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. CSC activities include:
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 adop 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.