Community Service 2019-2020

SUMMER SERVICE TRIP APPLICATIONS
Columbus OH RTNI (June 11 – 14)
Liberty, KY Rural Plunge (June 23 – 29)
SVDP Urban Plunge (July 5 – 8)

Caring Cougars Summer Service Team Registration

MND’s Community Service Program offers a variety of different student-led service programs including helping students at local schools through after school tutoring programs, a myriad of activities through our Conference with St. Vincent de Paul, partnerships with non-profit organizations like The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Operation Give Back, pediatric cancer research support through Night for the Fight, support for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and much more!

Service Board
The MND Community Service Program is led by a team of eight outstanding young women who serve on the Service Board.  Their job is to lead by example, as they all have an impressive involvement in and passion for serving others. Their job is lay the groundwork for the overall MND service program, help train the individual program leaders, manage communication, oversee finances, troubleshoot, cheer lead and recognize outstanding MND students in the area of service.  CLICK HERE to learn about your 2019-2020 Service Board.

Program Leaders
The Student Leadership Team is made up of the Service Board and Service Program Leaders.  Program Leaders organize and implement the various programs, projects and trips.  Some programs have multiple leaders and leadership teams.  Visit each program below to see the student leaders for that specific program.

Registration – Year-Long Programs – CLOSED AT THIS TIME
Links to registration information will be found under each program below. Note: Since some programs have limited capacity, the registration forms will turn off for that program once the application limit is met.  

Registration – One-Time Events and Service Trips
Registration forms for one-time events and trips will be made available via email and Community Service BAND group as the program nears.

Event Calendar and Notifications – Stay Updated
Join the MND Community Service Program BAND to see our service offerings. Visit https://band.us/n/a9a111he07d1J to register.  You can also CLICK HERE to see our Google Calendar of Service Events.

Program Videos
CLICK HERE for links to the videos created by leaders of our programs.

 

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Year-Long Programs

Mount Notre Dame operates a school-based St. Vincent de Paul Conference, following the guidelines set forth by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We live out this mission through serving others. We participate in home visits with the Cathedral Conference, offer pantry assistance, bed deliveries, rent and utilities assistance, and more. We partner with SVDP through our annual Food Drive, assist with the Teepe Family Christmas Tree deliveries and host an Angel Toy Shop in December at their new Neyer Outreach Center.

The purpose of this program is in line with St. Vincent de Paul’s mission, which is to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

In addition to MND’s Conference activities, members are encouraged to participate in the city-wide high school SVDP conference – The St. Julie Conference – held at Bank Street and led by Mo Kelly.  Information will be shared at the first SVDP Conference Meeting.

Program Leadership
MND SVDP Conference Co-Presidents: Alyssa Hoffman ’21 and Olivia Wolfzon ’21
MND SVDP Conference Board: Clara Leder ’22, Madelyn Meder ’20, Emma Mitsch ’20, Alyssa Simmons ’20
Service Board Liaison: Elora Dodds ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

2019 – 2020 Conference Activity Schedule (subject to change)

♦ Conference Meetings (Fridays)

• 2019: Sep. 20, Oct. 4, Nov. 15, Dec. 6
• 2020: Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Mar. 20, Apr. 24

Service Activities (Saturdays)

• Oct 5 – Pantry Assistance
• Nov 16 – Coat Distribution at Elder HS
• Jan 25 – Bed Deliveries
• Feb 22 – Home Visits w/Cathedral Conference
• Mar 28 – Pantry Assistance
• May 2 – Bed Deliveries

Big Events 

Coat and Winter Clothing Drive – Mon, Oct 7 – Fri, Oct 11
Toy Drive – Tue, Nov 19 – Tue, Dec. 3
Toy Shop – Sat, Dec 7 @ St. Vincent de Paul’s Outreach Center
Giving Tree Deliveries – early December
Urban Plunge @ SVDP – Jan. 17 – 29
Food Drive – Fri, Mar 27 – Fri, Apr 3

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM

STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM 

Visit Sign Up
The leaders will email all registrants, inviting them to sign up for specific visits and activities via Sign Up Genius. Each activity will have a different number of slots available.

Transportation
Transportation will vary from activity to activity. In general, SVDP leaders will be able to provide transportation for a limited number of participants from MND to SVDP and back.

Adult Help
This project may need VIRTUS-trained adults to participate. If adult drivers are needed, the leaders will notify parents who indicate interest on the Community Service Registration Form for their daughter.

Participant Expectations
Students who register and participate in MND’s SVdP conference are called conference members. Students who participate in a majority (50% or more) of the activities are called active members, while those who participate in less than 50% of the activities are called associate members. Students who register but don’t participate will be called inactive members.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in two St. Vincent de Paul activities or events during the course of the year.

Mount Notre Dame partners with Brookwood Retirement Community to bring awareness to Dementia and focus on the abilities these older adults still have all while in a fun inter-generational environment. This program is coordinated through Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center.

After weekly art sessions from September through November, the OMA program concludes with an end of the year an art show. There is also an opportunity bring the art to city events (i.e. The City Flea, 2nd Sundays on Main, Final Fridays, etc.). Promoting during community events would not only show off the wonderful artwork created by residents with late stage dementia, but also bring awareness of the disease.

Brookwood Retirement Community is located at 12100 Reed Hartman Hwy, 45241.  Our Brookwood contact is Darci Schirmer (dschirmer@hcmg.com).

