Reflect, Retreat, and Pray
The Mount Saint Vincent community is united by a shared concern for others. Volunteer and service opportunities don’t have to end for students once they graduate. We welcome alumnae/i to continue their understanding of our common humanity and their commitment to human dignity through ongoing projects addressing hunger, homelessness, educational disparities, and human trafficking, among many others.
Reflection and Prayer
We welcome our alumnae/i to attend the weekly Mass in-person or live streamed online from the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. You can click here to view mass.
Service Through Community Outreach
Collaborating with local social service agencies, students have the opportunity to volunteer with some of the most disadvantaged populations all across New York City.
Hunger and Homelessness Outreach
- Saint Francis Breadline is a social outreach ministry of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province committed to serving those less fortunate. Meet at 6 a.m. to help hand out food in the breadline down in Midtown.
- Part of the Solution (POTS) is a social service agency in the Bronx. We bring food donations and work in the kitchen usually on select Sundays leaving campus at 11:15 a.m. and returning by 4:15 p.m.
- Meet in the Office of Campus Mission and Ministry at 8:30 p.m., and leave campus by 9 p.m. for the Midnight Run. Volunteers travel down to midtown Manhattan to hand out food, clothing, and engage in conversation with the homeless. Arrive back to campus between 12:30-1:30 a.m.
- Life Experience and Faith Sharing Association (LEFSA) is a weekly outreach to the homeless in New York City. The group meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays and returns to campus at about 8:45 p.m.
- Grand Central Outreach is a weekly, student-led outreach to minister to homeless persons living in and around Grand Central. Volunteers engage individuals in conversation while sharing a meal and providing clothing.
Youth Mentoring and Tutoring
- POTS Family Club is one-on-one tutoring with a child in the South Bronx. Students may attend a community dinner after tutoring.
- MASA, founded in 2001 as the Mexican American Students’ Alliance, provides tutoring and mentorship for students in the area.
- Kids in the Game is a hybrid service of sports and tutoring, allowing volunteers to tutor elementary students and afterwards playing games such as basketball and baseball.
Service with the Sisters
- Join the Sisters of Charity each Tuesday from late spring until mid-November as they unload and distribute fresh produce from the Sisters Hill Farm in upstate New York from 4 to 6 p.m. behind the Villa Parking Lot as part of SCNY Farm Distribution.
- Join the Sisters at the Mount Saint Vincent Convent for dinner and conversation through Supper with the Sisters.
Sports Related Service
- Yonkers Marathon allows volunteers to assist with the setting up water stops for those running the marathon.
- NYC Mayors Cup allows volunteers to perform a variety of tasks, including setup and breakdown, enhancing the race experience, media relations, and much more. Good for students looking for experience in the sports industry.
- Wheelchair Basketball Tournament allows volunteers to assist with set up and breakdown, cheering on athletes, time, and score keeping.
- Tour de Bronx allows volunteers to assist at various locations along the race route to distribute water, check in with athletes, help with set up and breakdown, and much more.
Awareness and Advocacy Events
- Volunteers are invited to either give blood or help assist with advertising, sign-ups, and escorting donors each day of the Blood Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Making Strides Walk
- Out of the Darkness Walk
- Peoples Climate March
Outreach to People with Developmental Disabilities
- Dance for PD Riverdale is a movement class for individuals with Parkinson’s and their families, friends, and caregivers. The group meets from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Peter Jay Sharp Athletic and Recreation Center.
- The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is committed to changing the lives of medically-fragile children, one child at a time. All of their programs are centered around children and their families, respecting individual cultural beliefs and practices.
- Rising Ground (formerly known as Leake and Watts) continues to positively impact the lives of more than 5,000 children, adults, and families in the greater New York City metro area each day. Rising Ground is a not-for-profit agency committed to addressing a myriad of challenges that confront individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Student Government works with Concern Worldwide U.S., Inc., the College’s charity. Concern Worldwide works in the 28 poorest countries in the world and it is one of the few NGO’s not expelled from Darfur.
Student Government collaborates with Concern Worldwide to support the needs of these countries by raising awareness through distributing literature on campus, participating in Concern’s Fun Run in Central Park, and other initiatives to raise money for Concern’s efforts. In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Student Government and the Mount’s clubs and organizations raised over $5,500 for Haitian relief. After Typhoon Haiyan struck in the Philippines, over $50,000 were raised by SGA and student group SAMAHAN to be put toward aid and relief efforts by Concern Worldwide.