Service Opportunities

LUMINATE (Lewis University MINistry Alternative Trip Experiences)

Join other Lewis students on a weekend or week-long service experience during Spring Break or the week after finals in May! These experiences range from helping build houses to gardening to learning about Eco-Justice issues to learning about different cultures to simply spending time ENCOUNTERING others in a unique way from little kids all the way to the elderly! If you are interested, please please take a look at the information below about the different trips and then submit an application online via the following link:

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to email Jake DeMarais, Coordinator of Ministry Service at or by calling at 815-836-5617 for information!

The following is a list of the trips we hope to take this coming Spring and May! These are subject to change slightly and will be updated as soon as possible if they do change, but this still provides a good insight into the trips!

La Casa Inc. – Goshen, IN

Work with an organization that provides safe, affordable housing options to the residents of Goshen, IN – particularly immigrants and resettling refugees! Build, paint, repair!

Habitat for Humanity - Cookeville, Tennessee

Collaborate with this outstanding organization that helps provide safe, affordable housing for people all over the country – and world! Work will potentially include building or re-habbing a house for a family in need of housing OR helping at a local ReStore!

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.

L’Arche – Clinton, Iowa

Work with this amazing community that aids in providing independent living for adults with diverse abilities. Live in community with and assist them in their daily lives as well as helping out with any other cleaning, gardening, cooking!

St. Benedict the Moor – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Serve the homeless, hungry, children, and the environment through different service agencies in the Milwaukee area!

Christian Appalachian Project – Eastern Kentucky

Help repair, refurbish, build homes for the residents of Appalachia alongside several other university mission trip groups!

St. Augustine Indian Mission - Winnebago, Nebraska

Immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience by serving on a reservation. Work may include cleaning, maintenance, and mentoring students.

Eco-Justice Immersion – Racine, Wisconsin

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.