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Special Projects

The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice offers trainings, workshops, one-time service, advocacy and educational events and cultural programming that support the Fordham community at large in upholding our Jesuit mission of assisting in the alleviation of poverty, promoting justice, protecting human rights and respecting the environment and help the Fordham community learn more about and connect with its surrounding neighborhoods.
Special Projects are events that require a one-time commitment from volunteers with the intention of introducing students to community organizations in the neighborhood. These experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the unique community in which Fordham resides by meeting our neighbors and our community partners. The following are some examples of special projects and programs sponsored by the Center for Service and Justice:

For more information for the following projects or to register, please contact the Center for Service and Justice on your campus ( or  Please note that some projects have a limit, so please register in advance.

Urban Plunge
Urban Plunge is a two-day (at Lincoln Center) and three–day (at Rose Hill) pre–orientation program to introduce new students to Fordham University, the local community, service and social justice. Students learn about the community surrounding Fordham by visiting our community partners and reflecting on issues of homelessness, hunger, unemployment, and environmental concerns. Through interactive activities and reflection, new students learn about the challenges facing working families in New York as well as the systems that affect them. Urban Plunge also provides students with an opportunity to explore the rich and diverse culture of the surrounding community by touring museums, parks, cultural centers, and other interesting spots in the neighborhood. The Urban Plunge Program is facilitated by student leaders who are passionate about engaging in and learning from the community in which they live.
NY Cares Day
Every October, Fordham University partners with New York Cares to participate in a city-wide day of service to renovate New York City public schools.  On New York Cares Day, groups of volunteers engage in painting, cleaning, and beautification projects at New York City schools. 
Service & Justice Day
Fordham Community Advocacy Day has its roots in Fordham Volunteer Day, a day of service for students, faculty, and staff. The day begins with a brief history of the neighborhood, with a particular focus on the diversity and culture of the Bronx as well as the needs of the community and the ways in which local organizations respond. Fordham students, faculty, and staff will then go out in small groups to visit our community partners to learn about their experiences and the work that they do in the neighborhood. Groups may participate in a small project at their agencies, such as cleaning, painting, community outreach, or spending time with children or elderly individuals in the community. Groups will return to Fordham for lunch and reflection on the day.

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