College of Saint Mary

Spirit of Service (Virtual): March 15 - April 15, 2021

As we continue to maintain social distance, Spirit of Service Day has been modified and extended throughout the month of March and April! To help meet the needs of those in our community, virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities have been identified. Simply select the service opportunity that interests you and fits your schedule.  There are two sites, virtual and in person opportunities.  Please be sure to check both links out!

Staying connected through services, one compassionate act at a time! Please tag #CSMService and send pictures and a brief one-liner or caption of your picture, and you could see your photo on CSM's Facebook page!

Sign up for individual projects by signing in the "Individual Project" slot and showcase your creativity!  We know many are doing awesome projects to help others.

Students, for each opportunity completed, you will be entered into a drawing for 1 of (4) $25 gift cards.  

 

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Open Door Mission (99)

Make fleece blankets, homemade baked goods or a meal, inspirational cards, sign up to donate your time, or make crocheted plastic bag mat. Learn more at, https://www.opendoormission.org/volunteer-category/volunteer-in-place/

 
17 of 99 slots filled
Sarah Klocke
Making "Jars of Sunshine"
danielle hohlfeld
Lauren Swenson
Becky Hoss
making jars of sunshine with class members
Fatemah Alshammari
Lexie Petry
Chelsea Wells
making jars of sunshine
Matilde Arellano
Making Jars of Sunshine
Sydney Boyce
Jars of Sunshine
Julia Kern
Jars of sunshine
Maddie Shipley
Spending time helping other with classmates and professors
Megan Karas
Bontle Letlole
knowing how to crochet
Haley Molkenbur
Looking forward to baking!
jaclyn negrete
Tina Tingwald
Making a Linus Blanket to provide comfort and to let those who are in need that someone cares about them.
Mariel Ortiz

Project Gutenberg (99)

Help create the largest digital library of e-books.Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work. gutenberg.org

 
3 of 99 slots filled
Michelle Pope
Knowing that individuals enjoy listening to books and I will be contributing to that.
Itzel Cruz
Blake McDowall

Learning Ally (99)

Share your talents to create human-read audiobooks and provide support in roles that help us reach the 30 million students who struggle to read, https://go.learningally.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer-Opportunities

 
4 of 99 slots filled
Tina Tingwald
Continuing to support those who have needs in acquiring reading skills and in comprehension.
Faith Johnson
Working with under-serviced youth in order to develop reading and language proficiency through the use of fun online outreach.
Mackenzie Vitosh
Helping to give the opportunity to learn to people of all ages.
Mary Slagle

American Red Cross (99)

Become a Digital Volunteer for the American Red Cross & assist the Social Engagement team by sharing important disaster updates, resources & provide support to people that have been impacted, 4 hours. https://redcrosschat.org/digitalvolunteer/

 
4 of 99 slots filled
Jen Summers
Iesha De Vaughn
Amber Stoltenberg
Lisa Mesadieu

Book Share (99)

As an online volunteer, you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned, https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-involved/volunteer

 
2 of 99 slots filled
Kaitlyn Harold
Blake McDowall

Trevor Project (99)

Volunteers monitor the TrevorSpace site to ensure a safe online space for young LGBTQ people and answer texts or chat messages from struggling youth. Online trainings consist of 40 hours of materials, www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/

 

Smithsonian: Digital Volunteers (99)

Digital volunteers help make historical documents & biodiversity data more accessible by transcribing & reviewing various field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, etc:. https://transcription.si.edu/

 
11 of 99 slots filled
Daniela Rojas
Jamie Adams
Jen Summers
I signed up for this opportunity last year. It is so fun and I have learned a lot!
Pamela Humphrey
Jeff Keyte
Noemi Perez
Amanda Roe
jaclyn negrete
Elizabeth Dlouhy
I believe that history is very important and understanding it is something I have always wanted to help people with.
Madaline Angel
Blake McDowall

Love for the Elderly: Letters of Love (99)

Hand make cards for the elderly for this non-profit that reaches tens of thousands of seniors across the globe, https://lovefortheelderly.org/letters

 
40 of 99 slots filled
Clare Kennedy
having residents receive a card in hopes of brightening their day
Jay Maier
Summer Groteluschen
Bella Phillips
Mikayla Foster
Heather Stigge
I love to hand make gifts, and I will finally be able to use some of my craft supplies that are getting dusty!
Kaylee Griffith
Logan Ohlson
Justin Mauro
Jaime Garafalo-Peterson
Sydney Franko
Giving some happiness and kind worlds to those who might need it most!
Maya Madden
I am looking forward to brightening someone’s day!
Nassiba Adjerid
Would love to make someone's day brighter!
Lindsey Ybarra
Michelle Delgado
Rita Steffes
working with the elderly
Gabrielle Griffin
Jordan Fischer
Iesha De Vaughn
Elaundra Nichols
Breanna White
SARAI ZARAZUA
Emily Gilbert
Lisa Mesadieu
Danielle Cornwall
Kayla Workman
Making someone's day a little better by sending them something amazing.
jaclyn negrete
Roslyn Bartsch
I would love to make someone feel special:)
Natalie Patten
Spreading love and encouragement to the people who need it most.
Kiara Sosa
Karyme Sosa
Briana Bedlan
Brittney Fritzinger
Danielle Abboud
Tessa Hurst
Lindsay Jipp
Bringing a smile to the faces of the elderly!
Giselle Hernandez
Mariel Ortiz
morgan schroeder
Morgan Schroeder

