At St. Edward High School, we call all of our students to acts of service, as they strive to embody Jesus’ invocation to "Love your neighbor” and to share the Holy Cross vision to "hope for a world where justice and love prevail.” Many of our students are involved in service in their parish, youth group, and local community, but we also offer a wide variety of ways for our students to live out their call to serve others.
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Community Meal – Beginning in April of 1994, St. Edward High School has sponsored a monthly community meal organized and run by faculty, students, parent, and alumni volunteers. The meals, which take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month, serve hundreds of community members. Volunteers are needed the week of the meal on Tuesday from 3:15 – 5:30 PM and Wednesday for 3:15 – 7:30 PM. Students interested in volunteering should contact Mr. Paul Bosley (PBosley@sehs.net) or Mr. Mike Reiling (MReiling@sehs.net).
Freshman Day of Service – During the first quarter of the school year, all freshmen participate in a day of service to benefit the Lakewood Community. This event is a great way for the entire class to engage in an act of service together, to both build class unity, and to experience working together in the service of others. For more information please contact Mr. Rick Kubrak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanksgiving Food Drive – Each year, we partner with the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation to provide a Thanksgiving Meal, as well as a week’s worth of groceries to needy families and individuals throughout the City of Lakewood. In addition to bringing in items to donate, all students are encouraged to volunteer their time to help collect, sort, and distribute food donations. For more information please contact Mr. Rick Kubrak (email@example.com).
Christmas Charity Drive – As a part of the Advent and Christmas Season each of our homerooms "sponsors” a family for Christmas time. Students and faculty collect a variety of gifts, household items, and gift cards to provide Christmas "gifts” for their respective families. In addition to bringing in items to donate, all students are encouraged to volunteer their time to help collect, sort, and distribute these donations. For more information please contact Mr. Rick Kubrak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Eagles on Foot – Our annual 5k Run and1 Mile Walk, which raises money for the Holy Cross Mission in Haiti. Check out the Eagles on Foot Page (link) or Mr. Rick Kubrak (email@example.com) for more info.
Spring Day of Service – Each spring, usually on a Saturday in early May, St. Edward High School students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni work together in a day of service to benefit the Lakewood Community. Groups of volunteers work together on a variety of projects; spring clean-up, landscaping, painting projects, food deliveries, and much more! For more information please contact Mr. Rick Kubrak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Link: Service Permission Slip
Andre’s Giants – St. Brother Andre Bessette, the first saint canonized from the Congregation of Holy Cross was well known for his miraculous healings, and is also fondly remembered and celebrated for his ministry of hospitality. In his honor, we have formed "Andre’s Giants” a group of students dedicated to the Holy Cross Ministry of Hospitality. At least once a month, members of the group will travel to a variety of locations to help serve a hot meal, or to distribute groceries to families and seniors in need. For more information please contact Mr. Liam Haggerty (LHaggerty@sehs.net).
God Squad – A group of students who volunteer their time to set up for and clean up after all-school liturgies and prayer services, as well as a variety of other service projects connected with the liturgical and prayer life of the school. For more information please contact Ms. Cari White (CWhite@sehs.net).
Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice (CSPJ) –CSPJ is an organized group of educators and advocates for social justice from across the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland; we strive to support students from our diocese in living the call of their faith to build just relationships which lead to a lasting peace. The St. Edward High School chapter of CSPJ is actively involved in a number of service projects and events, both within the St. Ed’s school community, and throughout the Diocese of Cleveland. Some events include: Attending the Diocese of Cleveland Respect Life Rally, Attending the National Right to Life Rally in Washington D.C., and coordinating Respect Life Month at St. Ed’s. For more information please contact Ms. Jean Ann Sekerak (JASekerak@sehs.net) or Ms. Cari White (CWhite@sehs.net).
Eagle Study – Every Wednesday and Thursday after school in Room 10, St. Edward students volunteer their time to assist their fellow Eagles through a peer tutoring program. Students from all grade levels, with interest/expertise in any subject are welcome to volunteer. For more information, and to sign up, please contact Ms. Holly McTernan (email@example.com).
Garfield Tutoring – For many years, St. Edward High School and Garfield Elementary have enjoyed a wonderful partnership. St. Edward students volunteer as tutors at Garfield’s Homework Lab on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. For more information please contact Mr. Liam Haggerty (LHaggerty@sehs.net).
Appalachia – Since the summer of 1998 a group of St. Edward High School students, faculty and staff have traveled to the Appalachian region of the United States to participate in a weeklong Habitat for Humanity building project. For the past seven years, we have spent our week working with wonderful people of Franklin, WV through Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. For more information, please contact Mr. Michael Reiling (MReiling@sehs.net).
Spring Break Service Trip – Students looking for an alternative spring break trip can sign up to travel to Western Pennsylvania for a four day Habitat for Humanity Service Trip working with Hosanna Ministries. For more information please contact Mr. Liam Haggerty (LHaggerty@sehs.net).
Recommended Service Agencies
In addition to the variety of service opportunities sponsored or facilitated by St. Edward High School, there are numerous opportunities for students to serve others in their own communities. Here are just a few suggestions of places to look when trying to find opportunities to serve others:
· Community Meals in Lakewood – In addition to the St. Edward High School Community Meal, a variety of churches and civic groups host a community meal each month in the city of Lakewood. A complete list can be found here.
· Ugive.org – "UGIVE is a non-profit organization on a mission to catalyze, excite and empower the next generation of volunteers” Check out their website to find opportunities to volunteer. https://www.ugive.org/
· Volunteer Lakewood – Volunteer Lakewood is a website run by the City of Lakewood to connect volunteers to service opportunities around the city. Check out their website to learn more. http://www.onelakewood.com/VolunteerLakewood/
· Hands on Northeast Ohio – The mission of Hands on Northeast Ohio is "to engage Northeast Ohio individuals and organizations in citizen-managed volunteer opportunities that meet community needs, strengthen community involvement, and build capacity of local nonprofit organizations.” For more information, and to find a service opportunity check out their website: http://www.handsonneo.org/
· Each year, St. Edward High School partners with a number of organizations, and each of these agencies is a great place for students to volunteer to meet their individual service requirement:
o Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland http://www.clevekids.org/
o Catholic Charities http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/Volunteer_Matrix_2011.pdf
o Cleveland Foodbank http://www.clevelandfoodbank.org/site/PageServer
o Lakewood Alive http://www.lakewoodalive.com/
o Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation http://www.lcac.info/
o Lakewood Community Services Center http://www.lcsclakewood.org/#!
o Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry http://www.lutheranmetro.org/
o St. Augustine Hunger Center http://www.staugustine-west14.org/hunger_center.cfm
o Westside Ecumenical Ministries Food Centers http://www.thecentersohio.org/WhatWeDo/WSEMFoodCenters.aspx