Marist Fund: Give to Inspire
Marist College Campus Ministry is the largest student organization on campus with more than 1000 members. Campus Ministry draws its direction from the Marist Brothers and supports the spiritual and religious development of students fostering a community of hospitality, prayer, service and education. The year-end brings a flurry of activity to the Marist campus community. The month of November is dedicated to Hunger Awareness with the goal of raising awareness of the needs of those who are poor locally, nationally and internationally; and to raise money to help fight hunger. Each December the Marist community comes together through the Giving Tree Project to provide local families in need with holiday gifts. This year Marist is sponsoring more than 30 families.
As part of the Marist mission, an ideal set forth by the College is a commitment to service and helping others. One important initiative supported by student leaders and the Student Government Association is the St. Jude “Up ‘til Dawn” letter writing campaign which takes place each November. During this three day event, students write letters to their families and friends to raise awareness and funds in support of pediatric cancer. Last year the College community raised over $32,000.
CO-CURRICULAR STUDENT GROUPS:
Teachers of Tomorrow is a co-curricular club for students studying to become teachers. This group provides hands-on experiences and a place to share ideas and support. Community service activities are an important part of this club’s mission. The fall semester has been devoted to anti-bullying initiatives which are being shared in local elementary schools. Another important project taking place in November is the annual She's the First fundraiser which supports female education in underdeveloped countries.
Marist College has more than 600 student athletes. In addition to the work they do on the field, on the court, in the pool, and in the classroom, these students make time to support over 100 community service projects each year. One important project for many student athletes is the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation which works to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams. In addition to adopting numerous children through this program, 150 student athletes participated in the First Annual Friends of Jaclyn Angel Walk held on the beautiful Walkway Over The Hudson.