Disaster Relief: Catholic Schools Can Help

Catholic schools are places where outreach and service to others are paramount.

Arlington, VA -- Catholic schools promote an understanding that through service to others in the community students are also committing themselves to serving God. They are taught to share their time, talents and resources with others who are in need.

With more than 6,300 Catholic schools in the United States, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) invites all Catholic schools to help schools, families and communities, from the Bahamas and along the Eastern Seaboard, who might need assistance during this turbulent storm season. Help takes many forms and NCEA offers resources, information and ideas for action.

Cross Catholic Outreach is working with Catholic Charities of Miami and the Archdiocese of Nassau to provide much-needed food and medical supplies to affected families and children.

Catholic Relief Services—along with local partners—is working quickly to assess immediate needs. Donations help bring relief, in the form of food, emergency shelter and safe water to affected families.

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and Catholic Charities works with local agencies in communities where relief and long-term recovery are needed.

Need ideas to inspire fundraising?

In 2017, NCEA witnessed clever and successful ways Catholic school communities found to raise money:

  • A challenge to collect $1 from each of the 500 students at Immaculate Conception Grade School in Elmhurst, Il, resulted in nearly $1,500
  • In the Archdiocese of Anchorage at Lumen Christi High School, the 300 students put on a taco lunch and raised more than $900

Other ideas include: non-uniform days, car washes, jeans days, bake sales and good old-fashioned donation "jars" that helped drive donations into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Share your school's ideas and connect with NCEA on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Please remember all those affected by the storms in your daily prayers.

NCEA will continue to monitor reports of damage to other dioceses and Catholic schools to determine where help might be needed.

Additional resources:

Webinar On-Demand: Moving Beyond Checking Boxes: Creating Meaningful Service Experiences in Your Catholic School Community.

Momentum Article: Lessons Learned from the Camp Fire

Parent News Flyer: Catholic Schools as Communities of Social Involvement and Civic Engagement

Prayer in time of disaster

Prayer for those affected and those providing relief in time of disaster

Prayer to remember victims of natural disaster

Prayer for hurricane victims


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