The “Making a Difference” program encourages students to use their gifts and interests to serve others and live out their faith. When students serve in an area of interest, they will find their experience to be very rewarding to themselves and to others. The goals for each student are as follows:
• K-2nd: 1 hour per quarter for a total of 4 hours for the academic year.
• 3rd-5th: 2 hours per quarter for a total of 8 hours for the academic year.
• 6th-8th: 3 hours per quarter for a total of 12 hours for the academic year.
Below are some suggested service opportunities. It is not required to use this list, and students are free to choose their own community service. Essays/short answer papers are required at the end of the trimester, which allow the students to reflect on the activity.
Feed My Starving Children (www.fmsc.org)
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Shepherd of the Desert first hosted the 2008 Baby Diaper Drive for the Homeward Bound program. This year our school collected over 23,000 diapers to help families in need. This program has been a blessing for the Phoenix community. More information can be found at www.babydiaperdrive.org.
The Scottsdale community has a variety of unmet or under-served groups. The following are possible suggestions and websites to assist students in discovering some of those needs:
• Volunteer at an assisted living home, church or animal shelter
• Serve/organize food or clothes at a shelter for the needy
• Create get-well cards for those sick in a hospital and deliver them
• Assist with events/programs in your community
• Volunteer at our school’s community events
• Volunteer Match (http://www.volunteermatch.org/)
• Hands on Phoenix (www.handsonphoenix.org)