St. Jude: Send an E-Card to the Kids of St. Jude (99)

Choose an e-card featuring layouts inspired by patient art. Cards are also available in Spanish ¡También hablamos español!https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/online-card-message-patients.html?sc_icid=wtsupport-card

 
98 of 99 slots filled
Natalie Englebretson
Summer Stanton
Nina Bennett
Santhosh Ramini
Help bring a smile on a child during some difficult times!
Mikayla Aldrich
Anne Eilson
Lauren Largen
Ashley Dickerson
Katie Stephens
Eleni Ioannidis
Alexandria Hafkey
Cassidy Ostrand
Kristan Pilakowski
Taylor Buckminster
Danielle Katzberg
Getting to reach out to children
Holly Baumann
Jaime Garafalo-Peterson
Alex Busch
Making a letter for a child
Danielle Kessler
Brigett Effenbeck
Farrah Soll
Meg Begley
Kristen Carr
Heer Joshi (20)
Zachary Swearingen
Shannon Davis
Julia Nguyen
Making kids happy
Anne Wilson
Sr. Judy Pat Healy
supporting moms
Katie Goddard
Brooke Hovland
Megan Didulo
Kadie Roozenboom
Marina Mar
Jordan Fischer
Taylor Runyan
Teresa Malmberg (10)
Being able to show support for children going through tough times.
Kathleen Kersey
Bringing a little cheer to a child going through a difficult time
Katty Petak
Want to reach out to childrend and provide a few words of encouragement
Iesha De Vaughn
Sarahi Torres
For the children to feel loved and encouraged
Hannah McCoy
Meg Bidrowski
Jennifer Reed-Bouley
Adebimpe Obembe (5)
Diana Seefus
Sang Nguyen
Kaylee Tonniges
Samantha Kaczmarek
I am looking forward to knowing that my card that I create to send to a child will maybe brighten that child's day and remind them that they are strong and can conquer anything!
Emily Sherk
Spreading joy to children
Maureen Monson
Amanda Ziegenbein
Spreading kindness
Ahren Ebel (2)
I’m looking forward to providing a shinning light for the kids at St.Jude. Going through hard times is never a bright and fun time, so I’m hoping by sending a heartfelt and bright card will show we are all providing them the encouragement.
Lisa Mesadieu
Danielle Cornwall
Bailey Musser (5)
To make children happier
jaclyn negrete
Heather Rist
Abby Straight
Lauren Anderson
Lizzie Sturgeon

United Nations (99)

You can help with: writing, editing, translating, technology services, research, advocacy, etc. Ongoing volunteering, short-term/long-term opportunities. Check out https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en for more information and to sign up!

 

Snuggles Project (99)

Making blankets for homeless pets- blankets are given animals at shelters that are waiting to be adopted, then go with them to their new home! They can be shipped to or dropped off at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha https://www.snugglesproject.org/

 
17 of 99 slots filled
Rachel Peabody
Making a comforting item for some animals that might not have had the best life
Ellen Farrell
Sarah Kottich
This is a great way for me to help out furry friends in my free time at home.
Larissa Buster
I am looking forward to creating an item of comfort for an animal!
Kristen Carr
Heer Joshi (5)
Brianna Thapa
Being able to help our furry friends until they have forever homes.
Anne Wilson
Erin Brewer
Ahren Ebel
Emily Beaver
Allison Goetzinger
Mary Smith

COVID-19 & Domestic Violence Social Media Activism (99)

Tweet this lifesaving tip from thehotline.org https://twitter.com/ndvh/status/1238572521873604608

 
15 of 99 slots filled
Kameron Murray
Spreading awareness of factual information online to help educate those who may be confused or lost in the information that is out there.
Briseyda Garcia
Ashley Lech
Iesha De Vaughn
jaclyn negrete
Torri Janicke
danielle schneider
brining awareness
Ashley Rising
Raising awareness
Drue Kemerling
Savannah Armendariz
Kaitlyn Harold
Kaia Chiasson
Helping others!
Itzel Cruz
Regi Zakrzewski
Marcia Messa

Crisis Text Line (99)

