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Campus Ministry Upcoming Events!

Faith Sharing Groups

For Parents:  join an informal ecumenical spiritual community where we will pray, read from scripture, and discuss with one another how the Word of God can help us walk our spiritual journey during this difficult time. We will be hosting our second parent FSG on March 24 at 7:00pm. If you want to join us lookout for the link. If you cannot join us this time, no worries! We will be hosting FSG’s biweekly so come when you can! 

 

Saint of the Month

The story of Saint Valentine 

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Not exactly the cupid we know today but... 

The story tells that St. Valentine was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by Emperor Claudius in Rome. Both acts were considered serious crimes. A relationship between the saint and emperor began to grow, until Valentine attempted to convince Claudius of Christianity. Claudius became raged and sentenced Valentine to death, commanding him to renounce his faith or be beaten with clubs and beheaded.

Other depictions of St. Valentine's arrests tell that he secretly married couples so husbands wouldn't have to go to war. Another variation of the legend of St. Valentine says he refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, was imprisoned and while imprisoned he healed the jailer's blind daughter. On the day of his execution, he left the girl a note signed, "Your Valentine."

CURRENT SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

Catholic Charities Opportunities

At Catholic Charities- Remote Opportunities

  • Care Packages- need a remote activity to do with your students this Spring? Have students put together care packages for one of our shelters or food programs! Email me at claire.sanfilippo@cc-dc.org if you’d like more information on this
  • Sew Face Masks for Frontline Staff- students can sew face masks for our frontline staff and clients.
  • Dorothy Day Meal Drop Off- Students and their families can make a meal for our Dorothy Day Place shelter in Rockville

 At Catholic Charities- In Person Opportunities

  • Spanish Catholic Center Food Distribution- every other Wednesday our Spanish Catholic Center hosts a food distribution for the community in their Columbia Heights neighborhood.
    • What: Volunteers are needed to help bag and distribute food packages to the Columbia Heights community.
    • When: every other Wednesday
    • Time: 10am – 12:30pm
  • SHARE Food Distribution-  Volunteers will assist staff by distributing food packages and loading them into clients’ cars. Occurs on the 2nd or 3rd Friday and Saturday of the month
    • What: Volunteers are need to help bag and distribute food.
    • When: 2nd or 3rd Friday and Saturday of the month
    • Time: 10am – 4pm on Friday, 5:30 – 10:30am on Saturday
  • SHARE Food Bagging
    • What: Prepare the food packages for the distribution the following week.
    • When: 3rd or 4th Friday of the month
    • Time:7am – 10am

 

Greater Beulah Community Development Center, Inc.,

Greater Beulah Baptist Church in Capitol Heights: Volunteers needed to distribute free food boxes to the community. Saturdays in April from 9-1pm. Contact Tina Hayes at Tina.hayes@gbcdci.org.

Virtual Tutoring: Volunteers needed for grades K-5 to assist with activities in math and language in Google classroom setting. Sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm. Contract Tina Hayes at Tina.hayes@gbcdci.org.

Miscellaneous Opportunities

Our Place Waldorf Soup Kitchen: Volunteers desperately needed at 305 Smallwood Drive on Monday and Thursday evenings from 3-7pm and at 3235 Leonardtown Road on Friday and Sunday evenings from 3-7pm. Must sign up at http://www.ourplacewaldorf.com/volunteer/. Click on volunteer and scroll down to bottom of page for available dates.

M.E.R.C.Y House Ministry in Temple Hills: Volunteers needed on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9am-12noon to assist in the distribution of clothing and food. Register at least 3 days in advance at MercyHouseMinistry@yahoo.com.

SHABACH! Emergency Resource Center:  Volunteers needed for Grocery Giveaways on some Thursdays at various locations. Also need volunteers to help organize warehouse. Call Gwen Pope at 240 532-7003 or gpope@smionline.org for dates and times. Volunteers must be Covid-19 tested (Shabach can provide location for free Covid testing if necessary).

Fort Washington Food Pantry: volunteers needed every Saturday from 8-11 to pack and carry groceries to cars for clients, restocking food room, helping with setup/cleanup and directing traffic. Contact Jane Hudnall at 202-679-8898 (c) or janehudnall@gmail.com or FortWashingtonFoodPantry@gmail.com.

Elizabeth House, FISH of Laurel, 308 Gorman Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707: limited number of volunteers needed in the food pantry on Saturdays from 9:00am-12:30pm.  Volunteers must use this link to sign up.

Dreams for Kids DC: digital volunteer opportunities available every week. Please sign up via the website at dreamsforkidsdc.org

A Wider Circle in Silver Spring: Volunteers needed Monday-Saturday in shifts from 9-12 or 1-4; Sunday 1-4 to collect and distribute furniture and home goods and help organize the warehouse. Must call or email to schedule time. Contact Rachael Buck at 301-608-3504 or volunteer@awidercircle.org

Age-In-Place®Program, Seabury Resources for Aging: Volunteers needed for yard work and house cleaning for DC seniors, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm Tuesday-Friday. Must contact Grandon Purnell 202-635-9384 x105 or gpurnell@seaburyresources.org at least 3 days in advance.

Free Tutoring Center: Volunteers needed for virtual tutoring of elementary and middle school students from underprivileged backgrounds all over the US. Must complete application on website at https://www.freetutoringcenter.com/become-a-tutor. Contact Saskia Botha at saskia@freetutoringcenter.com for more information

GiGi's Playhouse, Annapolis: Volunteers needed for virtual opportunities such as our TeenTastic program (role model for individuals with Down Syndrome) and Yoga. Volunteers must complete the volunteer form at https://gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/volunteer/. On site volunteers needed to decorate, clean or help around the Playhouse. Contact Judy Co at 410-517-7474 or jco@gigisplayhouse.org.

Healthy Babies Project: volunteers needed to "do a supermarket day for clients". Contact Regine Elie or Jazmine Brazierat 202-396-2809 or relie@healthybabiesproject.org or jbrazier@healthybabiesproject.org for a list of items needed. Deliver to the office in NE DC so items can be packaged for distribution to mothers.

LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc.in LaPlata:  Volunteers needed for April 17th Food Distribution (stop and drop Covid careful) from 9am-1pm. Contact Tammy Gausman at 301-609-9900 x225 or tgausman@lifestylesofmd.org

Kidpower, Inc.: Volunteers needed for their Read Aloud and Math Learning Programs. For the Read Aloud program, volunteers receive a list of pre-approved books to choose from and record a video of themselves reading the book. After approval, video would be posted on Kidpower's YouTube for students. For Math Learning program, volunteers would record a teaching video from selected prepared lessons. For more information, contact Kiana Stacey at volunteer@kidpowerdc.org.

We have had students: 

Shovel snow, help elderly neighbors with their groceries, assist their grandparents, help their church with their social media and livestream. 

  • Create care packages and drop them off to essential workers and shelters 

  • Write letters to senior citizens and call local nursing homes to talk to residents

  • Work with Kits to Heart provides thoughtfully designed, curated cancer care kits

Joined Teens in Action and worked with Ms. Pezzuto (email Rosemary.Pezzuto@campfirepatuxent.org