Community Service

Community Service

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DELBARTON SCHOOL
Community Service Program

Delbarton School seeks to share the richness of its Catholic and Benedictine identity with all who share its life. Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is a responsibility that we hold in common and is an expression of the Benedictine charisma of hospitality, which welcomes everyone as Jesus Christ (The Rule of St. Benedict, 53:1). Love, expressed in compassion and reverence for other persons, overcomes the misery and injustice that so often surrounds us. It is the foundation of a true humanism which “acknowledges that man is made in the image of God and wants to help him live in a way consonant with that dignity” (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 30). It is what inspires all people of good-will to work together to promote authentically human values.

Human beings, created in the image and likeness of God who is Love (1 John 4:16), are created for love and to love. It is only in receiving love that our value and dignity as persons is fully affirmed and respected. It is only in giving love, through making the sincere gift of ourselves, that we “find” ourselves - that we fulfill the meaning of our being and existence, discover true personal happiness, and contribute to genuine social progress. Community service, therefore, is seen as an essential part of Delbarton School’s mission to educate the whole person, and of its commitment to build a community of accountable persons who recognize their proper relationship to each other and to the larger community. Students, blessed with many gifts, learn that “more will be expected of a man to whom more has been entrusted” (The Rule of St. Benedict 2:30, Luke 12:48), and are provided with a wide range of opportunities to “give back.”

All students are expected to participate in at least one community service project annually. Older students develop leadership skills by acting as coordinators for different service projects or by developing projects of their own. Students can volunteer for a specific project by contacting the Director of Campus Ministry or that project’s student coordinators or faculty advisors. The following is a summary of Delbarton’s service opportunities.

Care of the sick must rank above and before all else, so that they may truly be served as Christ, for He said, "I was sick and you visited me" (Matt 25:36), and, “What you did for one of these least brothers you did for Me" (Matt 25:40) ...All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for He Himself will say, "I was a stranger and you welcomed Me” (Matt 25:35) ...Great care and concern are to be shown in receiving the poor, because in them more particularly is Christ received...

~ The Rule of St. Benedict ~

Service Projects

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Abbey Altar Association

Students (grades 7-12) serve as altar servers at the Abbey Church. Three servers are needed each Sunday, holy day, and at all school Masses. Students may volunteer individually or as a team of three.

A "Greener" Wave

Benedictine communities are imbued with a sense of respect for both human and natural resources. We seek to impart a sense of obligation to students (grades 7-12) to good stewardship. Combined with stability, stewardship should foster the desire in the community to hand on to the next generation a school in good order.

A-Team (Ushers)

Students (grades 7-12) extend the Benedictine charism of hospitality by serving as ushers in the Abbey Church for abbey and school liturgies.

ADOPT-A-GRANDPARENT

Students (grades 7-12) travel to Franciscan Oaks in Denville to visit the elderly residents. They help to organize and run various social activities for these senior citizens, and lead games and crafts. Efforts are made to transport the residents to Delbarton for concerts and theater performances. A Delbarton Jazz Band concert is a highlight for the residents every spring.

B.E.A.D.S.

Selected students (grades 10-11) travel to Sub-Saharan Benedictine communities to provide assistance to them in their apostolates, especially their schools, catechizing of the poor, and assistance with the poor, the handicapped, and orphans. Students learn about Africa’s culture, politics, and economic and social needs, giving them a greater global perspective.

BETHLEHEM FARM/NAZARETH FARM

Students (grades 9-12) participate in this week long service/retreat experience at one of these Catholic communities in rural West Virginia devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. Delbarton students along with students from all over the country serve together with local residents to address substandard housing by providing home repair.

Big Brothers

Students (grades 11 & 12) provide mature leadership in cooperation with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Morris County through working relationships with area youth experiencing family hardships. Emphasis is placed on both individual and group activities, which provide a positive influence through example and discussion between big and little brothers. An interview and application is required.

Blood Drive

Students (grades 9-12) organize an annual blood drive on campus for New Jersey Blood Services/The New York Blood Center. Students assist in these endeavors by recruiting adults & students who are of age to donate blood, helping with registration and set-up, and providing refreshments for donors.

Bridges

Students (grades 7-12) bring in bag lunches on designated Fridays and then a selected team of students visits approximately 250 homeless people in New York City distributing food and clothing.

CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE

Students (grades 7-12) organize an annual collection of toys, non-perishable foods, clothing, and other necessities for needy children and adults across New Jersey. These gifts are distributed at Delbarton’s Holiday Project.

Diversity Among Peers (DAP)

Students (grades 7-12) come together to increase cultural consciousness and celebrate diversity within our school community. By participating in a variety of activities, collaborative exchanges, social mixers, diversity conferences, service retreats, fundraisers, and group discussions, DAP raises awareness of the blessings and challenges of diversity. Through its peer mentor program, DAP welcomes and encourages students in all aspects of Delbarton life. By inspiring all students to embrace one another’s respective cultural backgrounds as a gift, DAP fosters a culture bound by a spirit of reverence at Delbarton and beyond.

EPOCH

Students (grades 9-12) provide after school educational and recreation activities for children with all types of handicaps (neurological, orthopedic, perceptual and motor impairments, Down’s syndrome, etc.).

