Community Service Learning Program Off to a Great Start
The St. Raymond Mothers’ Club, in partnership with the faculty, continues to make community service a top priority this year. The goal of our Community Service Learning Program is to immerse our students and parents in the relationship between our faith as Catholics and our interactions with our community.
On September 29th, the Service Learning Committee, led by Chris McCanna, Laurie Halligan and Laura Smith, organized a St. Raymond Day of Service. Parents and children volunteered at the Sacred Heart Community Center in San Jose. Our volunteers had firsthand experience helping families in need. They sorted produce donations, prepared bags of food for families, assisted families in collection of their food, organized clothing and assisted families as they selected clothing. Thank you to our incredible student and parent volunteers!
The Sacred Heart Community Center’s work emphasizes engaging and strengthening the community and developing solutions to poverty. Sacred Heart strives to provide basic human rights such as food, clothing, and housing assistance. They also work towards self-sufficiency by helping those in need with employment assistance, family mentoring, and adult and youth education programs. They were grateful to have the St. Raymond volunteers.
The Service Learning Program has several Christmas classroom service projects coming up, and the Service Learning Committee will facilitate our 3rd annual “Adopt A Family” program this holiday season. It will be wonderful to witness how these programs will continue to inspire our children and families to serve, and make a difference for those in our community who are less fortunate.