Volunteer Program


UPCOMING TRIPS

Location

Date

Price

Notes

Elm Grove, West Virginia

February 27-March 2, 2014

COMPLETED

Renovation of transition home for Florence Crittenton Services

Louisville, Kentucky

April 22, 2014

COMPLETED

Mayor’s Program: My Give A Day

Botswana, Africa

May 2014

approx $3,700 COMPLETED

Mission trip

Disaster Relief

May 2014

COMPLETED

Arkansas tornado disaster response

Appalachia, Kentucky

May 12-17, 2014

$170 COMPLETED

Home repairs

Crow Reservation, Montana

June 7-13, 2014

$550 COMPLETED

Home repairs

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 15-19, 2014

CANCELLED BY GROUP

Home repairs, Vincentian Academy

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 25, 2014

COMPLETED

"Feeding America" food distribution

Barton, Ohio

July 20-25, 2014

COMPLETED

Archbishop Williams High School

Nazareth, Kentucky

August 2, 2014

COMPLETED

Annual Volunteer Day of Reflection

Appalachia, Kentucky

August 11-16, 2014

$170 COMPLETED

KY Cornerstone Ministries

New Orleans, Louisiana

September 22-26, 2014

$250 COMPLETED

Lantern Light Ministry & St Bernard Project

India

November 2-16, 2014

$2,000 COMPLETED

Dharuhera - Asha Kiran

Belize City, Belize

January 17-25, 2015

$1,850 including airfare COMPLETED

"Building for Change" collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries

Las Flores, Belize

February 16-23, 2015

$1500 COMPLETED

Home repairs

Nazareth, Kentucky

March 14, 2015

COMPLETED

Disaster Relief Program Orientation

Appalachia, Kentucky

March 23-27, 2015

$170 COMPLETED

Home repairs

Louisville, Kentucky

April 22, 2015

COMPLETED

Mayor’s Program: My Give A Day at St. Mary's Center

Fairdale, Illinois

April 22-25, 2015

COMPLETED

Disaster Relief Program Response (volunteers who have completed program orientation)

New Orleans, Louisiana

May 4-9, 2015

$250 COMPLETED

St Bernard Project

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 24, 2015

"Feeding America" food distribution

Crow Reservation, Montana

June 23-30, 2015

Home repairs

Belize City, Belize

July 12-19, 2015

St. Joseph Church High School W.O.W. Group

Appalachia, Kentucky

September 14-18, 2015

$170

Home repairs

New Orleans, Louisiana

October 5-10, 2015

$250

Lantern Light Ministry & St Bernard Project

Belize City, Belize

October 18-25, 2015

St. John's Hollywood Group

India

Fall 2015

CURRENT NEWS
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Sister Luke Boiarski, Director of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program and Felicia Rowe, Assistant Director write: We are finishing our second day on the job with our wonderful group of volunteers working to hang and mud drywall for an “opportunity home” with St Bernard Project here in New Orleans. This home will give a low income individual or family an opportunity to rent a home at a reasonable rate. The breeze has been keeping us cool as we work in the 80+ heat. Yesterday a local man, Joshua, stopped by the house to tell us his story about how St Bernard Project helped him get back in his home after being scammed by people posing as renovation specialists who took advantage of him after Hurricane Katrina. Tonight the group will share a meal with the Clementine family who were previously assisted by our volunteers.

Members of the SCN Disaster Relief team arrived in the Fairdale, Illinois area on Wednesday night. We were given accommodations at the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center in Woodstock, Illinois and also at the Walcamp Retreat Center in Kirkland, Illinois. 

Thursday morning, SCNs Michaelette Pavlik, Denise Hibel, Luke Boiarski and SCNA Betty Hamilton assisted in the garage/warehouse where donations were being dropped off and separated. The other volunteers, Butch Cecil, Ronnie Mattingly, Jude Leake and Joe Clark assisted in the cleanup efforts in the small village of Fairdale.

Everyone has been very gracious and appreciative of the many volunteers who are giving their time and energy in this recovery effort.

SCN volunteers are out celebrating their Earth Day at St Mary’s Center in Louisville in conjunction with Mayor Greg Fischer’s annual ‘My Give a Day’ week of service.

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Check out Gary Hermann’s column, ” A view from the pew,” on page 5 of this week’s edition of The Record. He writes about time spent with Luke Boiarski, SCN, and his experience as a volunteer in Belize with the SCN Lay Volunteer Ministry. http://erecord.archlou.org/app.php?RelId=6.5.1.2

On Sunday, Feb.15,  a commissioning ceremony was held at St. Vincent de Paul Church for the SCN Lay Mission Volunteers traveling to Belize. Pray for their safety in travels and on the worksite in the village of Las Flores, Belize.