Volunteers provide emotional support to texters who are dealing with issues (bullying, self-harm and more). To volunteer: need 30 hrs. of training & will comit to 4 hrs. a week untill 200 hrs. are reached www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer/

 
2 of 99 slots filled
Sienna Klopp
Noemi Perez

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM): Proactive engagement opportunities (99)

Sign a pledge to take action, support survivors and end the silence against sexual violence https://www.startbybelieving.org/pledge/

 
16 of 99 slots filled
Vikki Henry
Spreading the word
Amanda Roe
jaclyn negrete
Torri Janicke
Briseyda Garcia
danielle schneider
bringing awareness
reagan boex
Tessa Hurst
Savannah Armendariz
Kaitlyn Harold
Itzel Cruz
Regi Zakrzewski
Leah Dennell
Kaia Chiasson
Blake McDowall
Renee Acena
To help people!

Youth Emergency Services: Provide Meals for Street Outreach Youth Center (15)

Each week hundreds of homeless & near-homeless youth in the community are fed and welcomed at the Street Outreach Center. Sign up to donate prepared frozen or catered meals large enough to feed 20-25 youth, signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ba8a728a1f85-hotmeal

 
2 of 15 slots filled
Sarah Kottich
As a mom of 3 teens, my heart goes out to young people who are in need of shelter, food, and unconditional love.
Diane Landon

CSM Mercy Villa, Easter Letters for the Sisters (150)

Make Easter Cards for the Sisters up in Mercy Villa! Drop off your handmade letters or cards to Carla Gerreits office, Walsh 150 by Thursday, March 25. We need 150 total :)

 
7 of 150 slots filled
Linda Hoven
I am so excited to share my love of papercrafting/card making with the Sisters of Mercy!
Olivia Chambers
Daniela Rojas
Danielle Kessler
Kristen Carr
Stephanie Edson
Creating a card for a sister to enjoy
Erin Westover

Comfort Critters (99)

Make blankets for homeless pets- blankets are given animals at shelters that are waiting to be adopted, then go with them to their new home. They can be shipped to or dropped off at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha https://comfortforcritters.org/

 
7 of 99 slots filled
Clare Kennedy
Anne Wilson
Erin Westover
Sue Miller
Erin Brewer
Ahren Ebel
Emily Beaver

American Cancer Society: Social Media & Online Volunteers (99)

Various opportunities from cancer advocacy on social media, to assisting with the virtual Relay For Life, to emailing your state legislature. Time commitments vary. Click here for more info https://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/online-and-social.html

 

Operation Gratitude: Knitting & Crocheting, Handmade Greeting Cards, Sewing Projects, Paracord Bracelets &/or Care Packages (99)

Handmade bracelet are provided to troops and first responders, not only to show appreciation but they can be used to help save lives!Click here for more information https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual/paracord-bracelets-virtual

 
1 of 99 slots filled
Jennifer Kuchta
Making paracord bracelets for active duty military members that can be used in the event of an emergency

Project Linus (99)

Become a "blanketeer" and make blankets for children in need. https://www.projectlinus.org/volunteer/

 
5 of 99 slots filled
Sarah Kottich
I enjoy making fleece blankets with my daughter. This is a good way for us to help others and reflect on our blessings.
Pam Humphrey
I enjoy knitting and am looking forward to sharing blankets with children in need.
DIANE WRISLEY
I am an avid quilter and have considered donating to project Linus for a long time. I am remote so will donate to my local chapter.
Larissa Buster
I am looking forward to spending time with friends to give back to great Omaha Community and being a blanketeer! :)
Mariel Ortiz

The Salvation Army: Volunteer from Home (99)

Make new and washable cloth face masks for men, women & kids who are residents or clients of the social services program. Or write notes of encouragement for military veterans or residents at Durham Booth. Centralusa.salvationarmy.org/omaha/volunteer/

 
2 of 99 slots filled
jaclyn negrete
Tessa Hurst

MICAH House: Letters of Encouragement (99)

Send letters of encouragement to MICAH House clients experiencing homelessness. Send to 1415 Avenue J, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501.

 
14 of 99 slots filled
Nicole McPhillips
Grace Rooks
Rachel Cushing
Katty Petak
to be supportive of those in need
Diana Lopez
Matilde Arellano
Iesha De Vaughn
Beatriz Adriana Hernandez-Arista
Lisa Mesadieu
Danielle Cornwall
Jaquelin Ibarra Aldaba
Miriam Rosales-Carrillo
Faith Johnson
Danielle Abboud

Food Bank for the Heartland (99)

Donate funds, needed food pantry items or your time. Get more info at foodbankheartland.org. Or donate nonperishable food items directly at 10525 J St. M - F 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 
10 of 99 slots filled
Carla Gerriets
Being able to help people who are experiencing food insecurity!
Pamela Humphrey
I am thankful that I am able to help provide food for the many experiencing food insecurity at this time.
Vicky Morgan
Kristen Carr
Patty O'Connor
Paula Peal
Helping others with food insecurity
Kristi McGuire
Evelyn Gomez-Hernandez
Danielle Abboud
Sue Miller

Latino Center of the Midlands (99)

Volunteer for special events, teaching English as a second language, help fundraise, provide tutoring for youth/adults or help with data entry. Fill our a volunteer application at latinocenter.org/volunteer/ and sign up today!

