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Contrary to what the name implies, Midnight Run has nothing to do with running or midnight! Midnight Run considers itself to be a movement of compassion towards the community on the margins of society. It began as a student response to a growing community need in 1988. Midnight Run focuses on serving the particular needs of the hungry and homeless people living in the Marquette neighborhood and beyond. This program is organized by a coordinating team of Marquette students under the supervision of Campus Ministry. Volunteers serve in area meal programs, pantries and shelters. Service in Midnight Run is meant to challenge students to integrate their experiences with their faith. Volunteers serve at the same service site on a weekly basis throughout the semester. Midnight Run's philosophy is rooted in the Gospel, with Matthew 25 serving as its hallmark, “What so ever you do for the least of these, you do for me.” Midnight Run is based on the fundamental belief in the dignity and worth of all persons and strives to cultivate a sense of responsibility for caring for all members of our community. No running required – Just walk with your neighbor!
The Midnight Run roundtable sign ups are now open. Come chat with the Midnight Run Co-Coordinators and sign up in person from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 in West Town Square (greenspace where McCormick used to be). Sign up for Midnight Run roundtable, a program adjusted from regularly scheduled Midnight Run volunteer sites due to COVID-19.
Dear Marquette Students,
We have had time to reimagine what Midnight Run will look like with new, socially distant public health standards, and we’re actually really excited with what we’ve come up with!
After speaking with site organizers, we collectively decided that for the Fall 2020 semester it will be safest to not have volunteer groups serve in-person at sites. Many of our sites are not accepting volunteers or are open at a very limited capacity and cannot accept large groups. But, some of our sites would still benefit from 1-2 volunteers, so we have opportunities for site coordinators to still do in-person service (more on that later).
So, what will Midnight Run look like this semester if we aren’t going out and serving in person?
This semester, Midnight Run will shift from active service to mindful learning. In the face of a public health crisis, a massive movement for racial justice, and a growing need to educate ourselves, there is a lot to talk about. We all feel this, whether it's from watching the news or reading an infographic on an Instagram story. What do we do with all this new information? How do we process this? How will we decide what to change in our personal lives going forward, knowing what we have learned?
Midnight Run will seek to address these questions this semester with weekly small group reflection, or Midnight Run’s Round Table. Each week, site coordinators will facilitate conversation on various topics grounded in anti-racist, social justice work. Instead of going out and serving each week with our volunteer group, we will be staying in and helping each other grapple with these tough topics. This is a semester to strengthen our beliefs, clearly see how to live out our mission, and foster future agents of social change.
Midnight Run’s Round Table discussion groups will be a safe, friendly place to unpack the complicated issues we’re all trying to get educated on. The weekly meeting will be a place to relax, decompress, and learn from each other. We may not be able to serve in-person, but we can use this opportunity to slow down and better ourselves for when we can in the future.
We hope you are as excited about this as we are! Can’t wait to see you all soon!
Peace & Good,
Claire Torrance, Mary Grace Riley, Joey O'Connor, & Brooke Huerter
For information, contact:
Mary Sue Callan-Farley