Community Service 2020-2021

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!

January 2021 Update: COVID restrictions had a significant impact on many of our programs, however a number of them were able to adapt and provide alternative activities to help fulfill the mission of the program during these crazy times. During the second semester will continue to offer unique opportunities to serve our community and help our neighbors in need.

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 meet your 2020-2021 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.

Service Kickoff – Information and Registration
The Service Board and program leaders will be kicking off our service program on Wednesday, September 16th.  At this live, BAND and recorded event, students will learn about all of our offerings this year and how to register for the various programs. Mark your calendars!

Registration – Year-Long Programs
Registration for most of our programs took place during the first semester, however a number of our programs are open to new members.  This includes Caring Cougars, Hands Against Hunger, Respect for Life, and Graces & Blessings Cross Ministry.

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.

Big Events and Service Trip 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.  Big Events and Service Trips will be posted to the BAND calendar.  Due to the fluid nature of our schedules for most of our year-long programs due to COVID, these dates will be posted at the Program Activity Calendar link below. 

 


Year-Long Programs

January 2021 Update: COVID-19 has greatly impacted the way St. Vincent de Paul’s Neyer Outreach Center is able to use volunteers.  Since we have our own SVDP Conference at MND, we will have priority access to opportunities, however many of our traditional activities like Pantry Assistance are on hold until restrictions are lifted.   We will, however, have Conference meetings, provide Rent & Utility Assistance, make home visits, deliver beds and other activities that will brighten and bless the lives of our neighbors in need.

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 the 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 Leaders: Galen Cline ’22, Alyssa Hoffman ’21, Tiabella Wesley ’22, Olivia Wolfzorn ’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.

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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 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)
Any activities with St. Vincent de Paul will count towards your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions at Brookwood, no in-person visits can take place at this time, so the OMA in-person program is on hold.  We may, however, assist Brookwood in developing games and activities for them to broadcast to their residents, as well as coordinating a talent show we can do via Zoom.  Leaders are also developing other ways to connect with the residents.

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
Student Leader:
Corrine Ficke ’22, Alaina Dreisbach ’22 and Hayley Dreisbach ’22
Service Board Liaison: Emma White ’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.

OMA Program Notes (when visits to Brookwood resume)

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

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE AN INTEREST FORM
We will notify you when the we are ready to have actual registrations.

Visit Sign Up (when visits to Brookwood resume)
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 for OMA (when visits to Brookwood resume)
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 for OMA (when visits to Brookwood resume)
Registrants are expected to participate in ALL of the once-a-week sessions once the program is able to begin.

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
Any time invested in OMA or work done at MND for Brookwood residents will count towards your requirement.

 


 


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

January 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions at The Heidt Center of Excellence – Autism Services, this program may not be able to take place until restrictions are lifted.  We are in communication with our friends there and will open the program as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, the program leaders will be looking for other opportunities to serve people with disabilities.

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
Student Leaders: Rylee Strayer ’21 and Cassidy Mason ’22
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 commit ourselves to community service.
• We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE AN INTEREST FORM
We will notify you when the we are ready to have actual registrations.

Visit Sign Up
The leaders will email all registrants, inviting them to sign up for specific 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)
Any activities with BeYOUiful will count towards your SOS requirement.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, their Taste of Hope volunteer meal program has been suspended until the end of 202o.  They will reevaluate in January 2021.  Since the size of the House has grown and the cost of the program has greatly increased, we will be limited to one or two visits this year.  When an opportunity to serve food is presented to us, we will advertise through the Caring Cougars Program.


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
Student Leaders: None needed this year.
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.

Registration
Unfortunately we are unable to offer the RMDH program this year due to COVID. Once Ronald McDonald House opens we may try to schedule a visit or two in 2021.  If we are able to schedule a date, information will be shared with the Caring Cougars program registrants.

January 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions at St. Michael School, this normal operation of this program are currently on hold until Third Trimester and when are lifted.  We are in communication with St. Michael School and will begin our visits as soon as possible.  In the meantime, the program leaders will work on ways of connecting with our friends at St. Mike’s while we are unable to meet with them.

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
Student Leaders: Allie Brickner ’21 and Riley Brown ’22
Service Board Liaison: Sophia Germano ’21
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.

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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
Time invested in this program will count towards your requirement.

January 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the SND Health Center, in person visits will not be able to take place until restrictions are lifted.  The leaders of this program are working to offer virtual visits/activities and other ways to connect with the Sisters.

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.

COVID VERSION:  Usually, we would be visiting the Sisters and doing fun activities with them, such as playing balloon toss, eating ice cream, and participating in chair yoga. This year, we will be assigning Sister pen pals to each girl. We will have fun meetings once a week to listen to some music and write letters that will brighten our Sisters’ day. We will also have occasional Zoom meetings with our Sisters. If/When the visiting restrictions are lifted, we will resume visits with the Sisters, most likely wearing masks and socially distanced depending on the situation at the time.

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
Student Leaders: Liv Westendorf ’21 and Ashley Elma ’21
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.

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Visit Sign Up (when we are permitted to make visits)
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.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Any activities with Sisters Helping Sisters will count towards your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: Winton Place Youth Center plans to continue offering services for school-age children in who live in Winton Place. Unfortunately after a good start, they had to shut down due to COVID concerns.  We are eagerly awaiting them to return to normal operations.  We will resume our visits at that time.

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
Student Leaders: Emily Schwartz ’21 & Brooke Westerkamp ’22
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.

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL. 
Email Sophia Germano if you’re interested in being put on a wait list. 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Visit Sign Up (for when visits begin)
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.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Any activities with Winton Place Youth Center will count towards your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Twin Lakes, in person visits will not be able to take place until restrictions are lifted.  Program leaders are in contact with Twin Lakes to see what we are able to do, and will look for other alternatives to meeting program goals while restrictions are in place.

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 and Emily Mechley ’21
Service Board Liaison: Emma White ’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 a limited number of applications.
• Applications will be reviewed by the leadership team and registrants will be notified of their status in early October.

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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 an opening meeting at MND or via Zoom.  Details TBA.

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
Any activities with Paws for a Purpose will count towards your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: Caring Cougars had a great first semester providing a number of different opportunities for MND students – some at MND and some in the community.  We are excited to continue a number of different opportunities during the second semester.  We are open for registration year round, so sign up if you’d like to get the email invitations!

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. 

Program Leadership
Student Leaders: Rachel Noschang ’22, Colleen McKenna ’23 and Tara Konkoly ’23
Service Board Liaison: Rachel Noschang ’22
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Visit Sign Up
Leaders will email all registrants with sign up information, which will vary based upon the project. 

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

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
Any service activities offered to Caring Cougar Team member will count towards your requirement.

January 2021 Update:  FASST had a great program during the first semester, helping a number of different NPOs with a variety of projects.  We are excited to continue to offer members of the Class of 2024 the opportunity to serve our community through four different after school gatherings – all freshmen will be invited and are welcome!

Led by team of students in the Freshmen class, the FASST program is open to all members of the class of 2024 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 will be served to those who volunteer their time.

Program Leadership
Student Leaders (all ’24): Natalie Brisken, Leena Geier, Sydney Huwel (Co-Chair), Emma Ganz (Co-Chair), Corrine Gosky, Holly Weikart, Callie Steinman and Ella Schlick
Service Board Liaison: Tara Konkoly ’23
MND Adult Support: Mrs. Sally Knoll, Mrs. Jenny Goss and Mr. Todd Forman

2020-2021 Activity Dates
CLICK HERE

Activities will be 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 NEEDED.  Just sign up for the meetings when the invitation is sent!