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Students (grades 7-12) who are athletes themselves or simply have an affinity for sports come together for prayer, fellowship, and service. “Huddle” meetings, “fun”-raising activities, and outreach to the community are all part of the FCA mission.

FROM HOUSES TO HOMES

Students embark on a week-long trip in which they stay in Antigua, Guatemala and travel to other towns to build a house for an impoverished family. Students interact with the family that they are serving, as well as people from the local community. There are opportunities to explore Guatemala's beauty, e.g. hiking a volcano.

Holiday Project

Students (grades 7-12) bring toys collected by the entire school at our Christmas Gift Drive to children and families in need in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Paterson Diocese. Distribution occurs on a Sunday in December, and the experience captures the spirit of the holiday season.

Hunger Walk

Students (grades 7-12) help stop hunger one step at a time in this annual walkathon held here on campus. The walk route runs through the beautiful Jockey Hollow. All proceeds raised go to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains, an organization which seeks to address food insecurity in Morris County.

INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

Students (grades 7-12) assist at a local food pantry that distributes supplemental and/or emergency food to qualifying Morris County residents by organizing and maintaining the pantry, and helping with the distribution of food.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MENTORS

Selected students (grades 10-12) form close relationships with middle school students through various activities – including middle school “nights out,” dances, and tailgates at middle school home sporting events. They also present on important topics at middle school meetings. Mentors work in teams to create, plan and run events. They will be guides, counselors, and teammates to the “Lifers” as they progress through their first years at Delbarton.

NAZARETH & BETHLEHEM FARMS

Students (grades 9-12) participate in this week long service/retreat experience at Nazareth Farm or Bethlehem Farm, Catholic communities in rural West Virginia devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. Delbarton students along with students from all over the country serve together with local residents to address substandard housing by providing home repair.

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Students (grades 7-12) participate in this after school program by providing weekly assistance to deserving youngsters (pre-school through teens) at this safe-haven community center in Morristown. Volunteers tutor in the Homework Center.

NOAH’S FLOOD

Students (grades 7-12) share their musical talents with the school community by serving as ministers of music at school prayer services and on retreats.

OPERATION SMILE

Students (grades 7-12) participate in this international program, which provides critical medical care to poor children with cleft lips and palate or facial deformities by raising money for food, health, educational and medical supplies. Some students may travel to a foreign country to help create miracles for children one smile at a time.

THE PROCLAIMERS (Lectors)

Students (grades 7-12) are trained in the fundamentals of proclaiming the Word of God in the context of the liturgy. They will serve as lectors for school Masses, Lauds, and prayer services.

RUN IT OUT 5K

Students (grades 7-12) participate in this special event in honor of former Delbarton teacher, coach and administrator - Brian Fleury. It is a wonderful opportunity for our entire school community to celebrate the life of a truly inspirational man, and at the same time raise money for a worthy cause, which is selected each year.

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Students (grades 7-12) participate in this national program discouraging destructive choices, with a focus on the use of alcohol and other drugs and addictive behaviors. Additional focus is placed on respect for others, bullying, and dating abuse. By its educational efforts and imparting of responsible decision-making tools, SADD hopes to raise campus awareness and impact student attitudes about harmful substances and activities.

SCHOOL HOSTS

Students (grades 7 & 9) extend the Benedictine charism of hospitality by serving as hosts for prospective students who visit our campus during the school day.

SMS (Supporting Military Servicemen/Servicewomen)

Students (grades 7-12) work to support active servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans through a variety of outreach projects. The group centers around a drive for Christmas cards and other goods to send to American troops at Christmas, while holding other drives and participating in other projects periodically throughout the year.

Solidarity Sleep Out

Students (grades 7-12) participate in a one night Sleep Out on Delbarton's campus to show solidarity with the experience of homeless teens and to raise funds for Covenant House, an organization helping homeless youth get an education, job, and become independent productive members of society. The night also includes a forum where the students get to meet and discuss homelessness with Covenant House youth who were actually homeless. Throughout the year students will participate in various fundraising and awareness raising activities.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Students (grades 7-12) organize an annual collection of non-perishable foods, which stocks the shelves for the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown for the entire year, helping them to serve 350 homeless and working-poor guests every day.

TOUR GUIDES

Students (grades 10-12) extend the Benedictine charism of hospitality and serve as tour guides for prospective parents and students who visit the campus. Students primarily serve on Saturday mornings to orient applicants and their families to Delbarton School, its campus, environment and programs.

WAVE 4 LIFE

Holding the belief that all life has immeasurable value regardless of age, stage, or condition, Wave-4-Life is a team of dedicated students (grades 7-12) looking to promote respect for every human life from conception until natural death. The group participates in local and national pro-life activities, including the March for Life in Washington D.C., and supports local crisis pregnancy and post-abortion ministries. The group runs creative educational efforts throughout the year on campus. In addition, members participate in service projects for homeless youth, the mentally and physically disabled, and the elderly. The group honors the value of life through a funeral ministry dedicated to those who die alone and abandoned. Students serve at funeral Masses as pallbearers and liturgical ministers, attend gravesite services, and offer prayers to honor the lives of these forgotten ones.

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