There are many ways to get involved at the Newman Center, including Service & Justice ministries and Liturgy & Music ministries. While looking through our site, if you find a ministry that calls to you, please don't hesitate to contact the staff liaison or group leader and ask how you can become involved in that ministry!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Be Part of the Mass
Liturgical Ministers are welcome to serve. If you're interested in learning more about these vital liturgical ministries, please contact Karen Broering.
Looking to Grow Your Faith?
Do you want to make next year different by being more involved in living out your faith and learning more? One great way to do this is by being involved in adult sacramental preparation. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Adult Confirmation processes provide wonderful opportunities to learn more about your faith and grow deeper in your spiritual life. By journeying alongside adults who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation, First Eucharist – you will not only help others but you will inevitably grow in your own faith. For more information, please contact Kelly Sollinger.
Making Safe Landings
Landings, a reconciliation ministry of the Paulist Fathers, is designed to enable small groups of active, trained lay Catholics to welcome and offer hospitality to returning Catholics. This ministry of the heart is a 6-week process of faith formation which reintroduces the returnee to the faith and provides a safe harbor, or landing place, to explore and enrich their faith and find their future within the Church. The Newman Center is looking for volunteers who would like to be part of the Landings team. Training is Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. For more information or questions, please contact Irene Varley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating a Safe Environment
At the Newman Center, “All Are Welcome”. As part of a welcoming environment, we strive to make your experience in the church as safe as possible. With that in mind, we’re looking for volunteers interested in becoming part of a new security ministry. Community members with law enforcement, military, or church ushering backgrounds, and those willing to undergo basic security church training, are welcome and encouraged to volunteer. Responsibilities include standing watch at entry doors prior to and during Masses; foot patrol of the parking lot; recognition and prevention of entry of known and potentially disruptive individuals; and response to security and disruptive incidents within or on the grounds of the building. Security Ministry volunteers will undergo initial orientation training and occasional continuing education sessions on topics such as situational awareness, de-escalating crisis situations, self-defense, etc. For more information, please contact Dan Kochensparger,
Food Collection for Buckeye Food Alliance
The Buckeye Food Alliance was established in 2014 by five roommates who became aware of food insecurity among OSU students who sometimes go without food in order to pay the costs of their education. The Alliance food pantry opened its doors in March 2016, after much research and work to establish a budding partnership with the university. In addition to food distribution efforts, the Alliance also seeks to raise awareness through social media campaigns, campus events and similar endeavors. The Newman Center is supporting BFA’s mission by a hosting a food collection this month. Starting Sunday, Sept. 12, consider donating granola bars/Clif bars, oatmeal or soup to this collection. Please place items in the collection cart located in the North Gathering Space.
Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 26.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Suzana Silva. For more information about the Buckeye Food Alliance, please visit www.buckeyefoodalliance.org.
Thank you for your generosity!
Not Sure How to Get Involved?
Are you new to the Newman Center or new to volunteering? Don't know which volunteer opportunity is right for you? Let us help!
Contact Suzana Silva or (614) 291-4674 x107.