St. Francis Xavier School is home to many rich traditions. Our eighth grade families have painstakingly preserved a number of these special rituals, taking special care to celebrate the culmination of their children’s eighth grade year. Central to this special year is engagement in service. Please take a moment to review current opportunities to work with 8th grade classmates in service to others.
8th Grade Service Opportunities
November (Completed!) – Coat and Food Drive for parishioner Kerry Hasbrook’s Thanksgiving Drive affiliated with St. Philip Neri in Chicago.
Parent leads, Bridget Fruin and Lisa Ryan –
Girls collected, sorted and labels coats and winter gear to be delivered. They made heart-warming cards for the homebound people receiving meals, collections of canned goods.
Quote from the St. Philip parish ministry: “We were able to give a man a coat who came in a blanket today. He was robbed at the hospital. They took his clothes, money, keys, credit cards. We gave him a warm coat, clothing and a rolling walker with a seat.”
December 16-17th – Night Ministry : Night Ministry Sign Up (Full)
Parent Lead for questions is Kathleen Tobin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-533-0580
Summary by Barb Tobin-Tornvall
How does this relate to us? As this year continues to bring new challenges we must realize that we are not the only ones suffering. About 60% of the population has lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The loss of jobs crowd the streets of Chicago with more and more homeless people daily. Although we don’t have the power to create more jobs, we can help them out by donating meals to those in need. Due to the pandemic our eight grade year isn’t the same. The guidelines for COVID restrict certain community service opportunities. We are however blessed to be able to participate in this wonderful cause/charity.
What is the Night Ministry organization? The Night Ministry is a Chicago based organization that works to provide housing, health care, and human connection to those who are struggling with poverty or homelessness. 8th Grade Service Opportunity Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus program includes providing 100 bagged lunches to people they service nightly. SFX 8th graders can sign up to participate to make 100 bag lunches on Dec 16 and 17 and 23rd.
How does it work? 8th Grade Gold volunteers will make 10 decorated bagged lunches at home during the 12:05-12:40 learning period. Then they will place them on the porch for parent volunteers to pick up and drive downtown. Shopping for lunches, decorating bags and prepping will count for 90 minutes of service.
January and February (Saturdays and Sundays, drop off b/w 9-11am): Bagged Lunches for Connections for the HomelessSIGN UP HERE
Thank you for donating your time and resources to prepare bagged lunches for the Connections for the Homeless residents. This service opportunity can be up to 2 service hours if eighth graders shop, prepare, and deliver lunches. Please read the instructions provided by Connections for the Homeless ion the sign-up genius. Parent lead for questions – please feel free to call/text Miggie McCurry at 773-632-6641.
Bagged Breakfasts for Connections for the Homeless, Saturday and Sunday, drop-off between 3 pm-5 pm)SIGN UP HERE
Thank you for donating your time and resources to prepare bagged breakfasts for the Connections for the Homeless residents. This service opportunity can be up to 2 service hours if eighth graders shop, prepare, and deliver lunches. Please read the instructions provided by Connections for the Homeless in the sign-up genius. If you have any questions, please feel free to call/text Miggie McCurry at 773-632-6641.
Future opportunities in development – Check back for sign ups!
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab – making cards and letters. Parent lead: Bridget Fruin, email@example.com.
Due to strict Covid-19 infection control measures, we are not able to make cards for patients, but we can make cards for the staff members at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
A little bit about SRAlab: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation. The hospital, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, opened its doors in 2017 as the global source of science-driven breakthroughs in Human Ability.
When the pandemic started, the hospital quickly adjusted to the developing COVID crisis and added services to address the distinct issues related to recovery from the virus. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is uniquely qualified to care for patients who have completed their COVID treatment. As the #1 expert in treating impairment and debilitation caused by disease and injury, we are the Special-Ops team ready to help with lingering effects of the viral infection.
Rehabilitation can result in significant improvements in function and independence, post-COVID illness. After a prolonged hospital stay due to COVID-19, including time spent in an intensive care units (ICU), rehabilitation plays an important role in recovery. Interdisciplinary teams of experts work with patients, many formerly on ventilators, to address loss in strength and fine motor skills, as well as dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and ongoing shortness of breath. Our teams are also able to provide stroke and neurologic rehabilitation for patients who have had strokes related to COVID infections.SIGN UP HERE
Catholic Charities – Des Plaines Food Pantry & Clothing room, also pop up pantries in Skokie, Weekends sorts or organize a drive for sneakers, jeans, sweaters & coats. Parent lead – please feel free to call/text Erin Loeher at 248-312-8728
Sharing Parish St. Thomas of Canterbury – May be opportunities to fold into the school days. Possible moving/lifting boxes opportunities. Parent lead: Anna Marie Close, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop n’ Drop – Coordinate food drive at church, drop off in Highland Park (HP) and pack food in (HP) for local needy area families; Request dress down day to raise money for Shop n’ Drop food pantry. Parent lead: Andrea Hofmeister, email@example.com.
“Zoom playdates with SJFX Kindergartners” – sign up to be matched with a kindergartner for online stories & games. Working on logistics Parent lead: Erin Loeher, mobile 248-312-8728.