On Sunday, February 15th, a commissioning ceremony was held at St. Vincent Church for the SCN Lay Mission Volunteers traveling to Belize.
Please pray for their safety during their travels and on the worksite in the village of Las Flores, Belize.

Day Four in Belize City

Ready for the House Blessing tomorrow. Just need to put window slats and facial board on the house. The volunteers are really an inspiration to me because they hang in hammering, painting and roofing with the sun and humidity being so intense.

Third Day in Belize City

Energy and enthusiasm was prevalent as the walls of the house went up.

— Sr. Luke

SCN Lay Mission Volunteers Begin Work in Belize City

From Sister Luke:

“We arrived in Belize Sunday, Jan. 18 to begin our work building a house for a family in great need. We were greeted at the airport by Abel and Maggie Vargas, the Director and Assistant Director of Hand in Hand Ministries here in Belize. The photos give a broad-brush look of are first day on the job site as we met Rebecca, a loving mother, grandmother and immigrant from Hondoras. She was so excited of having a home where she and her oldest daughter can reside. Her dream is about to become a reality as we began constructing the foundation and flooring of the house.”

Sisters Luke Boiarski and Anne Magruder show Little Dresses of Love donated by the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany, Ohio. This year, these dresses will be distributed to young girls in Kentucky and Belize by the SCN Lay Mission Volunteers.

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Here is a photo from the last day of working with a great team at #NunBuild! The Sister volunteers are all gathered around the New Orleans home owner, Linda Winfrey. They had a wonderful time being of service and being with other Sisters in the House of Charity.

SCNs Anne Magruder, Molly Thompson, Brenda Gonzales, Luke Boiarski and Paula Merrill arrived safely in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, Nov.16 after a long eleven hour drive. They were graciously greeted at the House of Charity where we are staying.

On Monday morning, Sisters from various communities and other volunteers gathered at St. Bernard’s project for the Nun Build orientation.

They are working hard preparing a home for Ms. Linda Winfrey. She worked for LSU School of Medicine as an administrative assistant for 20 years before Katrina. She made a home on Third St. where she raised her family.

Ms. Linda and her daughter evacuated to Natchez, Mississippi, then settled in Dallas, Texas, for a year until she returned to her roots in New Orleans. Ms. Linda is eager to get back to her home, so she can better serve her community and provide a home for her family to return to.

Ten-Days Makes a Difference

The Volunteers, Carolyn Smeltzer, Jennifer Hurst, Lisa Kaucic, Pam Clark, Toni Viola along with Felicia Rowe, Assistant Director of SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program spent 10 memorable days with the students, staff and the SCNs of Asha Kiran, (House of Hope) at Dharuhera, Haryana, India.

Their experience began with a day of orientation, including the chance to meet the SCNs, learn the layout of the place, customs, and routines.  

The Volunteers attended the alumnae gathering of the Nazareth Hospital Mokama Nurses organized by Nirmala Mulackal, SCN at Asha Kiran.  Carolyn, a nurse, talked to the nurses about how to retire gracefully.  She discussed the transformation of Mokama Nazareth Hospital into a palliative care centre and praised them for being progressive and meeting a new need in mission.  The volunteers and the members of alumnae were spell bound to see the talents displayed by the Asha Kiran children on the stage.

The children at Asha Kiran and the volunteers loved being together. The volunteers helped the children with their homework, especially Math, Science and English.  Some of them counseled the children who needed special help.  They prepared the children for a Christmas play, which they will perform during the upcoming visit of the Archbishop of Delhi in December.  They also taught the children a few songs and yoga. They gave a face lift to the small library by arranging the books and cataloguing them. 

Each day, the volunteers shared their life stories with the children.  Living and being with the children, the volunteers came to know the individual needs of each child and accordingly they reached out to them.  They were companions besides being aunties, and didis (sisters) who played with the children, danced with them, laughed and cried with them.  The children enjoyed learning how to make bracelets. 

The volunteers had an opportunity to attend a naming ceremony of a new born boy in a village, they attended an Indian wedding at a nearby marriage hall and visited six villages.  

The volunteers had the time to visit the Taj Mahal, the Lotus Temple, the Bahai Temple, India Gate and other beautiful spots. 

Some of the volunteers visited Dhrampura slum where Manisha Azhakthu, SCN ministers with the young children, youth and women.  

Each day the volunteers loved watching the children go to school. They worked with them in the kitchen and flower gardens.  They spend time in preparing chapattis (bread) with the children and helped the staff in the kitchen. 

The volunteers feel that they received much more than they gave.  They had an authentic cultural experience because the SCN sisters saw to it that everything was planned and carried out meticulously.  Asha Kiran, Dharuhera is a symbol of melting pot of all cultures and religions. 

