Community Service Day 2018

February 9, 2018

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The campus ministry team spends months organizing service day. (Emily Anderson/Achona Online)

Every year, during Catholic Schools Week, Academy students volunteer at various organizations in the greater Tampa Bay community. On Wed., Jan. 31, the students traveled in small groups to spend a few hours helping out. Service day was a little different this year; campus ministry coordinated a high school mass at 2 p.m., so students could reflect and pray about the work they had completed.

Volunteer tasks included sorting out canned foods, playing with special needs children, and helping with the physical upkeep of a location. Students stepped outside their comfort zones while having the chance to interact with students from other grades and meet locals who devote themselves to the assigned service site.

Teachers and students gathered in the Brady Center around 9:00 a.m. on the late start Wednesday for a brief prayer service before departing on their tour buses.

Campus ministry director, Katie Holland, put together service day and sent out a list of the locations to students to sign up for their desired spot the first week of school after break. Students had an opportunity to share their experience with the whole school on a slide show presentation at the end of the day.

2018 service day locations:

  • A Brighter Community
  • Centre for Girls
The Centre for Girls offers innovative programming during after-school hours and a summer camp that includes fine arts, ceramics, fashion, dance, and STEM-based instruction to girls, ages 5-14, regardless of their ability to pay. (Emily Anderson/Achona Online)
  • The Children’s Home
  • The Crisis Center
  • Dover Elementary
  • Everyday Blessings
  • Feeding America
  • Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center: a program of Catholic charities
Students at Foundations of Life, a Catholic center designed to help pregnant women, helped to sort and organize supplies. (Photo credit: Katie Holland/used with permission)
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore 1, 2
  • Horses for Handicapped
Freshmen through seniors helped by grooming the horses at Bakas Equestrian Center. (Photo credit: Macy McConnie/used with permission)
  • Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Mary Help of Christians
Samantha Garateix (’18) attended a project of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at the Florida Learning Garden and weeded out their landscaping. (Photo credit: Katie Holland/used with permission)
  • Metropolitan Ministries
  • Nativity Food Bank
  • Oaks at Riverview Senior Center
Volunteers for Oaks at Riverview had a chance to interact with seniors, play games, and do Zumba with them. (Photo credit: Katie Holland/used with permission)
  • Pinellas Hope
  • Pyramid, Inc.
  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Child Care Center Location 1, 2, 3
RCMA volunteers enjoyed a rewarding, enriching experience by giving their time up to play with the children. (Photo Credit: Gracie Wipfli/used with permission)
  • Religious Community Services Food Bank
Religious community service warehouse has many regular volunteers that prepare food bags weekly. (Photo Credit: Katie Holland/Used with permission)
  • The Learning Center at St. John’s Presbyterian
  • St. Peter Claver  Catholic School
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay Thrift Store
  • Trinity Café Busch Blvd.
  • Trinity Café Nebraska Avenue
  • Village Community Pantry

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