Living the Legacy
Family Service Opportunities

Dear Parents,

This school year, we honor FXW’s commitment to service. Through the Living the Legacy project, FXW students and their families meaningfully and consistently lend a helping hand to the community and to those in need. Service comes in many forms – serving a hot meal on a cold night, cleaning up our parks and streets, spreading holiday cheer, or even something as small as sharing a smile, a hug, or a game of bingo. Through last year’s Living the Legacy Service Project, the FXW community completed over 7500 service hours and once again proved that every person – no matter how big or small – can make a difference. This year, we encourage students and families to continue ‘Living the Legacy’ of our school’s namesake, Mother Frances Xavier Warde. Join us as we work together to change our world for the better.

How It Works:
• All families are asked to perform 5+ hours of community service.
• Parents and children should work together to complete the service, making it a family activity and experience.
• As you complete your service hours, you and your children can fill out and return Service Certificates.

How You Can Participate:
• We welcome you to join other FXW families at the Group Service Events that FXW has organized during the school year.
• Families are also encouraged to use the Individual Service Opportunities List which provides names of organizations that need volunteer families. Please contact those organizations directly to arrange your service hours or use the sign up method indicated.
• Any type of service with any organization or individual in need is welcome! Be creative and have fun!

Why We Do It:
• Mother Frances Xavier Warde was a Mercy Nun who came from Ireland to the United States in 1840. She opened Catholic schools, hospitals, and orphanages in Chicago to serve communities in need.
• Our diversity of faiths brings us together in our desire to help and serve those in need. By “Living the Legacy” we strengthen our faith community.
• Over the years, FXW students have made a difference in the lives of so many people and across Chicago. At FXW, we recognize the successes of the past and continue to teach our children by example the importance and joy of helping those around us.

Interested Parents Are Welcome to Join the Living the Legacy Leadership Team!
Please attend our meeting on
January 17 at 8:15am in the OSP Cafeteria.

Please contact Priya Valenti ( with questions.

We look forward to serving with you.


The Living the Legacy Leadership Team

Individual Service Opportunities

OSP SPOKES Cookie Drive for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly on Feb. 5, 2017

Organized by Old St. Pat’s SPOKES, bake cookies at home that will be delivered to elderly residents around Chicago.

OSP SPOKES Used Toy and Book Drive on March 5, 2017

Help organize the hundreds of toy and book donations collected by the Church’s annual drive.

Chicago Canine Rescue (

You and your children can help walk shelter dogs while they wait for loving families to adopt them.

  • 7 days a week, 10am – 7pm at 5272 N. Elston Ave.  No appointment necessary…just drop in!
  • All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please download and complete the waiver form found on the CCR website and bring it with you.  Adults will also be asked to show a photo ID.
  • Contact Catherine Dowd with any questions (

Greater Chicago Food Depository (

Help pack and sort food or personal care items to be distributed to families in need in the Chicagoland area.

  • 2 hour family sessions available one Saturday afternoon per month
  • Minimum age for children—5 years old. 1:1 adult/child ratio required
  • Registration fills up fast—Contact: 773-247-3663 or

Lakeview Pantry (

Help sort and pack food for those in need.  Distributing more that 1.6 million pounds of food each year, Lakeview Pantry helps clients achieve independence and aims to end hunger in Chicago.

Make a Wish Illinois (

Participate in the Kids for Wish Kids program, benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation.  This program gives children the opportunity to fundraise and sponsor wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Students can organize their own fundraising initiative…a lemonade stand, jewelry business, or neighborhood shoveling service…the sky is the limit! Use your own creativity and your child’s interests to find a way to collect money.
  • Contact Ashley Nichele when you are ready to make your donation at or 312-602-9419. Mention FXW when making your donation!

Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children’s Hospital (

Get a group of your friends together and participate in the Meals from the Heart program at the Ronald McDonald House.  Plan a menu, purchase ingredients, and prepare the meal in the House’s full-service kitchen.  Join the residents to enjoy the meal.

  • Plan to serve 70 people for dinner or 45 for lunch at 211 E. Grand Ave.
  • All ages welcome, but all children must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Please sign up with a group of up to 20 volunteers (inclusive of children). A perfect way to socialize with friends and classmates!
  • Select a date/time and learn more about the program at Contact Brittany Wozniak ( with questions.

Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children’s Hospital (

The Ronald McDonald House strives to provide its families with activities every evening.  Your family can lead a session of arts and crafts, baking, story time or yoga.  The possibilities are endless so tap into your creativity and bring joy to those who need it most.

  • 211 E. Grand Avenue. Evening activities take place at 6:30pm or 7:30pm.
  • All ages welcome, but all children must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Sign up with a group of 5 volunteers (inclusive of children).
  • For an Activity Guide, more information, and to register for a date, visit Contact Brittany Wozniak ( with questions.

Ronald McDonald House, U of C Comer Children’s Hospital (

Bake and decorate cookies at the Ronald McDonald House to bring joy to the families of children facing extended treatment at the hospital.

  • 2 hour sessions, flexible times. Maximum 12 volunteers at a time
  • All ages welcome.
  • To arrange a time, contact Peggy at 773-324-5437.

Fill out and return a service certificate form to receive credit for hours!

Preschool – 3rd Grade Service Certificate Form

4th-8th Grade and Faculty/Staff Certificate Form

More opportunities will be added each month!  Watch take-home folders for details or check out the Living the Legacy website at for the latest updates. 

10 – 4th Presbyterian Silverware Rolling
17 – LTL Parent Leadership Team Meeting 8am
17 – Lakeview Pantry
18 – HNC Recycled Art
21 – Lakeview Pantry
22 – Madonna House Birthday Party
28 – Big Shoulders Clean Up St. Malachy’s

1 – Sewing Loveys for the NICU
4 – Chicago Collegiate Charter School Clean Up
7 – 4th Presbyterian Silverware Rolling
11 – Bishop Conway Valentine’s Event
12 – Madonna House Valentine’s Party
15 – HNC Recycled Art
21 – Lakeview Pantry
24 – St. Teresa’s Dinner

7 – 4th Presbyterian Silverware Rolling
15 – HNC Recycled Art
17 – Spring Placemat Event OSP
19 – Madonna House Birthday Party
21 – Lakeview Pantry
24 – St. Teresa’s Dinner

4 – 4th Presbyterian Silverware Rolling
7 – St. Teresa’s Dinner
8 – Big Shoulders Clean Up at St. Agnes of Bohemia
8 – Bishop Conway Spring Event
9 – Madonna House Easter Party and Dinner
12 – HNC Recycled Art

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