January 2021 Update:  COVID had minimal impact our program during our very successful first semester.  Student leaders are busy planning a powerful program for the second semester, including participation in the Cincinnati March for Life in late January.  Enrollment will stay open during the Second Semester, so feel free to register using the link below.

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
Student Leaders: Rose von Erden ’21 and Ava Williams ’21
Service Board Liaison: Colleen McKenna ’23
MND Adult Support: Mrs. Sharon Bohlen

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.

2020-2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

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.  Participants must also attend at least 2 meetings in the first semester in order to attend the March for Life in January.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) 
Any activities with MND’s Respect for Life Program will count towards your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the SND Health Center, in person visits will not be able to take place until restrictions are lifted.  Participants have worked out ways to connect with their adopted Sisters virtually.  Contact Sr. Ruth for updates on this program.

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
Student Leaders: Brenna Aspery ’21, Katie Dorton ’21, Anna Hillman ’21, Tori Martin ’21, and Ashley Schutte ’21
Service Board Liaison: Emma Campbell ’21
Adult Support Person: Sr. Ruth Bedinghaus (rbedinghaus@mndhs.org) and Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org).

Activity Dates
CLICK HERE

Program Registration
Due to the limited number of slots available in this program and due to COVID restrictions, Sr. Ruth will be contacting students and inviting them to apply.

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
If you are accepted into this program, any time spent with your Sister either in person, or virtually, will count toward your requirement.

January 2021 Update: COVID prevented our program from beginning construction of the Community Garden, but the team focused on recycling efforts.  The team continues to plan activities for the second semester.

MND’s EARTH 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 crisis happening around the world.

One goal includes working to educate the MND community about their impact upon the environment. Another, is to start a school garden and make a positive impact in the Reading community in clean up events.

Program Leadership
Student Leaders: Ava Norton ’21, Alexis Gerver ’21 and Thando Miller ’22
Service Board Liaison: Rachel Noschang ’22
MND Adult Support: Mr. Nick Hosmer (nhosmer@mndhs.org)

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
Any time spent with the EARTH Team either in meetings or on service activities will count towards your requirement.

January 2021 Update: COVID-19 restrictions have greatly impacted Cincinnati Public Schools, which will have an impact on our Big Sis Little Sis program.  Program leaders will be in contact with CPS and Reading Schools to determine if we are able to have a program this year.  Contact the leaders for updates.

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.

Big Sisters also meet regularly at MND prior to each outing.

Program Leadership
> Co-Presidents: Nadia Bingham ’21 and Nina Sims ’22
> Board Members: Corrine Ficke ’22, Liv Westendorf ’21 and Clara Leder ’22
> Associate Board Members: Anne Miller ’22 and Rachel Hennessy ’22
Service Board Liaison: Clara Leder ’22
MND Adult Support: Mr. Nick Hosmer (nhosmer@mndhs.org)

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Application
CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
A commitment to this program will fulfill your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: The YPC Executive Board adapted the program very well during the first semester and the program is off to a great start!  Eight $250 mini-grants will be awarded this year along with one $1000+ final grant to one of the eight semi-finalists.  Contact the Exec Board members for progress updates.  


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: Hannah Bailey ’21 (Chair), Grace Iorfida ’22, Ellie Kowitz ’21, Rylee Strayer ’21
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Meeting Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
Applications for this program have already taken place and the roster has been determined.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating in YPC will fulfill your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: COVID had minimal impact on our program and students were able a nice inventory of crosses.  We will continue to offer cross-making gatherings and share the Good News with folks throughout our community. Enrollment is open, so click the link below to register.

Graces & Blessings Cross Ministry is a new ministry started during the 2019-2020 school year.  Founded to honor the passing of Mr. Bill Evans (CLICK HERE for the story), founder of 2nd Chance Cross Ministry, this group of girls works together to create small cross necklaces, bracelets and key chains.  These crosses will be distributed free of charge to MND students, families, and anyone in the greater Cincinnati area who would like them.

