Chaminade Julienne students have taken America’s biggest sporting event of the year and turned it into an annual opportunity to serve others in the Miami Valley.
“For the third year in a row, we had CJ students serve at the Super Bowl party hosted by the St. Vincent de Paul Gettysburg Gateway Shelter for Men, along with Carroll and Alter,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service.
Parents Scott Hadaway and Elizabeth Calhoun accompanied seniors Gretchen Bruggeman, Clare Geraghty, Mikaela Hadaway, Heidi Hess, McKenzie Johnson and Emily Shira at the shelter located northeast of the Possum Creek MetroPark, where they served snacks during the game and helped clean up afterward.
The Super Bowl Sunday tradition was initiated in 2011 by Ms. Calhoun, parent of CJ graduate Jacob Calhoun ’12, as a creative way to attract volunteers on a typically unpopular day for volunteering. It has since become a favorite service opportunity for many CJ students.
In a letter to the CJ community, Rebecca DeLong, manager of volunteers at St. Vincent, thanked volunteers and CJ culinary arts classes for providing donations of food for the Feb. 3 event.
“I also want to express our appreciation to the student and adult volunteers who not only served the dinner but stayed until half-time to serve appetizers, snacks and desserts and assist with the clean-up,” DeLong wrote.
“The clients in shelter were very grateful for the tasty food and the kindness shown by the Chaminade Julienne volunteers, and the Super Bowl party was enjoyed by all!
“Without assistance from dedicated groups like yours, we at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter would be unable to serve and care for the homeless. Thank you so much for your support and interest in our organization!”
The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter is to provide shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, and families during their period of crisis. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at www.stvincentdayton.org.