Volunteer Program


UPCOMING TRIPS

Location

Date

Price

Notes

Dunbar, Pennsylvania

June 16-21, 2013

COMPLETED

Archbishop Williams High School (FULL)

Crow Reservation, Montana

July 11-18, 2013

COMPLETED

Bible School (FULL)

Bardstown, Kentucky

September 1-7, 2013

$100 COMPLETED

Home repairs  Memphis Group, Family & Friends (FULL)

Appalachia, Kentucky

October 6-12, 2013

$160 COMPLETED

Spalding University

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

approx $2,000

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

Belize City, Belize

July 12-19, 2015

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

CURRENT NEWS
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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.

SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program: Our mission is complete in Barton, Ohio. The students will be heading back to Massachusetts while Sisters Luke and Angela depart for Kentucky. Thank you to all of the volunteers for your hard work this week!

From Luke Boiarski, SCN: We are making good progress on our project here in Barton, Ohio. We continue to experience the generosity of the people in this area.
Tomorrow is our last working day here and the students from Archbishop Williams High School are pleased with the results. Thank you for your prayers and continued support of the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program!

Join the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Lay Mission Volunteer Program on a volunteer mission trip to work with the Sisters and children at Asha Kiran in Dharuhera, India.

  • What: Asha Kiran, a school operated by the SCNs for young girls who are orphaned, or who have been taken out of brothels and other hostile environments
  • When: Nov. 3-16, 2014
  • Where: Dharuhera, near Delhi, India
  • Why: To change lives in a cross-cultural partnership with the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters are called to mission
  • Cost: Approximately $2,000 including airfare, room and board

If you (or anyone you know of) are interested in joining the group, please contact Felicia Rowe at felicia@scnfamily.org or (502) 348-1583 for more details.

Help us spread the word regarding this amazing, once in a lifetime service opportunity!

Update from Sister Luke Boiarski, Director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program:

The students from Archbishop Williams High School, Carol O’Brien, Mike Delanty and Sisters Luke and Angela Hicks arrived in Barton, Ohio on Sunday, July 20 to begin their service of painting a home for Ms. Corrine.

As you can see by the photos, it has been and continues to be, a wonderful adventure.

The people in this small coal mining town have been so gracious to us. Please pray for the safety of all involved in this project.

SCN volunteers joined the local ‘Feeding America’ program this morning distributing food from their monthly location at the Nelson County fairgrounds. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. For more about how you can volunteer with us, please visit our website: www.scnfamily.org/volunteer

An Inheritance of Gratefulness

Lay mission leader serves others at home and abroad

Belief in reincarnation isn’t part of Felicia Rowe’s Catholic faith. Still, her grandmother’s spirit lives on in her.

Felicia, 31, of Louisville, is assistant director of the lay mission volunteer program at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Her job involves recruiting volunteers for short-term missions, disaster relief, and community service projects, documenting the work on video and following up with participants about what they got from their experiences.

She recently returned from Botswana in southern Africa, where she worked in an HIV/AIDS clinic and a preschool. In January, she helped build houses in the Central American nation of Belize, and this month, she will assist a team of volunteers for Feeding America, distributing food to the needy in Nelson County.

“I get paid to do what I would do unpaid,” she said.

It’s a vocation Rowe’s grandmother, Marie, would understand.

Marie was a student at Nazareth Academy and considered becoming a sister before she married and became a mother instead. When she was being courted by J.C. Greenwell, he would call on her once a week, until one day when Marie told him she was going to join the Sisters of Charity and he shouldn’t come back. The next week, he came twice, and “the rest is history,” Felicia said. The two married and had 11 children, including Felicia’s mom, Julie, who married Brad Rowe, her father.

Though she never became a nun, Marie Greenwell lived a life of service. A college graduate and medical technician, she served for a time on the board of health and did volunteer work for the Red Cross. She attended the 6:30 Mass every morning at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, was a Eucharistic minister and was always helping people.

“She was a faithful and prayerful person,” said Julie.

In some ways, Felicia is like her.

“She’s aware of the needs of other people and what she can do for them,” Julie said of her daughter. “She’s a kind person.”

When she was a young girl, Felicia participated in blood drives and school service projects, and often went with their mother, brother and sisters to visit the elderly in nursing homes.

“She’s always had a love of older people,” Julie said.

That’s one of the reasons Felicia likes her job at SCN, where many of the sisters are older women.

“It’s kind of a natural fit because the sisters remind me of my grandmother,” she said. “I love being here because I have such respect for their wisdom and everything you can learn from them.”

Another reason she likes her work is the opportunity it provides for travel.

Her wanderlust began in the sixth grade when Felicia joined her mother, brother and sisters on a backpacking trip of across Europe. In college, she studied in Ireland, the Netherlands and the Bahamas.

Since then, she has visited every continent except Antarctica, and she’s thought about how she can get there.

The time she was in India, studying yoga and doing some work at an ashram, was especially an eye-opening experience, because it was the first time she was a minority and a woman in a culture where women don’t have the same rights and privileges they do here.

“There’s so much you can learn by being immersed in other cultures,” she said. “I really feel like it isn’t until you’re out of your comfort zone that you really start to learn about yourself and other people as well. I have ample opportunities to do that, so it’s one reason I’m so grateful to be able to do the work I do.”

Felicia is a 2001 graduate of Bethlehem and a 2005 Bellarmine grad. In 2009, she earned a master’s in public health from Benedictine University in Chicago, then studied for a year at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. She was going to be an optometrist, but to her “parents’ dismay,” she said, she changed her emphasis to public health.

She worked for a children’s hospital in Philadelphia and a charity in New York City before she was hired by the Sisters of Charity as an assistant to Sister Luke Boiarski, director of the lay mission program of the Office of Congregational Advancement.

Sister Luke’s leadership resulted in an expansion of the volunteer program to the point where she needed someone to be her right hand.

“Now Felicia’s taking it to the next step,” said Diane Curtis, a spokeswoman for SCN.

Sister Luke described Felicia as compassionate and generous, and said “her openness to other cultures is extraordinary.”

Patsy O’Toole, an SCN associate and Sister Luke’s director, said Felicia’s work is to her “a ministry.”

“She approaches the job with her whole heart,” she said.

Her organizational skills, matched with “her ability to draw people together make her a perfect person for this role.”

Soon after she began her job with SCN, Felicia visited New Orleans, which is still recovering from the 2005 hurricanes. A little later she did poverty relief work in the Appalachian town of Beattyville, Ky., and helped build houses and relationships with homeowners in Belize City.

She believes in treating the people she assists “with the same respect everybody deserves, regardless of who they are or where they are — it doesn’t matter if it’s Beattyville or Botswana.”

In Botswana, Felicia cared for orphans, many of whom are living with AIDS, and she found the Sisters of Charity who live humbly among those they serve, an inspiration.

Botswana is a young country and a hopeful one.

“I loved it because the people were so welcoming, happy and uplifting, even though they often had difficult challenges,” she said.

“As Americans, we are given so much and are so fortunate, but we seem to lack the gratitude to live fulfilled lives,” Felicia said.

Her grandmother, said Julie, would be proud of her.

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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

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