Program Leadership
Monday Leaders:
Michelle Dickert ’20 | Asst. Leader: Maria Dickert ’20
Tuesday Leaders:
Isabella Geraci ’20 | Asst. Leader: Maddi Evans ’20
Service Board Liaison: Emma Campbell ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We commit ourselves to community service.

Program Notes

• Each session is limited to 10 participants
• Participants must commit to all sessions
• The program includes training, eight art sessions, and an evening art show in December
• Transportation TO Brookwood will be provided, but participants may need to provide own transportation home.

2019 – 2020 Schedule

• Leave MND by 2:45 PM and leave Brookwood at 4:30 PM
• Two sessions this semester – Monday & Tuesday
• There will be a training session for both Monday and Tuesday sessions on Sept. 30, 2019 @ 2:45 PM at MND.

Semester 1: Monday sessions are scheduled for:

• Oct 7, 14, 21 and 28
• Nov 11 and 18
• Nov 25 – Art Show

Semester 1: Tuesday sessions are scheduled for:

• Oct 8, 15, 22 and 29 
• Nov 12 and 19
• Nov 25 – Art Show

Semester 2: Sessions are scheduled for:

• Feb 4, 11 and 15
• Mar 3, 17, 24, 31
• Apr 7

 

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM 
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
Participants are expected to attend all of the visits to Brookwood.  In the event you cannot attend a particular visit due to illness, you must notify the program leader.

Transportation
Student leaders will help arrange transportation TO Brookwood. Participants will need to be picked up at Brookwood if program leaders are unable to provide transportation back to MND. 

Participant Expectations
Registrants are expected to participate in ALL of the once-a-week sessions during the course of the semester.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in all of the sessions during the course the semester.

 


 


Note: This first video from the 2016-2017 school year.

Mount Notre Dame is pleased to continue our partnership with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati (CHOC) Autism Services. Through our partnership, students from both schools work side-by-side on various service projects such as CHOC’s Shantytown, the Children’s Home Prom, partnering in our Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul, and participating in monthly activities at Mount Notre Dame (new this year!).  In addition to our partnership with CHOC, we will also participate in periodic visits to Stepping Stones to assist with the Saturday Kids program.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Jessica Mitsch ’20 and Grace Brecht ’20
Support Team: Melina Koch ’20 and Cam Coburn ’21
Service Board Liaison: Jessica Mitsch ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

2019-2020 Schedule of Events (Note: Subject to Change)

All activities will take place from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM at MND

• Mon, Sep. 30, 2019 (2:45 – 3:30 PM) – Training/Information session @ MND
Tue, Oct 15  Tue, Oct 22
• Tue, Nov 12
• Tue, Dec 10
• Tue, Jan 14
• Tue, Feb 11
• Tue, Mar 3
• Tue, Apr 21
• Visits to Stepping Stones Saturday Kids Program are also scheduled and emailed to all registrants

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
The leaders will email all registrants, inviting them to sign up for specific visits and activities. Each activity will have a different number of slots available.

Transportation
Activities at MND will not require transportation.  Student leaders will organize rides for each off-campus visit/activity.

Participant Expectations
Participants must participate in at least two meetings or gatherings during the year. New members need to participate in a training session to be held at MND.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in three sessions during the year.


The Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families whose children are being treated at Children’s Hospital. The “Taste of Hope” meal program ensures that the families have ready-to-eat meals available, thus taking away the worry of providing food for their family. Mount Notre Dame students go to the house and both cook and serve a meal for families staying at the house. This incredible program is fun, eye-opening, and rewarding and fulfills a large need for the families at the House.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Liv Doll ’20 & Allie Gardner ’22
Service Board Liaison: Audrey Farlow ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

Special Note
The number of visits we can make depends on how much we raise during the Spare Change Challenge.

Calendar

• Mon, Oct 28 – Dinner
• Mon, Nov 25 – Dinner
Mon, Dec 2 – Sun, Dec 1 – Dinner (Serving Pizza @ Home for the Holidays event) 4-8 PM
• Mon, Dec 23 – Lunch
• Fri, Jan 3 – Lunch
• Mon, Jan 20 – Lunch
• Thu, Feb 13 – Lunch
• Fri, Apr 10 – Lunch

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
Each of our visits to RMDH has room for 12 student participants. Student leaders will send visit sign up information to all participants via email.

Transportation

• For Dinner visits, student leaders will provide transportation to RMDH, but participants will need to be picked up at RMDH.
• Lunch visits will take place on MND off days, so participants will be required to provide their own transportation to/from RMDH.  Program leaders will do their best to assist with rides if needed.

Adult Help
This project may need VIRTUS-trained adults to participate. If adult drivers are needed, the leaders will notify parents who indicate interest on the Parent Permission form for their daughter.

Participant Sign Up / Expectations
Student leaders We will email the girls with a Signup Genius. Once they’ve signed up, we’ll send reminder emails a week in advance.  Participants must make at least one visit during the course of the year, but are encouraged to make multiple visits. To give other students an opportunity to participate, students are not permitted to sign up for two consecutive visits. Students who sign up for a visit and cancel without giving 24 hours notice will be removed from the program.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in two Ronald McDonald meals during the course of the year.

Through Reach for the Stars, Mount Notre Dame students mentor girls in junior high and middle school grades at St. Michael’s School in Sharonville. The focus will be on leadership and character building activities. Themes include setting goals, learning manners, developing healthy habits (eating & fitness), dealing with peer pressure, and friendship. Reach for the Stars is dedicated to serving as positive mentors for 4th – 6th grade girls so that they may learn what it means to live as confident, empowered young women and be inspired to go out into the world and do so.

St. Michael’s School is located at 11136 Oak Street, Sharonville, OH, 45241

Program Leadership
Program Leaders: Addy Werling ’20 and Ella Schlichter ’21
Service Board Liaison: Jessica Mitsch ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

2019 – 2020 Activity Schedule (Thursdays)

• Oct 24 and 31
• Nov 7, 14 and 21
• Dec 5
• Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
• Feb 6, 20, 27
• Mar 12, 19, 26
• Apr 2, 9, 23 and 30
• May 7

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
The leaders will email all registrants, inviting them to sign up for specific visits.

Transportation
Student leaders will organize rides for each visit/activity.  If the girls attending can drive, they are welcome to drive themselves and leave directly from St. Michael’s. For girls who cannot drive, they can be picked up either from St. Michael’s or MND (Program leaders will drive back to MND after each visit).

Adult Help
This project may need VIRTUS-trained adults to participate. If adult drivers are needed, the leaders will notify parents who indicate interest on the Community Service Registration Form for their daughter.

Participant Expectations
Participants are expected to participate in at least 2 visits per semester, or 4 or more visits during the course of the year.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in 4 visits to St. Michael School during the course of the year.

Sisters Helping Sisters connects on the MND sisterhood of young women and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Student stroll with the Sisters by walking them around the property, assist them with learning technology, and other projects that will allow us to serve the ladies who have dedicated their lives to serving others.

In addition, we will provide any needed support to Sr. Therese Delgenio at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and Sr. Judy Tensing, founder of Power Inspires Progress. Both of these ladies minister to people in need, and they are excited to have us partnering with them.

CLICK HERE for a great article about Sr. Judy and her ministry: How Sister Judy Tensing Became Cincinnati’s Unlikeliest Entrepreneur. CLICK HERE to learn more about Sr. Therese and her ministry at ODB.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Jules Jefferson ’20 and Emily Schaeper ’20
Service Board Liaison: Ashley Elma ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

2019 – 2020 Activity Dates (Wednesdays, 2:45 – 3:45)

• Sep 25
• Oct 2, 9, 23 and 30
• Nov 6, 13 and 20
• Dec 4
• Jan 8, 15, 22 and 29
• Feb 5, 12, 19 and 26
• Mar 4, 11 and 25
• Apr 1, 8, 22 and 29

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
The leaders will email all registrants, inviting them to sign up for specific visits and activities.  There will be room for 4 – 6 girls per visit.

Transportation
Transportation for the projects will be determined based upon the project needs. Information and requests will take place via email. Most activities will be at the Convent next to MND so students will simply walk.

Participant Expectations
Participants are expected to participate in 4 or more visits during the course of the year.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in 4 Sisters Helping Sisters events during the course of the year.

The Winton Place Youth Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit youth center located in the Spring Grove Village neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to enable children to make positive contributions to our larger community now and as adults. Our after-school and summer programs nurture academic, social and emotional competence for students, ages 5-15.

Mount Notre Dame volunteers will be working with students after school at WPYC during Thursdays, from 2:45 – 4:45 PM. Transportation will be arranged by the program leaders.

All activities take place at the WPYC facility located at 4609 N. Edgewood Ave., ​Cincinnati, OH 45232.  Visit www.wpyouthcenter.org for more information.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Brittany Charles ’20 and Bettina DeLuca ’20
Service Board Liaison: Sophia Germano ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

2019 – 2020 Activity Dates
Participants will leave MND by 3:15 and leave service site at 5:00 PM. They will be back to MND by 5:20 PM.

• Oct 10 and 24
• Nov 7 and 21
• Dec 5
• Jan 9 and 23
• Feb 6 and 20
• Mar 5 and 19
• Apr 2 and 23
• May 7
• Additional Thursdays (and other days) may be added and invites will be shared via email to registrants.

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM 
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM 

Visit Sign Up
The leaders will email all registrants, inviting them to sign up for specific visits and activities. Each activity will have a different number of slots available.

Transportation
Transportation for the projects will be determined based upon the project needs. Information and requests will take place via email.

Adult Help
This project may need VIRTUS-trained adults to participate. If adult drivers are needed, the leaders will notify parents who indicate interest on the Community Service Registration Form for their daughter.

Participant Expectations
Participants are expected to participate in 4 or more visits during the course of the year.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register for this program and participate in four OGB sessions during the course of the year.

Founded by Emily Lambert ’21 & Emily Mechley ’21 in 2018, the purpose of this program is to bring joy and happiness to people through visits from MND students and our four-legged friends – our family dogs. Participants will take their dogs to visit the elderly living in retirement communities, nursing homes and other facilities that could benefit from a visit from a furry friend.

We are currently partnering with Twin Lakes Retirement Community (9840 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242) but the leaders are looking for other nursing homes to visit this year.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions!

Student Leadership
Co-Leaders: Emily Lambert ’21 & Emily Mechley ’21
Service Board Liaison: Emma Campbell ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

Program Notes

• Due to limitations on the number of dogs we can bring each visit, we will only accept 30 fully completed registrations – online registration + returned parent permission form.
• Applications will be reviewed by the leadership team and registrants will be notified of their status in early October.

