"What we need, each one of us, is to be thrown off balance by the self-sacrificing example of others."
~From the Editors of Commonweal Magazine, April 12, 2013.
The Newman Center offers many opportunities to grow in service to others as well as knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching. Click on the links below or contact a Social Action Student Leader to find out how!
Check here for opportunities for Newman students and permanent community members to volunteer in and around the Chapel Hill area. Some opportunities, like Habitat for Humanity, the IFC Community Kitchen, and G2G (Generation to Generation) occur on a regular basis; others, like the IFC Crop Walk and Annual Newman Service Day, are large gatherings that happen once per year.
Each year, Newman sends forth four domestic service-immersion trips to work and learn alongside the poor and marginalized around the country. This page includes information for Newman's student-led Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips, including the current partner organizations and types of volunteer service we do on each trip.
Alternative Fall Break (AFB) is a short service-immersion trip opportunity where students can meet new friends early in the semester while also being of charitable service to your neighbor. Find more information on Newman's two Alternative Fall Break trips here, including the application and site descriptions!
Important Dates for Fall Break:
September 6: Applications go live
September 21: Applications due at 11pm
September 26: Placements announced
October 4: Ticket-Taking Fundraiser
October 5: Student payment due
October 15-19: Fall Break
November 15: Ticket-Taking Fundraiser
Newman's annual spring international service-immersion trip to Jamaica has now changed to Costa Rica! Join us this Spring Break for a different sort of way to enjoy the Caribbean and become part of the Body of Christ at the same time! NEW SITE! Now going to Alajuela, Costa Rica!
(If you're more interested in a domestic trip, check out the ASB page)
Important Dates for Costa Rica:
September 6: Applications go live
September 24-25: Interest Meetings
September 28: Applications due at 11pm
September 30-October 3: Interviews
October 12: Team invitations announced
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Every year, Newman students, permanent community members, families, and friends gather for a HUGE party! The Gala is in support of Newman's domestic and international trips, including the Jamaica International Immersion trip and all domestic Alternative Spring Break trips. This is a chance to mingle, meet new people, learn about what the community is doing to support our call to promote peace and justice, and enjoy an open bar (don't forget your ID!).
"Justice is the virtue that recognizes our interdependence with all people."
~Fr. Richard Gula
Post-Graduation Long-Term Service
Unsure of your post-graduation plans? Scared of the job market? Feeling called to nine months, a year, or two years of volunteer service work after graduation? Come in to the Newman Center and speak with Paul to find out how long-term service can change your life!
A list of service- and social justice-related resources, including partner organizations, links to bishops' documents, and social justice reflections.
J-Walking is a program designed by JustFaith Ministries that is entering its second year at the Newman Center. It is a journey in Gospel Living that is similar to Newman's Small Faith Groups, but with a stronger focus on meeting Christ in both the Gospel and the margins of today's society.