 

Refugee Empowerment Center (99)

As a volunteer you'll help provide the critical friendship and cultural navigation needed to help this new place start to feel like home. Volunteer for in-person or virtual opportunities at https://refugeeempowerment.org/volunteer/

 

Harbor of Hope Dog Rescue (99)

Foster a dog (all food, crates and toys provided!), plan events, conduct home visits, update social media or shop the wish list at, harborofhopedogrescue.org/volunteer

 
2 of 99 slots filled
Clare Kennedy
Assisting with pet needs and home visits
Elizabeth Rieder

Be My Eyes (99)

Sighted volunteers are matched with visually-impaired individuals to help read instructions, navigate new surroundings, check expiration dates, etc. Get more info and sign up at, bemyeyes.com/

 
4 of 99 slots filled
Iesha De Vaughn
Lisa Mesadieu
jaclyn negrete
Emily Beaver

Adopt A Grandparent! (99)

Would you like to expand your family? Adopt a Grandparent is a UK-based virtual service initiative that pairs volunteers with an elderly pen pal from the UK.. Video call, swap pictures, stories, mail letters/postcards to geriatric friends, chdliving.co.uk

 
3 of 99 slots filled
Daniela Rojas
Ashlee Carstens
Morgan Schroeder

Individual Projects (99)

Are you donating your time, goods, or funds to a great community organization we haven't mentioned? Tell us about it!

 
9 of 99 slots filled
Mindy Barna
Nebraska Citizens Review Foster Care Advisory Board
Jennifer Kuchta
Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard Member-we honor and celebrate the life of nurses during their funerals/memorial services
Whitney Rubin
Make-A-Wish Nebraska
Kathleen Kersey
Donated to Mercy Beyond Borders-financially assisting women/girls in need
Ashley Lech
I helped at the COVID vaccination clinic at Sienna Francis House.
Vikki Henry
Doing good for Wildlife Rescue Team, Inc.
Linda Leary
Bake and deliver 5 dozen cookies to Carolyn Scott Rainbow House Omaha, NE for families with sick children at Children's Hospital
Paula Peal
I help out with our church pantry and the Assistance League of Omaha Thrift Shop
Alison Baquero-Cruz
Sent e-cards to children's at St. Judes and gave monetary donation

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Midlands (99)

Please consider donating monetary funds at secure.qgiv.com

 

Creating birthday boxes for Foster children by donating monetary funds. Other opportunities available on the website! (99)

https://www.togetherwerise.org/team-building/birthday-boxes/

 
2 of 99 slots filled
Sarah Kottich
We have two special foster kiddos in our extended family. A special birthday box is a small way to share that a foster child is important and loved.
Megan Hardisty

Build interactive stories to share with family and friends, or elderly. (99)

Check out the website to get started...https://www.storii.com/

 

Brookestone Meadows (99)

Making Easter cards and writing notes to elderly people in the care facility! You will deliver your cards to the front office at 600 Brookestone Meadows Plaza, Elkhorn, NE 68022.

 

Autism Center of Omaha (99)

Go to autismcenterofnebraska.org/donate/ to see opportunities and financial donations.

 

Special Olympics Of Nebraska (99)

Find many volunteer opportunities, one time events and weekly volunteering at their website at https://www.sone.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities.html

 
3 of 99 slots filled
Monica Ross
Kristan Pilakowski
Jamie Adams

Letters to Servicemen and Women (99)

https://supportourtroops.org/cards-letters for tips to writing and sending letters to servicemen and women. Send letters to: Support Our Troops® 13791 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33613.

 
10 of 99 slots filled
Sr. Beth Driscoll (4)
Affirming their generous service. Letting them know I pray for their families while they are away.
Jordan Fischer
Taylor Runyan
Danielle Cornwall
danielle schneider
showing support and encouragement
Danielle Abboud
Jasmine Dunkirk

Mercy Focus on Haiti (99)

Learn more about the Mercy Focus on Haiti and donate to mercyfocusonhaiti.org/donate/ or send check to Mercy Focus on Haiti 200 Towsontown Ct, #416 Baltimore, MD 21204. Please check out the website for humanitarian aid opportunities.

 
1 of 99 slots filled
Carla Gerriets
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