• Phoenix- The Welcome to America Project

CCS Members donated, at a paid luncheon, clothing for resettled refugee children sizes 8-18.  We have supported this organization three years in a row.  The first year we donated clothes for toddlers, and last year we did a shoe, socks, and underwear drive.  These clothes are distributed through the project’s Clothes Closet, held twice a month. We served 380 children with 196 volunteer hours.

  • Phoenix- You are My Hero

CCS, Using funds collected from September through August (minimum $500) that honors a member or non-member as a Hero, a committee arranges an educational enrichment experience(s) at a local Catholic School as a “Christmas gift” that students would otherwise not have. The number of children served varies from year to year, depending on the available funds – so far in 2011 300-325 students viewed the Grail Theatre of Britain’s performance of “The Nativity and Other Stories.”

  • Phoenix- Baby Shots Program

CCS volunteers have partnered with the Phoenix Fire Department for 15 years, assisting with a program that offers vaccinations to prevent vaccine-preventable childhood diseases. By virtue of this program, thousands of children and their families are helped and it protects the citizens of the Valley.  Parents receive permanent records of their children’s shots, and a permanent record is filed for future information in case of lost records.  Letters are sent to daycare centers and preschools, elementary and high schools as well as health fair organizations and hospitals to publicize the clinics. We assist families in completing forms, file records, and provide snacks and comfort toys directly to the children. The Chapter also helps to fund the printing of the Baby Shots brochures, including our name and the Christ Child logo, which are distributed throughout the valley and are included in our Layette bags. We served 374 children at 3 clinics.

Many children whose families cannot afford shots are staying healthy.  Plus, the computer tracking of immunizations keeps records up-to-date for the families and Maricopa County Health Department.

  • Northern Michigan- Spirit Days

Spirit Camps and Days are special activities supported by CCS volunteers for special needs children and young adults.  Most of the students are enrolled at the Patricia Taylor School for Exceptional Learners.  Each year these events are as rewarding for the CCS members as they are for the students.

Spirit Camp at Camp Daggett:

CCS members volunteer for either a ½ day or a whole day at the camp.  Volunteers work with individual students helping them with the activities during their day at camp.  CCS provides funding for the purchase of arts and crafts supplies if needed.

Spirit Camp at Birchwood Farms:

CCS members volunteer to help students as they are lifted onto horses by the Farm staff for a ride around the indoor ring.  Volunteers also help those students in wheel chairs as they are wheeled up and into a wagon that is specially designed to secure wheel chairs so that these students may enjoy a wagon ride around the grounds.  Other CCS volunteers will purchase and serve a pizza lunch complete with beverages and CCS member made cookies.

Spirit Camp at Petoskey State Park:

Each summer a week-long camp experience for special needs students is organized by a teacher.  The last day is spent on the beach at Petoskey State Park.  CCS members volunteer to bring and serve sandwiches from Subway along with beverages, fruit and chips.  Each year we donate $3,000 to help with the cost of this week’s activities.

  • Phoenix- Mission of Mercy Mobile Medical Clinic (MOM)

This CCS program provides free, ongoing medical care and medicine as well as referral resources and one-on-one contact with patients.  Our volunteers provide a variety of assistance including- nurses that perform triage and lab tests, interpreters for Spanish-speaking patients, data input, serve as a receptionist to patients, assist in the pharmacy, and serve on the Advisory Board. This program costs CCS no money and helped 650 uninsured and under-insured men, women, and children in our community. Our volunteers gave 1,060 hours of volunteer service contributed by 8 volunteers and 4 associates working at two of five sites across the Phoenix area. MOM has grown from 2 to 5 sites across the Valley and currently is seeing a 25% increase in new patients requesting medical services and medicine.  CCS help has been vital to MOM’s success.

  • Phoenix- Healthy Start’s Baby Fair

CCS members worked with children, doing face painting and other craft activities, while the children’s parents visited the various vendors who presented a variety of services and materials related to child safety. We volunteered 40 hours and served 35 children.

  • Western Reserve- Project MORE

Project  MORE  is  a program for children at risk of reading failure.  CCS members volunteer for one on one tutoring 30 minutes per week for 32 weeks.  We served 15 children in 960 volunteer hours.

  • Western Reserve- TGIF (To Grow in Faith & Friendship)

The goal of TGIF is an opportunity to socialize for young adults with developmental disabilities from institutions, group homes and the community. 

  • Geauga County- Meals on Wheels

We deliver meals to eight people every Tuesday.

  • Door County

For the past six years, we have partnered with Altrusa’s Back to School Program.  This year we serviced 22 children with school supplies and clothing, costing near $4,000.

  • Door County- Teaching Shaken Baby

We partner with YAPS, (Young Adult Parents) in teaching Shaken Baby to freshman students in Door County Schools.  We also support these teenage parents monetarily and with clothing, car seats and cribs when requested.  We teach Shaken Baby to children taking Baby Sitting classes presented by Family Centers, another service group.

  • Western Reserve- Request & Review

We use Request & Review (R&R) to improve the lives of children in need by funding for a specific need or item. After the R&R committee researches and discusses the request if approved partial or full funding is given. Requests are then taken to general meeting for a vote.

Example of a request - A religious education program for special needs children which serves the 14 parishes of Lake County requested an I-Pad.  This program has 20 children several of which have autism.  They have found the use of an I-Pad for these children is very beneficial.  One was purchased for the program at the cost of $500. Another request from a special needs preschool requested weighted blankets and vests for autistic children.  They are used to calm and comfort the children when they become agitated. This request was granted. There were 10 request granted this year thru R&R

  • Pittsburgh- Angel’s Place and Roselia Center

CCS members provide a warm atmosphere to children in the Angel’s Place day care centers. The children, newborn to age 5, have a parent(s) who is continuing or finishing their education. Members contribute homemade cookies and needed supplies regularly to the three Centers.

CCS members strive to fill in the needs of the Roselia Center in helping the children of single mothers residing at the center. CCS has provided child safety equipment for the safety and wellbeing of the resident children.  We also provide diapers and formula to ease the mother’s and the Centers burden.

  • Stuart- Mobile Food Pantry

The reduce hunger within their county, Stuart partnered with The Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County to provide food to hungry children and their families through the Mobile Food Pantry.  The Pantry brings nutritious food to households living in underserved areas of the community.  It includes meats, breads, fresh fruit and vegetables, and non-perishable foods to those who do not have access to fresh and healthy food due to financial difficulties, lack of transportation, or physical limitations.  The Stuart Chapter provides the financial aid needed to underwrite the cost of the event as well as provides volunteers to work the day of food distribution.

  • Phoenix- Love Blankets

The Phoenix chapter has created a unique bond with the Bikers Against Child Abuse Agency (B.A.C.A.) allowing their membership to give their “clients” a tangible, solid message that someone they don’t know or might never meet, holds them in their hearts and prayers by presenting them with a “Love Blanket” to keep for their own.  The B.A.C.A. takes a firm stand against child abuse of any kind and will go to court with the abused child, give moral support and provide needed therapy.

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