The children and the volunteers bid tearful farewell to one another before they left for the school on November 14, a day India celebrates Children’s Day.   SCNs Agnes Tudu, Lucy Puthukattu and Sujata Maliakal said they were blessed by the presence of the six volunteers.   “Their spirit of total dedication and commitment, simplicity, openness and the ever willing desire to embrace all were commendable.   

 We believe that this ten day experience has made us to embrace all religions, all peoples and all regions as one nation and as one people of God.”

SCNs Agnes Tudu, Lucy Puthukattu and Sujata Maliakal  

The SCN Lay Mission volunteers have spent the last six days working with the girls at Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, India. The time has passed quickly as there is always something to do. The girls are such a wonderful and talented group! They are so happy for the love, attention and positive influence provided by the volunteers here. Aside from tutoring the girls in math, science and English, the volunteers have assisted with daily yoga class instruction, creating a Christmas program for the Archbishop’s upcoming visit and also providing counseling on a one-on-one basis for several girls with special needs. 

Today the volunteers began their morning by cleaning out the library at Asha Kiran and beginning the process to organize over 30 boxes of donated books and materials to catalog them and make them more accessible. Sisters Lucy, Agnes and Sujata work tirelessly with the girls and have expressed their gratitude for the contributions the volunteer group has made already. 

Friday will be a sad time for all, as the girls are already anticipating the end of their time with their new ‘aunties’ and asking when they will return.

Without Asha Kiran many of these girls would be homeless, on the streets or in brothels. Asha Kiran truly is a 'ray of hope’ in this community and having the opportunity to volunteer here has been a once in a lifetime experience.

We had a wonderful time in Beattyville, Kentucky, helping Ms. Dora at Kentucky Cornerstone Ministry. We prepared food baskets for Thanksgiving, decorated for Christmas, and wrapped presents for the children in the Appalachian area. Thank you to Charity Alive and our SCN Lay Mission Volunteers!

— Sister Luke

SCN volunteers are traveling to India today. Felicia Rowe, Assistant Director of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, will lead a group of five volunteers on a two-week volunteer trip to India to be of service with the Sisters and the children at Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, India. The group took part in a commissioning ceremony at the end of Mass at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, on Sunday, November 2, followed by an orientation. Their departure for India was Monday, November 3. Please pray for their safe travel!

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SCN Volunteers are on the ground working on the home of Corrine, homeowner in Barton, OH.

Corrine has suffered some severe setbacks these last few years, namely the loss of her mother and brother. She lives alone trying to keep up the family home.

While our volunteers were working, the neighbor across the street asked if they could assist him in fixing some of his siding that came loose during a recent storm. Ronnie Mattingly and Dale Miles applied their skills and responded to his request.

On Wednesday, our volunteers went right to work, painting both the railing and trim on the house that was assigned to us by St. Bernard Project.

We were blessed that Sylvia, the homeowner and one of her sons stopped by to see the progress that has been made on her home. Sylvia burst into prayer and exclaimed, “I can’t believe it, I can’t wait to come back home. This is the house where my husband and I raised our four sons.”

When Katrina hit, she and her sons reluctantly evacuated to Alexandria, Louisiana, and remained there for seven years. She received some Road Home funds and did her best to monitor the repair of her home, driving 200 miles, several times a year to keep tabs on things.

Each trip ended in disappointment — time and time again, she found herself dealing with fraudulent contractors. Funds were running low, so she turned to St. Bernard Project.

We are so proud to be of service to her and her family.

A Few Good Men

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“A few good men,” a phrase that is often heard when a need arises requesting volunteers.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, a few good men spent the day in Willisburg, Kentucky, constructing a cover over a wheelchair ramp as a part of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program.

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It was a beautiful crisp day, a day when most people would be attending the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in nearby Bardstown.

Instead these wonderful men came to the aid of Mr. Hood. Now, he can roll his wheelchair outside and enjoy the beautiful days yet to come and not worry about too much sun and rain.

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Thank you Adolph Williams, Billy Lewis, Jude Leake, Butch Cecil, Dale Miles, Carl Mattingly and Ronnie Mattingly.

Written by Luke Boiarski, SCN

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Would you like to change someone’s life?
(You’ll be surprised at the change in your life as well.)

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, invites lay women and men to cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Charity Federation are called to mission.

http://www.scnfamily.org/volunteer

SCN volunteers arrive in New Orleans:

Day one on the job included orientation at the House of Charity, preparing and serving a meal to the homeless and also painting at the Clementin Home on Elysian Fields.

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Would you like to change someone’s life?

(You’ll be surprised at the change in your life as well.)

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN), invites lay women and men to cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Charity Federation are called to mission.

Future volunteer opportunities are always available. Contact Sister Luke today.


Sister Luke Boiarski, SCN
P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048
(502) 348-1578
lukescn@scnky.org

Appalachia

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