University Ministry

Service Opportunities

SOL (Source of Light) - Local Service Opportunities

We are all called by God to serve our sisters and brothers who may be poor, hungry, or lonely. We are also called to share our gifts and blessings through meaningful service that reflects our faith. Dates and times vary throughout the semester. All transportation is provided.

One Time Events

  • Fill the Truck -  Donate gently used clothing, furniture, games, etc. to MorningStar Mission’s Treasure Chest. The truck will come to campus once a semester to collect used goods.
  • Thanksgiving Baskets - Help pass out Thanksgiving Baskets for families in Joliet through Morning Star Mission.
  • Christmas Giving Tree - Adopt a low-income homeless family or individual for Christmas by purchasing some basic necessities like a warm coat, clothes, blanket, toiletries, etc.
  • Easter Baskets - Adopt an “Easter Egg” to provide an Easter basket filled with candy, games, books, toys, etc. for a child through MorningStar Mission. 

MorningStar Mission

Serve a meal to those in Joliet who are hungry. Transportation is provided, but volunteers must sign up ahead of time.

Feed My Starving Children

Help end world hunger with this non-profit Christian organization that provides food for hungry people worldwide.

The Night Ministry

Make a meal on campus and then distribute it to those who are hungry in Chicago.

Growing Power

Care for Earth by planting, harvesting, or composting at an intensive urban farm on the southside of Chicago.

Our Lady of Angels

Spend time with the elderly by joining in activities at this retirement home.

Loaves and Fishes

Help patrons shop for food at a food pantry in Naperville.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Serve at Habitat’s ReStore in Joliet by sorting, cleaning, and organizing donations for resale. The profits from the ReStore go directly to financially support the work of Habitat for Humanity in providing affordable and safe housing in our local community.

LUMINATE (Lewis University MINistry Alternative Trip Experiences)

Join other Lewis students on a weekend or week-long service experience during Fall Break, Spring Break or May. Applications will be available mid-semester in the fall. For more information, contact Sabrina Poulin.

Fall Break - Oct. 9-11

Tearing Down Walls - Indianapolis, Indiana
Learn more about the needs of our local community by serving at various sites in and near Joliet.

Spring Break - March 1-7

Lives Under Construction - Lampe, Missouri
Serve at-risk teenage males on a working farm. Help paint, plant trees, do chores, construction, etc. while also being a mentor to the youth.

Habitat for Humanity - Cookeville, Tennessee
Build or re-hab a house for a family in need of housing.

L’Arche – Clinton, Iowa
Work with adults developmental disabilities. Live in community with and assist them in their daily lives.

St. Benedict the Moor – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Serve the homeless, hungry, children, the environment through different service agencies in the area.

Maggie’s Place – Cleveland, Ohio
Work with first-time pregnant and parenting women in this house of hospitality.  Maggie’s place is a safe and supportive place for women to work toward reaching their goals.

May Trips - May 10-16

Habitat for Humanity - Flint, Michigan
Build or re-hab a house for a family in need of housing.

St. Augustine Mission - Winnebago, Nebraska
Learn about the Native American culture by serving on a reservation. Work may include cleaning, maintenance, and mentoring students.

Eco-Justice Immersion
Learn about caring for God's Earth by working on an environmentally sustainable farm in Racine, WI. You will get a chance to work with farm animals including: alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese and honeybees. You will also help plant in the community gardens while learning about ways to reduce human strain on Earth.

International Service Oportunities

Diocesan University Mission to Bolivia

Serve the poor for 2 weeks in the capital of Sucre, Bolivia. Every year since 1998, Lewis faculty, staff and students travel to Sucre, Bolivia with the Diocese of Joliet to work with the impoverished children and youth in the barrios, orphanages and streets, as well as deliver donations of school supplies, toys and medical supplies to the local hospital, parishes and communitites.

Mission trip will take place June 2015.
Contact: Br. Paul Joslin, FSC.

Diocesan University Mission to the Philippines

Build a house for the poor on this two week mission trip to Bacolod City, Philippines. Volunteers will build a house with Gawad Kalinga - an organization that provides housing and services for the poor. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and volunteer alongside Filipino college students. Lodging is provided on the campus of the University of St. Lasalle - a Christian Brothers university.

Mission Trip Dates: Jan. 1-11, 2015
Contact: Sabrina Poulin

Post-Graduate Service Opportunities

Lasallian Volunteer Program

Respond to Christ's call to serve others, especially the poor. This 1-2 year commitment involves working in the field of Christian education or human development services in the United States. For more information, visit the Lasallian Volunteers site or contact one of the Lasallian Volunteer Scholars: Christopher Hueg and Sean Barber.

"I graduated from Lewis in 2008 with a BA in Theology, and decided to join Lasallian Volunteers and give back a year of my time. I am serving in Brooklyn, NY at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School as a Campus Minister. I love seeing our students own their faith, when they can define 'this is what I believe and why I believe it'. I have learned so much in my year of service, and hope I can continue the work of St. John Baptist de la Salle after leaving the Lasallian volunteers."
- Michelle Hoffman

Additional Post-Graduate Volunteer Opportunities

Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair - Sept. 23, 2014, 1-3pm outside Sancta Alberta Chapel

Not sure what to do after graduation?  Want to keep serving after you graduate from Lewis?  Then stop by the fair to learn more about many different post-graduate volunteer programs throughout the United States and overseas.  Representatives from 15 different programs will be on hand to answer questions and give you more information about how you can serve for 1-3 years after graduation.

Contact: Sabrina Poulin.

Vocational Opportunities

Consider ministry options beyond Lewis. Have you considered life as a professed religious? Consider a long-term volunteer commitment or seek out a connection to a parish or faith congregation. Look for the "Visions" resource booklet in the Ministry Center for more information, or talk with a ministry staff member. Note: Lewis University has a special connection to Br. Stephen Markham, FSC, Director of Vocations/Formation for the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, at or (630) 323-3725.

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