Service is one of the key components in a Catholic education. Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Portland find service with and for others to be a powerful way to apply their education and faith in the world.
There are many reasons to get involved with service and social justice activities at the University of Portland. Volunteering:
- Responds to a community or individual need
- Encourages academic, emotional, and spiritual growth
- Brings new friends together
- Creates opportunity for change
- Provides practical work experience and leadership opportunities
Participating in activities that raise your awareness to social concerns and issues of justice:
- Educates you in the tradition of Catholic social teaching
- Helps you integrate your academic studies with current issues and events
- Challenges you to seek the common good in all that you do
- Encourages you to think critically about your ideas and values
- Moves you to concrete action on behalf of others
Students spend a great deal of time and effort fundraising in order to participate on these service-learning programs. Your donation will provide a life-changing experience for University of Portland students and make a positive impact on the communities they serve. Donate online here and specify the Moreau Center service-learning trip of your choice. Checks can be written to University of Portland and mailed to: Moreau Center/5000 N Willamette Blvd MSC 162/Portland, OR 97203.
Benefit Brunch highlights 2011
Benefit Brunch 2010 speaker, Rachel Prusynski
Alternative breaks and immersions are a wonderful way to serve and learn from other cultures, socio-economic groups, and even other countries. These trips provide students with a hands-on, close-up view of different populations and issues in Oregon, Washington, other parts of the West, and Latin America. Take a moment to explore the possibilities and contact the Moreau Center or the designated student coordinator for more information.
Service-Learning Trip FAQs for Students
| Pre-Orientation Immersion
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Freshman Service PlungeAugust 2015
The Service Plunge provides an opportunity for 1st year and transfer students to spend your first days as a UP student volunteering with local service agencies.
| Fall Break Immersions
| Winter Break Immersion
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Learn about local urban issues and public policies affecting the poor during this immersion program in downtown Portland during the last week of winter break.
| Spring Break Immersions
| Summer Immersions
Travel to Nicaragua immediately following Spring semester on a three week immersion experience. The trip may include homestays with campesinos, service in neighborhoods, and presentations by local experts on topics such as fair trade, foreign policy, human rights, and other social justice issues.