting skills to make hats, scarves, and blankets.  If you don't know how to knit, come anyway; someone will teach you. Projects are donated to homeless children and adults through Catherine McAuley Center and Community Intervention Center. Items are also given to the elderly. Contact Sister John Michele Southwick at southwick@marywood.edu.


Quilts for the Homeless - every other Friday afternoon

As part of our outreach to homeless persons, students make sleeping bags out of donated materials. Bags are distributed to Community Intervention Center, Scranton, for homeless individuals in our local community. No experience necessary. For more information contact Kelsey Savka at ksavka@m.marywood.edu.


Fall Semester Activities

Christmas Giving Tree - November through Mid-December

Share holiday cheer with people in need in our local community. Christmas Giving Trees are set up in Regina Hall, Nazareth Student Center, and the McGowan Center. Trees have ornaments for children of all ages, elderly persons, and homeless individuals. Members of the Marywood community are invited to take an ornament, purchase an appropriate gift, and deliver the unwrapped gift with tag attached to Campus Ministry, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, by the specified deadline. Gifts are donated to Friends of the Poor, St. Anthony's Haven Men & Women’s Shelter, Our Lady of Peace Residence, United Neighborhood Centers, EOTC, and Holy Family Residence.


Nets for Nets

The men's and women's basketball teams will donate all proceeds (including admission) and donations from a designated game to Catholic Relief Services to provide malaria nets for children in Africa. 


School of the Americas Watch

Weekend before Thanksgiving: Join in prayer, education, and advocacy to close the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, GA where soldiers from Central and South America are trained in counter-insurgency and military intelligence. Many graduates of this school, funded with taxpayer dollars, have been found guilty of violations against human rights, murder, rape, and torture. A prayer service is held on campus Friday evening of this weekend. For more information contact southwick@marywood.edu


Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Family Project

Help a family in need by providing all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. This project is in partnership with United Neighborhood Centers.
2014 Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Family Registration form



UN International Day of Peace - September 21

Take 60 seconds and sign a pledge to help mobilize the world towards international peace.


Spring Semester Activities

Cinderella’s Closet - January to March

Donate gently used prom dresses and accessories to Cinderella’s Closet, a Junior League of Scranton project that allows underprivileged high school girls to purchase prom attire for $10 in a boutique setting. Items may be dropped off at Campus Ministry in the Swartz Center. For information contact southwick@maryu.marywood.edu


Easter Baskets

Campus Ministry sponsors an Easter basket collection during Lent. Baskets filled with tags for children of all ages are displayed in Regina Hall, Nazareth Student Center, and the McGowan Center. Anyone interested in putting together an Easter basket for a local child should take a tag, prepare a basket with candy or other age-appropriate items, and leave the basket at Campus Ministry by the specified deadline. Easter baskets are donated to Friends of the Poor, United Neighborhood Centers, or Women's Resource Center.


Empty Your Room, Fill Someone’s Need

At the end of each academic year there are collection boxes in each residence hall for students to leave clothing, food, and other useful items they may not want to take home with them. These donations are given to local agencies, food pantries, and homeless shelters. As you prepare to move out at the end of the spring semester, please donate these items to people in need rather than the trash can!


Food Fast

During this eight-hour hunger awareness journey students fast in solidarity with our hungry brothers and sisters around the world. Donations go towards alleviating global hunger.  



KIDSTUFF

Children ages 4-8 who are served by United Neighborhood Centers and Friends of the Poor are invited to  campus for an afternoon of games, activities, entertainment, and food. This annual mini-carnival, now in its 18th year, is planned and faciliated by a team of 20 students. In addition, nearly 25 student clubs and organizations sponsor games and activities, and up to 100 student volunteers assist with food and become the the chldren’s “friends” for the afternoon. The application process for students interested in being on the planning team takes place in the fall semester. Volunteers, clubs and organizations who want to assist on the day of the event are recruited throughout the spring semester. KIDSTUFF 2013 will take place on Saturday, April 20, 1-3 p.m.