Urban Plunge is a three – day 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.
Fordham Volunteer Day/Community Advocacy 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.