Cornelian Service Corps

 

Rosemont College values…persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion.”

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Mission Statement

Rooted in the mission of Rosemont College, the Cornelian Service Corps, a part of the Office of Campus Ministry, offers opportunities and provides resources for members of the college community to engage in meaningful service.

As participants in the legacy of Cornelia Connelly and the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, the CSC challenges the college community to a “love full of action,” inclusive of all and courageous in promoting social justice.

The CSC will educate the community on issues of justice, coordinate service initiatives, and provide reflective opportunities, ensuring that compassion and action are integral to the Rosemont experience.

   
Welcome to the Cornelian Service Corps, the center for service and social justice at Rosemont! 

The best way to find ourselves is to lose ourselves in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Hey Rosemont…get LOST!  Students committed to service and interested in a more engaging, deeper experience can sign up for weekly service at sites around the Rosemont and Philadelphia community.  Volunteers must be able to do service 2-3 hours a week, for 10 weeks throughout the semester, and participate in reflections and larger meetings with their service group.  Sign-ups usually occur in the first two weeks of a semester – be in touch for more information!

Applications for LOST Weekly Service will be available a few weeks prior the start of the next semester. Contact service@rosemont.edu for more information.

The CSC offers students alternative break experiences for those wanting to more fully immerse themselves in communities across the nation and abroad.  Groups spend a week or longer living in the places where they are serving while learning about the local culture, history, and traditions.

Winter Break 2009

Rosemont students travelled with students from another university to the United States Gulf Coast, still recovering from the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  They spent one week in Bayou la Batre, Alabama, a tiny fishing village on the gulf, cleaning yards, laying sidewalks, and even installing plumbing!  The second week was spent in New Orleans, Louisiana where they worked with a local nonprofit helping residents to rebuild their homes that were destroyed in the storms.  Throughout, they visited local cultural attractions, learned about the history of each community, and at some delicious southern cuisine!

Spring Break 2010

Twenty-two Rosemont students and staff journeyed to McCarr, Kentucky, in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains for their spring break.  There, they worked with the Phelps Area Habitat for Humanity helping to install trim and paint in a house near completion and also clearing a lot for a house just beginning!  Throughout the week the students learned about local Appalachian culture, heard local bluegrass music, and took an educational tour to learn about the environmental devastation caused by coal mines in the region.

For the 2010-2011 school year, we will be travelling to New Orleans, Louisiania for the winter break trip. We will travel to McCarr, Kentucky for the spring break trip.

We firmly believe that service by itself is not enough – that we must always be engaged in learning about the issues that plague those less fortunate than us so that we may strive towards social justice for all. Therefore, the Cornelian Service Corps hosts the Social Justice Series, events held throughout the year focus on different issues of injustice and examines the role we may have in combating them.

The Cornelian Service Corps strives to offer service opportunities open to all members of the Rosemont community and accommodating of different schedules, interests, and abilities. We are dedicated to offer at least one service event a month for those interested in taking an afternoon or evening giving of themselves for others and living out the Rosemont mission.

Special Events Include

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Along with learning about the issues of hunger and homelessness through speakers and special activities, the CSC will offer opportunities to work with those combating and living in homelessness in Philadelphia. This week will take place from November 14th – November 19th.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

To mark the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birthday of our very own Cornelia Connelly, the CSC organizes a campus-wide day of service.  Students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to make this a “day on, not a day off” and work in local food pantries, schoolyards, and on the Rosemont campus to live out the spirit of the civil rights leader and our own heritage. This day will take place on January 17, 2011.

Spring Cleaning Day of Service

Rosemont members will travel to sites in the city to help get ready for spring by painting, cleaning lots, and doing other projects around schools and other facilities.  This is a great way to embrace the coming change of season with a few hours of good work and fresh air!  This event will occur in April.