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At Ohio Dominican, we strive to provide opportunities for personal growth and community enrichment through our service programs.

Service is one of the many ways we live out the call to preach the Good News of the Gospel to those we encounter.

Not only is service important for our growth and development as a University, it also impacts the communities we serve, locally, nationally and internationally.

Be sure to join us for one or all of our service opportunities. If you don't see something that interests you, please contact the Office of Campus Ministry to suggest your own ideas. 

  • Appalachia Service Mission Trip | Spring Break 2019

    Join us as we travel to Rutledge, Tennessee to work with Glenmary Home Missions and help make a difference in another part of the country.

    During our trip, we will work with families and children, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet people, be of service, and become more aware of the needs of our sisters and brothers, along with the power of simply being there for people.

    Limited to 11 students.

    Dates of the trip: March 10-16, 2019
    Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

  • Haiti 2019 Service Trip Information

    This spring break, make a difference in the lives of others and learn about yourself at the same time. Travel to Port-au-Prince to assist with care of the children in the New Life Children's Home.

    • Trip Dates: March 10 – 16, 2019
    • Application Deadline: October 26, 2018

    Students and staff will travel to Port au Prince, Haiti and work with New Life Children’s Home in Port au Prince to assist with care of the 100-130 children in the New Life Children’s Home some with special needs.

    There will be opportunity to go up to villages in the mountains of Haiti with a team of nurses, our partner, Dr. Steve, interpreters, and other volunteers to provide medical care and nutrition. A medical clinic will be set up, as well as a pharmacy and a feeding program. The students will help to provide organization in gathering the patients in the triage areas, being with the patients as they wait to be seen by the doctors and nurses.

    • Limited to 18 students
    • Estimated cost: $2,350

    Apply Now

     For questions about the Haiti service trip, please contact Amy Thomas at thomasa3@ohiodominican.edu.

  • Service Opportunities
    Throughout the year, Campus Ministry coordinates service opportunities in the community for ODU student, faculty and staff.
    • Make a Difference Day. Every fall and spring we have a clean up day in the community near campus. Check the calendar for dates. 
    • Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
    • Community Kitchen.
    • "Adopt-A-Sister": Make a difference in the lives of the retired Sisters in residence at Mohun Health Care Center. Contact Fr. Paul for details. 
    • After-school tutoring at Shepard Library. Monday through Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. You do not have to call ahead – just walk in and people will be there to guide you.
    • St. Stephens Community House. Call (614) 294-6347 for details.
    • YWCA Family Center. Contact Jessica Wichtman-Will at 253-3916. 
    • Bishop Griffin Center. Call (614) 338-8220 for details.
    • Life Care Alliance.Call (614) 278-3130.
  • 2018-2019 Events on Justice

    You’re invited to join Ohio Dominican University during the 2018–19 academic year on an exploration of our academic common theme of Justice.

    The Office of Academic Affairs (through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Center for Dominican Studies are co-sponsoring the events, which provide comprehensive opportunities for the students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends to engage in the conversation together.ā€‹

    The following events are free and open to the public, and will be held on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.

    • Aug. 23, 2018 – Convocation, Presenter: Father Joshua Wagner, Diocese of Columbus; 10:45 a.m. in the Alumni Hall gymnasium
    • Sept. 13, 2018 – “Justice and Global Poverty: Hearing the Cries of the Poor”; Presenter: Ronald Carstens, Ph.D., ODU professor of Political Science; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Sept. 27, 2018 – “Justice for Immigrants: I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”; Presenters: Julie Hart, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Sociology; Rev. Joe Mas, immigration attorney; Austin Kocher, immigration activist; and Edith Espinal, undocumented immigrant; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Oct. 11, 2018 – “Women, The Heartbeat of Society”; Presenters: Imali Abala, Ph.D., ODU professor of English; Virginia McCormack, Ed.D., ODU professor of Education; Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of English; and Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D., ODU assistant professor of Sociology; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Oct. 25, 2018 – “The Racial Divide”; Presenters: John Grant, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Business and Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate; and Helen McKinley, Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Nov. 14, 2018 – St. Albert the Great Lecture, “New Strategies for Targeting Cancer: Shining Light on Transition Metal Complexes”; Presenter: Claudio Turro, Ph.D., Dow Professor at The Ohio State University; 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
    • Jan. 24, 2019 – St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture, “Light out of Darkness: Dominican Stories of Justice”; Presenters: Sr. Kathleen McManus, OP, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at the University of Portland; 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
    • April 25, 2019 – St. Catherine of Siena Lecture, “Justice – Seeing Catherine through Contemporary Eyes”; Presenter: Sr. Megan McElroy, OP, D.Min., Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    Videos from past events hosted by ODU's Center for Dominican Studies are available to enjoy online.

    See Videos
  • Sunday Fellowship

    Join us in Sansbury lobby for some fellowship time after the Sunday evening Mass at 7 p.m.. All are welcome!

Haiti Service Mission Trip