September - Mercy Walkathon
Each September, in conjunction with Mercy Day, our students walk around our campus to raise money through pledges for a particular organization that engages in the Works of Mercy. Previously, organizations that have received donations through the Mercy Walkathon have been to Project HOME, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Earthquake Relief for the Sisters of Mercy mission in Peru, and Central Asia Institute, etc.
November - Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Each year the Waldron Mercy Academy community donates dozens of baskets full of Thanksgiving dinners to our outreach partners, including he Catholic Worker Clinic, Project HOME, St. Katherine Day School, Our Lady of Hope, and Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. Those organizations in turn distribute our baskets to families in need. Donations for this effort come from WMA families, faculty and staff.
December - Christmas Giving Tree
Our Waldron Mercy Academy community brightens the holidays of many men, women and children at our outreach sites by distributing hundreds of wrapped Christmas gifts. Stop by in December and you will see the donations filling up our front lobby.
January - Martin Luther King Day of Service
Our WMA community gathers each year for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to perform service. Students, parents, faculty and staff work with ConKerr Cancer to make pillowcases for children in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and create beautiful cards that are distributed along the pillowcases. This annual event draws children and adults of all ages and brings the joy of community and community service to life!
New and Gently Used Collections
Through the year, the Waldron Mercy Academy community donates many items to our outreach partners. In the fall, students collect canned goods that are sent to St. Vincent de Paul Parish food pantry in Germantown. New and gently used coats, scarves, mittens, and hats are sent to some of our outreach sites in November. After Christmas, our community cleans out its bookshelves and sends the joy of reading to men, women, and children.
To learn more about any of these programs, contact Greg Soltis to participate this year.
Waldron Mercy Academy partners with St. Francis Inn in Kensington to offer H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Eat) Lunches once a month. Students pack lunches for patrons of St. Francis Inn which are then delivered by our parents. Staffed by vowed and lay Franciscans and volunteers, St. Francis Inn serves the poor and homeless by addressing their immediate needs while also striving to empower them as members of the local community.
Once a month, students are encouraged to bring in a brown bag lunch, which should include non-perishable items: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a cookie (No beverages, please). Students will be provided ahead of time with a brown paper lunch bag to bring home and are encouraged to decorate the bag and write a short note.
Students can drop off the bagged lunch on the designated Thursday morning. Afterwards, a parent(s) will deliver these lunches to the St. Francis Inn in Kensington. Patrons of the Inn will receive the lunches later that day.
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten - Sisters of Mercy Convent
Kindergarten - St. Frances Cabrini School
Grade 1 and 8 - Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Grade 2 - Missionary Sisters of Charity
Grade 4 - Bethesda Project
Grade 5 - Catholic Worker
Grade 6 - Hayes Manor
Grade 7 - Project H.O.M.E.
Grade 3 - The Aquinas Center
THE AQUINAS CENTER