Serve the Poor

The Didde center has a variety of opportunities available to students
to help serve the poor and needy of our community.

  • Spring Break Alternative Trip- Every year a group of students from Didde take a trip known as “Spring Break Alternative.”  This is an opportunity for students to go serve and give back to the community during their week vacation from school.  In the past, students have worked with the “Habitat for Humanity” program and traveled to Corpus Christi, TX, Dade City, FL, and Mobile, Alabama. If interested in attending SBA, listen to the announcements at Mass/check the Bulletin for more information. Planning for this event usually begins toward the end of the Fall semester.

  • Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen- On the 2nd Monday of each month, the Center works at the Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen.  This is a great opportunity to serve others who are less fortunate. Volunteers are always needed to help serve the meal.  The Food Kitchen is located at the Heritage Center at 1028 Whittier. Interested volunteers are asked to sign-up in the gathering space at the DCCC.

  • Sleep in a Box- This is an annual event to help raise money for the Emporia Rescue Mission. Students spend the weekend on the front lawn of the Didde Center in cardboard boxes and try to raise as much money as they can from people who pass by on Merchant Street. Meal are donated and there is a program from some of the homeless who are at the Rescue Mission. All proceeds go to the Rescue Mission.

  • Jesse Tree- During Advent, we set up a Jesse tree in the Gathering Space for donations of Christmas gifts for the residents of the Flinthills Care Center. Participants take a symbol from the tree and bring the wrapped gift back to the center.

  • Food Drive/Adopt-a-Family- The Didde Catholic Campus Center is committed to giving back to our community. Each winter, we conduct a food drive for area organizations to help feed the hungry of Emporia. We help share our wealth by reaching out to financially assist families by adopting them during the Advent days of sacrifice and change. If we want peace and equality, we must work for justice.

*Clip art by Aleksandra Wolska found through