Outreach Service Opportunities
A printable list of agencies that offer volunteer opportunities in and around this area can be accessed under the documents section of Spiritual Life.
ASHS Sponsored Service & Justice Opportunities
Happy Helpers Sandwich Making (Outreach)
Happy Helpers was started by a young woman in our area, Amber Coffman. It has developed into a group of young people who service people who are experiencing homelessness by making and serving lunches on the streets of Baltimore over the weekend. In support of this program, ASHS holds sandwich making typically on the first Friday of the month after school. Announcements are made during the week and students can sign up at the Campus Ministry office. Spots are limited. The 2016-2017 dates are 10/7, 11/4, 12/9, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, & 5/5.
Sunday Dinner at Sarah’s House (Outreach)
ASHS sponsors dinner the first Sunday of each month at Sarah’s House, a transitional housing facility for individuals and families who are homeless, in Fort Meade. Groups of ASHS students are needed to make and serve dinner. We encourage an adult to be able to be present with a group of 3-8 students and to help coordinate providing the meal. Faculty from ASHS also help to provide the meal. The group needs to be present from 4-6 pm. There is also an opportunity to add more hours by hosting a family activity after dinner – students have done Arts & Crafts, ice cream socials, games and more! Please contact Mrs. Dols if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Vincent de Paul Bowl Painting (Outreach)
ASHS sponsors “empty bowls” painting events to help the Saint Vincent de Paul organization raise funds and awareness to serve those who are hungry and homeless in our local Baltimore community. Come have fun painting ceramic bowls. 2016-2017 sessions will be held on October 26th, November 14th, December 6th, and January 19th after school to 4:45 pm in Room 128. For students who want to help, the cost per bowl to paint is $5 due at registration. Registration sign up sheets will be available on the table outside the Campus Ministry office. As space is limited, advance sign up is a must!
Fast & Sleep Out: February 24 - 25, 2017 (Outreach)
ASHS hosts a 24 hour Fast & Sleep Out during Lent to help raise awareness and be in solidarity with our domestic and global neighbors struggling with hunger and homelessness. The event includes a 24 hour fast, speakers on hunger and homelessness, service opportunities, education on the issues of poverty, student reflections, plus fun and games. Students stay after school on Friday to participate in evening activities, spend the night at Spalding and break their fast with a shared meal.
Service Trip, Camden, NJ, The Urban Challenge: Date is June 27 - July 2, 2016 (Outreach)
Each summer, a group of ASHS students, departs for Camden, New Jersey to participate in The Romero Center’s Urban Challenge. The week provides an opportunity for direct service and education on social justice issues through serving people who are in remarkable need. It is our hope to foster personal growth of students by expanding the participant’s awareness and examining misconceptions through personal interaction with people. Throughout the week, students will be exposed to a variety of service experiences, speakers on various societal issues, and justice activities. The week also provides moments for individual and group reflection to make sense out of student experiences. Students are expected to participate in the entire trip and to attend 1-2 preparation meetings prior to the trip. Spots are limited.
Service Trip, Habitat For Humanity, Eastern Shore of Virginia: Date is June 19 - 24, 2016 (Outreach)
Now in its third year, a group of ASHS students, departs for the Eastern Shore of Virginia to work with Habitat For Humanity building simple and affordable houses in decent communities. The week provides an opportunity for direct "hands-on" community service work through helping people who are in extremely difficult situations. Students will be able to use their special skills, talents, and gifts to partner with families to build affordable houses for those in most need. Time is also allotted for individual and group reflection to understand the needs and goals of Habitat For Humanity. Students are expected to participate in the entire trip and to attend 1-2 preparation meetings prior to the trip. Spots are limited.
Service Trip, Haiti: Date is July 17 - 23, 2016 (Outreach)
In the past, ASHS students have participated in an Archdiocesan sponsored trip to Haiti with Dr. Mortel, head of the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and founder of Les Bons Samaritains School in Haiti. In addition, for several years, Archbishop Spalding has supported outreach in Haiti through food collections, monetary donations, and student sponsorships. In light of our history, we have a Spalding-sponsored pilgrimage to Haiti. While our connection to Haiti is strong in material support, it is our intent to allow our students the opportunity to grow in both relationship with the people of Haiti and in first-hand knowledge of their circumstances. For, it is when we enter into relationship and immerse ourselves in a culture, a true transformation of the heart and mind may take place. Spots are limited.