2019 – 2020 Activity Dates

• All visits to Twin Lakes are Sunday afternoons from 2 – 3 PM. Visits to other facilities are being explored at this time.
Thu, Oct 3 – Meeting with Activities Director of Twin Lakes (before school, late arrival)
Oct 13 and 27
Nov 10 and 24
Dec 8 and 22
Jan 12 and 26
Feb 9 and 23
Mar 8 and 22
Apr 5 and 19
May 3 and 17

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
Student leaders will notify all registrants of upcoming schedule via Sign Up genius.

Transportation
Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from each visit.

Participant Expectations
Students wishing to participate in our program must attend the opening meeting on Thursday morning, Oct 3, 2019 at MND (before late arrival).

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirements
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you would need to register and be accepted in this program and participate in 2 visits during the course of the year.

The Caring Cougars Team is a group of students open to trying a variety of new activities – primarily requests from non-profit organizations in need of help from awesome MND students! Students who register for the Caring Cougars team will receive email and BAND invitations to participate in a number of different activities throughout the course of the year. There is no obligation to participate in a certain number of activities, however we do want girls to take a chance and join us from time to time.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Anna Heilers ’21 and Heather Schwab ’21
Service Board Liaison: Zoey Harig ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

2019-2020 Activity Dates
Activities are being scheduled and will be emailed to all registrants via email and the Caring Cougars BAND group (https://band.us/n/a2a111saebB42).

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISRATION FORM OPEN
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
Each activity we promote will have its own particular way of signing up.

Transportation
Transportation for the projects will be determined based upon the project needs. Information and requests will take place via email.

Participant Expectations
Students are encouraged to join this program and participate whenever possible!

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirements
Sophomores looking to use a Caring Cougars promoted event must participate in at least 3 hours of Caring Cougars events during the course of the year.  

Led by Freshmen HR Reps, the FASST team is open to all members of the class of 2023 who want to participate in service activities at MND. Activities may include making t-shirt bags for St. Vincent de Paul, packing food for Childhood Food Solutions, write cards of encouragement for Vivian’s Victory, and more! Emails are sent to all freshmen a few weeks before each activity. Snacks, drinks (and sometimes pizza) will be served to those who volunteer their time.

Program Leadership
Student Leaders: Tara Konkoly ’23, Spencer Marvel ’23, Colleen McKenna ’23, Diara Shaw ’23, Alana Tucker ’23 and Paige Powers ’23
MND Adult Support: Mrs. Sally Knoll, Mrs. Jenny Goss and Mr. Todd Forman

2019-2020 Activity Dates (additional dates will be added)

• Oct 1
• Nov 12 – St. Vincent de Paul | Leader: Mr. Forman + Student Team
• Jan 21 – Cards for Soldiers | Leaders: Paige Powers & Diara Shaw
• Mar 10 – TBA | Leaders: Colleen McKenna & Tara Konkoly
• Apr 7 – TBA | Leaders: Alana Tucker & Diara Shaw

Activities are being scheduled and an invitation will be sent to all freshman a few weeks prior to each activity.

Program Registration
Since this program will be open to all Freshmen, no registration is required.  Just sign up for the meetings when the invitation is sent!

Mount Notre Dame’s Respect for Life (R4L) promotes the belief in the sanctity and inherent dignity of all human life from conception until natural death.  We educate members and the MND community on different topics of human injustice and then organize service activities related to those topics.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Rose vonErden ’21 and Ava Williams ’21
Assistants: Ava Williams ’21, Michelle Dickert ’20, Ellie Kowitz ’21, Kayla Johnson ’21, Mackenzie Milbourn ’21, Heidi Keller ’22, Emily Mechley ’21
Service Board Liaison: Zoey Harig ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

SNDdeN Hallmark Connections

• We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
• We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world.

Activity Schedule
The monthly meetings can be found in the MND planner, plus an additional monthly activity will be scheduled for after school each month.  We will leave MND around 2:50 PM and return to MND by 4:45 PM. Join the R4L Band Page for updates.

• Mon, Sep 23
• Thur, Oct 3
• Tue, Oct 15 – Day of Silence
• Wed, Nov 6
• Thu, Jan 9
• Fri, Jan 24 – March For Life in DC
• Thu, Mar 5
• Thu, Apr 2
• Wed, May 6

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Visit Sign Up
Student leaders will notify all registrants of upcoming schedule via Sign Up genius.  There are also Respect 4 Life meeting dates in the Planner this year.

Transportation
Transportation for the projects will be determined based upon the project needs. Information and requests will take place via email.

Adult Help
This project may need VIRTUS-trained adults to participate. If adult drivers are needed, the leaders will notify parents who indicate interest on the Community Service Registration Form for their daughter.

Participant Expectations
Participants are expected to remain active and committed to the program during the course of the year.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Sophomores wishing to count their participation in R4L as for their SOS credit should participate in 3 or more meetings/activities during the course of the year.

Adopt-A-Sis is a way for MND students to develop relationships with Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur living in the convent adjacent to the school and in surrounding neighborhoods. During the 2018 – 2019  school year, over 100 girls and 25 Sisters participated. Sr. Paula Maria Becker, Adopt-A-Sis moderator for over 20 years, says, “These connections between multi-generational friends provide never to be forgotten experiences. It is truly wonderful to witness what happens when generations intermingle and share themselves with each other.”

