The Jesuit Day of Service is a spring service event in which JCU students, alumni, faculty, and staff partner with Saint Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, the Tri-Street Homeowners Association, St. Francis Elementary School, Fatima Family Center, Eliza Bryant Village, St. Adalbert School, and other area organizations in Cleveland, to lend a helping hand.
Activities include cleaning classrooms inside the school and completing yard work outside. Students have helped build community gardens, clean-up and renovate playgrounds, and cleaned the exterior of seniors’ homes.
The Jesuit Day of Service at John Carroll began as Cultivating Community Day in spring 2005 as a class dedicated to learning about the economic, political, historical, and religious complexities of an urban neighborhood in Cleveland. The class explored issues of poverty in urban communities. The class culminated in a service day when students worked with Hough neighborhood residents to build a community garden, and worked with Saint Thomas Aquinas Elementary School to prepare for spring.
“Cultivating–a simple word that calls forth images of wonderfully, ripe, red tomatoes, crisp green lettuce–but in the context of an experience between college students and community members it becomes much more. It is a cultivation of friendship, of exchange, of the future. A learning opportunity for all and an opening for possibilities of understanding not just how a vegetable is to become ready for consumption but how the act of planting together can lead to a better glimpse of each other, our differences, our weaknesses, our strengths and most importantly, our commonalities. It is not just plants growing in Cultivating Community.”
-Dr. Mariana Ortega, Professor of Philosophy
Inspired by the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, ten Cleveland institutions are united in serving our local communities in Northeast Ohio.
From cleaning classrooms, to painting, to mulching or other yardwork, your help will go a long way in making a difference for our friends and neighbors.
Thank you to these loyal and dedicated institutions!
- Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio
- Gesu Parish
- Ignatian Solidarity Network
- Ignatian Volunteer Corps
- Jesuit Retreat House
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- John Carroll University
- Saint Ignatius High School
- Saint Martin de Porres High School
- Walsh Jesuit High School
We are men and women with and for others–
today and everyday!