Sponsored by Campus Ministry, FaithWorks is a service-immersion program in Providence, R.I. for incoming freshmen at Providence College. FaithWorks 2017 will take place from Saturday, August 19 through Thursday, August 24. All participants must arrive on campus by 11am on Saturday, August 19 to move into their assigned residence hall for the year. The program will conclude on Thursday, August 14 in time for all students to fully participate in the New Student Orientation Program.
FaithWorks enables new PC students to build community with their peers, perform service work for vulnerable populations in Providence, and reflect on the significance of this work for their lives. The program is facilitated by a Campus Minister and student coordinators in collaboration with the Catholic Charities staff at the Diocese of Providence as well as other faith-based organizations in Providence. FaithWorks seeks participants with a diversity of spiritual backgrounds and welcomes individuals of all religions.
Through direct service work and conversations in the community, FaithWorks allows participants to understand the city of Providence from the perspective of Catholic social service agencies and the underprivileged residents, groups, and neighborhoods that those programs serve. Last year, FaithWorks participants had the opportunity to both serve and learn at a wide variety of placements connected with the church in Providence: Fruit Hill Adult Day Care, St. Martin de Porres senior center, the Refugee Dream Center, Immigration and Refugee Services, Habitat for Humanity and the Department of Corrections.
Group reflection is central to the FaithWorks program. Campus Ministry staff and student coordinators will facilitate conversations that ground the group's service work in spiritual values and beliefs. FaithWorks also includes fun daytime and evening activities in the Providence area. It is a great opportunity to meet other students, learn more about PC and delve into questions about faith and justice.
After FaithWorks, participants and student coordinators meet monthly in order to continue supporting one another. These meetings will promote a community of solidarity and service at PC. Student coordinators and Campus Ministers will share the joys and challenges of trying to integrate a life of contemplation and action.