The relationships formed through this program are reciprocal; the MND girls gain an appreciation of the wisdom and interest the Sisters so lovingly share with them, and the Sisters appreciate the spark and youthful energy the girls bring with them. Many of the friendships formed through this club last long after the students graduate from MND.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Lauren Hogan ’20 & Annie Peloquin ’20
Service Board Liaison: Elora Dodds ’20
Adult Support Person: Sr. Ruth Bedinghaus (rbedinghaus@mndhs.org) and Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Program Registration
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. The application window for this program has already taken place and student have been assigned.  Due to its popularity, most of the participants are juniors and seniors, with a few sophomores selected to the program.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
If you were accepted into this program, this will fulfill your SOS requirement if you are a member in good standing with Adopt-A-Sis.

MND’s Environmental Action Team will work to educate, act, and raise awareness for the environmental concerns in the world today. We hope to educate the school on how to reduce their carbon footprint and be more eco-friendly. We also hope to organize clean ups around the city, start a community and pollinator garden, plus many more action projects. We also hope to raise awareness about the climate crises happening around the world.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Kelly Kendall ’20 and Jillian Ruffner ’22
Service Board Liaison: Jessica Mitsch ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Nick Hosmer (nhosmer@mndhs.org)

2019-2020 Schedule

• Wed, Feb 19
• Wed, Mar 11
• Wed, Apr 21
• Sat, Apr 25 – Reading Clean Up Day

Registration and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Activity Sign Up
Being developed. Coming soon.

Transportation
Being developed. Coming soon.

Participant Expectations
Being developed. Coming soon.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Sophomores wishing to count this as their SOS requirement must participate in 3 meetings/activities during the course of the year.

Big Sis Little Sis is a program that pairs MND students one-on-one with a middle school student from Winton Hills Academy, Reading Middle School, or another area school where underserved children need mentors.  Bigs and Little get together once a month for a group activity – a service project, a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo, or some other activity.

Program Leadership
Leadership Team: Kamille Harris ’20, Nicole Bachman ’20, M’Aiyah Hardridge ’20 and Mi’Cayla Pitts ’20
Service Board Liaison: Emma White ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Nick Hosmer (nhosmer@mndhs.org)

Application and Parent Permission Form Links
STEP 1: APPLICATION FORM CLOSED AT THIS TIME
STEP 2: PARENT PERMISSION FORM

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Sophomores wishing to count this as their SOS requirement must participate and be a member in good standing at the end of the year.


Philanthropy, literally meaning “love of humanity”, is alive and well at MND, and we are proud to be a regional leader in educating the next generation of philanthropists! The MND Youth Philanthropy Council is a student-directed organization committed to learning about philanthropy and the role it plays in a healthy and vibrant community. For the past fourteen years, MND has had a dynamic Youth Philanthropy Council. During this time, MND’s YPC has granted over $85,000 to local, regional, national and international organizations.

In addition to their YPC responsibilities, YPC members are invited to work with our parent organization Magnified Giving where Mr. Forman has worked since it’s founding in 2008. YPC members help behind-the-scenes to assist the 100+ other high schools as they develop their own Student Philanthropy programs. Student leaders sometimes work directly with the teachers and students from those schools and help lead the Awards Ceremonies at the end of the school year.

Visit Magnified Giving’s main website and Programs Website to learn more about this rapidly expanding regional program.

Program Leadership
Executive Board: Grace Brecht ’20, Ashton Crouthers ’20, Julia Feldmann ’20 and Addy Werling ’20
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

How do I apply?
An invitation to apply to YPC is emailed to all students prior at the start of the school year.  Applications are review, interviews take place and the roster is selected before the Service Kickoff.  The application process for the 2019-2020 school year has concluded.

YPC Calendar
CLICK HERE for the YPC meeting schedule.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
To fulfill your SOS requirement, you will need to fully participate in the program and be a member in good standing.

 

Student Comments

“MND YPC and the city-wide program makes a difference in a variety of ways. The overall title “Magnified Giving” is accurate in countless ways. When someone funds the YPC program, they help educate the potential philanthropists of the future, and provide lessons that will last for a lifetime. In addition, the money, which is then granted to the various non-profit agencies, makes a difference in not only the agency, but whomever the agency provides aid/help to. Therefore, when someone provides money to the YPC program, it doesn’t just perform one specific, small task and is then used up; it helps create a ripple effect, helping to make our community a better place, one agency at a time. I honestly can say that the program follows through with its original mission, and I am proud to be a member of MND’s Youth Philanthropy Council.”

“YPC has helped me grow in more ways than I can count. When I started I was shy and not sure what I was getting myself into. Two years later I am a college-bound senior who is leading her own small group, has conversed with executive directors of non-profits, and who spoke at the city-wide banquet. You aren’t just investing in a non-profit when you invest in YPC, you are investing in what those students can become.”

“YPC is more than a club to the girls at MND it is a passion that helps each girl develop into a person who will carry the spirit of philanthropy through the rest of her life. Philanthropy allows the girls of MND to grow not only spiritually but socially by encountering “real world” experiences such as having a conversation on the phone or in person, reading grant applications, scheduling site visits and so much more.”

Periodic and One Time Events

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!
Click HERE to see a WLWT report about the SVDP Coat Distribution we helped out with.

Winter is around the bend and so many neighbors are in need of warm things to wear this winter. So from Monday, Oct. 7 – Friday, Oct. 11 we will be collecting clean, used coats for St. Vincent De Paul of our Cougar Coat Collection (CCC). There will be bins to collect coats outside the College and Career Center (CCC).

While coats are most needed, jackets, sweatshirts, scarves and gloves can be donated as well. The items brought in will help keep kids and adults warm this winter; people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a coat.

