SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

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, middle and high school youth who service people who are homeless by making and serving lunches on the streets of Baltimore over the weekend. In support of this program, ASHS holds sandwich making on the first Friday of every month after school. Announcements are made during the week and students can sign up at the Campus Ministry office. Spots are limited.

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 3-7 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 p.m. 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 dolss@archbishopspalding.org

Fast & Sleep Out (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 F&SO will be held on Friday, February 27th through Saturday, February 28th. 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 will stay after school on Friday to participate in evening activities, spend the night at Spalding and break their fast with a shared meal. Spots are limited. Permission forms will be available in the Campus Ministry office ain early January as well as under Campus Ministry/Forms & Applications on Haiku. For questions, please email Sharon Dols at dolss@archbishopspalding.org.

Service Trip, Camden, NJ, The Urban Challenge: June 22-27, 2015 (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. Applications and trip information sheets will be available in February 2015 in the Campus Ministry office and under Campus Ministry/Forms & Applications on Haiku.  

Service Trip, Habitat For Humanity, Eastern Shore of Virginia: June 21-26, 2015 (Outreach)

Now in its second year, a group of ASHS students, will depart 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. Applications and trip information sheets will be available in February in the Campus Ministry office and under Campus Ministry/Forms & Applications on Haiku.    

Service Trip, Haiti: Date is TBD (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.  Applications and trip information sheets will be available in February 2015 in the Campus Ministry office and under Campus Ministry/Forms & Applications on Haiku. 

Upcoming Service Opportunities

These are opportunities sent to our Campus Ministry office by outside organizations.  Spalding is not coordinating or running these opportunities; however; service hours may be earned through participation, provided the student records these hours on their service hour record form. 

South River Health & Rehab Center: Volunteer at a Christmas party for residents/patients on Friday, December 19th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in Edgewater. Pass out presents or work with arts & crafts. For details, contact Ms. Mary Kay Robertson at 443-481-9046. 

The Summit School: The Summit School located in Edgewater needs help with score keeping at their basketball games on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:30 pm in December and January. For details, contact Mrs. Shari Richey at 410-798-0005 or shar.richey@thesummitschool.org. 

Stanton Community Center Needs Tutors:  The Stanton Center, located on West Washington Street in Annapolis, needs student tutors to volunteer for their after school homework club weekdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Contact Mrs. Sharon McElfish for details at 410-703-7990 or sharonmcelfish@aol.com. 

The Lighthouse Shelter: Volunteer to help with various holiday projects ongoing through November and December in Annapolis. For details, contact Mrs. Michele Marshall at 443-569-4208 or at marshall@annapolislighthouse.org.

St. Mary's Annapolis Christmas Holiday Sharing: Located at Seelos Hall, St. John Newumann, Bestgate Road in Annapolis, volunteers are needed for the Holiday Sharing program on Friday, December 19th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for bagging food donations. Help is also needed on Saturday, December 20th at 7:45 am to load the food in cars for delivery. For details, contact Mrs. Eileen Larson at 301-353-1042.

Happy Helpers for the Homeless: Happy Helpers needs volunteers on Saturdays & Sundays to help prepare sandwiches and helpsort through winter coats, blankets, food, etc... at their warehouse in Baltimore. For details, contact Mrs. Bobbi Coffman at (443) 433-2416. 

Winter Relief for Annapolis Homeless: Sponsored by St. Mary’s, from January 5th – 12th, an overnight shelter (5 pm – 7 am) will be provided at Seelos Hall, St. John Neumann in Annapolis. Volunteers are needed to provide and serve meals as well as to provide games and arts/crafts for children. For details, contact Karen Risher at kobrisher@verizon.net or Sam Davies at 410-266-5163 or sam1964@juno.com.

Oak Lodge Senior/Assisted Living Home: Work with senior citizens playing bingo, arts & crafts, reading projects, etc. at Oak Lodge located at 7753 Outing Ave. in Pasadena. For details, contact Ms. Jean Lee at 410-25-6070 or 410-439-5642 or visit www.oaklodgeassistedliving.com.

The Pascal Senior Center: Help senior citizens learn to use their mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android systems, etc) at the Pascal Senior Center, part of Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities, located at 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie (across from Arthur Slade). For details, contact Mrs. Nancy Allred at 410-222-6680 or at agallr27@aacounty.org.

Annapolis Children’s Therapy Center:  Volunteers are needed to help young children learn social skills at their Center in Annapolis. Groups meet weekdays after school from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. For details, contact Ms. Renee Prentice at 410-573-1064.

A full listing of ongoing Outreach service opportunities is available under Campus Ministry Documents/Forms. There are also copies of Outreach Opportunities on the table outside the Campus Ministry office.

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