Community Service is an important part of the SVMS experience. Members of the Community Service Committee organize and supervise community service opportunities for our students.
Each month, the committee publishes a list of community service opportunities for students and their families. For more information, please contact the committee Chairs or members.
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Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown
This agency, located in Morristown, provides nutritious meals in a warm, safe and caring environment, to men, women and children 365 days a year free of charge. They also encourage and assist their guests in accessing community resources, services and educational programs. In the past, SVMS has assembled take-home breakfasts for guests and participated in their Walk for Hunger. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, October 15. Please consider walking with St. Vincent Martyr School's team or sponsoring our team.
Changing of the Missals
Students will assist Mrs. Jan Figenshu in changing the Missals in the church. This will be done twice each school year. The first opportunity will take place on November 29 or December 1.
Pine Acres Nursing Home
St. Vincent Martyr Parish has committed to playing bingo with the elderly residents at Pine Acres Nursing Home every Tuesday evening. Our middle school pitches in and takes over every second Tuesday (6pm - 7pm) of the month. Volunteers call the numbers and assist residents in playing the game. We also seek donated prizes such as women’s tops and sweaters; men's sweatshirts, sweat pants, t-shirts, and baseball caps; stuffed animals; and jewelry.
Samaritans Purse/Operation Christmas Child
The students at St. Vincent Martyr pick up an Operation Christmas Child box from school and fill it with goodies for a girl or boy of whatever age grouping they choose. The box will be given to a child far away who is in need at Christmas, regardless of their religious background. This year, the collection will take place during the week of November 13- 20, 2017.
Bridges reaches out to the homeless in New York City, Newark, Irvington, and Summit, New Jersey. Each year, the organization delivers 65,000 brown bag lunches, clothing, and other necessities without question and with genuine respect. As part of our outreach with Bridges, SVMS assembles "sustainable" brown bag lunches and delivers them to a Bridges’ distribution point.
Cards for SVM Parish homebound
Students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade make cards four times per year for homebound parishioners who are too infirm to attend daily Mass. The cards are delivered to the homebound when members of the parish bring Holy Communion to them. The Community Service Committee provides the materials to make the cards and students create them in class.
For more than 80 years, the Villa at Florham Park was known as St. Anne Villa, the private retirement home for the Sisters of For Charity of St. Elizabeth. Many of these sisters were teachers at St. Vincent Martyr School. Due to declining membership in the order, the home transferred to Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, though it still houses sisters requiring assisted living and nursing care. The sisters enjoy a visit from our younger students who may sing some seasonal songs for them.
This is the fifth year we will be assembling bags with specific simple personal items to give to those men studying at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall. Since St. Vincent Martyr Parish has benefited from the service of many deacons and priests from this seminary, we can all feel good about making their journey to the priesthood a little bit easier with this practical support.
Volunteer preparation of baskets typically occurs the week before Thanksgiving, with the final assembly and delivery occurring the Monday before Thanksgiving.
In 2015, we provided:
The parish and the school collaborate to assemble and distribute baskets containing all of the food and fixins required for a Thanksgiving meal. Each class is responsible for two baskets, and each student contributes an item for his/her class baskets. Families and parishioners can also contribute baskets or items.
- 126 baskets of food for local families;
- 100 baskets for Friendship Corner, a Catholic Charities resource in Paterson;
- 50 baskets for the Vocationist Sisters in Florham Park, who then distribute the baskets in Newark; and
- 41 baskets, 110 lbs of rice, 5 lbs of beans, 13 extra turkeys, and 16 boxes of canned goods for St. Agnes Church in Paterson
March for Life
The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming. Every year, SVMS encourages students and their parents to attend the March in Washington, D.C.
Veterans at Lyons
The parish and the school have collaborated on outreach programs for veterans who are located at the VA facility in Lyons, NJ since 2014. The facility is approximately 30 minutes from Madison. The majority of opportunities at the facility are at the Community Living Center, which is a nursing home setting. Some of the programs the parish has conducted in the past are:
- Volunteering to host and assist at recreational events at the Lyons facility, providing and serving refreshments while getting to know the residents during the program.
- Conducting a toiletry drive for needed items at the facility.
- Hosting veterans at SVMS where the students provide entertainment and get to know individual veterans.
Christmas Boodle Boxes for our Heroes
Volunteers donate & assemble Christmas packages for soldiers deployed abroad, largely in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items are packed in large flat rate boxes that can be shipped from any post office. Boxes must be shipped the week before Thanksgiving in order to arrive by Christmas.
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