Community Service & Social Justice
Community Service Announcements
- Operation Care's Christmas Party for the homeless will be held on Saturday, December 21, but the organization is in need of help in the weeks leading up to the event. Volunteers are needed to help sort donations that have been made from 6-10 p.m. on December 10-12 and 17-19 as well as from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 14. Additionally, assistance will be needed in setting up and decorating nearly 100 Christmas trees on December 21 for the party. Please visit the Operation Care web site and click on the volunteer drop-down menu to sign up.
- In March 2013, a new individual service credits form was created as a replacement to the previous form. The objective of the new form is to help us ensure that students are pursing mainly direct (versus indirect) service that he been both preapproved and reflected upon. The new form will be available on Moodle and our website.
Community Service News
Carry the Load: Dallas Memorial March
Carry the Load is in need of volunteers for the Dallas Memorial March taking place May 26-27 at Riverchon Park. If any Jesuit students or faculty are interested in volunteering, please sign up using the appropriate link below. Once you register as a volunteer online, the volunteer coordinator will contact you regarding what time you are available and what role you will play.
- To register yourself and/or start a team for the 2013 Dallas event, click here.
- To volunteer for the event, click here.
- To donate to Carry The Load, click here.
Summer Mission Trip to El Salvador
The Jesuit Alumni Association is sponsoring a mission trip to El Salvador, July 26-31. The trip is available to all Jesuit alumni, parents, family members, current students and friends, and will include visits to the sacred sites in and around the capital city of San Salvador, as well as a service project and visits to indigenous communities. Our delegation will be hosted by CEIBA, a non-governmental charitable organization based in El Salvador, and we will stay with Salvadoran families. Several delegations from Jesuit Dallas have visited El Salvador over the past couple of years, including a group of Jesuit students last summer. These trips have been life-changing experiences and have served to continue to build a bridge between our Jesuit Dallas community and the people of El Salvador.
Trip costs are estimated between $550-$600 per person for all in-country costs, including airport transfers, and in-country travel, lodging and food. Airfare will be extra. To sign up or for additional information, please contact Rich Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pre-Qualify Summer Service Hours
Summer vacation is a great time for students to serve the community and begin working toward the coming year’s service credit requirements. Please encourage your son to prequalify summer opportunities for credit with Mr. Mattacchione (email@example.com) before proceeding.
Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas iCan Shine Bike Camp: Coaches/Buddies Needed. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. The camp is at UTD August 12-16 (must volunteer each day for the duration of the program for consistency) with a mandatory volunteer training on Sunday, August 11 at UTD. Please contact Neely Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer registration. Please copy Mr. Perry at email@example.com in order to be on the Jesuit volunteer list.
H.E.R.O.E.S. Helping Everyone Reach Outstanding Educational Success: Volunteer Leaders Needed. All grade levels welcome to volunteer. The camp is held at Richardson First United Methodist Church weekdays from June 24 through the end of July. Please contact Josh Schilling at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer registration. Please copy Mr. Perry at email@example.com in order to be on the Jesuit volunteer list.
Additional Recommendations for Summer Service:
Catholic Charities of Dallas
AIDS Services of Dallas
Minnie’s Food Pantry
St. Joseph’s Residence
Aberg Center for Literacy
Senior Service Centers throughout the Dallas area
Meals on Wheels
Nicaragua Program: Niquinohomo Elementary School
The Jesuit Dallas Community Service & Social Justice department will travel to Nicaragua June 1-8, building bathrooms and drainage, beautifying the grounds, painting the buildings and repairing the fence at Escuela Maria Auxiliadora Niquinohomo Elementary School. The cost for the repairs is significant, and the team making the trip appreciates any financial assistance that can be provided. If you would like additional information, please visit the Escuela Maria... page.
West, TX Disaster Relief Fund
Seniors from the Leadership Corps are facilitating a collection drive to assist West ISD and the surrounding community recovering from last week’s fertilizer plant explosion. Piggy banks have been distributed to the homerooms, while collection jars will be circulated during lunch periods. In addition, donations are being accepted in the form of cash, checks (made out to “Victims of West Explosion”), or wire transfers. Jesuit will be sending its collection efforts at the end of the week. Please contact Anthony Mattacchione at 972-387-8700 x360 for additional information.
New Service Forms
In March, a new individual service credits form will replace the current form. The objective of the new form is to help us ensure that students are pursing mainly direct (versus indirect) service that he been both preapproved and reflected upon. The new form will be available on Moodle and our website.