Want to volunteer at St. Edward High School?
Click HERE to view the volunteer sign ups available. Br. Andre's Place food pantry, St. Edward Community Meal,
Labre Ministry, & produce distribution are open to alumni & parents in addition to students!
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 day of the meal on Wednesday for 3:15 – 7:30 PM.
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.
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.
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.
Eagles on Foot – Our annual 5k Run and1 Mile Walk, which raises money for the Holy Cross Mission in Haiti.
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!
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - This group is dedicated to person-to-person service in the community to those who are poor and marginalized in our society. This group helps at local food pantries, delivers bags of food to seniors in Lakewood, and preforms other acts of charity and service throughout the school year.
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.
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.
Contact: Ms. Cari White - email@example.com.
2017 San Francisco Mission Trip - 9 students and 2 faculty members from St. Edward High School spend a week in San Francisco serving the homeless. Follow their adventures and service through the bulletin board blog.
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.
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.
Additional service learning trips are offered each year. Below are films which showcase recent trips to El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
The Labre ministry allows our students, faculty & staff, alumni, and friends of St. Edward to directly serve the immediate needs of the poor every Thursday through the entire year. The ministry immersion, named after St. Benedict Joseph Labre, the patron saint of the homeless, allows students to see and experience the struggles of our homeless friends on the streets. This ministry is powerful as our students help prepare the meal, meet, and serve our poor brothers and sisters by coming to them (i.e. under bridges, in vacant lots, woods, etc.).
Students hand-deliver food, clothing, hygiene kits, etc. to those we visit each week. This helps to instill in our students that every human being has dignity and that we should be preferential in charity to the poorest among us.
As written in the Holy Cross constitutions, our mission is clear, “Christ was anointed to bring good news to the poor, release for prisoners, sight for the blind, restoration for every broken victim. Our efforts, which are His, reach out to the afflicted and in a preferential way to the poor and the oppressed. We come not just as servants but as their neighbors, to be with them and of them. It is not that we take sides against sinful enemies; before the Lord all of us are sinners and none is an enemy. We stand with the poor and the afflicted because only from there can we appeal as Jesus did for the conversion and the deliverance of all.” (Holy Cross Constitutions 2:13)
It also states, “But we do not grieve as men without hope, for Christ the Lord has risen to die no more. He has taken us into the mystery and the grace of this life that springs up from death. If we, like Him encounter and accept suffering in our discipleship, we will move without awkwardness among others who suffer. We must be men with hope to bring.” (Holy Cross Constitutions 8:118)
If you would like more information or are interested in participating in our Labre ministry on a particular Thursday please e-mail Mr. Liam Haggerty – firstname.lastname@example.org
"St. Benedict Joseph Labre, poor in the eyes of men but rich in the eyes of God, pray for us."
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.
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.
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”
Volunteer Lakewood – Volunteer Lakewood is a website run by the City of Lakewood to connect volunteers to service opportunities around the city.
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.”
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: