Throughout the year, the Office of Campus Ministry strives to identify and address the needs of our campus community, as well as those of Lakewood and beyond. Partnering with churches, pastors, and organizations such as Providence House, Redeem-Her, Interfaith Hospitality, and Catholic Charities, we seek to live our Mercy core values.
Campus ministry plans multiple service trips throughout the year. Some are local trips lasting a few hours or a day. Others are weeklong domestic or international trips during breaks. These trips include opportunities for prayer and reflection with an emphasis on living our Mercy charism.
Crop Walk (mid-October)
One of GCU’s biggest traditions is participation in the annual Crop Walk of Northern Ocean County. Campus ministry coordinates GCU students and staff to collect donations from sponsors to help eliminate hunger among our neighbors. On the day of the event, GCU walks in solidarity with hundreds of groups and individuals from around the county.
Thanksgiving Basket Drive (November)
Campus ministry organizes this on-campus food drive to provide baskets containing complete holiday dinners to be delivered to grateful families. Volunteers are needed to collect donations and organize baskets and food.
Giving Tree Project (early December)
As Christmas approaches, campus ministry sets up giving trees around campus. These trees carry gift tags naming items needed or desired by those who are unable to buy gifts for their families. Students, faculty, and staff choose items from a tree, purchase them, and return them to campus ministry by the due date. Volunteers are needed to set up trees, collect donations, and organize gifts.
Easter Basket Drive
Campus ministry collects candy, toys, and Easter baskets to spread the sweet joy of Easter to area kids. Volunteers are needed to fill and wrap baskets.
For more information on these volunteer opportunities, contact Jeff Schaffer.