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Duchesne Events of the Week

All Duchesne Center activities, events, lectures and meetings are posted on the "E-Newsletter" that is sent out to all students/staff and faculty twice per week.

The Duchesne Center also places all its activities on the College's Master Calendar.

Lastly, we welcome all students and faculty to stop by the Duchesne Center, located in Founder's Gallery Room 20, along with the Office of International Student Services and the MAP/Center for Academic Success. We have weekly events sheets in the Office as well.

Fall 2014    COMMUNITY SERVICE Weekly Events:   revised 26 Aug. 2014


Boys and Girls Club: Tutoring and recreational activities with children & teens. Depart Spellman at 4:15- 6:15PM.

Elm  Street  Kids.  Volunteers will  travel  to  the Elm  Street Youth  in Mount Vernon,  Volunteers  will come  up with  educational and  recreational  programming for  the  kids   depart Spellman 5pm-7:15pm

All Souls Soup Kitchen: Volunteers travel to a large soup kitchen in New York City to help prepare and serve food for over 300 homeless individuals. Depart from Spellman Hall, 5:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Touch of Theatre (Westchester Arc): Fine Arts/Theatre/Dance activities      On Campus 3:30-5pm  Student Center Music Room  

 Boys to Men: Volunteers serve as mentors for a group of young male teenagers that come from a shelter. Meet at Student Center Lobby, 5 p.m. -7 p.m.

Creative Expression Through Art: Volunteers aid in teaching various forms of art history and creating different art projects. Meet at Brownson Hall 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ladies Room: Volunteers serve as mentors for a group of young female teenagers from a shelter. Meet at Dammann Pitt, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Speak: Volunteers work with teenagers to express their feelings through performance. Meet at East Room, 5 p.m. -7 p.m.

Midnight Run: Volunteers are given the chance to prepare food and supplies for the homeless and taking a trip into the city to hand out these supplies. Meet at Duchesne Center, Founder’s Gallery, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.


Holy Rosary Church Project: Volunteers take part in three programs at Holy Rosary Church, helping out with the food pantry, open closet clothing store, and the morning soup kitchen. Depart from Spellman Hall, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m

Dream-Catchers:  College students engage young adults with special needs in a College experience.  Dammann Pitt, 11:30am- 1:30 noon

Craft for a Cause: Creating art & craft goods for programs in need.  12pm-1:00pmin the Founders Gallery

Lord's Pantry: Volunteers prepare and deliver groceries and dinners for those with HIV/AIDS in Westchester. 1:30-3:30PM. 

Open Arms: Tutoring for students in Stanford, CT. Depart Spellman at 4:15-6pm

Big Brother, Big Sister: A program where volunteers are paired up with a child mentee known as a “little brother” or “little sister.” Mentors come up with learning activities to share with the little sibling and also help out with homework. Depart from Spellman Hall, 2.30-5p.m.

Art of Dancing: Volunteers travel to the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester to teach children and teenagers different forms of dancing. Depart from Spellman Hall, 4:15 p.m. -6:15 p.m.

Mentoring Kids: Volunteers help the WestHab Family Shelters by providing academic and enrichment programs and fostering mentoring relationships between the WestHab children and student mentors. Volunteers will work with young children to provide opportunities to create and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Meet at East room, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Teenage Enrichment: Volunteers work with teens from the WestHab Family Shelters. This program promotes positive thinking and healthy living for teenagers and focuses on fostering mentoring relationships between teens and student mentors. Meet at Dammann Pitt, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Greenburg Nature Center: Assisting with animal husbandry. Depart Spellman at 3pm-5pm

Touch of Dance (Westchester Arc): Fine Arts/Theatre/Dance activities  On Campus 3.30-5PM  Student Center Dance Studio.

Food Bank: (3rd Thursday) Prepapring care packages for the needy. Spellman at 3:30-6PM.

Art of Dancing:  Volunteers travel to the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester to teach children and teenagers different forms of dancing. Depart from Spellman Hall, 4:15 p.m. -6:15 p.m.

Children's Hope: Fellowship with students living with or affect by HIV/AIDS. 5-7.30PM. Depart from Spellman.

