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:

ASPCA CLUB - Club members would make planned visits to the local ASPCA to assist the animals and staff members in whatever ways possible. Club members will also meet to plan fund raisers for the ASPCA and consider other ways to call attention to the work of this organization.

CHARM CITY LACROSSE CLUB - This club is based on "Charm City Youth Lacrosse," an organization which offers structured athletic activities that provide skills training, league play, and mentoring for children of Baltimore City at no cost. Club members volunteer to help teach the sport to young lacrosse players and will also organize an equipment drive to collect gently used lacrosse equipment, shoes, and athletic wear to donate to underprivileged children.

COOKING CLUB - Members of the Cooking Club will organize two bake sales during the course of the year. Proceeds will benefit various charitable causes. We will also plan for several fun and easy cooking or baking activities during club time, such as decorating cookies during the holiday season.

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 leukemia. 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 - As members of this service club, students make and decorate ceramic bowls by hand or with a potter's wheel. All bowls are then sold and the profits are donated to a local food bank to help fill the many empty bowls in our community. Club members plan to travel to a local craft fair to sell their wares.

HELPING HANDS - Helping Hands organizes drives for those in need in the greater Baltimore community. The club meets monthly and chooses a different charity to support each month. Input from Upper School students is important in selecting which charities will receive help. Club members typically collect food, household goods, and school supplies to benefit those less fortunate.

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. Not only will the Hispanic students receive academic support without the cost of a tutor, but they can build strong friendships with the McDonogh students who work with them. The club meets every Sunday evening. Students will receive community service hours each time they participate in a tutoring session.

KRAFTS 4 KIDS - This is both a service and a recreational club. The purpose of the club is to make unique, appealing crafts and deliver those crafts to children who are patients at Bayview Pediatric Hospital. Club members plan to involve lower and middle schoolers as well as the Student Government Association to increase the participation of the McDonogh community in this effort. Several fundraisers are also planned.

LIGHTHOUSE SHELTER - Members of this club will prepare bagged lunches on a scheduled basis for visitors to the Lighthouse Shelter.

PANCAKES FOR PARKINSON'S - The goal of this club is to raise both awareness and funding for research into Parkinson's Disease. Students will prepare pancakes and pizza, offering those items for sale during lunch periods. All proceeds will be donated to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

SAFE HOUSE OF HOPE - This club is partnered with Safe House of Hope whose mission is to assist victims of sex trafficking in becoming an active part of a healthy community through education and training; and to provide support for the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of these victims. The vision of Safe House of Hope is to help victims recover from their trauma and empower them to lead a healthy life.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS - Special Olympics is a community service club through which students volunteer at soccer, basketball, and track practices for Special Olympic athletes. Students help athletes 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 - This club is made up of individuals who want to do good things for our troops here and abroad. SupportOurTroops.org 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!

TECH CONSULTANT CLUB - The Tech Consultants is a student-led group of tech-savvy individuals who provide support and training to the McDonogh community. Tech Consultants are available via their email group (techconsultants) during their free periods and sometimes after school to assist with problems related to computers, Canvas, websites, audio-visual equipment, and more. The Tech Consultants also provide ongoing education through our Tech Blog.

UNICEF CLUB - This is a service club which focuses on raising funds to provide immunization, clean water, emergency relief, education, and much more to children around the world. All money raised will be donated to the official United Nations Children's Fund. The primary means of fundraising will be pizza and bake sales, but the club will also work to raise awareness about the difficult situations and living conditions that children around the world face.


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