A Day of Learning is a Day of Service

Plunges are day long immersion experiences raising awareness of a social justice issue and making learning a form of service. Plungers visit places where social injustices are seen clearly and talk to people affected by them. Although participants may see injustice that can lead to hopelessness and apathy, they also are shown opportunities to live out one’s Christian faith through service and advocacy.

Public Health Plunge

March 30, 2019 : 9:30-5:30

Healthcare equity is a concern in Dayton area, especially with news on the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital in West Dayton. Closing a healthcare facility prevents people from accessing resources that can help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Opioid abuse is another healthcare issue that prevents people from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which is especially prevalent in the Dayton region. Through this plunge, we hope that people gain insight on the infrastructure that shapes the opioid epidemic and healthcare equity in Dayton. We will spend some time learning about these social justice issues , witnessing and understanding them through local agencies, and taking steps towards advocacy in healthcare systems.

Cost:  free

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Urban Farming Plunge

October 13, 2018 : 9:00am-4:00pm
Off Campus Location

This plunge will dive into the growing local food movement in Dayton. Participants will look at the benefits and challenges to growing local food through visits to a few urban farms, gardens, markets and discussions with the farmers themselves. Plungers will also get their hands dirty by helping out with needed tasks. Meals on this plunge will include the fruits of local labors. Discussion and reflection on food justice, distribution, and the environmental impact of growing and shipping food will provide plungers with a starting point to act toward a more just system and to re-evaluate their own food choices.

Cost:  $15

This trip is over-full. There is a long waiting list. Be sure to sign up early next year or contact Mission of Mary Farm at to volunteer there. 

Homelessness Plunge/Sleep-out

November 15, 2018 From evening through early morning
Off Campus Location

In partnership with Homefull, a local agency that works to provide services, solutions, and innovations for people experiencing hunger and homelessness.

On Thursday, November 15 participants will attend a film screening addressing the issues of poverty and homelessness at Homefull - 33 W. First St. #100 Dayton, OH 45402 at 7:00 pm.  A question and answer segment and debriefing session will be facilitated by Homefull CEO Tina Patterson immediately following.  Participants will then join Homefull in their Annual Sleep-Out at First Baptist Church on Monument Ave. in Downtown Dayton to raise awareness about homelessness in our community.

Cost:  free

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Immigration Plunge

December 1, 2018 : 9:00am-4:00pm
Off Campus Location

Even though Dayton is a very welcoming city for immigrants--in fact, the City has a Welcome Dayton program, office and staff--many immigrants here have a difficult time. All the details have not been worked out yet, but our hope is for participants on this plunge to meet members of the local community who are immigrants and refugees and those who work on their behalf. We hope to visit the Welcome Dayton office, Dayton Catholic Hispanic Ministry, and Catholic Social Services' Refugee Services. We will also spend some time learning about the very complicated immigration process, who gets priority to be documented and why. 

Cost:  $15

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Criminal Justice Plunge

February 23, 2019: 9:30am-4:30pm

“We are not yet free.  We have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed.  We have not taken the final step on our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road.  For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” –Nelson Mandela

Join us on the Criminal Justice Plunge as we go into a jail and talk to inmates, learn about recidivism, the need for education/tutoring, and explore places for ex-cons to go after they get out of prison and try to find work. 

Cost: $15

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Martin Luther King Social Justice Plunge

January 26, 2019: 9:30am-4:00pm
Location: VWK

The MLK Plunge is an opportunity to serve in our community, dialogue about race relations in Dayton and explore how to advance justice in the spirit of Dr. King. Participants will participate in service projects in the city, meaningful conversations and a lunch that will be provided. 

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Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
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