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Sacred Heart students, faculty and friends volunteered at Covenant House, cleaned storm drains throughout New Orleans and helped clean, garden and prepare food at Ronald McDonald House on Sept. 15.
By Elizabeth Coman, Academy of the Sacred Heart
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Academy of the Sacred Heart participated in “Sacred Heart Global Service Day” to benefit various organizations in the New Orleans area.
The school joined Sacred Heart schools around the world to honor their foundress, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, and her legacy. The day marked the 200th anniversary since she opened the first Sacred Heart school in America in St. Charles, Missouri.
Approximately 300 students, parents, faculty and administrators in the New Orleans area dedicated their Saturday to volunteering at organizations such as Covenant House, Poydras Home, Ronald McDonald House, Second Harvest Food Bank and more.
Several students, including myself, volunteered at Covenant House, an organization that offers aid to homeless or at-risk teenagers and young adults ranging from age 16 to 22. Covenant House provides these youth with clothing, food and shelter, as well as counseling and job training in order to reintroduce them into society.
I chose to volunteer at Covenant House because it is an organization that helps people around my age, which made the service project more personal and very meaningful to me.
It was also very special to participate in a day of service with other Sacred Heart Network schools. This service day promoted unity amongst students and faculty across the globe as they pledged to help their wider communities. Service is an incredibly important part of a Sacred Heart education, as part of the school’s mission states that students should work towards raising “a social awareness which impels to action.”
Sacred Heart Global Service Day perfectly embodied this goal.
The students working at Covenant House and the other organizations benefited just as much as the staff members and those served by the organization. My classmate, Annie McDougal, said, “Volunteering at Covenant House was such an amazing experience. I loved working with the other students to help around the organization.” Overall, the day was a great success, and I believe that the we truly made a difference through our collective efforts to help our community.
Elizabeth Coman is a senior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans.