Community Service

As Christians, we are called to live as Jesus lived. One important way we do this is by serving those in need. Through volunteering, students develop a strengthened sense of social responsibility, form relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, and witness first-hand the impact their efforts make in the community.

Students assist more than 100 non-profit organizations each school year, dedicating 70,000+ hours to serving others. By the time a student graduates, she will have given at least 205 hours of service. Many students perform far more the required number, and some outstanding volunteers are often rewarded with additional scholarship funds when they apply to college. Eighth graders are required to serve 25 hours a year, and freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to serve 45 hours a year.

Cubs in Action

Students make sandwiches for those in need.

The Christian Life Community (CLC) Club regularly puts together lunch bags for the Feed Jesus Program at St. Joseph Church.

Rhythm Dance team cheers on walkers at the Buddy Walk.

MCA's Rhythm Dance Team cheered on walkers in the Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans' annual fundraiser, the "Buddy Walk." Every Rhythm dancer left with a smile on her face and a grateful heart.

Students collect supplies for hurricane victims.

Students often come together to raise funds and collect supplies for those in need. In 2017-18, Student Council E-board members sent a check and boxes of toiletries, diapers, wipes, formula, and personal care items to a non-profit organization helping hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

Find What Moves You

Your time is valuable – to others and to you! When volunteering, choose organizations that interest you. Love animals? Help out at a local shelter.  Enjoy being outside? Work at a park. People person? Consider volunteering with the elderly or special needs children. You can also obtain service hours through clubs. (MCA's clubs often have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.)

Make the most of your time! View our list of non-profits for ideas, do your research, and find the right activity for you.

Places to Volunteer

Looking for places to volunteer? Below is a suggested, but not comprehensive, list to consider when choosing a community service location.

Suggestions & Ideas

  • Alzheimer's Assoc. of Greater New Orleans
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Lung Association of La.
  • American Red Cross
  • Angels' Place
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • Associated Catholic Charities
  • Association of Retarded Citizens
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Autism Society of America
  • Blood Center
  • Campfire Boys and Girls
  • Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana
  • Children's Hospital
  • Chinchuba Institute
  • Covenant House
  • Cub Corner
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Doctors Hospital of Jefferson E. Jefferson Gen. Hospital & Alzheimer's Day Program
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Family Life Apostolate of New Orleans
  • Food for Families/Food for Seniors
  • Friends of City Park
  • Girl Scout Council of Southeast La.
  • Goodwill Industries of Southeastern La.
  • Greenwalt Center
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Jefferson Parish Library
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Kenner Regional Medical Center
  • Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Lakeside Hospital
  • Lakeview Shepherd Center
  • Leukemia Society of America
  • Lighthouse for the Blind Activities Center
  • Louisiana Children's Museum
  • Louisiana Nature Center
  • Louisiana Pro Life Council
  • Louisiana SPCA
  • March of Dimes
  • Mary Joseph Residence
  • Medical Center of La. Charity & University Hospitals
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • New Orleans Public Libraries
  • New Orleans Right to Life Nursing Homes (please get adult advice beforehand)
  • Ochsner Hospital
  • Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center
  • Ozanam Inn
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Second Harvesters Food Bank
  • Touro Infirmary
  • Tulane University Medical Center Universal Hospital
  • VA Medical Center
  • Volunteers of America
  • West Jefferson Medical Center
  • WLAE-TV Channel 32
  • WRBH - 88.3 (radio for the blind & print handicapped)
  • WYES-TV Channel 12
  • YWCA

Service in 2017-18

  • Brown Foundation Outstanding Community Service grant recipient
  • 116 Presidential Service Awards
  • Christian Life Community (CLC) 8th graders completed 100+ service hours for Cub Corner
  • 70,066 student apostolic service hours
  • Over 100 community organizations served

Questions about Community Service?

Please contact
Suzy Donaldson
PATHS and Service Learning Coordinator


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