V.I.T.A. Volunteers Involved Through Action


VITA challenges students to make a difference in the world. The club's sole purpose is to help students reach out to members of the CSS community, greater Duluth and beyond, through volunteer experiences and opportunities to learn about social concerns.

Some of the club's functions are:
-To develop and empower faith-filled leaders
-Inspire and cultivate personal growth
-Maintain a student food shelf
-Provide opportunities for students to volunteer on a one-time or on-going basis
-Build and foster intentional communities
-Plan, coordinate and lead trips, both domestic and international, for indepth service learning
-Educate CSS students on social justice issues and Catholic Social Teaching

V.I.T.A Advisor: Jessica Ellingson (jellingson@css.edu or at x6604)

Contact V.I.T.A. at vita@css.edu

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Opportunities for Involvement:

V.I.T.A. Core Sites:

Would you like to volunteer on a regular basis, perhaps even once a week? If so, consider signing up for a VITA Core service site. Depending on your availability, you can volunteer as often as you are able. VITA works with various agencies in the Duluth community to provide opportunities for service for students. Volunteering at a VITA Core site gives you the opportunity to build stronger relationships with those whom you serve, be an asset to the community you are serving, and learn more about social justice.

The VITA Core sites are:
CSS Student Food Shelf
Loaves & Fishes, a Catholic Worker house

Contact VITA to get involved in a VITA Core site! Stop in the Campus Ministry Center (Tower 20) or email vita@css.edu. New volunteers are always welcome.

Short-term Opportunities:

  • Volunteer in Duluth Community on one time basis
  • Social Justice Education opportunities regularly including speakers, activities, videos, etc. Learn about social justice issues, Catholic Social Teaching, and more!

CSS Student Food Shelf:

  • The purpose of the CSS Student Food Shelf is to provide immediate food relief for low-income students.
  • The CSS Student Food Shelf also provides information about places in the Duluth area to receive health care, meals, food, clothing, etc.

Learn More about CSS Student Food Shelf

Community Service Orientation (CSO):

  • CSO is an August Adventures service-learning experience for incoming, first year students. 
  • CSO is an excellent introduction to the spirit of service and putting the Benedictine Values into action.
  • The Benedictine Value of Community teaches us that great good comes from helping others in need. CSO is the perfect opportunity for students to serve the local community, learn about various social issues, build community, develop new friends and also HAVE FUN! Participants move in about a week before classes start and spend time getting to know other freshmen, some upper class men and women and the CSS/Duluth community through service and social justice activities.
  • For more information and to register for the Community Service Orientation see:  http://www.css.edu/AugustAdventures
  • Want to be a student leader for CSO? Each year we need approximately 10-15 current CSS students to serve as student leaders for CSO. Applications are available each year in March. Email VITA for more information.

Post College Volunteer Programs:

Volunteering full-time for a year (or so) may be a great option for you to transition from life at St. Scholastica into your future. For students who may be interested in volunteering after graduation, we have compiled a list of programs you may want to consider.  Or stop by the Campus Ministry Center (Tower 20) and pick up a free 'Response" magazine that lists a wide variety of faith-based volunteer programs, including those in the United States and internationally.
Learn More about Post College Volunteer Programs

Contact Us

Campus Ministry Center
The College of St. Scholastica
Tower, Room 20
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811

(218) 723-5933