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.

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.

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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.

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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. For 2019, Villa will host a Color Run! Click here for more information about the run.

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Villa's Annual Day of Service

Each year, join Villa for a morning of service in the Philly area. Sign up to volunteer with your families. 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.

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Mission & Ministry Office

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