Dorothy Day Program

Welcome Class of 2019!

Service Program for First Year Students

 VIDEO: The 2015 Dorothy Day cohort made new friends, a whole host of memories and a huge difference in the community. Watch our photo slide show on YouTube.

About the Program

Sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, the Dorothy Day Program gives first year students the opportunity to participate in community service while working alongside a Sister of St. Joseph or in a local social service agency. Students arrive on campus a week before the beginning of the academic year, live in the dorms, and reflect on their experience, all while providing assistance to programs where Sisters of St. Joseph minister or to other sponsored ministries. ​

Through service work at the local sites, first year students have the opportunity to explore and reflect on Catholic Social Teaching and the importance of our mission and values as a college founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. 

The Dorothy Day Service Program is a great opportunity for first year students to meet friends, become acquainted with the campus and the local community while serving the local community. Each day would consists of service work at the volunteer sites followed by scheduled socials and local trips.  Daily group reflection is at the essence of the Dorothy Day Program. Student leaders lead open discussions on the group’s experience at their service site, while also exploring spirituality.  This experience provides the first year students an opportunity to serve the local community while living the charism of our founders, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, by “uniting neighbor with neighbor, and neighbor with God, without distinction. All first year students are welcome to apply and be a part of this great Elms tradition.


Who is Dorothy Day?

The program is named for Dorothy Day, a Catholic woman and cofounder of Catholic Worker, who served the poor by providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and hospitality to all.


Dorothy Day Program Application


  • Program Application Due: June 28, 2015
  • Cost of Participation: $75
  • Notification will follow by July 13, 2015

For further information on the Dorothy Day Program, please email or call the Campus Ministry Office at 413-265-2289 or 413-265-2468.