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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.

Plunges are offered at no cost to the participants. If you do register for a plunge, please honor your commitment or let us know well in advance if you need to cancel so we can offer the spot to another participant. Thank You!

Urban Farming Plunge

Date: September 24 - 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Mission of Mary Cooperative

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. 

Register here!

Immigration Plunge

Date: TBD
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. 

Martin Luther King Social Justice Plunge

Date: TBD

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. 

Criminal Justice Plunge

Date: TBD

“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. 

Public Health Plunge

Date: TBD

According to recent statistics, drug overdose is a leading cause of injury death in the
United States. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose causes more deaths
than motor vehicle accidents.
This year’s Public Health Plunge will journey in-depth and take a close look at the drug
and overdose crisis here in Dayton, Ohio. Participants will have the opportunity to hear
stories from first-responders, medical caretakers, survivors, and others who are
involved in opioid addiction and overdoses. Also, there will be an opportunity to
participate in Narcan Training, a bystander intervention method to aid those who have
been affected by an overdose.

Rural Plunge

“Faith, Family & Farming”
Date: TBD

The Rural Plunge is an immersion experience north of Dayton in "God's country" that can help you learn about the local, rural community. The plunge will offer you a unique opportunity to enrich your faith while learning where your food comes from and how it is produced. The plunge is meant to expose participants to the issues faced by rural communities, to encourage social analyses, to apply Catholic Social Teaching, to foster new relationships, and to celebrate rural identity.


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

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