As we move through the Jubilee Year of Mercy, in the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford we continue our outstanding acts of community service. We do this not only because we are in this extraordinary period of celebration, but also because it is a part of our purpose and mission. In our blog, “Why Catholic Schools Are Big Supporters of Community Involvement,” we explain, “Every Catholic school community in the Archdiocese of Hartford participates in continuous service projects as varied as collections for food banks, activities honoring veterans, and projects supporting those suffering from natural disasters.” Throughout the year, the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Hartford offers service opportunities for all ages, including the Youth Ministry and Catholic Scouting.
With summer vacation just around the corner, we want to share additional service resources that will offer opportunities for your entire family to go out and make a real difference in the community. Here are three of the top-rated sites:
- Volunteer Connecticut: “The website of the United Way/Volunteer Center for that community and/or an online database of volunteer opportunities.”
- VolunteerMatch: “We connect people who want to change the world together.”
- Red Cross: “You'll make a difference in the lives of others, but you'll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours.”
When we all work together in creating a world of good and giving back to the community, we gain a sense of responsibility and self-esteem that nourishes our mind, body, and soul.
In the words of Pope Francis,
But to all of you, especially those who can do more and give more, I ask: Please, do more! Please, give more! When you give of your time, your talents and your resources to the many people who struggle and who live on the margins, you make a difference. It is a difference that is so desperately needed, and one for which you will be richly rewarded by the Lord.
What are some of the ways you and your family give back to the community? Let us know in the comment section below.