Cleaning walls, sweeping, stocking and serving lunch…….
And so went a busy morning for Academy students who volunteered at Santa Maria Mission, sponsored by St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Tampa. Moderated by Mr. Jose Ruano and Mr. Jack Mullarkey, the girls put in a good day’s labor and came home happy with what they had accomplished and more empathetic to the needs of the homeless and hungry.
Mrs. Katie Holland, Assistant Campus Minister, organized the event, which included booking busses to transport over 400 volunteers to serve throughout Tampa Bay. After returning to school and eating their lunches, students and faculty listened to heart-rending stories from former homeless people who now represent important homeless service organizations throughout the area.
Overall, Academy students and faculty volunteeered at the following service organizations:
A Brighter Community
John Knox Village
Horses for Handicapped
Hillsborough County Adult Day Care
MacDonald Training Center
Religious Community Services Food Bank
St. Vincent de Paul Food Kitchen
The Learning Center at St. John Presbyterian
The Salvation Army
Habitat for Humanity
Santa Maria Mission
Southeastern Guide Dogs
St. Peter Claver
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