Campus Ministry at Aquinas College

CAVA/SAC

CAVA: Community Action Volunteers of Aquinas

CAVA serves as a bridge between community organizations and the Aquinas community. It functions to get Aquinas students energized about volunteering, as well as to connect them to volunteer opportunities similar to their interests. College-wide events include Into the Streets and Heartside Pride Cleansweep.

Get involved with Into the Streets and Heartside Pride Cleansweep!

Into the Streets is a fun-filled week of volunteering in conjunction with local charitable organizations. It affords Aquinas students an opportunity to learn about, and affect change in, the larger Grand Rapids community as a whole.

Heartside Pride Cleansweep is an annual event where Aquinas College students come together to work with Heartside Area residents to work for a common goal.  For this event, typically on a Saturday morning, students raise money ahead of time, and then work with others to help clean up the Heartside Area.  Much of the work includes cleaning leaves, debris, and garbage from streets and parks of the Heartside neighborhood.

Current volunteer opportunities
Volunteer with these great organizations:

If you are interested in joining CAVA, please contact:

Eric Bridge, CAVA Advisor
bridgeri@aquinas.edu, (616) 632-2490


SAC: Social Action Committee

This student club at Aquinas College promotes social justice awareness rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Each year the club identifies social justice issues upon which to focus.  The club tries to collaborate with other student clubs as well as local, national and international social justice groups.  Some of the issues that have been highlighted include:  modern day slavery, peace, sweatshop labor, School of Americas/WHISC, Coca-Cola labor practices, hunger and homelessness, from cradle to tomb “seamless garment” issues, fair trade coffee.

Check out these other great social awareness organizations!


SAC secretary, Makayla Putnam meets with Peace Activist Fr. Peter Dougherty


SAC members pose after MLK March. 


September trip to the Kalamazoo Peace House to see speaker Rosalie Riegle.


SAC spends the weekend with the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago

If you are interested in joining SAC, please contact: 

Alex Karatkiewicz, SAC Coordinator
ekd003@aquinas.edu, (616) 632-2486