McDonogh's Community Service Clubs

Several Upper School extracurricular programs offer students the opportunity to take part in community service projects through the following clubs:

ART WITH A HOME - The goal of our club is to serve the community by taking old furniture from yard sales or thrift stores, and painting and/or designing it to make it brand new and beautiful. We plan to then sell/auction these pieces and donate the proceeds to charities such as the House of Ruth, Purple Heart, and the New Life Foundation at Hunt Valley Church, which is an organization which collects furniture for the homeless community in Baltimore.

C.A.R.E. (Compassion for Animals, Respect for Environment - Come join us for some great conversations and learning about animal rights, environmental sustainability, and eating healthier!

CUPCAKES FOR CARA - The purpose of this club is partnering cupcake making/fundraising with helping kids with cancer. The club is named for Cara Becker, the sister of two McDonogh students, who died from cancer. A foundation established in memory of Cara is called Karma for Cara, and this club will link up with that foundation by donating all its members' earnings to helping kids with cancer.

EMPTY BOWLS: In conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore, club members craft ceramic bowls which are auctioned off at large community events to raise money for the hungry. The bowls are designed and made completely by students.

HELPING HANDS: Helping Hands organizes drives for those in need in the greater Baltimore community. Club members typically collect food, household goods, and school supplies. They also volunteer at Our Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen, on weekends to provide extra help. The time spent in this club's activities can count for required community service hours.

HISPANIC TUTORING - This club provides community service by tutoring Hispanic lower, middle, and upper school students in the surrounding area who are unable to receive support at home with their school work. The sessions provide the Hispanic children with opportunities to practice their English in an academic setting while McDonogh students have the chance to practice their Spanish as well. The club meets every Sunday from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and students will receive community service hours each time they come.

KRAFTS 4 KIDS - The purpose of our club is to make unique, fun crafts and deliver those crafts to children with cancer. Crafts may include clay figurines (dolls, flowers, etc.), friendship bracelets, gimp bracelets and other items. We also spend time doing fun activities with the children.

MUSIC THERAPY - On one Sunday afternoon each month, members of this club visit Villa Maria School, a residential program for children with mental, emotional, and learning disabilities. The school is located in the Lutherville-Timoniun area of Baltimore County. While there, club members play instruments with the children and help them write their own songs. The goal of the Music Therapy Club is to help these children, who have dealt with a lot of adversity and emotional challenges, learn to process their feeling in a constructive and therapeutic way.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE - Club members cook for families at the Ronald McDonald House four times each year.

SIDELINED - This is a support group for injured athletes who share companionship with others going through similar experiences.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS - In our club, we spend the fall soccer season, winter basketball season, and spring track season volunteering with athletes who have physical or mental delays. We help them improve a variety of skills in these three sports. It is a great way to obtain community service hours, and it is a unique and rewarding opportunity for the athletes and volunteers!

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS - Our name says it all! We are individual Americans who want to do good things for our troops here and abroad. is a 501(c)(3) public purpose charity through which Americans strengthen the morale and well-being of our current military service members and their families. Come out and write letters to our troops!

TIMMY PROJECT (Global Health) - Students interested in pre-med or the fields of health and service will learn about opportunities offered through this non-profit organization

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