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Service & Justice

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”
Mother Teresa 
Throughout its history, Marymount has attracted students who are interested in nourishing their minds and opening their hearts. The opportunity to live out the Christian ideals of charity and justice is a valuable part of the Marymount experience. Through annual volunteer events and social justice initiatives, you can make a difference in the community, gain valuable life skills, and deepen your spiritual commitment.
Service Outreach
Every year, Marymount students provide more than 17,000 hours of service to people in need in the local community and around the world.
MU students
  • tutor children
  • visit with senior citizens
  • prepare meals for the homeless
  • clean up parks
  • raise funds for worthy causes
  • repair homes for families in need
While many of these service activities are sponsored by Campus Ministry, other are organized by student groups, campus clubs, and athletic teams. In addition, many academic courses at Marymount include a service-learning component; these classes provide exciting opportunities to apply discipline-specific knowledge and skills in the service of others.

Annual Volunteer Events
Special Olympics Basketball Tournament
Marymount's annual basketball tournament takes place during the spring semester. We dedicate this day to Special Olympics athletes from all around the northern Virginia area, hosting a basketball tournament for everyone to enjoy. Contact Campus Ministry for more information about how you can volunteer!

Alternative Spring Break is a week-long service trip. Campus Ministry takes two groups to two locations: Banica, the Dominican Republic, and South Carolina. Both groups help people in need by rebuilding or restoring homes and churches. Both trips are amazing experiences and all participants return to Marymount with a new sense of giving.

HalloweenFest is a campuswide event where disadvantaged children from the surrounding area come to trick-or-treat through the residence halls and have a blast at a HUGE Halloween Party in the gym. This event is co-sponsored by many of the clubs, teams, and organizations on campus.

Volunteer Service Day for New Students is a day for all the new students at Marymount to get to know one another and Campus Ministry while helping the community around us.

Social Justice
Throughout the year, Campus Ministry and its Social Justice Committee address important current issues with outreach activities aimed at stimulating dialogue and action to fight social injustice. Topic areas include
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Respect Life
  • Peace and Justice
  • Environmental Awareness
As a community, we lead by example through activities associated with these causes, such as
  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month
  • The Grate American Sleep-Out
  • Pro-Life Month
To join the Social Justice Committee, please contact Campus Ministry.