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 (Jr-Sr: Life & Dignity): Volunteers are needed at Kemper House in Highland Hts.  Kemper House is dedicated to caring for individuals with all stages and all types of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It is designed to offer supportive assistance in a warm, residential setting that fosters a family atmosphere. Contact vhurst@kemperhouse.com.

New (ALL GRADES:Fr/So: Serving the Community; Jr/Sr: Life & Dignity of the Human Person) Metzenbaum, also known as The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilites, serves over 700 individual in our community ranging from birth through adulthood. Its mission is to help these individuals live, learn, and earn in our community.   Their  3rd annual Free Community Carnival is on March 3, 2018.  The carnival runs from 11am-2pm and includes free food, free games and free prizes.  Last year, 530 attended the event with 120 volunteers. Volunteers are needed from 10am-3pm that day, and will help with food service, running games, helping in the prize room and much more.  Free lunch to volunteers.  Call Janice at 440-729-9406 ext. 1512 or email her at jchesnes@geaugadd.org by February 12.

(Fr-Sr; category depends on service duties performed) Lake Health in Concord, Mentor and Willoughby has a need for volunteers in many areas, from the gift shop to patient interaction and services.  Contact VOLUNTEER SERVICES for more information: West Medical Center, 440.953.6049 or TriPoint Medical Center at 440.354.1665 or stop in the Campus Ministry Center for details.

ALL: The Summer Youth Volunteer Leadership Program at UH Cleveland Medical Center empowers youth with leadership and communication skills and provides exposure to health career and service opportunities for their communty.  15-18 year olds, who can volunteer 3-4 hrs./wk. Deadline for application submission is 03.01.18 ; application available at UHHospitals.org/Cleveland/Volunteer. Training session is required with parent. Send questions to Carol.Passerell@UHHospitals.org. Brochure available in the Campus Ministry Center.

ALL: Service to the Poor Claires, a cloistered order of nuns, is available.  Please click here for an explanatory brochure, and if interested, contact Brittany at brittany@pcpafnd.org

[ALL; Jr/Sr Option for the Poor and Vulnerable] - Join in the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, DC.  See details here. Permission Slip available here.   
 
ALL: Claridon Congregational Church, located at 13942 Mayfield Rd. (address is in Huntsburg), is looking for people to help with community dinners. Dinner is prepared and served the 3rd Tuesday of every month. This month will be December 19. Volunteers arrive any time after 3pm. Volunteers prepare dinner, then it is served as people come in from 5 until 6:30 p.m. With enough volunteers we are usually done by 7 with clean up. The idea behind this community dinner is it doesn't matter if you want a dinner out with friends and neighbors, don't want to eat alone, or don't have food in the refrigerator, we are all enjoying dinner together. See Campus Ministry if you are interested.

[FR/SO; Jr-Sr Option for the Vulnerable] - Julie Billliart Art Club -  Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1954, Julie Billiart School nurtures and empowers students with special learning needs. It is a Catholic K-8 school rooted in the educational principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame.  NDCL students help facilitate "art for others" after school, leaving NDCL at 2:30 on certain Mondays.  The club meets from 3-4 pm.  Students must have their own transportation there.  1.5 service hours.  Interested students should contact Campus Ministryto sign up and for more details.    

[FR/SO; Jr-Sr Option for the Vulnerable] - NEW FOR GUYS Julie Billiart Bro Council - NDCL guys are "big brothers" to guys who come together for support in learning about being a good man.  Students leave NDCL at 2:30 on certainTuesdays beginning Jan 16.  The club meets from 3-4 pm.  Students must have their own transportation there.  Contact Campus Ministry to sign up and for more details.  

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.  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 [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 - 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 - 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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