Upcycling Colors boxes -
Last week of Sept./First week of Oct - Repurposing used school supplies for needy schools, churches and day cars in Chicago and across the world. An interactive, at-home service project that is family friendly for all ages. Participating families choose how many project boxes they would like to complete (cost is ~$35 per box) Each box contains 4-5 activities that once completed, transforms old, discarded items into useful tools for children in need.
Coat Drive / Food Drive -
Starting around end of Nov and going through holidays - Generating community donations of canned goods and winter coats for local partners and orgs in the South Loop. The OSM children always enjoy bringing the canned goods to school. The OSM parish conducts a coat drive each winter and the school generously supports those efforts every year.
Sock Drive: Catholic Schools Week -
Helping local partners and orgs provide warm socks to those in need. During Catholic Schools Week, a school wide sock drive competition is held. Each class brings in as many socks as they can, with the winning class receiving a coveted prize. By bringing energy and enthusiasm to service work, this event really gets the OSM children engaged.
Newborn bags -
Women's history month in March - Helping local partners and orgs provide support to mothers in need. In honor of Women's History Month, participating families purchase and arrange blessing bags for new mothers. The bags are then collected at school and delivered to community partners.
10/29-11/19 At Home Activity: Share our Spare Kits -
Share our Spare is an agency that collects new and gently used baby items from those with “extras” to spare and distributes them to families living in poverty through a sustainable network of volunteers, community stakeholders, and social service agencies. Several OSM families supported Share our Spare last year building newborn kits.
What you will be doing: pick up all the materials you need, on 10/30 at OSM Trunk or Treat 2:30-4:30, to assemble into needed kits for Share our Spare to distribute. Complete sorting/organizing and return to OSM by 11/19. All interested families please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat Oct 2nd - Sat Nov 20th - Sat Feb 5th - Sat April 2nd -
30 slots each date at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD)- Participating families with children ages 11+ volunteer to pack bulk food for distribution to local organizations. Hard and rewarding work by OSM families results in hundreds of pounds of food being processed for delivery each session. All volunteer hours are logged and credited by GCFD to our neighbor, the St.James Food Pantry. St.James receives money to spend at GCFD to fill their shelves with food for its clients in Bronzeville and elsewhere on the South Side. These events are a wonderful opportunity to teach children that a small and simple gesture of 3 hours of service time, has such a tremendous positive ripple effect throughout the local community.
All volunteer hours completed in support of the school service projects or our local partners and orgs can be counted towards the 20 OSM family service hours. To find out more about logging hours, please click here.