The first-year Service Learning project responds to our charism call to Kinship with Creation, a call which is affirmed and deepened by Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si, and the California Bishops in their 2019 pastor letter God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home. Students will serve 10 hours at Bay Area placements that are committed to integral ecology, environmental justice and sustainability, including our on-campus Living Lab and local community partners.
As the first service experience for the O’Dowd student, this project will introduce students to the joy of service, help them connect with the earth and the community, meet community needs, and instill foundational skills for the remaining required Service Learning projects (i.e. scheduling, arranging transportation, reporting to a supervisor, etc.). Moreover, Students will deepen and appreciate their relationship to the natural world, learn how environmental degradation disproportionally affects marginalized communities, and enliven their understanding of the call to environmental stewardship in the Judeo/Christian faith tradition.