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CAVA/SAC

CAVA: Community Action Volunteers of Aquinas
 
CAVA: Community Action Volunteers of Aquinas
CAVA serves as a bridge between community organizations and the Aquinas community. It functions to get Aquinas students energized about volunteering, as well as to connect them to volunteer opportunities similar to their interests. College-wide events include Into the Streets and Heartside Pride Cleansweep.
 
 
Get involved with Into the Streets and Heartside Pride Cleansweep!
 
Into the Streets is a fun-filled week of volunteering in conjunction with local charitable organizations. It affords Aquinas students an opportunity to learn about, and affect change in, the larger Grand Rapids community as a whole.
 
Heartside Pride Cleansweep is an annual event where Aquinas College students come together to work with Heartside Area residents to work for a common goal.  For this event, typically on a Saturday morning, students raise money ahead of time, and then work with others to help clean up the Heartside Area.  Much of the work includes cleaning leaves, debris, and garbage from streets and parks of the Heartside neighborhood.
 
CAVA CAVA
CAVA CAVA
 
Current volunteer opportunities
Volunteer with these great organizations:
Degage Ministries Holland Home Heartside Ministries
Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan United Way  
 
Jimmy Birney

If you are interested in joining CAVA, please contact:

 

Jimmy Birney, CAVA Coordinator
(616) 632-2487

 

or

Eric Bridge, CAVA Advisor

bridgeri@aquinas.edu, (616) 632-2490

 

 
SAC: Social Justice Club
This student club at Aquinas College promotes social justice awareness rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Each year the club identifies social justice issues upon which to focus.  The club tries to collaborate with other student clubs as well as local, national and international social justice groups.  Some of the issues that have been highlighted include:  modern day slavery, peace, sweatshop labor, School of Americas/WHISC, Coca-Cola labor practices, hunger and homelessness, from cradle to tomb “seamless garment” issues, fair trade coffee.
 
 
Check out these other great social awareness organizations!
Amnesty International
Oxfam Coca-Cola Labor Practices
Bread for the World School of the Americas (SOA) Watch
 
The November IPJC Justice Cafe on water shortage. Prayer at the Peace Pole on September 11.
The November IPJC Justice Cafe on water shortage. Prayer at the Peace Pole on September 11.
September trip to the Kalamazoo Peace House to see speaker Rosalie Riegle. SAC
September trip to the Kalamazoo Peace House to see speaker Rosalie Riegle. Poverty Simulation through ACCESS of West Michigan, Fall 2013
 

Jessica Zarik

If you are interested in joining SAC, please contact:

 

Jessica Zarik, SAC Coordinator
(616) 632-2486

 

or

Mary Clark-Kaiser, SAC Advisor

clarkmar@aquinas.edu, (616) 632-2489

 
“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring,” Saint Catherine of Siena.