Awareness Week Benefits Hungry & Homeless

Students, faculty and staff at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School raised more than $3,100 and collected approximately 2,000 non-perishable items for local and world service organizations in the week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The annual event known as Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is organized each fall by the school’s office of ministry and service. Students are challenged to meet a school-wide donation goal, but the week’s efforts are aimed at raising the collective consciousness about the plight of others said Erin Bole, an assistant director of ministry and service at CJ.

“Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is an opportunity to grow in awareness of the needs of the Dayton community right outside of our doors,” Bole said.

“Our students recognize how working towards the common good helps the community they live in and they make a great collaborative effort at giving what they can to help those in need, especially in the greater Dayton community.”

The fruits of several activities throughout the week of November 14-21 will directly benefit the hungry and homeless locally:

Thousands of collected canned food items, toiletries, hats and gloves are being given to neighborhood organizations including St. Vincent Hotel, The Food Bank and the Life Enrichment Center.

Bagged lunches and hot meals prepared by CJ faculty and staff on Wednesday morning fed more than 100 local students who participate in after school programs through St. Vincent de Paul.

Approximately 300 more bagged lunches were donated to the House of Bread Thursday after students prepared meals during their own lunch period in the cafeteria.

All monetary contributions will benefit two international hunger-relief agencies: Oxfam international, a 15-organization collaborative working in nearly 100 countries to fight poverty and injustice; and Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S. according to its Web site,

Thanks to members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God's Hands Today) who helped organize the events throughout the week by collecting donations, creating a prayer service for the kick-off, and encouraging participation among the student body.

"FLIGHT’s dedication and their willingness to put in extra hours of work to make this week a successful one is inspiring," Bole said.