For the sixth consecutive spring, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff gathered together to celebrate the impact of their service and charity on the local and global community at the annual Service Awards assembly Wednesday, May 2.
“This is a day of celebration and recognition of accomplishment for change that each of us can make in our world,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. A total of 10,386 volunteer hours, over and above religion curriculum requirements, was recorded by members of the CJ community during the 2011-12 school year.
That result, said Kinnear, equals what would be a contribution of nearly a quarter of a million dollars to the local, national and international economy. According to an April 2012 report by the Independent Sector – a non-partisan association for American non-profits, foundations and corporate giving programs – today’s value of one hour of service is equivalent to $21.74.
“The Service Awards assembly is an intentional way for us to gather to witness Christ’s mission lived out through our actions and through our sprit of loving generosity towards others,” Kinnear said.
CJ community members were joined at the morning presentation by ‘Little Sibs’ from Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception. The youngsters were recognized on stage with their high school mentors, or ‘Bigs’, and enjoyed a picnic lunch with the junior and senior participants in the courtyard following the assembly.
The Little Sibs Program is an example of the many service opportunities organized for CJ students by the office of ministry and service. Among this year’s charitable activities included three mission trips to national and international locations; an urban plunge experience in Cincinnati’s poverty-ridden Over-the-Rhine neighborhood; and weekly R.E.A.C.H. (Recreating Earth as Christ Hopes) site visits to The Dayton Food Bank.
“A total of 102 CJ freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors volunteered between 25 and 99 service hours beyond their class requirements, with 24 others putting in 100 hours or more,” Kinnear said.
Students individually recognized for their outstanding efforts included senior Christine Meadors, who contributed 636 hours in four years at CJ; senior Emily Casey, who was bestowed with the Youth Service Award by the Dayton LaSertoma Club; and scholarship recipients Elizabeth Terzian and Logan Cobbs (pictured below). For their demonstrated servant leadership qualities, the junior and sophomore were respectively awarded the Sister Ruth Ann Bange, SNDdeN, Service Award and the George Early Scholarship.
“We honor our students to enlighten and inspire. Recognition helps them see the grace of servant leadership and encourages them to heed God’s call to continually serve in the future,” Kinnear said.
SERVICE BY THE NUMBERS AT CJ
- 10,386 hours volunteered beyond religion service requirements, valued at $225,792.
- $2,900 collected for victims of human trafficking as part of the year-long Senior Justice Project.
- 2,000 non-perishable items and more than $3,100 raised as a result of the annual Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week outreach in November.
- 231 potential lives saved by 77 pints of blood donated by nearly 90 CJ students, faculty and staff at the annual CJ Blood Drive in February.
- 140 CJ students along with 15 faculty and staff members volunteered during Join Hands Miami Valley, contributing about 35 hours of service to 10 nonprofit organizations at 14 area locations this October.
- 12 thousand pounds of items donated by members of the CJ community during the Goodwill Drive to Victory hosted by WHIO-TV in October.