Citizen Katie

Citizen Katie Day is a volunteer blitz with students, alumnae/i, faculty and staff working on community-led efforts to learn more about Twin Cities social justice issues and together make a positive impact.

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    Saturday, October 13

    At its core, St. Kate’s values community involvement and living out the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching. We look to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who founded our University with the ideals of educating women and caring for the dear neighbor.

    • 8 a.m. breakfast and check-in
    • 8:30 a.m. program
    • 9 a.m.–12 p.m. volunteer

    Volunteers gather in Rauenhorst Ballroom for breakfast before working on projects on campus and at nearby locations. Parking on campus is free and transportation provided to most of the community sites. Volunteers may also meet their groups at their chosen site.

    A Citizen Katie t-shirt is provided for each volunteer. Those who have participated in Citizen Katie in the past and already have a t-shirt are asked to wear the shirt received previously.


  • Volunteer Options

    Nonprofit Community Partners

    About the organization

    The mission of Carondelet Village is to enrich the lives of older adults through a faith-based setting that respects diversity of faith and culture and honors the dignity of all. Carondelet Village is a place where senior residents and nonresidents can find and celebrate the joy of community. In partnership with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a natural community was created to build a bridge between Katie’s and senior residents.

    Volunteer activity

    Volunteers will spend the morning interacting with Carondelet Village senior residents. Three volunteers will spend time in the Assisted Living area, play Bingo, and talk with the residents. Seven volunteers will go to the Care Center to play Bingo with residents and participate in coloring and painting.

    About the organization

    Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas/limitations for females.

    Volunteer activity

    Volunteers will work on putting together hygiene kits that are shipped internationally to communities where girls’ education would be negatively impacted with onset of menstruation without this support.

    About the organization

    Dress for Success Twin Cities empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They offer high touch, high impact career and workplace skills development programs for low income women to help them achieve career advancement, career stability and economic sustainability.

    Volunteer activity

    Volunteers will process incoming clothing donations and help decide what items are appropriate to keep for the boutique. They will also hang, organize and place donations on the boutique floor to help ensure donations look great and are easy to access.

    About the organization

    St. Kate’s Empty Bowls Project makes bowls to raise funds for Open Arms of MN, a nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers free nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness as well as their caregivers and dependents in the Twin Cities.

    Volunteer activity

    Katies will participate in a bowl making workshop. Beyond making bowls, the workshop will include information about the history of Empty Bowls, empty bowls projects across the country and other ways art and social practice are being realized in the US.

    About the organization

    Twin Cities Habitat is a nonprofit committed to building the quality of life, health, and prosperity of the 7-county metro region through the production and preservation of homeownership. They believe strongly that homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.

    Volunteer activity

    Katies will participate in the building process for Habitat for Humanity. This may include cleaning up a home after a build, putting finishing touches on a home, laying lawn, yard maintenance, etc.

    About the organization

    Keystone Community Services aims to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life. It provides community-based services to young people, families, and seniors; those needing food services or crisis support.

    Volunteer activity

    At the Express Bike location the group will work on the weeding and planting project, which involves making a bee-friendly garden in the front of the store. (Max. 12 volunteers)

    About the organization

    Structural barriers stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century. In Minneapolis, these restrictions served as powerful obstacles for people of color seeking safe and affordable housing. Mapping Prejudice sheds new light on these historic practices by using digital tools to illuminate structural racism and transform our understanding of the past.

    Volunteer activity

    Mapping Prejudice Project uses a digital platform that allows community members to contribute to research. Katie’s will scan deeds and enter data. The information enter will be exported into the database and used to finish the map of racial restrictions.

    About the organization

    Sarah's welcomes women who have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination, and trauma. Over the last two decades, over 650 women from 70 nations have lived there. Their hope is that women who live there will perpetuate peace as contributing members in their new communities with newly developed skills, revitalized confidence, determination, and courage.

    Volunteer activity

    Katies will work on preparing Sarah’s beautiful outdoor space for fall and winter. This includes laying gardens to bed, weeding, leaf raking, and general yard clean-up.

    About the organization

    St. Joseph’s Home is a part of Catholic Charities, whose mission is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community. St. Joseph’s Home works with children and their families to provide a good start in life through a nurturing environment, comfort in crisis, and mental health counseling for bright, strong futures.

    Volunteer activity

    Volunteers will work to prepare St. Joseph’s home for the winter. The main focus of the morning will be to lay the gardens to bed and other general yard work.

    About the organization

    As part of the organization and collaboration, a community garden on the St. Catherine University St. Paul campus provides an opportunity to lead, influence and tackle both food insecurity and food systems education.

    Volunteer activity

    Katies will work in many facets of the garden and food shelf. A small group will work on stocking, organizing, overhauling, and creating signage for the food shelf. An additional small group will work in the garden including weeding, cleaning, and harvesting.


  • Questions?

    Students, faculty or staff: please contact Community, Work and Learning at 651-690-6922.

    Alumnae/i: please contact Alumnae/i Relations at 651-690-6666.


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    Participate in Your Hometown

    Each fall, alumnae/i chapters plan gatherings to support Citizen Katie in their own communities. See our Alumnae Chapter Events page for details. For help in planning a service project for Katies in your hometown, contact Kelly Povo '09, chapter manager, at 651-690-6063 or kapovo@stkate.edu.