The Five Pillars — Service
Our students are eager to respond to the needs of communities near and far.
At the very heart of the mission of St. Joseph's University is the desire to help others, giving back wherever and whenever possible. Getting involved with local, national and global community service through volunteer projects provides students with rewarding opportunities to help others and be transformed by that experience.
- Campus Ministry leads students on weekly visits to soup kitchens across Long Island.
- Frequent food and toy drives benefit local organizations.
- Service-learning study abroad trips to Nicaragua, Romania and many other destinations.
- Students Taking an Active Role in Society (STARS) is one of several service-based clubs and organizations on campus.
- By participating in service and mission trips, students help communities affected by natural disasters and help rebuild homes.
- The Service Circle offers undergraduates a chance to sign up for various volunteer opportunities and donation efforts each semester.
- The University hosts several blood drives each year, giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity to help save lives through their donations.
Thomas Petriano, Ph.D.
Dr. Petriano, a professor and chair of the religious studies department at St. Joseph’s, spoke on the meaning of service.
"Whether it be holding the door for someone following behind you, or building a house in Nicaragua, service is woven into the DNA of St. Joseph's University. Since the founding of the University, the Sisters of St. Joseph have provided the example and inspiration for a life of service to others without distinction, which is central to who we are and whom we wish our students to become."