SVDP contacted us asking for our help with special collection. The numbers of coats available are at an all-time low, and the need is still very great in our community. Thanks in advance for your support!

Student Leadership
HR Reps will be called upon to lead their HR in gathering as many coats as possible for the drive.  Details will be coming soon!

Recap
Thank you to everyone who donated outerwear for the drive!  Once again the MND community exceeded our expectations!

THANKS TO THE OVER 90 MND STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR FIRST ANNUAL EVENT!    CLICK HERE for photos.

MND is excited to be providing leadership for the first annual Crosstown Packout presented by Chick-Fil-A to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019. This event will take place at A Child’s Hope Int’l in Sharonville, Ohio. The mission of A Child’s Hope Int’l is to care for orphans and vulnerable children locally, regionally, and internationally. The Crosstown Packout has been designed to inspire a generation of young leaders and show them how they can become world changers through a thrilling and hands-on evening. This event is open to all high school students in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Students will spend the evening learning about the realities of world hunger, the water crisis, and the consequences of these crises. The evening will not end here… Students will learn how they can be a catalyst for change by responding to what they’ve learned and working to pack 300,000 high protein meals and assembling supplies to purify 150,000 gallons of dirty water.

Each participating student is required to make a minimum donation of $25. The evening will include dinner, drinks, snacks and event t-shirts to be worn on the night of the event. Each team of 11 students needs one adult volunteer for the evening.

You can learn more about the event by visiting CrosstownPackout.com.

Event Leadership Team
Melina Koch ’20, Leah Black ’20, Abby Gries ’20, Liz Rolfes ’20, Alexa Bertaso ’20, Caroline Graue ’20, Anna Heilers ’21, Hannah Bailey ’21, Payton Wilson ’21, Steph Garay ’22 and Isabella Puthoff ’22

Interested in participating?
Contact Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org) to see if we have room on our teams!

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in this event will fulfill your requirement!

ACHI Contact:
Aimee Beatty – A Child’s Hope International
ALBeatty@Thechildrenarewaiting.org
513.771.2244

Student Leaders: Tara Konkoly ’23, Spencer Marvel ’23, Colleen McKenna ’23, Diara Shaw ’23, Alana Tucker ’23 & Paige Powers ’23

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!  Click HERE for photos.

Freshman Service Days are periodic, BIG events geared towards helping members of the class of 2023 bond while making a difference in our community.  Members of the class of 2023 are invited to participate in our Fall Freshman Service Day on Saturday, November 2nd!  We will be working with Cincinnati Parks downtown, preparing the flower beds on the bridges connecting downtown Cincinnati to The Banks for the winter.  We will provide donuts and hot cocoa for breakfast, and pizza and beverages for lunch! Space is limited for this event, so check your schedule and join us!  NOTE: LIMITED TO 45 PARTICIPANTS.

Note: We’ve reached our limit. Email Mr. Forman if you’d like to be put on the wait list.


Contact Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org) if you have any questions or ideas for future projects.

Student Leaders: Maggie Butkovich ’22, Maria Coffaro ’22, Jayla Dixon ’22, Rubie Frey ’22, Grace Iorfida ’22, Rachel Noschang ’22

Sophomore Service Day is a one-day event designed specifically for Sophomores.  Student leaders will plan a Fall or Spring event to bring together their classmates as they work with a local non-profit organization assisting them with a big project – area cleanup, warehouse work, etc.  This year we are looking at offering TWO opportunities for Sophomores to get involved.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in this event will fulfill your requirement!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2019 TOY DRIVE & TOY SHOP PAGE

Mount Notre Dame’s St. Vincent de Paul Toy Drive and Toy Shop allows the MND community – students, parents and alumnae – to help our neighbors in need during the Christmas Season. We partner with St. Vincent de Paul who, each year, holds their Angel Toy Shop.  Our goal was to expand their reach and the number of families they are able to serve.  We met and exceeded that goal!

Over the past two years, we have collected over 1600 new toys and have over 150 families in need visit our Toy Shop at which we’ve held at MND.  Extra toys have been given to St. Vincent de Paul who distributes that their toys the second Saturday in December.

Toy Drive – November 19 – December 3, 2019
We  begin our Toy Shop season by asking MND students to consider bringing in a new, unwrapped toy. Gift tags will be given out in HR prior to Thanksgiving with gift suggestions. Those will to help have the option of visiting our AMAZON WISH LIST and having the items delivered directly to MND! Our goal this year is 800 gifts so we appreciate you help in filling our shelves and tables with toys for families in need.

Toy Shop – Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ SVDP (Bank Street)
After two successful years of hosting the Toy Shop at MND, we have decided to move the toy shop to St. Vincent de Paul.  Saturday, December 7th, will be MND’s Toy Shop Day at St. Vincent de Paul’s brand new Ray and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center.  This central location will allow us to serve more neighbors in need and will be the perfect way to celebrate the gift of the new Outreach Center.

Student Leadership
Toy Drive Leaders: Olivia Wolfzorn ’21 and Alyssa Hoffman  ’21
Top Shop Event Leaders: Audrey Farlow ’20 and Sophia Germano ’21
Toy Shop Station Leaders: Emma Campbell ’21, Ashley Elma ’21, Madelyn Meder ’20, Alyssa Simmons ’20, Liv Doll ’20, Elora Dodds ’20, Zoey Harig ’20, Jessica Mitsch ’20
Service Board Liaison: Sophia Germano ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Student and Adult Leaders/Helpers
Many student and adult leaders and volunteers will be needed for the Toy Shop on Saturday, December 7th.  Information regarding sign up will be sent to all MND students and parents in November 2019.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Bringing in a toy and participating in the Toy Shop at SVDP for a three-hour shift will fulfill your requirement.

