The fourth hallmark of the sisters of Notre Dame is,
"We commit ourselves to community service."
This hallmark became the guiding light for ND this advent season as students, faculty and staff reached outside the Gates to serve the community in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Bring Change to Mind Club Looks to Uplift ND Community
A new club has been brought to Notre Dame and its main priority is to end the stigma around mental health - the Bring Change to Mind Club.
Bring Change to Mind is a national organization founded by Glenn Close in 2009, with the goal of ending the stigma around mental health. The club gives teens the platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health.
"We want to empower students to educate one another, and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within the school," Mandi O'Toole, High School Counselor at ND said.
With it being the holiday season, O'Toole said that the club members came up with the idea of making Christmas ornaments with positive sayings on them to support anyone who passes by.
Madeline Evans '23, started the club at ND because she believes mental health is just as important as physical health and that there needs to be more done for the ND community.
"I have people in my personal life who have struggled and I want to do as much as I can as a member of society to end the stigma and raise more awareness around mental health issues. Our goals as a club are to have difficult conversations and to do activities that will uplift the students at Notre Dame," Evans said.
ND Students Help Sisters of ND Bring Christmas to Migrant Workers in FL
ND Spanish classes and the Spanish club participated in our annual Christmas project with the Sisters of Notre Dame ministry. Students wrote cards in Spanish to migrant workers in Florida who are helped by Sr. Ann Kendrick, SND and her ministry, the Hope CommUnity Center. The cards are then distributed at the Center's annual Christmas Party. Many students voluntarily contribute one dollar or more with the cards they make. Both the cards and donation were sent the week before Christmas.
ND Raises Over $3,000 for CHOP
On Friday, Dec. 10, students ended the week with a pajama day and bake sale hosted by the Sunflowers and Smiles club. Over $3,000 was raised for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! Thank you to all who donated.
Facebook Holiday Ceramics Auction Raises Funds for Women in Need
The ceramics students of ND generously donated their hand-crafted ceramic holiday plates and platters for the annual online auction to benefit Women of Hope. Women of Hope is Notre Dame’s monthly service initiative that provides home-cooked meals and fellowship to the ladies who call WOH home. In total, over $1,000 was raised!
Bags to Mats Club Completes First Mat
The Bags to Mats club got some help from the 8th grade religion class to complete their first full mat! The next step is to add handles for easy transport. The mats made will be donated to Angels in Motion, an organization located in Philadelphia dedicated to helping those suffering addiction. The club is now working on two mats and is always accepting donations of clean plastic bags.
ND Community Helps Those Affected by Domestic Violence
From Dec. 6 to 10, ND Student Government accepted monetary donations for Laurel House. In total, the ND community raised over $1,000 to help those affected by domestic violence.