50 Ways of Giving
Beginning January 2017, Villa di Maria is growing our community outreach program with a new, exciting, initiative: "50 Ways of Giving." Named in honor of Villa di Maria's 50th anniversary, this project is committed to bringing social engagement to the forefront of Villa's educational experience.
Throughout 2017, we will host 50 service projects to raise awareness for a wide variety of social and economic issues, including poverty, hunger, illiteracy, homelessness, women’s health, children’s health, lack of resource sustainability and refugee services. Our service projects will include ongoing goods drives, fundraising actions and volunteer opportunities, and will allow every member of our community—from the new 2 1/2 year-old student to the 100 year-old grandparent—to participate in a meaningful way.
Current & ONGOING ProjectS:
Book Drive for ready readers
November 15 through November 30
Ready Readers is a literacy initiative that uses the power of the read-aloud to inspire a love of books in young children. Bring in new or gently used picture/read-aloud books for children ages 2 through 5 from today until November 30. Guidelines for the types of books they are looking for can be found on their website.
donation drive for bi-state Pet food pantry
November 14 through November 30
Bring in unopened bags or cans of dog or cat food or treats and/or bags of cat litter. They can also use gift cards to pet supply stores and Target. You can see the organization's full wish list on their website by clicking here. Pet food pantries like Bi-State help low-income families keep their pets by providing these essentials. Start bringing in the goods today! Thank you.
virtual food drive for St. louis food pantry
November 13 through November 17
Join VdM's virtual food drive for the St. Louis Food Bank. Click here and "shop" for foods to donate. I set our goal at $2,000, that's $10 per VdM household, including staff. But feel free to overshoot that mark and/or share with friends and family. Donate now to feed hungry families in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Thank you!
Wildfire recovery efforts in northern california - ongoing
Support recovery and relief efforts in Northern California. People in urban and rural communities have lost their homes and businesses to the fires. Relief funds go toward helping to provide shelter, physical and mental health care, food, clothing and other necessities. Donate here.
hurricane relief efforts in puerto rico & u.s. virgin islands - ongoing
U.S. Virgin Island and Puerto Rican communities are still suffering the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It is not too late to help. Even a small donation will go toward providing temporary shelter, rebuilding homes and infrastructure and providing clean water. Click here to find hurricane relief funds in Puerto Rico and here to find an opportunity to support the U.S Virgin Islands.
ARTIFICIAL TREE DONATION TO WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY (November 4 & 5)
GLENDALE FIREHOUSE RUN (October 29)
SHOP TO DONATE FOR SPIRIT OF CHILDREN (October 25 - 31)
DONATE FOR UTILITY HELP FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THROUGH HEAT UP ST. LOUIS (July)
STUDENT-LED FUNDRAISER FOR MERCY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (May)
DONATION DRIVE & BAKE SALE FOR WALKER SCOTTISH RITE CLINIC (May 1 - 5)
ALL FOR BOOKS FUNDRAISER DURING THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR (May 1 - 5)
RUN FOR SIGHT (Sunday, May 7)
CHILDREN'S SHOE DRIVE FOR SOLES4SOLES (April 1 - 30)
WALK FOR WISHES (Saturday, April 15)
LITTLE ST. NICK FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER AT CPK (February 25)
ST. LOUIS CENTENNIAL BEER FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER FOR ST. LOUIS AREA FOOD BANK (February 17)
CHILDREN'S CLOTHING DRIVE FOR HELPING HAND-ME-DOWNS (February 16 - March 1)
WINTER SUPPLIES COLLECTION FOR ST. LOUIS WINTER OUTREACH (January 20 - February 14)
VALENTINES FOR CHILDREN STAYING AT CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (February 9 & 10)
DIAPER DRIVE FOR ST. LOUIS AREA DIAPER BANK (January 9 - 31)