News Archive

2022

  • May

    Joslin Elementary "Adopt-A-School" Summer Survival Kits (By Glenn Smith '24)

    Eight St. Michael's student-volunteers from the World Languages Program distributed over 250 Summer Survival Kits at Joslin Elementary School containing markers, crayons, colored pencils, watercolor packs, glue sticks, sketch pads, and sidewalk chalk as part of a community Adopt-A-School partnership. We had a good time getting to play with the kindergarten through 4th grade Joslin students and were even able to practice our Spanish at times!

    Thank you so much for your help and support for schools and families in our own backyard.  It’s my hope that this leads to a long-lasting experience and connection between our schools!
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  • Green Corn Project Service Opportunity (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    The mission of Green Corn Project (GCP) is to help people with limited access to high-quality, fresh vegetables grow their own organic food. Their vision is to grow fresh food in ways that conserve natural resources, promote self-reliance, and strengthen communities. With the help of community volunteers, GCP installs food gardens for individuals and families and also assists elementary schools, community service centers, and refugee shelters grow food gardens. Volunteers, as well as our garden recipients, receive hands-on education in organic gardening methods. The goal is to provide food, education, and a sense of accomplishment and pride for everyone involved in the creation and maintenance of the gardens.

    Volunteering with GCP is a great way to begin or enhance your gardening journey and help others do the same. There is no better way to meet new people than working together in a garden. Join GCP for a Dig-In or a workshop. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to LEARN MORE, please visit their website and contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • April

    Best Buddies International Central Texas Friendship Walk Volunteer Opportunity (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement creating opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrating employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programs are dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of millions of people with disabilities by empowering them to form meaningful friendships with peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, and feel valued by society.

    Best Buddies is hosting the  Central Texas Friendship Walk at Westlake High School on May 7th  to raise awareness and funds for Best Buddies. Best Buddies is searching for awesome volunteers to help check-in walkers and provide general support for the event. Follow this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faba928a6f4ce9-best for more information and sign-up. Please contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.com for further information.
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  • Easterseals Service Opportunity (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    Easterseals Central Texas began in 1937 as the Texas Society for Crippled Children and later expanded and became the Capital Area Rehabilitation Center. The Center serves a variety of disabilities such as autism, speech, language and hearing disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy. 

    Edgar Allen, founder of Easterseals believes "We have but one life. We get nothing out of that life except by putting something into it. To relieve suffering, to help the unfortunate, to do kind acts and deeds is, after all, the one sure way to secure happiness or to achieve real success. Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take...but by what we give."

    Easterseals of Central Texas needs an extra set of hands with special events and ongoing service opportunities in Live, Work, and Play programs. 
    Visit GivePulse, their volunteer management partner atwww.givepulse.com and search for Easterseals Central Texas for a list of current and upcoming volunteering opportunities. Please contact me at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • Freshman Dedicates 70 Service Hours During Spring Break (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    There are so many things a 14-year-old young man can do during his spring break. Kudos to Jacob U, who spent over 70 hours volunteering during this spring break.  Jacob helped kids from Austin’s low-income communities to just be kids at Camp Nikos. Through outdoor and indoor play, exercise, bonding, and learning, kids connected with each other, themselves, and the earth. Needless to say, young campers were not the only ones who learned and had fun.  Jacob met new friends and received lessons in communication, patience, empathy, conflict resolution, leadership, and, yes…Jesus!
     
    Go Jacob!  Congratulations for being the youngest camp counselor at Camp Nikos.  We are so proud of you. Camp Nikos summer 2022 here we come.
     
    Facebook video – camp Nikos
     
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  • Good Friday Pilgrimage (Compiled Dr. Annie Bullock, Theology Instructor)

    What started 10+ years ago with a small energetic group of students from UT Austin has grown to be an Austin tradition for many.  Good Friday is the day Christians all over the world spiritually join Jesus Christ in His Passion and Death for the forgiveness of sins.   In Austin, TX we remember Jesus’ walk to Mount Calvary with a 9-mile pilgrimage through the streets of Austin.   In 2019, approximately  800 pilgrims made the pilgrimage - from the heart of our city and diocese, St. Mary’s Cathedral, to the heart of our Blessed Mother, The Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in West Austin.  Pilgrims gathered at 12:30 pm at the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin, for a send-off blessing from Bishop Joe Vásquez and departed for the Marian Shrine at 1:00 pm.
     
    Fr. Cristobal Asenjo, Rector of the Shrine, emphasizes, “The Good Friday Pilgrimage has become a beautiful tradition for our city, where families and individuals can come together from all over to “live” Good Friday.  Taking part in this gives us the opportunity to help Jesus carry the Cross and to be aware of the profound significance this act of love means for us.  We offer our Pilgrimage for those who need our prayers, renewing all hearts, and to experience the Lord's resurrection also as our own resurrection.”

    The group passes through the streets of downtown Austin and features stops along the way for re-enactments of the Way of the Cross by various university students in character,  the rosary, and a moment of silence at 3 pm followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Several Schoenstatt Fathers will be available to hear confessions while walking with the group.  The pilgrimage concludes at the Shrine with the traditional Good Friday Liturgy at 7:00 pm.  All are invited to attend. Please contact me with questions at abullock@smca.com.
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  • February

    Mission Possible Volunteer Opportunities (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    Mission Possible Austin is a non-profit organization that seeks to break the cycle of poverty one life at a time. The organization envisions lives changed, communities impacted, and generations transformed with justice, mercy, and humility. Opportunities to serve include:
    • Big Fish Club
    • Fuze
    • Nikos Camp
    • Cornerstone Tutoring
    • Pregnancy Resource Center
    • Church Under the Bridge
    • Restoration Art Center
    • Tree of Lights Christmas Store
    Click here to Volunteer and contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • Valentines for Marbridge Service Opportunity (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    Marbridge is a non-profit residential community that offers transitional and lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive disabilities and — through compassion and faith — provides them opportunities to learn, experience, and achieve a whole new life. 

    The service project is to make original valentines for the residents. Please contact me with any questions.

    More information on the work that goes on at Marbridge may be found from their brief introductory video.
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  • January

    Community First! Village Service Opportunities (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned community in East Austin that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community to serve the homeless.

    Bundles are needed with Cleaning Supplies, Kitchen Basis, Non-Perishable Foods, or Entertainment. You will earn 2 hours of service for each bundle. Use this link https://mlf.org/housewarming-gifts/ for more information and delivery options. Please contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.com with any questions. 
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  • Donate Emergency Winter Kits (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    Caritas of Austin is a local organization that believes when every person has a stable place to call home, they can realize their full potential and contribute to the community. The organization builds well-being by making sure people have a safe home, access to healthy groceries, and jobs. Their innovative, personalized and proven approach to ending homelessness creates a more vibrant community for everyone. The coming days and weeks may be the coldest weather of the year in Austin. Help the people Caritas of Austin prepare for severe weather and emergency situations by donating a Winter Preparedness Kit. Thank you for your support!
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