The Community Service Corps (CSC) has been serving Delaware County since 1960. It is a response to the gospel call of Jesus to serve one another. This organization invites students to respond to the many needs of the church and community. O’Hara students take an active role in service projects throughout the year. 

List of 5 items.

  • Community Service Corps

    Moderator: Mr. Charles Wieners

    Commitment to Service – Registration Drive for the Community Service Corps – “putting faith into action through service”
     
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive to stock area food cupboards. Sponsored by the Community Food Program of the Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
     
    Kids Halloween Bags – Halloween “treat” bags filled and donated to local homeless shelters.
     
    Sandwich Club – The Sandwich Club meets once a month immediately after school in the Freshmen
    section of the cafeteria. The students make sandwiches which are delivered to shelters for the homeless of local communities.

    Golden Touch – Students reach out to men and women during their visits to area nursing homes. Students visit residents once a month, do planned activities and visit with patients.
     
    City Team Ministries(Chester) – CSC members sort and stock food, serve meals. CSC offers other assistance as needed.
     
    Special Olympicsat Villanova University – Students spend a day as volunteers, assisting as needed at soccer, volleyball, cross country and roller skating competitions. Cheering is Volunteering - support for the athletes is a vital part of the Special Olympics movement.
     
    Philabundance – Students, in groups of 30, visit the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center in South Philadelphia to sort and pack supplemental and emergency food items.
     
    Big Buddy – Students serve as a spiritual mentor or “Big Buddy” to 2nd graders at area parishes as the children prepare to receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.
     
    Thanksgiving Dinner Program – CSC provides Thanksgiving dinners (including the turkey!) for local families in need. Students donate specified food items and turkeys. The goal is to provide dinner for 40+ local families.

    Operation Santa Claus – a four-part program
    Christmas Outreach to Child Guidance Resource Center, Mother's’ Home in Darby,
    Bringing Hope Home, Catholic Social Services, St. Philomena's Parish. Students adopt a child and purchase a gift for their child.

    Wrapping Party - A festive wrapping party is held in the school cafeteria with over 250 students participating.
     
    “Kids Helping Kids” – CSC members adopt a specific child from local parishes, purchase, wrap, and tag a gift for their child. A “wish list” is provided by parents/guardians. The children receive their gifts at the Archbishop’s Christmas Party.
     
    Spanish Apostolate Christmas Party – on campus – Over 100 children and their parents attend the party. CSC members adopt a child from the Spanish Apostolate, and purchase, wrap, and tag a gift for their child. Santa makes a special visit from the North Pole. Santa and the O’Hara elve present each child with a special gift. With Christmas music playing, all enjoy a pizza lunch. Feliz Navidad!

    Souper Bowl of Caring – This is a national school program to feed the hungry which runs in conjunction with the Super Bowl. Special soups are targeted - Progresso and Campbell’s Chunky Soup - soups which will provide a meal for the recipients. The soup which is collected is donated to local food cupboards.

    Empty Bowls – The Cardinal O’Hara community - students, parents, faculty -  joins together in an effort to benefit the homeless. CSC members serve a “simple” meal of soup, bread, water, dessert, with participants donating $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per student. Guests choose a bowl to use that evening and to keep as a reminder that there are “empty bowls” throughout the world. Proceeds are donated to organizations that work to reaffirm the dignity of our homeless brothers and sisters in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
     
    Don Guanella Spring Carnival – Members of the Don Guanella and Divine Providence communities will visit the O’Hara campus for a carnival of games, bingo, and magic show hosted by the Community Service Corps.
    Student volunteers are paired with a “friend” for the day. Lunch will be served.
     
    Casserole Project – CSC members and their families prepare a casserole to feed the homeless. Casseroles are brought to school on specific dates. At the end of the school day, groups of students, with casseroles in hand, will travel to a local homeless shelter to serve a meal to the homeless.
     
    Easter Boxes for Children – CSC members adopt children in grades pre-K, K, 1, 2 and fill an Easter Box with treats for local children in need.
     
    Hand in Hand Festival at St. Joseph’s University  - Student volunteers spend the day with the mentally challenged in a carnival-like setting. Student volunteers are paired with a friend for the day.
     
    Senior Citizen Night – CSC members join with a local band to socialize with residents of Riddle Village and share experiences in a party-like atmosphere.
     
    Bottled Water Drive – This is a major effort to provide water for the homeless for the summer months.
     
    CSC Recognition Night – CSC members who were active during the school year receive a CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION at an evening reception.





  • Big Buddy Program

    O'Hara students serve as a mentor or a "buddy" to 2nd graders from St. Anastasia, St. Dorothy, Our Lady of Angels, Mother of Providence, Sacred Heart, Notre Dame de Lourdes and St. James Regional schools as the students prepare to receive the sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion.

    Moderators:
    Christine Tickman 

    Meeting Day/Frequency: To be determined
  • Golden Touch Club

    The boys and girls at Cardinal O'Hara reach out to men and women during their visit to Golden Touch nursing home. Students visit resident twice each month on Thursdays and do planned activities. Other students visit with patients. The visits to Golden Touch are a gift to all!

    Moderator: Mrs. Terri Borusiewicz
  • Respect Life Club

    The Respect Life Club at Cardinal O’Hara High School is a group of young men and women whose goal is to educate others on the issues regarding respect for all human life. These students care for and want to make sure everyone’s right to life is protected from conception to natural death. The right to life is the most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to work towards a world where human life is respected and there is a greater commitment to justice and peace.

    Moderator: Katie Toenniessen

    Meeting Day/Frequency: Once or twice per month in Room 205

    Additional Opportunities for Involvement:
    • March for Life: Every year a group of students and teachers goes down to Washington DC to march onto the Capital building and peacefully protest the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade. We are sending out message to Capitol Hill that we believe abortion is wrong. This is a daylong event that starts with mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
    • Stand Up for Life Dinner: Every year Cardinal O’Hara attends this dinner, which celebrates life. It is a gathering of hundreds of people who want to help celebrate the Culture of Life. Each year there is a keynote speaker who addresses everyone present about why we came together and how we can spread our mission.
    • Pro-Life Leadership Day: Students go to St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia to meet with other students from the area and talk about what it means to be Pro-Life. Students can ask questions to a panel of professionals to get new insight into what respect for all life is about.
    • Day of Silence: Anyone in the school can participate in this daylong event that not only happens at Cardinal O’Hara, but also nationally. Students give up their voice for a day to symbolize the unborn children who are killed before they are able to speak themselves.
    The Respect-Life Club also collects supplies for the Mother’s Home in Darby, raises money for A Baby’s Breath, and prays the Rosary outside Planned Parenthood.

  • Rosary Club

    Besides praying the rosary, we make rosaries and we send to missionary places outside of the US.

    Moderators: Deborah Neill

    Meeting Day/Frequency: Twice monthly

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