Several Upper School extracurricular programs offer students the opportunity to take part in community service projects through the following clubs:
Animal Activist Club:The mission of the AAC is to raise awareness of the plights that many animals face and to help animals, either directly or indirectly, by supporting shelters and advocacy groups.
Breakfast Club: By coordinating with Manna House Inc., a Baltimore City institution that provides food, health care, and housing services to the needy and homeless, the McDonogh Breakfast Club will organize community service trips to serve breakfast to those in need at Manna House. The club encourages volunteer service to members of our community who are less fortunate and facilitates healthy interaction between people of different backgrounds.
Big Sister Little Sister:This club provides an opportunity for female Upper School students get to know the young girls of the Lower School by inviting them to share lunch "upstairs." It is vital that the younger ones have someone to look up to in the Upper School. The way the older students act while they are around the younger students largely influences how those younger students will make their own choices in future.
Empty Bowls: In conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore, students 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.
GPAG-- Greatest Possible Amount of Good:The members of this club aspire to do the "greatest possible amount of good" with monthly activities spanning across all three divisions. GPAG will help the entire community to come together for a cause and see a direct effect.
Helping Hands: Helping Hands organizes drives for those in need in the greater Baltimore community. They typically collect food, household goods, and school supplies. Members of the group volunteer at Our Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen, on weekends to provide extra help.
International Connection:The International Connection is an extension of the American Immersion program here at McDonogh. The club consists of students who either attended McDonogh’s summer immersion program and/or are currently enrolled in one of McDonogh’s international partner schools. McDonogh students arrange group Skype video calls with the international students every weekend to help them improve their English skills and to better acquaint them with American culture.
Karma for Cara:This club aims to raise money for Karma for Cara, a foundation created by the Becker family in memory of Kara Becker to support patients in treatment for leukemia. The club hopes to strongly represent the foundation by volunteering for community service projects.
Operation Smile: Operation Smile is a club that raises money to provide surgeries to low income families with children who have cleft palates, cleft lips, or other facial deformities. All children should be able to smile just like everyone else, and the members of this club strive to raise enough money to give these children what they deserve - a smile. The cost for one cleft palate/cleft lip surgery is $240. This club's goal is to spread awareness and fundraise money for these surgeries.
Peer Tutors: McDonogh's peer tutors volunteer after school and during their free time to help students who need extra support in academic subjects. They are an important resource for schoolmates.
SOS-- Singers of Soul:Singers of Soul (S.O.S.) is a co-ed performance group and is also a project-based group that performs in places around the community, such as retirement homes and children’s hospitals. They sing pop and R&B music. Anyone who loves to sing and perform is welcome in the club, and if you can play an instrument, rap, or beatbox, please join them.
Support Our Troops:Members will take part in helping troops in our local community as well as troops overseas. Club activities will include making Paracord Survival bracelets, writing letters to the troops, and collecting goods for local families of troops that are in need.
Tutoring Service for Hispanic Children: Every Sunday evening, students meet with a group of Hispanic students from a local middle school to help them with their homework in various subjects. The tutoring is a chance for the Hispanic children to practice their English in an academic setting, since many parents are unable to provide the help their children need. McDonogh students also get to provide a helpful service while gaining fluency in Spanish in a relaxed environment.
UNICEF: McDonogh for UNICEF works with a national organization of high school clubs to raise money and awareness for children in poverty throughout the world. Their biggest event is the annual Trick or Treat for UNICEF Drive, during which they campaign for donations and hand out the famous orange boxes to students planning to dress up and go trick-or-treating on Halloween.