Statement on the Outreach to the Poor
Stella Maris Academy's Outreach to the Poor programs continue to be directed toward developing among our students a moral sensitivity toward the poor by involving the students in many programs to benefit those in need.
Students participate in the following ways:
Advent and Lenten quarter collections for the Holy Childhood Association http://www.hcakids.org/
New Service Project: Stella Maris Academy Welcome a Stranger Service Project
Friends of the Poor Halloween Candy Drive sponsored by Notre Dame Club of San Diego
- Click here to link to the Friends of the Poor website http://www.friendsofthepoor-africa.org
Help organize collected goods at Catholic Charities Food Resource Center
Collect for the San Diego Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive
- Our SMA Race for Literacy and Fr. Joe's 5k Thanksgiving Day race teams
Collect blankets for children in Tijuana
Gather new unwrapped toys for the Food Resource Center's Holiday Store
Volunteer at the Holiday Store, helping parents and children with their gift selection, and with wrapping
Project Piglet - the school community raises funds to purchase piglets for the poor in Nigeria
- Recycling to raise funds for the poor. SMA families collect aluminum cans and bottles to be recycled. All proceeds are given to the missions.
Throughout the year, Stella Maris Academy participates in the Holy Childhood Non-Uniform Days and the Catholic Charities Food Resource Center's Monthly Single Item Food Drive (October through June). This year SMA was fortunate to begin, in our eighth grade class, awareness workshops given by the Food Resource Center. The class was also able to visit the St. Vincent de Paul Center for a tour and orientation.