Pedro Arrupe Volunteers
Put your faith into action by volunteering!
Who are we?
We are a student led community with the mission to accompany our local Bronx neighbors in prayer, service, solidarity, and reflection.
Our multifaith community welcomes you to join us as we enter into the struggle for justice with our neighbors through a variety of service opportunities.
Our ultimate goal is to build community, opening the door for greater connections and relationships between Fordham and our neighbors here in the Bronx, as well as among students at Fordham.
What do we do?
We work with churches and other organizations in our local Bronx community, assisting with various projects including:
- Soup kitchens
- Refugee Simulation
- Midnight Run meal preparation for people experiencing homelessness
- Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood Restoration
- Health and Resource Information fairs
- Camino del Bronx, an educational pilgrimage through the Bronx
The level of commitment ranges from participating in one project to joining the Pedro Arrupe Leadership Council and organizing our projects.
We value the relationships we have made with our local community. If you commit to volunteering on a particular day, we trust that you’ll be there. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will no longer be able to attend a project.
How do we build community?
We build a community with fellow project volunteers and our neighbors in the Bronx by immersing ourselves in service opportunities, prayer, reflection, and community gatherings.
We challenge volunteers to lean into discomfort--we encourage open minds in order to best feed their souls!
Why do we pray?
We pray in our own traditions of faith, to be in solidarity with those that we hope to meet, to share a meaningful experience with, to acknowledge their human dignity.
We ask that you take a moment to remove yourself from the task at hand and recognize the shared humanity in our work.
We encourage that you reflect on your experiences allowing intentional thought as you are present in service.
We are people of many different faiths, in service with others.
Who is Pedro Arrupe?
"To be just, is not enough to refrain from injustice. One must go further and refuse to play its game, substituting love for self interest as the driving force of society." - Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
Pedro Arrupe, S.J., served as Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983. He is remembered for his commitment to social justice and serving the needs of the poor. Our community emulates Fr. Arrupe's example of love for "the least of our neighbors" and his call to "proclaim the Gospel" that demands of us "a commitment to promote justice and enter into solidarity with the voiceless and the powerless."