Service projects are a very important part of Confirmation. They introduce students to helping others both in our parish and local communities.  Our hope is that the candidates will continue to engage in these opportunities to give back to others and it becomes part of their life; especially through the high school years.

St James Parish has many opportunities for you to experience different aspects of volunteering.  All of the projects are supervised by volunteers and these ministries would appreciate your commitment to their projects.  You will be responsible for contacting the person organizing the project, having your Service Project Form signed on the day of the event and completing the reflection section on the form.

Post the date and time on your calendar! (using your cell phone is a great way to have your schedule at hand)

Your sponsor is encouraged to participate in any of the projects of your choice.  It is a great way to include him/her in your preparation.  (Please note: not all projects require parent/sponsor participation).

Take time to talk with your sponsor about a project you can do together such as: “Walk/run/bike for cause”.    Your sponsor may already be involved in something at their own parish, community or workplace that you can participate in.

COMMUNITY SERVICE IDEAS:

Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth is looking for volunteers. Please check their web site and news letter “Cornucopia” for information. http://stjosephelizabeth.org/

Saint James CYO Basketball volunteers are needed to help sell snacks and drinks during the games.  Sunday afternoons during three two hour shifts at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield.  If able to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Jen Potito with your availability at jpotito@comcast.net.

First Eucharist Family Retreat Day: Volunteers are needed Friday Evening April 8, 2016 for approximately 2 hours to set up for the retreat and Saturday Morning, April 9, 2016 from 8:00am till approximately 12noon.  Help is needed being section leaders, activity helpers, set up/cleanup and baking bread.  If interested, please email Mrs. Caputo at ncaputo@saintjamesparish.org.

Volunteer Opportunity at Sunrise Senior Living of Westfield  Volunteers are needed to help with baking, arts & crafts, language teacher, or Bingo Night.  You can also help with a talent show or give presentations.  Or you can visit a resident and just spend time talking with them.  Please  contact Mary Mulkahy at Westfield.AVC@sunrisesiniorliving.com for more information.   Please see the “Confirmation Form” tab for a Sunrise Volunteer form.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE COMMUNITY:

 Library:  Can always use volunteers

Activities / Fundraisers: in your own school or community

Knights of Columbus:If parent/grandparent is involved there may be an event they are holding that requires additional help.

Scouts:  If you are a Girl or Boy Scout some of your events can be counted.

Hillside Food Bank: Organizing and collecting items during the year.

Student Council: If you are involved with your student council there will be causes/events for you to serve at your school.

Helping thy Neighbor:  If you have an elderly neighbor who can use some help, that is great.  However, we would like to see you help on more than one occasion, not just for the “big snowstorm”.

Springfield Hope: Can always use volunteers packing collected items.

Meat Loaf Makers:  See parish bulletin for collection dates. Cooked, wrapped and frosen 2 – 3 pound meat loaves can be dropped off monthly. Meat Loaf making counts as 2 hours of service.

Sandwich Makers: Sanwiches made of meat and cheese, individually wrapped and labeled are collected monthly, please see parish bulletin for dates and more information.

In the past Candidates have: 

Filled bags of toiletries for both the homeless and Veterans groups

Coordinated food collections in connection with St. Joseph’s Social Services

Filled boxes of supplies for our troops

Back Pack Food collection

Tutor a younger student

Clean a park on Earth Day