Service Opportunities

Examples of some of the places we served in 2016-17 are listed below. Opportunities for service are promoted here, on NDCL Live (Morning Announcements), and in theology classes. Students make their own arrangements; permission forms are necessary when participating in school-sponsored events*

new - ALL Earn one hour of service as you raise money for this excellent cause and courageous young father:  On October 4, 2017, at age 33, Adam was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer.  Adam is a loving husband and father to two young boys.  He works with Mr. Stefanek, Bayley's dad, and has for the past five years.  He is a tremendous asset there  an emerging leader who serves his clients with sincerity and compassion.  His courage, character and humility is inspiring many.  Adam is in a battle for his life, so come "walk" beside him as he fights this horrific disease and make a donation to Adam and his family.  100 percent of the donations and proceeds from this event will go to the Deal family to cover medical bills and expenses. TO REGISTER FOR THE DECEMBER 9th WALK:  www.Deal-Strong.eventbrite.com. TO MAKE A DONATION please go to www.youcaring.com/DealStrong. All of the proceeds will go directly to Adam and his family to help with his fight with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer.

FR/SO[ALL-Above & Beyond] Volunteers are needed for the Christmas at Century Village (Burton) Saturday 11.25 and Sunday 11.26, 11am-4pm.  There are a variety of ways to be involved, from singing Christmas carols, to hosting visitors, to guiding groups, to reading children Christmas stories and making paper snowflakes, to serving refreshments. Call Judi @ 440-897-1818 or email her at judi.l.maloney@gmail.com. Service Hours awarded for training session also. Required training will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 10 o'clock at Century Village Museum.

FR/SO[JR/SR Above & Beyond] Chagrin Falls Park Community Center hosts the Young Scholars Program every week, Monday through Thursday,, in which they have students from 1st to 5th grade come to the center and receive one-on-one academic support from 4pm to 5pm. In order to provide this crucial resource, they rely on volunteers to participate and form lasting relationships with the students. Tutors develop leadership and communication skills, all while helping bright young students thrive in and out of their classrooms. If you would like to work with the Young Scholars program, please call Chagrin Falls Park Community Center at 440-247-6030.

FR/SO On Friday, December 1, NDES is hosting a Polar Express Night. Volunteers are needed from 5:00-9:00pm to supervise small groups of children as they decorate cookies, do crafts, play games, go caroling, and watch the movie. Contact Mrs. Looman at NDES immediately if interested: elooman@ndec.org

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[JR/SR Above & Beyond] - An elderly man in Newbury needs some help from students in his yard with gardening, etc. You will not be mowing or using power tools. If you are interested in this, please stop by Campus Ministry.

FR/SO - Geauga County Library: Volunteer help is needed to stuff envelopes for the upcoming Bond Issue in support of library funding. Contact patrick.culliton@geaugalibrary.info for more information.

ALL; recommended for JR/SR - Hospice of the Western Reserve (hospicewr.org) provides palliative and end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. In celebration of the individual worth of each life, they strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care, and support effective grieving. Volunteer opportunities are available but volunteers need to complete a four hour education session and a self-study. This four hour training period also "counts" toward your hours. Contact Dionne 216.383.5745 or dsims@hospicewr.org. 

ALL - Volunteers who love to work with people AND animals are encouraged to contact CONSTANT COMPANIONS (a division of Hattle Larlham), in Mayfield. At Constant Companions, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities benefit from shared social interaction and group activities. Constant Companions incorporates animal care into the program. Participants learn the responsibility of caring for domestic animals including cats, rabbits, birds and fish. They also gain the emotional benefits of nurturing and learning about the animals in their care. http://www.hattielarlham.org/v/volunteer.asp.

ALL Volunteers are always needed at Hattie Larlham, a home for children and adults with developmental disabilities (Mantua). Volunteers will help in the adult day program with activities, outdoor recreation, crafts, reading, and much more. You will be supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ... Mission, training information and volunteer applications are available at http://www.hattielarlham.org/v/volunteer.asp.

FR/SO [JR/SR Above & Beyond] - Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is looking for volunteers to staff their Country Lights and Santa's Workshop offerings Nov 24-Dec 23. Details are available in the Campus Ministry Center. Contact their Volunteer Department at 440.585.3041 x6418 or go to lakemetroparks.com. 

FR/SO - YMCA Leaders Club is a nation-wide community service based program that helps teens discover their full potential as leaders. It is a safe place where teens from all over the area can come and simply be themselves. Our goal is to challenge teens to serve the community, and to help them grow in who they are and lead those around them.
The Geauga Family YMCA has just begun working on this program but it's missing its most important part... The Leaders! On September 10th, attend an open house at 1:00 PM to share our new program. If attending you will get a chance to meet the Leaders Club coordinator, talk about potential projects, play some ice breakers and discuss the goals and expectations of Leaders Club. Parents and students are welcome to join the fun! For more information please click here. Questions to cevans@clevelandymca.org. 

NOTE: The training as well as service hours "count" toward your 20! Social time with this club does not. 

ALL - Crisis Response Team -
Be a part of a team who, as global crises occur, works to bring awareness to the NDCL community through Catholic Relief Services. This team will work closely with Campus Ministry to plan for and execute a prayerful and sometimes actionable response to crises around the world and works in conjunction with our relationship with Catholic Relief Services.

ALL - KARPOS: Ministry to the homeless who are served through the work of St. Mary Parish in Painesville. Two Thursday/month. Help prepare and serve dinner. Depart NDCL by school van at 3 PM. Return by 6:20 PM in time to catch late bus home.

FR/SR (JR/SR=Above&Beyond Hours) * MASS CREW: Setting up (usually before school) and taking down (right after) for Masses in McGarry Gym

JR/SR *ST. JOSEPH OF ARAMITHEA SOCIETY: Our juniors and seniors provide a bereavement ministry on an as-needed basis by serving as pall bearers, prayer leaders at the graveside, or responders to those who are elderly or indigent. NDCL partners with All Souls Cemetery and local funeral homes as recommended by the Catholic Cemeteries Association.

JR/SR *JULIE BILLIART SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP: NDCL juniors and seniors involved in this ministry interact once/month with 7th and 8th graders for an after school program at Julie Billiart in Lyndhurst. Simply, our students serve as mentors and friends in preparing the children for the adjustment to high school.

ALL *ADVENT Project: Bringing ADVENT to life at NDCL. Set the environment, help with the Giving Tree for Metro Catholic families.

ALL *LENTEN LIONS: Bringing LENT to life at NDCL. Included in their tasks will be setting the environment, organizing and executing for the Lenten Project (TBD), and planning and participating in our school’s Holy Week Prayer Service.

* Please contact Campus Ninistry to participate in these service opportunities.

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