Canned Food Drive
Each year during Spirit Week, Ursuline coordinates a food drive for four local food pantries. The Canned Food Drive is structured as a friendly class competition in which each grade collects as many canned goods for their assigned food pantry as possible. Last year donations went to Mercy HOME in Walnut Hills, Mason Food Pantry, Hope Emergency Center and St. Vincent de Paul. The students collected a mind-boggling 15,000 lbs. of food and over $1200 in financial donations.
Each November, students donate gifts from the Ursuline giving tree to Hope Emergency Center’s Christmas shop. Last year, an impressive 3,572 gifts were donated. Ursuline partners with Hope Emergency, which was started in 1975 by the Ursuline Sisters, throughout the year.
Empty Bowls Night
Empty Bowls is a national event that seeks to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger in local communities across the country. At an Empty Bowls event, participants share a meal together using bowls made by local artisans, and learn about homelessness. Ursuline's Empty Bowls night takes place once a year and has included several speakers on the issue of homelessness, as well as a meal provided by La Soupe, a not-for-profit founded and run by Ursuline alumna, Suzy Adrian DeYoung '76. The bowls for the evening are created by Ursuline art students.
In this biannual event, interested students will have the opportunity to experience homelessness for a night. Students will learn more about homelessness through speakers, movies, a soup kitchen, reflections, prayers and more. Perhaps the most impactful part of this experience is that all students will sleep overnight at Ursuline Academy and experience a day of classes on Friday, which is followed by a final reflection.
Fair Trade Christmas
Each year, Ursuline plans an event to help all members of the Ursuline community become educated about the origins of the things we buy. The goal of this project is to create educated consumers and provide an opportunity for students, faculty members, and parents to shop consciously for holiday season. Each year, the project leaders partner with local fair trade shops who bring their fair trade items to Ursuline Academy for students, faculty, and parents to purchase as holiday gifts.