Service

To whom much is given, much is required.
Luke 12:48

Living out the Charism of the Sisters of St. Casimir, we are called to follow their mission of faith and service. Committing ourselves to awareness and involvement within our community shapes us to be women of strong character, whose lives reflect the love of God.

If you are a current Villa student looking for more information about service opportunities, requirements, and recording click here.

Purpose of Service

Service is intended to be a learning experience.

  • Students are encouraged to seek new and unfamiliar populations in environments that stretch their comfort zones.
  • Students should choose an agency or organization that provides direct contact with people. In doing so, our students will grow in deeper understanding of themselves while serving community needs.

Service is also an opportunity to explore career paths, interests, and strengths you might bring to the workforce.

  • If you have ideas about what job you would like as an adult, this is a good time to pursue it, try it out, and demonstrate your interest.
  • If you are open to possibilities, then try out something new and see what you learn.

Serve With Mission & Ministry

Villa Joseph Marie's Mission & Ministry Office provides ample opportunities throughout the year for students to serve the community and also fulfill their graduation requirement.

Villa Day of Service

Join Mission and Ministry for Villa’s 4th Annual Day of Service! Sign up to volunteer with your families on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Highlights of the day include volunteering from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various service sites, followed by Mass and lunch at Villa.

To participate, please return this interest form to Mrs. McCarthy by February 8, 2019.

Blessed Sarnelli Community

The Blessed Sarnelli Community serves those most poor and vulnerable in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Students prepare a meal for 150 guests. Conversation is an important component of the ministry. The Sarnelli Community is not to be labeled a soup kitchen; rather, they are a hospitality center where dignity and attention are given to each individual along with a hot meal. For more information, please visit the Blessed Sarnelli Community Website.

Twice-monthly visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (five hours of service learning).

  • The dates for this year are: Sept 13 + 26, Oct 9 + 25, Nov 6 + 15, Dec 6 + 13, Jan 10 + 31, Feb 21 + 28, Mar 12 + 21, Apr 4 + 25, May 9 + 16
  • Sign up on the Mission & Ministry board in the cafeteria.

Recipes
Taco Recipe
Baked Ziti Recipe

Twining Village

Twining Village is a retirement community located less than a mile from Villa. On Monday afternoons, Villa students participate in the Activity Hour with residents in the Medical Care Unit. Along with Bingo games and seasonal crafts, students engage in conversation with the residents and build relationships. For more information, please visit the Twining Village Website.

Twice-monthly visits on Mondays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (one hour of service learning).

  • The dates for this year are: Sept 17, Oct 15 + 29, Nov 5 + 19, Dec 3, Jan 28, Feb 11 + 25, Mar 18, Apr 1 + 29
  • Sign up on the Mission & Ministry Board in the cafeteria.
"Volunteering at Twining Village is truly unique

girls make deeper, more personal connections with residents, giving them simple, yet invaluable offerings of conversation, friendship, and love."
Caroline Boschetto '15

Outside Service Opportunities

Consider who you would like to spend time with: the elderly, the poor, the sick, the disabled, animals, or children. When you call a potential service site, introduce yourself as a student of Villa Joseph Marie, ask about their current needs, and offer your available times.

We encourage you to complete your service with one organization, if possible. By this we mean serving all 10 hours (or more!) a year with one site. This gives you time to practice commitment, to build relationships, and to learn more about what it would be like to work with that organization.


Elderly

Manor Care, Lower Makefield
Chandler Hall, Newtown
Twining Village, Holland
Attleboro Nursing Home, Langhorne
Woods Services, Langhorne
Wood River Village, Bensalem
Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia
St. Joseph’s Manor, Meadowbrook

People Who Are Hungry and Homeless

Greater Philadelphia Food Bank
St. Francis Inn, Kensington
Blessed Sarnelli Community
Aid For Friends, Meals to Shut-ins
Habitat for Humanity
Interfaith Housing Corp. of Bucks Co. Project SHARE (Bucks Co. area)
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
Sacred Heart Church, Trenton

Sick

American Red Cross
St. Mary’s Medical Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Holy Redeemer Hospital

Children and People with Disabilites

Athletes Helping Athletes
Make a Wish Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Bucks Co. Special Olympics
Special People in Northeast
Libertae of Bensalem
Inglis House Wheelchair Community
Project Rainbow/Drueding Center
Operation Santa Claus
Girl Scouts/Camp Fire Girls
CARES Program, parish after-school programs

Animals

Animal Allies
SPCA

This list of suggested service sites is by no means complete; there are many more placements in our community. Please pass on any contacts you recommend to the Mission & Ministry Office.

Organizations and Activities


Community Service Corps

Community Service Corps (CSC) is the largest club at Villa. This group links our school family to the local neighborhood. Witnessing and responding to the needs of people who live in different realities than ourselves, we aim to understand more about our world. The goal of our monthly meetings is to serve various populations (elderly, at-risk children, hungry, homeless). CSC members spend time at meetings engaged in active projects to serve the needs of our larger community.

Charitable Fundraising

Villa is excited to announce our new plan for charity fundraising. Our students' success in raising money for the Four Diamonds Fund over the past five years is a testament to their generosity for philanthropic organizations. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Villa students can submit proposals for new fundraising ideas so that we can continue to expand Villa’s student giving, and impact more people with diverse needs in our community. If you have any questions about this new initiative, please contact Stephanie McCarthy at smccarthy@vjmhs.org.

Mission & Ministry Office

Stephanie McCarthy
Director of Mission & Ministry
215-357-8810 ext. 126
smccarthy@vjmhs.org

Caroline Hall
Campus Minister
215-357-8810 ext. 131
chall@vjmhs.org

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