The mission of the Cardinal O’Hara Community Service Corps (CSC) is to give young people a vehicle by which they can serve their neighborhoods in ways appropriate to age and within the context of the Church. The CSC provides a means of actual involvement for young people, where, as a group, they put their faith into action through service. Members of the CSC will come to understand that through their individual actions they make a positive difference in the lives of others and make the world a better place in which to live.
While the specific objectives of the CSC are as varied as the individual programs it sponsors, the overall goals are primarily:
- To foster self growth and self discovery of teens and show that God loves them and has a plan to work through them to show His love for others
- To provide members with opportunities to help others, especially children, the poor, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and the homeless
- To develop a spirit of Christian community
- To provide multi-cultural opportunities
- To encourage members to accept their responsibilities as leaders and servers in the Church and civic community
In order to address the needs in today’s world, and to allow for the development of each student’s own unique gifts, CSC members serve in the following areas:
-Help the economically disadvantagedwith programs such as The Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive to fill neighborhood food cupboards, the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national program to tackle hunger in America, by serving a hot meal to feed the homeless…under the EL in Kensington, and by sponsoring an Empty Bowls Program on campus to raise money to feed the homeless, and by participating in the St. John’s Hospice Casserole Program and providing 85 frozen casseroles to provide a meal for 300 homeless men.
-Reach out to children in the community– “adopt” a child at Christmas and purchase gifts for that child, Easter Boxes for Children, and Cradles for Crayons which provides socks and underwear for children 1-12
-Act as a link between the school and the outside communityby volunteering at the PA Special Olympics at Villanova University in the Fall, by serving a Thanksgiving Dinner to the Don Guanella and Divine Providence residents on Thanksgiving Day, by sponsoring a festive St. Patrick’s Day Party for the residents of Don Guanella and Divine Providence, by preparing and serving breakfast to the residents of the Ronald MacDonald House and their families, by sorting and packaging supplemental food items at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center, and by assisting at the Goalball Tournament at Overbrook School for the Blind as goal judges and line judges
-Reach out to the local community-at-large during the holidayseasonwith the Thanksgiving Dinner Program which provides dinners for 75 families, and with Operation Santa Claus which provides Christmas gifts for over 300 children
-Provide multi-cultural opportunities and develop a spirit of Christian communityby active participation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service Program, by sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa for the Spanish Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, by working with the Office of Black Catholics on various projects, by participating in the African Library Project and providing 1200 books to start a primary school library in Malawi
-Programs for persons with disabilities,such as the Don Guanella Whiffle Ball Tournament in the school gym during the month of May, the Don Guanella and Divine Providence Fun Day, a day of dancing and carnival games