The Department of Campus Ministry offers a number of weekly
service opportunities that are open to all upper school
students. Students are strongly encouraged
to participate beyond fulfilling their service hour requirement.
TO SIGN UP FOR A SERVICE TRIP:
Each after-school service trip leaves Iona Prep promptly at 3 PM and returns no later than 6 PM (other than Hope Soup Kitchen which leaves the Prep at 4:00PM and returns at 6:30PM).
The Sharing Shelf – Westchester County is home to some of the wealthiest families in the nation, but also to some of the poorest. We have the 13th highest median family income of any county while 7% of our County’s population lives below the poverty level. The Sharing Shelf links those two communities by collecting gently unused children’s clothing from those who can donate and providing those usable items at no cost to members of our community who are in need. Iona students will assist with sorting and distribution of clothing, as well as assisting with special events.
Backyard Sports Cares- This program allows Iona Prep students to coach young students with developmental disabilities at Davis Elementary School. This program meets weekly for 10 Thursdays from October to December and March to May. Students MUST attend each week. Students earn 20 hours for completing the semester long program.
SAIL at Ferncliff- Sail (The School for Adaptive& Integrative Learning) at Ferncliff Manor is an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities, their families and the community utilizing research-based, adaptive and integrative strategies. Services provided include educational, rehabilitative, specialized residential, health care, creative arts therapies and recreation programs. The mission of our organization is to enable each individual to learn, develop and enjoy a meaningful and personally rewarding life. Iona Prep students spend afternoons with the residents at SAIL and engage in various programs and activities with them.
Neighbor to Neighbor – Neighbor to Neighbor opened its doors in the basement of Christ Church Greenwich in 1975 as a clearinghouse for the distribution of free clothing and food to people with emergency needs in Greenwich, Stamford and Port Chester. Since then, Neighbor has expanded to include a weekly food program, clothing donation and distribution. Neighbor to Neighbor was honored to be named a community partner of the Greenwich United Way. Students will assist with clothing collection and distribution, as well as in the food pantry.
HOPE Community Services – Working at the soup kitchen or the food pantry, Iona Prep has had a long-standing relationship with HOPE (Help Our People Eat). Students volunteer for days of service at the food pantry or in the evening to serve dinner and engage in conversation with the soup kitchen patrons.
Adopt-A-Dog Shelter – Adopt-A-Dog has been “Coming to the Rescue” by meeting the medical and emotional needs of dogs and cats and rehabilitating abused animals in order to prepare them for adoption. Iona Prep students have the opportunity to help this unique organization with chores and animal activities.
Don Bosco Boys & Girls Club (Tutoring) – Iona Prep students volunteer to help with the Boys and Girls Club in Port Chester to tutor and engage in activities with the children at Don Bosco Community Center. This experience gives our students the opportunity to be a positive role model in children’s lives.
Wartburg Center- This is an opportunity for students to lead a drive for collecting items for use at a local senior care center. Currently, the center is collecting: Socks, Lap robes/shawls, Holiday cards/note cards, stamps, small bedside radios, Ipods or iphones with chargers if possible, Yarn/crochet needles, Fabric,Craft supplies, large print books (no other books though), Puzzles (250 to 500 pieces) and puzzle books, Current Magazines, Art supplies/ construction paper, water colors/markers, canvas and crafts items.
Other service opportunities:
The Edmund Rice Society – The Edmund Rice Society’s primary mission is to run the Edmund Rice Camp, a one-week summer day camp for poor grammar school boys. The camp is conducted on the campus of Iona Prep and includes arts, crafts, science, and athletics. The club also organizes various service projects throughout the year. If interested, please see Brother Kiernan.
Midnight Run – Midnight Run volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection.
Fuller Center – The Fuller Center for Housing, faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide. Please contact Mr. Pellegrino for more details.
Hungerfest – Hungerfest is a 24-hour event where students fast, pray and participate in hunger awareness activities. Sandwiches and clothes are distributed to local food pantries. See Mr. Gillenwater for more information.
- Please see Mr. Pellegrino for more details.