Each year, the Teepe Family Foundation, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, does something very cool. They raise money to help SVDP provide a meaningful Christmas to our neighbors in need.  Foundation volunteers purchase small, artificial Christmas Trees that they decorate with $400 in gift cards.  For the past three years, we have been given the opportunity to coordinate the delivery of these trees to our neighbors.

This Teepe Family will once again put together around 100 gift-card covered trees which we will deliver to neediest families that have reached out to SVDP.  Deliveries take place in December, and we are blessed to be able to help make 100 families very happy once again this year!

Here is a quote from an MND teacher who made deliveries:

“This was single-handedly the best experience I’ve gotten to be involved in for Christmas. I loved the whole idea behind it. The reactions from the families when I told them they qualified will be a memory that stays with me for a very long time. It was such an easy process from beginning to end. I hope MND, St. Vincent DePaul, and the Teepe foundation continue with this process in the future so that my family can continue to be involved with the project.”

Parent and Student Volunteers
If you would like to help make families happy this year by delivering a Giving Tree, email Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org) who will send you an invitation once we have the trees and the names of the families who will receive the trees.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Delivering two Christmas trees to families will fulfill your requirement.

MND Student Leadership Team
Grace Fletcher ’21, Abby Gries ’20, Emily Lambert ’21, and Emma Mitsch ’20

NFTF Event Leadership Team
Katie Holt ’22, Ava Corsmo ’21, Emma White ’21, Thu Gibson ’20, Alexa Bertaso ’20, Alina Louis ’21, Maddy Borja ’20, Maggie Albers ’21 and Maddie Folkens ’21,

KICKOFF EVENT
Tuesday, December 3rd @ 2:45 – 3:30 in the Cafeteria

Night for the Fight (N4TF) is an overnight, pediatric cancer fundraising event designed by high school students for high school students. This fun, interactive event inspires and educates participants about pediatric cancer and the importance of research.

NFTF was founded and created in Fall 2012 by then-sophomore Kelly Higgins, along with a team of MND Community Service adult and student leaders, CancerFree KIDS and The Cure Starts Now.  In our first seven years, this event has inspired over 5000 students and raised over $1,000,000 for pediatric research.

CancerFree KIDS owns and coordinates the event and assembles a student leadership team from dozens of high schools. Night for the Fight 2020 is hoping to draw more than 1600 participants and raise over $275,000 for pediatric cancer research!

Mount Notre Dame has won the award for most student participants and most money raised for seven straight years – and we plan on keeping our record intact! So we need your help! 🙂

Media: WCPO’s video from Night for the Fight 2016    Photos:  NFTF 2019 | NFTF 2018 | NFTF 2017

Visit www.nightforthefight.org for more information about the event.  Watch the video below to hear co-founder Kelly Higgins ’15 share the story of why Night For The Fight was founded.

 

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in this event will fulfill your requirement!

 

The entire MND community is invited to join us as we provide assistance to our neighbors in need during the Lenten season. Each homeroom is challenged to fill boxes with essential items to help those that deal with hunger.

The majority of the boxes will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Bank Street location. Some items will go to support the local Reading community, some items will go to support Sr. Therese Delgenio SNDdenN at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and this year, jars of peanut butter and jelly will be given to our elderly neighbor in need served by CASS.

Details coming March 2020.

Student Leadership
Leaders: Initial leadership will be coordinated by the St. Vincent de Paul Conference Leaders and Board.  Grade level reps will be needed to help manage each grade, and Homeroom Reps will be needed to inspire their homeroom to meet their goals.
Service Board Liaison: Elora Dodds ’20
Leadership Team:  TBD
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Details regarding requirements to fulfill your SOS will be coming in January 2020.

Service Immersion Trips


What is Liberty, KY? Great question. Liberty is a small town tucked into the hills of central Kentucky. It is a way to escape to learn about simplicity and a chance to get in touch with nature and the beauty (and challenge) of growing food organically. It is an opportunity to spend time with people who not only love God, but live their faith every moment of every day. It is where you will serve others, grow closer to your friends, make many new friends, and laugh and enjoy life. It is an opportunity to meet some amazing people from around the world, folks with life stories that will stretch your mind. You also will learn a bit about organic farming, spend time with some wonderful Mennonite and Amish friends, help with construction projects, listen to some awesome music, serve elderly and differently-abled friends at the Galilean Children’s Home, and much more.

Many students have made multiple visits, hungry to reconnect with our friends in Liberty, and to get a taste of a more simple way of life – to slow down, breathe, and get closer to God.

FALL TRIP | Click for photos
CHRISTMAS VISIT | Click for photos
SPRING TRIP |
March 19 – 23, 2020 | APPLICATIONS CLOSED
SUMMER TRIP |
June 23-29, 2020 | CLICK FOR APPLICATION

Recent Trip Photos/Videos: Fall 2018 | Christmas 2018 | Spring 2019 | Summer 2019

Click HERE for a student reflection that was published in an Irish Catholic magazine.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in the Fall or Spring Liberty, KY trip will fulfill your requirement.

