Ongoing Service Projects

All of Ursuline's ongoing community service projects are student led. Project Leaders are responsible for ensuring the success of that project throughout the school year. Students may apply to lead a current project that exists at Ursuline or they may propose a new project that they feel the student body would be passionate about. Once selected, project leaders are required to have a weekly meeting with the Community Service Coordinator, attend their project consistently, promote their project, lead prep and reflection, communicate with project volunteers and ensure the success of their project.

Adopt a Grandparent

Once a month, we visit Brookdale Place in Montgomery to spend time doing crafts, cooking, and building relationships with the residents. Students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are required for this Community Service Project and will be available online, at the Community Service fair, and in the Community Service office.

Animal Anti-Cruelty Project

A new project for the 2015-2016 school year, students will meet after school to make dog and cat toys, scratchers, wands, dog beds and more for the Anti-Cruelty Society. The Anti-Cruelty Society is an organization that has multiple animal shelters where they house abused and homeless pets. Students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

Big Sisters

In its 18th year of service, the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization pairs Ursuline students with students from Corryville Catholic and St. Boniface. Every week on Thursdays, our Ursuline students drive to Corryville Catholic or St. Boniface to mentor their little sister. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cincinnati partners with UA for this program and provides assistance with training and programming. Ursuline students plan activities, snacks, and more in order to better develop their friendship with their little sisters. This project is only available for juniors and seniors and requires an application and interview. Applications will be available in March for the following year. Sophomores are eligible to apply.

Cookies for a Cause

3-4 times a year, students gather after school to bake more than 500 cookies for Kairos Prison Ministires. Cookies are donated for prisoners who go on Kairos retreats. The cookies are a special treat and also encourage the inmates during an important time of reflection and prayer. Students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

Hands Against Hunger

Volunteers who participate in Hands Against Hunger will meet at the Hope Factory one Saturday a month to help pack Hands Against Hunger food packets. Hands Against Hunger provides over 10,000 meals each day which helps to save the lives of malnourished children locally, regionally, and internationally. Students interested in volunteering at the Hope Factory will meet one Saturday a month, dependent upon the group packing times available at A Child’s Hope International. We will begin volunteering in October, students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are required for this Community Service Project and will be available online, at the Community Service fair and in the Community Service office.

Homefront Heroes

Again this year, Ursuline Academy will adopt 1-2 soldiers and their families for 6-8 months. Students interested in helping with Homefront Heroes will meet once a month after school to help pack and fill personalized care packages for the soldiers and families who we have adopted. Students will also make care packages to send to soldiers abroad. We will begin volunteering in October. Students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

InReturn

Founded in 2005 by an Ursuline family, InReturn is a Cincinnati-based provider of viable employment to traumatic brain injury survivors through manufacturing contracts and Life Skills Programming. Volunteers help disassemble car parts, assemble boxes and provide additional support to help the staff hit their monthly quotas. Ursuline students will volunteer at InReturn as part of their after school program on two Wednesdays each month.

Knitting Project

Once a month, students meet after school to knit squares for Warm up Cincinnati, an organization that uses the squares to make blankets for those in need. No prior knitting experience is required—project leaders and other seasoned volunteers are happy and willing to teach you how to knit! Students sign up for the service dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

MedAssist with Jewish Hospital

This application based project provides the opportunity for 8-10 students to volunteer regularly throughout the year at Jewish Hospital making Fall Kits and Patient Education Folders. While doing so, members of MedAssist will get to experience an environment in the medical facility while serving off campus with an opportunity to obtain 50 service hours.

Project Linus

Once a month after school, students meet in a classroom to make no sew fleece blankets for Project Linus. The fleece and scissors are provided and completed blankets are distributed to children in need throughout the Greater Cincinnati Project Linus chapter. Students sign up for the service dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

Ribbons and Bows

Returning for the 2015-2016 school year, Ribbons & Bows will meet once a month on a Monday after school. Students will cut ribbons, glue to clips, decorate bags, write bible verses, and more. All Ribbons & Bows created are placed in a bag with a bible verse and donated to orphans in Mexico through Back 2 Back Ministries. Students sign up for the service dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

Ronald McDonald House

As part of the Ronald McDonald House project, students travel to Ronald McDonald House downtown to cook dinner and dine with the 125 or so guests currently staying at the house. Students also have the opportunity to tour the facility. Ursuline sponsors at least one dinner a month. Students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are required for this Community Service Project and will be available online, at the Community Service fair and in the Community Service office.

Sandwich Window

One of Ursuline’s most popular service projects, Sandwich Window, takes place monthly on a Monday after school. Students who choose to participate in Sandwich Window will meet in the cafeteria after school to assemble turkey and cheese sandwiches, cut fruit and bake cookies, all which are packed into approximately 150 bag lunches. Lunches are then delivered downtown to help to eradicate hunger in the city. We will begin volunteering in October. Students sign up for dates that fit their schedule, with no ongoing commitment required. Permission forms are not required for this project since it takes place after school at Ursuline Academy.

Saturday Hoops

Students interested in participating in Saturday Hoops will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer on sporadic Saturdays throughout the year. Volunteers will join other volunteers and kids for fun, faith and positive role modeling through a variety of activities. The goal of Saturday Hoops is to connect one-on-one with kids and have them feel important, loved and confident. This is done by playing basketball, creating art, circuit training, weekly speakers, snacks, lunch and more. A permission form is required but this service opportunity is open to all students.