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

May 24 at 8:15am in the OSP Cafeteria.

 

Please contact Priya Valenti (priyalaroia@yahoo.com) with questions.

 

We look forward to serving with you.

 

Sincerely,

The Living the Legacy Leadership Team

 

                                                             

 

Family Service Opportunities

Spring 2017

 

Group Service Events for FXW Families

 

Lakeview Pantry on April 18, 2017

Support the Lakeview Pantry’s impressive efforts to feed 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.  Volunteers will organize food donations and stock shelves in preparation for distribution.

 

Lakeview Pantry on April 22, 2017

Support the Lakeview Pantry’s impressive efforts to feed 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.  Volunteers will fill grocery bags that will be distributed to food insecure families and individuals.

 

Misericordia Candy Days on April 28 and 29, 2017

Help spread the word about and raise funds for FXW’s long-standing community partner, Misericordia!  Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.  Candy Days provide an opportunity for volunteers to help collect much needed funds and inform people about the great work that Misericordia does.  Join us on one of FXW’s designated corners.

  • April 28 and 29, 2017; various shifts available
  • Volunteers will meet on the SE corner of Michigan and Superior to receive supplies and be directed to a nearby corner.
  • All ages welcome; any child younger than 7th grade must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 7th and 8th grade volunteers welcome.
  • Please dress for the weather as this is a rain or shine event!
  • Sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e45adab23ab9-misericordia3

 

Silverware Rolling at Fourth Presbyterian Church on May 2, 2017

Support the Fourth Presbyterian Church’s efforts to feed the homeless.  Help by rolling silverware and packing sack lunches in preparation for an upcoming dinner for the homeless.

 

Night Ministry Care Packages at OSP on May 5, 2017

Help us make crafts and treats for Chicago’s homeless.  We will also be collecting backpacks and donations to be distributed by the Night Ministry.  The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. With an open heart and an open mind, the Night Ministry accepts people as they are and works to address their immediate physical, emotional and social needs while affirming their sense of humanity.

 

Lakeview Pantry on May 16, 2017

Support the Lakeview Pantry’s impressive efforts to feed 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.  Volunteers will organize food donations and stock shelves in preparation for distribution.

 

Recycled Art Project on May 17, 2017

Put your artistic skills to the test!  Work with FXW mom and artist, Jen Bryant, to create original artworks from recycled products.  All projects will be distributed to the seniors living at The Clare residence for the elderly.

 

St. Teresa of Avila Loaves and Fishes Dinner on May 19, 2017

Be part of an amazing effort to feed Chicago’s homeless.  Volunteers needed to help with grocery shopping, food preparation, set up, serving, and clean up for a dinner for approximately 100 guests.

  • May 19, 2017
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm if food prep done at home (food prep can be done in church kitchen earlier in the day or day before).
  • 1930 N. Kenmore
  • Minimum age – 9 years old; all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Sign up to volunteer and/or donate at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e45adab23ab9-stteresas

 

Montrose Beach Clean Up Event on May 20, 2017

Help clean one of our city’s most popular beaches!  Everyone can take part in caring for our lakefront.  Help pick up garbage, test water samples, and more while enjoying some outdoor time!

 

Heartland Alliance Urban Farm on May 21, 2017

Get your hands dirty helping out at the Heartland Alliance Chicago FarmWorks Urban Farm.  This 2.3 acre farm services the East Garfield Park neighborhood by distributing local produce to those who need it most.  The farm also employs local residents, providing them with a springboard to well-paid, long-term employment.

 

Madonna House Birthday Party on May 21, 2017

Help throw a birthday party for the residents of Madonna House.  Madonna House is a transitional home for homeless women and children.  Volunteers will be hosting a party for all of the children who have recently had birthdays.  Help run party games, serve birthday treats, and offer your friendship.

 

Silverware Rolling at Fourth Presbyterian Church on June 6, 2017

Support the Fourth Presbyterian Church’s efforts to feed the homeless.  Help by rolling silverware and packing sack lunches in preparation for an upcoming dinner for the homeless.

 

Individual Service Opportunities

 

OSP SPOKES Baby Blanket Making for New Mothers, Inc. on April 30, 2017

Organized by Old St. Pat’s SPOKES, help make no-sew fleece baby blankets to benefit new mothers and their infants.

 

Chicago Canine Rescue (http://www.chicagocaninerescue.org)

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 (PDowd66422@aol.com)

 

Greater Chicago Food Depository (www.chicagosfoodbank.org)

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 volunteerservices@gcfd.org

 

Lakeview Pantry (www.lakeviewpantry.org)

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 (www.Illinois.wish.org)

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 Nichele@illinois.wish.org or 312-602-9419. Mention FXW when making your donation!

 

Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children’s Hospital (www.rmhccni.org)

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 http://rmhccni.org/meals-lurie/. Contact Brittany Wozniak (BWozniak@rmhccni.org) with questions.

 

Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children’s Hospital (www.rmhccni.org)

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 http://rmhccni.org/lurie-family-program-volunteers/. Contact Brittany Wozniak (BWozniak@rmhccni.org) with questions.

 

Ronald McDonald House, U of C Comer Children’s Hospital (www.rmhccni.org)

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.

 

Anytime Service Suggestions

 

Environmentally Friendly Ideas

  • Take a walk through your neighborhood and clean up any garbage or other mess that you see. Wear gloves and be safe!
  • Plant food seeds and watch your harvest grow. Share your produce with an urban garden program that serves the needy, such as Heartland Alliance.

 

Share a Meal

  • Bring a meal over to a neighbor or friend who might be lonely or in need.
  • Bake a plate of cookies for someone who might need cheering up. Invite them over to share or deliver them.  If you don’t have someone in mind, you can deliver your cookies to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

 

Spend Some Time

  • Offer to babysit for or have a playdate with a family that might need help or a much needed break. Think of fun games and craft projects that your families could do together.
  • Spend an afternoon with a senior that might appreciate some company. Ask questions about their life while you play board games or work in the garden together.

 

Clean House

  • Clean out your closet and find gently used clothes and shoes to donate to a local shelter, such as Madonna House.
  • Look through your bookshelves and find books that you no longer need. Donate them to a school with a struggling library, such as Our Lady of Tepeyac.
  • Look through your pantry for canned foods that you aren’t using, but that are not expired. Donate them to a food pantry, such as Lakeview Pantry.

 

Get Crafty

  • Create some holiday or everyday centerpieces for the dining room of a nursing home, such as St. Mary’s or Bishop Conway.
  • Make cards to lift the spirits of kids who may be in need of a smile, such as the kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

 

Contact Priya Valenti at priyalaroia@yahoo.com for more information on any of the organizations listed above.

 

Event Calendar Spring 2017

 

April

18                    4:30-6:30pm              Lakeview Pantry

22                    9-11am                         Lakeview Pantry

28-29               Various Shifts            Misericordia Candy Days

30                    10:45am-12:45pm    OSP SPOKES Baby Blanket Making

 

May

2                      3:45-4:45pm             4th Pres Silverware Rolling

5                      3-4pm                         Night Ministry Event at OSP

16                    4:30-6:30pm             Lakeview Pantry

17                    3:30-4:45pm             HNC Recycled Art

19                    5pm                             St. Teresa’s Dinner

20                    9-11am                       Montrose Beach Clean Up

21                    9-11am                        Heartland Alliance Urban Farm

21                    2-3:30pm                   Madonna House Birthday Party

24                    8:15am                       LTL Parent Leadership Team Meeting

 

June

6                      3:45-4:45pm              4th Pres Silverware Rolling

 

 

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