Program Leadership
Interim Co-Leaders: Sophia Germano ’21 and Rachel Noschang ’22
Leadership Team: Natalie Shimrock ’22 and Kat Guter ’22
Adult Support Person: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

2020 – 2021 Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Time spend participating in this program will count towards your SOS requirement.

January 2021 Update: COVID had minimal impact on our program and we were able to develop this new program with ACHI.  During the second semester, we will increase the number of students we can take on each visit as we hope to pack over 200,000 total meals for children in need.  Enrollment is open, so click the link below to register.

There are too many at risk children in the world for one person or family to care for. The Church, however has the resources and the biblical mandate to help these children. There is a lot at stake in this decision, surely for the children, as well as the Church. The mission of A Child’s Hope Int’l is to motivate and mobilize the church and the community to care for the orphans in their distress. (from https://thechildrenarewaiting.org/header/about-us/mission/)

MND’s Hands Against Hunger Program will provide students with the opportunity to make weekly after school visits to A Child’s Hope International’s Headquarters in Sharonville.   The small team of students will work for a few hours, and will pack approximately 14,000 meals for hungry children around the world.

Program Leadership
Co-Leaders: Rachel Noschang ’23 (Chair), Colleen McKenna ’23 and Kayla Anderson ’21
Service Board Liaison: Rachel Noschang ’22
Adult Support Person: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Activity Schedule
CLICK HERE

Online Registration
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Time spend participating in this program will count towards your SOS requirement.

Our Periodic and One-Time Events are planned throughout the year.   If YOU would like to be the first to learn about any of these events, once they are planned, click the YES, I’M INTERESTED button.  We will gather some information about you and keep you in the loop with our planning for the events and trips that interest you. 🙂 

Periodic and One Time Events

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED DURING OUR 2019 DRIVE!
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!

Unfortunately COVID-19 has had a large impact on the activities that can take place at A Child’s Hope International.  They have NOT put Crosstown Packout 2.0 on their schedule for this year, so at this time this event will not happen. 

FIRST ANNUAL CROSSTOWN PACKOUT – OCTOBER 12, 2019

THANK YOU TO THE OVER 90 MND STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR 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

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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 2024 are invited to participate in our Fall Freshman Service Day on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  We will be working with Cincinnati Parks ! Space is limited to 30 participants for this event, so check your schedule and join us!  

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

Student Leaders 2019: 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)
Participating in these events will count towards your requirement.

Unfortunately due to COVID, the SVDP Toy Shop is highly modified this year.
We did not need to have a Toy Drive this year since we had a surplus from last year. 🙂
We are limited to a very small number of MND volunteers – some in the morning for set up,
and some in the afternoon for distribution to the drive-thru pickup.
We have offered these limited slots to girls who have been most active in our
SVDP conference and service program. Thanks.

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 –  No 2020 Toy Drive necessary 
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)SEE NOTE ABOVE
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
Top Shop Event Leaders: Sophia Germano ’21 and Clara Leder ’22
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Student and Adult Leaders/Helpers
See above.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
If you are invited to volunteer, you can count these hours.

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.

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
Student Leaders:  TBA
MND Adult Support: Mr. Todd Forman (tforman@mndhs.org)

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
Any hours served as a leader in the program will count towards your requirement.

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 2020 TRIP | October 15 – 19, 2020
SORRY – APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

Photos from some recent visits
Fall 2018 | Christmas 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

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.” (Kayla – 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.” (Emily – 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.” (Chloe – Class of 2019, third trip)

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
Coming Soon

Application
If we are able to have a January 2021 Urban Plunge, information be posted in December 2020.

Sophomores of Service (SOS) Requirement
Participating an 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
Coming Soon

Application for Upcoming Plunge
If we are able to have a January/February 2021 Urban Plunge, the application will be available December 2020.

Sophomores of Service (SOS)
Participating in a Columbus 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.”