Social Action & Service Opportunities

Social Action

“If you want peace, work for justice!” — Pope Paul VI

“Justice is what love looks like in public!” — Cornel West


Whether promoting fair trade, organizing a hunger banquet, rallying against genocide in Darfur or screening a film on human trafficking, Manhattan College students work for social change through campus ministry and social action.

We’ve hosted speakers from the U.S. and around the world to share experiences about child soldiers in Uganda, disaster relief in Pakistan and Haiti, community development in Afghanistan, and fair trade coffee farming in Mexico and El Salvador.

Manhattan College students and faculty recently created and introduced a low-tech water filtration system to Catholic Relief Services for use in the developing world — just one example of how we’re practically making a real difference in people’s lives.

The student organization JustPeace meets regularly in the Campus Ministry center (known as Cornerstone) to plan everything from movies screenings, to consciousness-raising events, to activities that provide reflection on human rights and human dignity. Contact us now to find out how you can get involved, and start building a better world!

Service Opportunities

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” — Mohandas Gandhi


There are a variety of service opportunities for students to consider, ranging from one-day efforts, to weekly involvement, to larger, more involved service. Some of the service organizations that our students volunteer with are: Part of the Solution (POTS) soup kitchen, Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Ethical Culture, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, We Are New York, God's Love We Deliver, Concourse House, Children's Village, Habitat for Humanity, the annual toy drive, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, as well as working with blood drives and tutoring local children and teens. New projects are regularly developed in response to students’ interests. Have a suggestion? We’d love to hear it!

CMSA makes it easy to build having an active approach to faith into your busy schedule. Contact us to now to find out how!