Service Trips and Volunteering

Dominican students can join service trips and participate in student-organized volunteering to make a positive impact and serve in the local Dominican community.

Service Trips

Students live out the Dominican ideal of Service, through Alternative Spring Break Trips: 

La Bamba Trip to San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico
(March 2020)

This border visit allows students to share in the experiences of immigrants in San Diego, as well as those of refugees and the poor in Tijuana, Mexico. Campus Ministry organizes the trip in partnership with Border Angels, the sisters of Casa de los Pobres, and San Rafael Dominican Sister Gene McNally at Colonia Esperanza. The 2019 trip highlights include:

  • Walking trips into Tijuana
  • Engaging with U.S. border officials
  • Preparing and serving meals at Casa de los Pobres
  • Organizing a children’s carnival in Colonias Esperanza
  • Participating in a water drop at local rescue stations in the desert

La Bamba is a chance to make friends, learn about issues facing “people on the move,” and work side by side with others to improve people’s lives. Most of all, it allows us to open our hearts and minds to the beauty of diverse people and cultures, and to ask ourselves why there is inequality and what we can do to alleviate it. Students are encouraged to question and challenge injustices and to unravel stereotypes about hunger, poverty and inequities in the world.  

Caritas Creek Science Camp, Occidental
March 2020

Caritas Creek aims to help young people discover the connection between all living things, build bridges between diverse soci-economic and ethnic groups, and foster a deeper connection to the natural environment, the self, the spirit of love, and community.

The 2019 trip highlights include:

  • Campfires, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, and night hikes
  • Being welcomed by the Caritas community
  • Students acting as role models for 10-12 junior high students
  • Immersion into the redwood forest and the beauty of nature

Volunteering Opportunities

Please note: Volunteer opportunities are put on hold for the semester due to health concerns related to Coronavirus. 

Volunteering your time is a wonderful way to give back to your community, while earning valuable experience and making friends.  

Serve your peers every Tuesday at the Penguin Pantry, a pop-up food bank for all students, organized in collaboration with the SF-Marin Food bank.

Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to help set up the pantry, serve and clean up. All Dominican students are invited to stop by the Penguin Pantry between 12:30-3:20 p.m. to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables as well as non-perishable items. (Bring your reusable bags and drop off any extras!) 

Bring joy and engagement to the retired sisters at Lourdes Convent, the retirement/care center for the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.

Lourdes residents have great stories to share about Dominican’s history, and they love it when students visit the convent (located across the street from Bertrand Hall) to pray, read and walk with them.

If you are interested learning more, please contact us.