Volunteer Program


UPCOMING TRIPS

Location

Date

Price

Notes

Memphis, Tennessee

January 11, 2014

COMPLETED

Volunteer Gathering & Disaster Relief Program Training

Belize City, Belize

January 19-26, 2014

$1700 COMPLETED

St. John's Hollywood House (FULL)

Belize City, Belize

February 9-16, 2014

$1700 COMPLETED

(FULL)

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 (FULL)

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 (FULL)

India

November 2-16, 2014

$2,000 COMPLETED

Dharuhera - Asha Kiran (FULL)

Belize City, Belize

January 17-25, 2015

$1,850 including airfare

"Building for Change" collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries (Volunteers needed)

Las Flores, Belize

February 2015 (TBD)

Home repairs

Louisville, Kentucky

April 2015 (TBD)

Mayor’s Program: My Give A Day

Bardstown, Kentucky

June 2015

"Feeding America" food distribution

Belize City, Belize

July 12-19, 2015

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

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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!

scnazarethky:

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.

scnfamily:

Sunday, Sept. 21, nine SCN Lay Mission Volunteers were commissioned during the liturgy at St. Vincent’s Church. They will travel to New Orleans on Monday where they will be working in collaboration with St. Bernard Project. After nine years, there is still much rebuilding to do for the victims  of Hurricane Katrina. Please hold them in prayer during this week.

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program is out at Bellarmine University’s non-profit volunteer and internship fair. If you’re near campus, take a moment to learn about how we are engaging volunteers throughout the community!

The SCN volunteer program is on the University of Louisville’s campus today for the annual Cards in the Community Volunteer and Service Fair…stop by and see us!

Work continues as Sisters are volunteering at Camp Maria in Leonardtown, Md.

Are we having fun yet?

We (SCNs Rose Chase, Angela Hicks, Carolyn Wilson and Luke Boiarski ) arrived at Camp Maria on Sunday, Aug. 24 to begin our work.

The director, Ann Kovalcik graciously had our accommodations ready for us including plenty of refreshments in the fridge.

Photos here show our first day of painting the Bird Bath.

scnvolunteer:

Sign up today! There are still spots available to join us next month in New Orleans!

Did you know that Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US? Join the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program as we travel to the House of Charity (pictured above) to volunteer with the local community in New Orleans! The mission trip is scheduled for September 22-26, 2014 and the cost is $250 including project supplies, transportation, room and board. If you are interested, please contact Sister Luke Boiarski at lukescn@scnky.org or Felicia Rowe at felicia@scnfamily.org. 

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program is working in the Appalachian region of Kentucky this week. Ms. Dora Riss, foundress of Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries in Beattyville, Ky., welcomed them with open arms and then put the volunteers to work.

Did you know that Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US? Join the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program as we travel to the House of Charity (pictured above) to volunteer with the local community in New Orleans! The mission trip is scheduled for September 22-26, 2014 and the cost is $250 including project supplies, transportation, room and board. If you are interested, please contact Sister Luke Boiarski at lukescn@scnky.org or Felicia Rowe at felicia@scnfamily.org. 

Barbara Joseph Lammers, SCN, addresses the Lay Mission volunteers here on Nazareth’s campus for the annual day of reflection. The group is welcomed by director, Luke Boiarski, SCN, and assistant director, Felicia Rowe.

The day is just getting started as the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program welcomes volunteers to Nazareth today for the Annual Day of Reflection.

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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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