About StreetFest

StreetFest is a one-time service-learning opportunity that occurs during our first-year student orientation program called Quest. During StreetFest, we partner with over 60 community organizations to join them in their work in the city of Grand Rapids. This year, StreetFest will be on Friday, September 1, 2017.

StreetFest 2017 | Love Justly: Commit to Place

We chose this theme because it invites participants to think about what it really means to love a place in a way that is just. Often when we think about love, we think of it as a sentiment, but love is more than that. To love is to be concerned for and unselfishly pursue the flourishing of another. Love includes actions done in the pursuit of justice and shalom. So, how do we do this? One way is through joining with others to commit to place. Place consists of the people and environment of a city or neighborhood.

During StreetFest, participants will interact with community members and organizations in Grand Rapids who are deeply committed to their place. Students are invited to take the opportunity to listen and to learn from these organizations, and begin to imagine ways to commit to their place at Calvin in Grand Rapids, and beyond. We hope that students will take action and serve in ways that will promote justice; we hope that students will learn to Love Justly.

Visit the StreetFest history page to read about other themes

Basic StreetFest schedule

  • Check-in
  • 8:15 a.m.
  • Opening chapel (watch live)
  • 9 a.m.
  • Introduction to Grand Rapids
  • 10 a.m.
  • Transportation to work site
  • 11 a.m.
  • Arrive at work site
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch and agency orientation
  • 11:35 a.m.
  • Serve and learn together
  • 12 p.m.
  • Time of reflection
  • 3 p.m.
  • Return to Calvin
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Arrive at Calvin
  • 4 p.m.