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.
Our goal is to involve our current community, as well as alumni, families and friends in serving the needs of underserved populations throughout greater St. Louis. Throughout the calendar year, 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 on- and off-site volunteer work, 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.
Donation drive and Bake Sale Fundraiser for Walker Scottish Rite Clinic
May 1 through May 5
The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic is a non-profit organization serving children with speech and language disorders. The clinic's mission is to help children ages 2 through 6 improve their communication skills. The Clinic's mission is to help children ages 2 through 6 improve their communication skills, skills crucial to a child's well-being. The clinic offers their services, at no charge, to families in St. Louis City and County, as well as Troy, Arnold and Union, MO. The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic does not receive any federal or state funding.
WHAT WE CAN DO
Our plan at VdM is two-fold: 1. We'll collect goods for the clinic; and 2. To supplement the drive, we will raise money for the clinic through a bake sale on Friday, May 5 during the Book Fair Hours (while supplies last). Please choose what you'd like to donate from the list on this SignUp. You may drop off all donations at the Book Fair. And if you'd like to donate home-baked goods for Friday's bake sale, sign up here and use the comment section to indicate the approximate quantity you will bring. And please plan to shop the bake sale on Friday!! 100% of the proceeds will go to the clinic.
All for books: A fundraiser during the scholastic book fair
A classic coin collection! Stop by the book fair to donate your loose change (or paper money... we won't turn that away!) to purchase books for a local school in need. This is a super easy and effective way to provide more books for kids. All funds collected through All for Books will be used to buy more books from the Book Fair, all of which we will donate to Books for STL Kids.
Scholastic Book Fairs® will then match our monetary donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children through organizations such as the Kids In Need Foundation, Reader to Reader, Inc., and the National Center for Families Learning.
To read more about All For Books, click here. And please note, VdM is choosing to use 100% of the funds raised to purchase books for Books for STL Kids. To read more about that organization, click here.
Children's shoe drive for soles4souls - One More WEEK!!
April 3 through May 5
Soles4Souls provides shoes to children and adults living in poverty or affected by disaster. The organization helps people in each of the fifty US states as well as 127 countries around the world. We hope to collect at least 1,000 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls between today and April 30.
WHAT WE CAN DO
We will collect gently used or new shoes for children and adults. Shoes for any season are accepted. Please make sure the items are clean and in good condition. Please drop off your donation at your child's classroom or drop-off point.
Run for Sight two-mile walk
Sunday, May 7
We'll walk as team Villa di Maria to support Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. Sunday, May 7. The two-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and there's a bonus kid's fun dash after the walk at 10:00 a.m.! The link for registration is coming soon!
For more information about the event, click here.
WALK FOR WISHES Saturday, April 15
Helping Hand-Me-Downs (HHMD) works to help families with children achieve stability in their lives. The first step in this process is to provide parents with the clothing and other essential items necessary to care for their children effectively. HHMD works with a network of over 100 agencies, hospitals and shelters, to assist families in finding stable employment and safe housing, while connecting emotionally through one-on-one life coaching. For more information about HHMD, please visit their website and facebook page.
We collected a mountain of clothing for Helping Hand-Me-downs. Too much to count!!!
WINTER SUPPLIES COLLECTION FOR ST. LOUIS WINTER OUTREACH January 20 through February 14
We collected 27 blankets, 12 pairs of gloves/mittens, 14 hats and 7 pairs of socks to be distributed at homeless shelters and to people living on the streets.
VALENTINES FOR CHILDREN STAYING AT CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL February 9 and 10
Made by hand and with love. Our students made 62 valentines for hospitalized children at Cardinal Glennon. Thank you to all who participated!
DIAPER DRIVE FOR ST. LOUIS AREA DIAPER BANK January 9 through 31
Our effort to help close the diaper gap in the greater St. Louis region. In 2016, the White House, under President Obama's leadership, brought attention to the challenge that many families in the U.S. face when trying to buy basic supplies like diapers. Nearly a third of families in our country can afford the diapers and training pants they need for their infants and toddlers. Nor can they gain access to the discount-supply markets, the online or wholesale retailers, that many of us take for granted. According to a White House press release, disposable diapers cost low-income families 14% of their annual income, an average of $936 per child per year. Higher income families, with access to discount supply markets, pay half that amount.