Recently, the Mount launched its traditional Thanksgiving Drive, which will run until Friday, November 17th. To catch students’ attention, and remind them to bring in non-perishable donations, some Mount students decorated collection boxes for placement in all homeroom classrooms. The items collected will be donated to the Our Lady Help of Christians School, in East Orange, and will help families dine and create meaningful Thanksgiving Day memories.
However, this isn’t the Mount’s first charitable endeavor this year, in fact, since the start of school, the students have worn pink socks and shoelaces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; played in a Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament, which raised $300 for Minnette’s Angels; collected brand-new socks for donation to Bridges Outreach in Summit, and the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair; donated Halloween candy ahead of the holiday to Mercy House in Newark, and are currently holding a drive to collect Halloween candy for charitable donation; raised money for Relay for Life via a cookie sale; and will be holding the 3rd Annual Relay for Life Spike for a Cure Volleyball Tournament in mid-Nov. In addition, as the year progresses, just like all previous years, many more charitable endeavors will be added to this list.
In addition, the Mount boasts a few social impact clubs including:
Glamour Gals, where students visit Marian Manor, a caring community for seniors, monthly and give the ladies manicures and enjoy refreshments together;
The Key Club, where students make a positive impact as they serve others;
The Laudato Si Action Platform club (LSAP ), which develops a bold and active response to the ecological crisis that is illustrated in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’;
The Operation Smile club, which is part of the world-wide organization that transforms lives through free cleft surgeries and comprehensive oral care;
Relay for Life, which raises money to fight cancer via semi-monthly fundraisers;
The Veterans' Club, where members perform service activities; and
The Women for Women Club, which supports women’s shelters.
Since Sept. well over 2,200 hours of combined service have been performed by all Mount students. At the Mount, students perform at least 25 hours (seniors), 20 hours (juniors), 15 hours (sophomores) and 12 hours (freshmen) of service hours a year; however, most students’ service commitments far exceed those levels.
Mount St. Dominic students have a calling to be of service via Caritas, which means love in Latin, and come to better understand themselves and others through service to the community.
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