The faculty, staff, parents, and students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School have always searched out ways that they can serve others. Making a difference in the world is at the heart of our mission.
Through TAG (out of uniform) days and other events, the school raised money and collected goods for nine nonprofits during the 2020-21 school year: Our Lady of Lourdes Church homebound parishioners, Our Lady of Lourdes Church food and clothing outreach, KOVAR, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Autism Speaks, Fisher House Foundation, Cure International, Epilepsy Foundation of America, and American Red Cross.
In addition, Lourdes 118 middle school students spent over 2,350 hours this school year volunteering in their community through over 900 different acts of service, including making cards for FeedMore clients, making snack bags for the homeless, unloading donations at the Caritas Furniture Bank, picking up trash around the Richmond area, cleaning gravestones at Woodland Cemetery, tutoring and coaching children, registering voters in Jackson Ward, supporting scouts on their Eagle projects, organizing Christmas gifts for the St. Elizabeth’s social justice ministry, and participating on the teen advisory board of the Henrico County Public Library.
Robyn Dahl, the school Religion Coordinator, said “Community service outreach is a large part of who we are as Catholics and Christians. Jesus calls us to serve each other over and over again in the Bible. At Our Lady of Lourdes, we live that calling to the fullest extent that we possibly can – service is who we are. It is one of our core Discipleship traits that has been embraced by our school. I am so proud of our students and all the good work they did for our community this year!”
In a world that needs so much healing in so many different ways, we are proud that our community actively seeks to make a positive difference through spreading courage, hope, respect, integrity, service, and thankfulness throughout the Richmond area.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).