Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer '16 Opportunities

Mr. Quinn and students making
100 PB&J sandwiches for the homeless
at Open Door Mission
As I reflect on this year of community service, I get the sense that MANY people seek opportunities to be of service to others.  It is evident with the increase of student and parent involvement in this school year's Passport service opportunities!  There are many demands and responsibilities on all of us each day.  I notice that many students and adults take the time to volunteer.  Some have the desire but haven’t found the time.  I’ve compiled this list of opportunities for summer vacation in the event that you have some free time.  All of these listed, Mercy has a relationship with.  Feel free to contact them at your convenience and volunteer with group of friends together. 

                                              ~Enjoy the summer, Mrs. Randazzese


CAMP OPEN ARMS - July 11-22 (8:30am - 3pm/weekends off) at Bay Trail Middle School in Penfield. Teen Counselors (must be 16yrs or older) are needed for this day camp for children who are cancer survivors, have a family member with cancer or a blood related disease.  Fun for children ages 3 to 14. Camp activities include swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, roller-skating as well as day trips to Strong Museum, Seneca Park Zoo, Bay Creek Paddling, RMSC, Seabreeze. Contact: Jennifer Johnson @ 585-423-9700 x315 or jjohnson@gildasclubrochester.org
AUTISM UP – iCan Bike 2016 July 25-29 @ RIT.   Volunteers (must be 14yrs. or older) are needed to help teach children with disabilities learn how to ride a 2-wheel bike.   Contact: Gia Carroll, Program Director, (Mercy Alumnae) at gcarroll@autismup.org or call (585) 248-9011. Or search: http://autismup.org/programs/ican-bike-camp/ 
FAIRPORT BAPTIST HOMES – Contact Jean Reid or Vickie Hamling, 377-7830.  The elderly residents LOVE your help.  Activities may include cleaning, gardening, reading, playing games, performing music and/or making crafts.
HILDEBRANDT HOSPICE CARE CENTER – Contact Rose Fletcher, Lifetime Care, @ 214-1000.  You can coordinate up to 6 family/friends to bake cookies for the people who are in hospice care.  You will also learn about end of life care through a brief tour and discussion. 
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSEGo to http://www.rmhcrochester.org/makeameal   You can gather up to 8 people from your family/friends to cook a meal  for the families whose children are receiving specialized medical care at Golisano's Children's Hospital. 
BETHANY HOUSE – Contact: Kathleen, Donna or Trudy @ 454-4197.  An emergent house of hospitality that strives to support, encourage, feed and clothe women and their children.  You can volunteer in MANY different ways., ie., organizing the food pantry, baking cookies, nail polish with the women and children, preparing a meal, attending Wednesday evening Community Night & Potluck Supper. 
MARY’S PLACE – a refugee outreach community.  Summer camp options to play with kids.  Contact: Meg Burkhard (Mercy Alumnae)  marysplacedirector@gmail.com or call 585-270-8626
SAINT’S PLACE – helping refugees relocate in Rochester. Volunteers needed (all ages) for Annual Super Sale held July 13-16th at 64 South Main St., Pittsford.  Volunteers are needed many days before and after the sale as well!  Contact Michele Quinn - michele@saintsplace.org 
THE LEGACY at Clover Blossom – Contact: Patty Jo Groenendaal @ 218-9000 x103.  Set up a time to visit and play Rummikub or Wii Bowling or perform music. 
“SOUP KITCHENS”  Helping to serve meals to the homeless and needy in our Rochester Community.  Gather a group of friends and or family members and contact one of the following to set up a time.
Saint Joseph’s House of Hospitality Contact: House Coordinator, Jasmin Reggler jreggler@saintjoeshouse.org or call: 585-353-9882
Blessed Sacrament Supper Program: Contact: Mary Jo Lightholder at 585-442-5279

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