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Mount Mercy Students Serve the Community in January

Tue, Feb 12th 2019 12:00 pm

                The Mount Mercy Academy students and staff participated in many service opportunities in October, November and December and despite the difficult January weather, the past month was no different.  This year Campus Minister and senior theology teacher Mary Colby is asking members of the senior class to plan and coordinate a service project.  During January six seniors initiated service projects and two other projects were postponed due to the weather.

                  Senior Ellie Wilson (Buffalo) organized a group of volunteers who prepared and served dinner for guests at Holy Family Church.  The students also socialized with the guests.

                  Julia Walsh, a senior from Buffalo, coordinated a team of volunteers who created decorations with the Sisters of Mercy.  The students created seasonal snowflakes and shared time and laughter with the sisters.

.              Later in January, senior Clarity Eron (Buffalo) directed a group of students who helped the sisters take down and store Christmas decorations.

                  Senior Angelina Pacholczak of Orchard Park organized a group to help out at the Food Bank of Western New York.
            Allison Mazurkiewicz, a senior from Blasdell, recruited a team of volunteers to help at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala. JDRF is an organization that provides funding for research to address Type I Diabetes.

            Senior Catherine Russo organized a bake sale at her home parish, St. Vincent de Paul in Springbrook to support the Mother Teresa Home.  The Mother Teresa Home provides resources and stability for expecting and new mothers. Students and some teachers baked to support this event.  The team raised $360 for the Mother Teresa Home.

                  Campus Minister Mary Colby modeled service for her students, volunteering to teach Adult Learn to Swim Lessons for the community.  She is working with the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation for the months of January and February.

                  The Mount Mercy community continues to follow foundress Catherine McAuley’s vision of compassionate service and affirming the dignity and uniqueness of individuals.