Excerpts from Reflections of past MND participants:

“I learned that relationships are what make our lives enjoyable. The constant theme of our current world seems to be making everyone independent, which has its own pros and cons. But the sense of unity that comes without technology is something that we can’t easily get nowadays. I think, in the very beginning, humans were created to be together. So even though I love how I only have to rely on myself for a lot of things now, I’ll always enjoy the moments where I get to take a step back and just connect with the people around me.” (Class of 2019, first trip)

“The most beautiful things in life aren’t things. The people in Liberty are amazing human beings who strive to lead happy and simple lives every day. I learned so much from witnessing their unique lifestyles. All the people in Liberty work every day to help each other out and sacrifice their days to lend a hand to anyone who needs it. The Nolts’, Langes, and many other people in Liberty showed me that you don’t need material things to be truly happy in life. Many of the people living at the Galilean Home really opened my eyes to see how blessed I am. They are people who have gone through hard times and difficult situations but don’t let them control their life. They inspire me every day to appreciate the people and experiences in my life.” (Class of 2020, second trip)

“Liberty is something truly special. It is a home to anyone willing to let it be. …there is a lot that happens in Liberty – far too much for me to write it all down. I don’t know who reads these reflections, but I want whoever it is to know this: Don’t take my word for it, because I can’t really get it across to you the way the Big Man Upstairs can. And the way He got it across to me, was in Liberty. So if you’re sitting there thinking, “Hmmm, this Liberty place sounds pretty darn cool,” then I would advise you to go find out for yourself. It’ll be great, I pinky promise.” (Class of 2019, third trip)

Reflective Poems

Courtney DeJoy – Ready to Go | Suddenly
Claire Husting – Lanky Wheat


Liberty, KY Videos

St. Vincent de Paul Over-the-Rhine Urban Plunge is a service-immersion opportunity for you to connect with people from diverse backgrounds in our own city. Participants live at the SVdP headquarters near downtown Cincinnati, in the West End, and we will learn first-hand about issue of poverty in Cincinnati by spending time with the people served by St. Vincent de Paul – as seen through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.

Activities include making home visits with St. Vincent de Paul members and staff, serving neighbors in need, preparing and sharing a meal with residents of the West End or Over-the-Rhine, spending time with people experiencing poverty and homelessness, reflecting and praying, volunteering at various social service agencies, and hearing the voices of wonderful people who you would normally never meet. It is an incredible experience that will open your eyes to the struggles faced by so many of our brothers and sisters.

Upcoming SVDP Urban Plunges
Winter 2020: January 17 – 19, 2020
Summer 2020: July 5 – 8, 2020

Application for Upcoming Plunge
CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in the January 2020 SVDP Urban Plunge will fulfill your requirement.

Student Reflections

“I never realized how real poverty was right in my own city. I think it’s great that people travel out of the country to help those in need, but why go to that extent if we have such poverty in our own backyard? Because of this awesome experience I had, I am now involved in our local SVDP with my own parish. I grew closer to God during the trip. I saw the face of God in so many people, both in the poor and in those helping the poor, and it definitely brought me closer to him. I think my prayer life has grown too because now I have a whole list of people that I lift up to God every night.”

“The SVdP Urban plunge helped me see and understand much more about those experiencing poverty and the challenges they face on a daily basis. It is truly empowering to understand the challenges facing those experiencing poverty in our city and knowing how much we can help them simply by showing that we care. It is amazing to see the hope imparted to those we visited, even if we were not able to assist them.”

“I learned how to not judge people who are less fortunate. Instead of judging them, I learned how to help them. I now know what is important in life. If you are fortunate enough to go on this trip, you learn that life is far more important than yourself. Life is about helping others and serving your community in a positive way.”

The Columbus, Ohio RTNI urban experience is a weekend visit with Aaron and Emily Starr, two wonderful people who run an inner-city ministry in Columbus OH called Reaching The Nations International (www.reachtni.org). Their ministry includes Youth Bible Study for ages 5 – 12, Proverbs 31 Girls which teaches girls ages 9 – 18 basic life skills, Money Talks, their financial literacy program for ages 13 and up, one-on-one tutoring and Young Gardeners of Milo, a 1000 sq. ft. garden project. Their unofficial ministry includes hanging out with neighbors in their home and connecting neighbors with resources when possible.

During our visit we will be doing a variety of activities including: service activities with the young people served by the Starrs, working on their ministry houses, hanging out with the teens they serve and sharing life experiences, playing games and visiting The Ohio State University. On Sunday morning we will attend mass at the Neuman Center on OSU’s campus. 

Upcoming Columbus RTNI Urban Plunges
Winter 2020:  No Winter Trip this year.
Summer 2020: June 11 – 14, 2020

Application for Upcoming Plunge
CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in the Winter 2020 Columbus OH RTNI visit will fulfill your requirement.

Student Comments

“When I received the opportunity to return to Columbus to revisit Emily, Aaron, and the kids I met during my first experience with RXN, I was extremely excited. After going through my second trip, I can say that staying with the group this past weekend has been extremely beneficial and inspiring. Not only do I have a greater appreciation for my blessings, but I also have a deeper understanding of how God is present in everything around me”

“My life was so touched by this experience I just want to get more. The people were amazing, the experience was amazing and most of all God in what He teaches us is amazing! Every book has a story. Take a leap of faith and read the first page.”

“Words cannot describe the experience in Columbus, OH. From the moment I got there to the moment I left, I knew that was where I belong. The kids were just beyond amazing all weekend and not only did I learn things from them but I also grew as I got to know them. I know that Columbus is where I will go back countless times and is something similar to what I will be doing with my life.”