OUTREACH

SCHOOL EVENTS

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.

H.O.P.E. LUNCHES

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.

Guidelines

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.

GRADE PARTNERS

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten - Sisters of Mercy Convent


The Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, Merion WMA students visit with the aging Sisters and sing seasonal songs for them.




Kindergarten - St. Frances Cabrini School


St. Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School, Philadelphia An inner-city Catholic school, WMA students collect needed items and monetary donations to provide assistance to the school. They invite students to share in listening to a storyteller and to watch our school musical in the spring.




Grade 1 and 8 - Mercy Neighborhood Ministries


Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Philadelphia A non-profit organization that provides child care, adult day care and adult education and human development services to the financially, socially and spiritually stressed families in the Tioga section of Philadelphia. Students in grade one collect toiletries and other necessities for Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. They invite the children of the pre-kindergarten to join in a snack with them before the pre-kindergarten students watch the Stars and Stripes Theater’s winter performance. Students in grade eight visit the clients of the adult day care program and play games, do art projects and play music with them.




Grade 2 - Missionary Sisters of Charity


Missionary Sisters of Charity, Norristown A shelter that provides assistance to women and children who are homeless. WMA students collect needed items for the daily running of the shelter.




Grade 4 - Bethesda Project


Bethesda Project, Philadelphia Bethesda Project’s fundamental commitment is to create communities wherein men and women, on the margins of a complex society, find sanctuary and have their basic needs met in the company of a compassionate and caring family. WMA students collect toiletries for the residents, needed items for the daily running of the shelter. Students have also made special desserts for various holidays to send to the residents.




Grade 5 - Catholic Worker


Catholic Worker, Philadelphia Provides health care to the underserved homeless and poor in Kensington. WMA students collect needed toiletries for the clients of the health center. Students also visit the clinic and assist the clients in writing and sending Christmas and holiday greetings to their friends and family.




Grade 6 - Hayes Manor


Hayes Manor Retirement Residence, Philadelphia Provides dignified housing, excellent health care and essential services to older people of limited financial resources. WMA students visit residents of Hayes Manor bimonthly. They invite the residents to share in our winter and spring musical presentations.




Grade 7 - Project H.O.M.E.


Project Home, Philadelphia Students interact with residents and learn about the journey of their life experiencing homelessness that lead them to Project H.O.M.E. During the year, students donate items to support the residents’ various needs and have social gatherings (i.e., play bingo). The knowledge and insight gained from these experiences often result in advocacy.




Grade 3 - The Aquinas Center


THE AQUINAS CENTER Students provided requested items support some of the various services to immigrants and various ethnic communities provided by The Aquinas Center in South Philadelphia. These include school supplies, non-perishable food used during after school activities, and items needed for summer camp.





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Waldron Mercy Academy

Waldron Mercy Academy, a Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is a diverse, faith community rooted in the gospel values of mercy and justice. We are a school where the joy of discovery inspires serious study, social responsibility, and strong faith.

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