On-Campus Semantico: Volunteers teach English to the Spanish community at Manhattanville.     Meet at Faculty Dining Room, 9 p.m. -11 p.m. (Suspended)


We Remember Soldiers Campaign: Students will engage in letter writing to sveteran soliders and those on active duty.    1:30-2:30PM   Duchesne Center 

Friendly Connections: Volunteers are engaged in intergenerational programming and social bonding with senior citizens. Volunteers travel to senior citizen residences to engage in games, activities, and cultural projects. Depart from Spellman Hall, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. On the first and third Fridays of every month 


Food Bank: Preparing care packages for the meedy. 8:30am-1PM.

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers help build houses for families in need. Depart from Spellman Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month

Sprout Creek Farm: Sprout Creek Farm is a 200-acre working farm in Dutchess County, NY that provides an integrated context for educational and spiritual development programs for young people and adults. At the farm, volunteers are given the chance to aid in farm work and social responsibility. Depart from Spellman Hall, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month

 Publicolor: Volunteers will participate in painting schools, shelters, and churches in the area. Departs from Spellman Hall, 9 a.m.- 3 am. On the second Saturday of every month

CAST Kids: Children’s Academy for Student Theater is a program focusing on the arts and drama where student volunteers facilitate theater exercises with children from the Port Chester Carver Center. Ex Theatre, Founder’s Hall, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Harrison Library:Assisting in computer, literacy and language skills, and Depart Spellman at 12:30-2pm

Saving Our Siblings:  Volunteers participate in various activities with the children from the Don Bosco Community Center. The program aims to provide a pathway for today’s youth to work together instead of fighting with each other. Depart from Spellman Hall, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Helping Hands College PrepThe CSTEP and LASO students connect with the middle and high school students from Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. Students will host various workshops dealing with college life and teach tutoring sessions. Student Center Computer Lab Second Floor at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The first six weeks of the semester.

Daniels Music FoundationVolunteers participate in teaching disabled children to play musical instruments. Depart from Spellman Hall, 1– 4 p.m.


Humane Society: The Humane Society gives volunteers the opportunity to care for abandoned and rescued animals at the West Shore Animal Shelter in Harrison or the New Rochelle Humane Society Departs from Spellman Hall, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Children’s Hospital: Volunteers will visit local children’s hospitals and work with children that are ill. Depart Spellman Hall, 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of every month.

United We StandStudents lead different workshops with veterans. Depart from Spellman Hall, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Open program for daily volunteering:      Students contract with organization for scheduling.

AMERICA Mentors               Reading Buddies                      Caring Circle          Den for Grieving Kids    Teens in Transition   Guarding Angel GED PREP                  Backyards Sports                

Inspirica-   Meal Program, Women’s, AIDS and Mental Health Shelters

Get Ready Program                             Greenburg High School-Special Education

Corpus Christi Youth Center           Don Bosco Community Center                Miracle League Wheel Chair Games

Richmond Community Center       See What I Say   Song-Catchers Music Program

RJ Bailey Tutoring             Stamford Mentoring Program        YWCA White Plains

Guiding Eyes- seeing eye dog training program        Girl Scouts of Westchester   

Light House- visually impaired outreach


New York Cares  Days

Carnival Days:  YWCA White Plains, Church Street School, White Plains            

Sun-Shine Kids Special Olympic Day: various sites                                        

Family Day: Yonkers Library    


Diabetes Walk: Briarcliff                                                              

Breast Cancer Walk                                                                                     

Sun Shine Kids                                                                                         

United Way of Westchester                                                                          

Westchester County Parks                                                                                

New York City Hall & Parks Recreation                                                             

All Hands Sandy Relief Project                                                           

Heart Walk                                                                                               

Miracle Walk                                                                       

Westchester Silent Gala Auction                                                           

World AIDS Day Lecture                                                                  

RSVP Senior Citizen Day                                                                      

Hunger Banquet                                                                                            

We Remember

Letter Writing Campaign                                                                                     

St. Jude’s Up-Till Dawn Fundraiser                                                              

Worker Appreciation Day:    honoring the (cafeteria and cleaning staffs)

Duchesne Mini-Camps:  overnight sleeping camp with children from a homeless shelter                                                                               

Halloween at the Caste                                                

Holly Jolly Christmas Celebration:    working with   the children from the shelter

Leadership Conference:

Hatton W Summers Leadership Conference UT/Austin

Summer Camps: (Counselors needed-paid!)

Westchester Arc Summer Adventures Camp 6 weeks on campus

Duchesne House Weekend Summer Camp

CAMP VIVA AIDS/HIV Camp       off campus

Telem CAMP    off campus

Semester Projects:

Cast Fundraiser Every semester a special play is performed by Manhattanville students. The proceeds raised by the play's admission fee go to support the Children's Academy of Student Theater (CAST) and to take these children to see a play on Broadway in NYC.

Mentors are needed in the following programs:  Ongoing  programs students  pick the day!


Work with elementary school students to help them improve their literacy skills once a week for 1 hour during the school day in a public school.  You will meet with the same students every week to develop trust and create a “safe” environment in which to learn. The SMART program runs in elementary schools in Yonkers and Mount Vernon.

Reading Buddies After School

Help elementary school students with their homework assignments, which will include math and history as well as literacy, once a week for 1 hour from approximately 3pm-4pm in a public school. You will meet with the same students every week to develop trust and create a “safe environment in which to learn.  The Reading Buddies After School program runs in elementary schools in Yonkers and White Plains.

Introduction to America

Bilingual volunteers needed to mentor High School students who are recent immigrants to the US.  In addition to working to improve their English comprehension and communication skills, mentors will answer cultural and social questions. A commitment of 90 minutes once a week during the school day is required.  Introduction to America runs at Yonkers Middle/High School.

Heart-song is nationally recognized for its program that utilizes the powerful tools of music therapy and art therapy enabling children with special needs to express themselves, regardless of their verbal and motoric skills and capabilities.


•           Thanksgiving Drive – We are looking for volunteers in the area to run food drives at their school & place of work to contribute to our meal boxes that will be distributed to our clients and neighbors in the South end of Stamford. A food list will be available early September.

•           Holiday Gift Collection-  One of the largest regional programs to gather, organize, and deliver approximately 5,000 personalized, wrapped gifts to 2,500 children in Fairfield County affected by homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and/or poverty. We need volunteers to help host gift collection boxes, assist with wrapping parties and spread the word of this huge event! It would be fantastic if students could get Manhattanville clubs and organizations involved in this effort.

White Plains High School Tutoring:

A paid tutoring position at White Plains High School during the academic year. College students tutor in various subjects, particularly English as a Second Language. Please note: No transportation is provided-must have own transportation.

Service Leanring Trip:

New Orleans, LA:  Duchesne House (St. bernard Project) and City of Hope Christian Center.

Camden, NJ:  Romero Center Volunteers

International: To be announced.



United Nations Prorams: If interested in attending UN Briefing on Thursdays- Monday is deadline for daily ground pass..


Free Speech Alley: Explore, Define an Issue of importance, and Express Your Ideas in Friendly Debate. 5:30-6:30PM Spellman Lounge.


United Nations Trip: Students interested in visiting and participating in UN events need to contact Wil Tyrrell on the Tuesday before for ID purposes to enter the UN on Thursdays. Leave M'ville at 8am and return by 1:30PM.


Catholic Student Association- (CSA) meets every Sunday at 5:30PM             Catholic Mass: every Sunday at 6PM in the O'Byrne Chapel.                               All are Welcome.

Jewish Student Association- (JSA) meets every Wednesday at 2:30 PM in the Dammann Pit.                                                              All are Welcome!

Muslim Student Association- (MSA) meets every Thursday at 8PM in the Founder's Mosque (Rm 235).                                                                                 Jummah Prayer: Friday's at 1:20 PM Founder's Mosque- Rm 235.                 All are Welcome!

Christian Fellowship- (CF)  meets every Wednesday at 8PM and Sunday at 6PM in the Students' Center Music Room.                         All are Welcome!

 Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays:        Spellman Sacred Spcae 9am.

Wednesdays:    Zen Meditation at Empty Hand Zendo/New Rochelle. Leave Spellman at 6.30PM.

Thursdays:        Spellman Sacred Space from 3-4PM.

YOGA:      Spellman Sacred Space with Hatha Instructor Julie Broglin.

Mondays:   1PM

Tuesday:    6:30PM

Wednesdays:  5:30-6:30PM and 7-8PM.


-The Duchesne Center Staff and our Partners!