Below is the list of 2016 Continuing the Heritage Day of Service locations, as well as information about the organization’s mission, the service activities at each location and the number of volunteer slots that are available for each. In order to see the most up-to-date information, please refresh before signing up to volunteer.
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St. Mary’s began participating in 40 Days of Service in association with Catholic Charities of San Antonio in 2016. St. Mary’s will participate in 40 Days of Service every year, starting with Continuing the Heritage Day of Service each spring.
Allied Women's Center
MissionSince 1994, Allied Women’s Center has operated Catholic crisis pregnancy centers in San Antonio. The philosophy of the Allied Women’s Center is simple: do whatever needs to be done to save the baby. When a baby is saved, the center provides aid for a mother and baby for one year or more, if necessary.
Volunteer OpportunityPreparing boxes of baby supplies to be delivered to the Gabriel Project when it moves into its new location. Also, sorting donated baby clothes and other donated items.
Animal Defense League of Texas
MissionChartered in 1934, the Animal Defense League is a non-profit organization that is a true no-kill shelter for abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs and cats. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for these animals by providing needed medical care, including spaying and neutering. Food, shelter, and safety are also provided – along with compassion and attention. While maintaining a healthy and loving facility, ADL consistently works to find the best possible home for each resident animal.
Volunteer OpportunityWe will offer a mix of a service project and animal interaction. The project will involve either painting, landscaping or organizing a room. We will provide all of the supplies needed. Animal interaction will involve both cats and dogs. Anyone allergic to cats or dogs should not sign up to volunteer. There will be exposure to animals and animal dander even with the service project. A brief orientation will be held to explain the dog walking and cattery rules.
Boy With a Ball San Antonio
MissionBWABSA exists to build teams to go out into the community to reach young people and their families, draw them into real relationships through mentoring and small groups, and equip them to become leaders capable of transforming their own community.
Volunteer OpportunityCommunity Walthroughs - this is an outreach effort where we go door-to-door in the neighborhood we serve to see if there are any immediate needs that we can meet but also to grow relationships that could lead to possible mentoring or small groups.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of SA, Inc
MissionThe mission of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc is to provide for the needs of the community through selfless service under the sign of love. The Guadalupe Community Center, under the umbrella of Catholic Charities, provides 12 programs that are dedicated to providing support and advocacy services to individuals and families. The mission is to provide human services that enhance the culture, health, and quality of life of individuals and families in the San Antonio community.
Volunteer OpportunityThe volunteers will assist in the mission of Catholic Charities to build capacity for our family self-sufficiency programs. They will assist organizing clothing donations and accounting for donated goods and services that are provided to individuals and families in need. They may also assist with planting flowers and beautifying the center to make it more welcoming and dignified.
Eastside Neighborhood Garden
MissionEastside Neighborhood Garden (ESNG), a neighborhood community garden located on the near eastside of San Antonio, Texas. We are located on Center Street, just off of N. Walters Street. Our primary gardeners are senior citizens from nearby neighborhoods; we have youth gardeners who tend beds, and participate in garden upkeep as their school, and extracurricular activities allow.
Volunteer OpportunityGarden maintenance to include weeding, tree trimming, weed eating, bagging of organically only into Kraft bags for recycling by Solid Wasre for composting. Requires bending, stooping and lifting. Please wear sun hats, sun screen.
MissionThis site is for all students who are in Emerging Leaders program.
Escuela Magentico-Espiritual de la Comuna Universal
MissionWe are a nonprofit organization and our Community Garden, "Labor Serena" is under Green Spaces Network has been providing goods from our garden to the local neighborhood. The garden also provides a neighborhood hang-out for its senior citizens during spring and early summer. We also provide a free Spring Break Camp for local neighborhood youth during Spring Break and will be providing a Winter Break Camp in December 2016. Our volunteers and the senior citizens that take advantage of the community garden provide breakfast, snack and lunch to Spring Break participants.
Volunteer OpportunityWe desperately need to have our vegetable beds cleaned out and will provide the plants to be planted in preparation for Spring Break. Will need to clean up area in preparation for activities for kids and area where we will be making an outdoor pizza oven.
Family Service Association
MissionFamily Service Association supports positive family values, respect the changing role of the family, and assist children, seniors, and families to deal effectively with their problems and challenges. Family Service Association remains a premier resource for San Antonio families. Since 1903, we are the family you can always count on!
Volunteer OpportunityVolunteers will help organize and sort donated uniforms for children in need, they will fill orders for the uniforms from staff for clients as well.
General Registration - Student Government Association (SGA)
MissionFor students who are members and/or interested in becoming a part of SGA.
General Registration- Trio Student Support Services/AMP
Volunteer OpportunityThis site for all students in the Trio Student Support Services/AMP program.
International Community Garden at St. Francis
MissionThe International Garden tries to host 4 or 5 general workdays each year for the garden in various phases. This will be our first workday of the year as we begin the initial preparation for Spring planting in early March. Plots will be assigned to the refugee gardeners in early January and this workday will be dedicated to helping them do some of the initial preparation for their individual plots. (e.g., removing old plant residue, hand tilling of small plots, repairing raised bed boxes, etc.) All necessary tools will be provided, including gloves. Supervision of individual tasks will be provided by Master Gardeners.
Volunteer OpportunityThe International Garden tries to host 4 or 5 general workdays each year for the garden in various phases. This will be our first workday of the year as we begin the initial preparation for Spring planting in early March. Plots will be assigned to the refugee gardeners in early January and this workday will be dedicated to helping them do some of the initial preparation for their individual plots. (e.g., removing old plant residue, hand tilling of small plots, repairing raised bed boxes, etc.) All necessary tools will be provided, including gloves. Supervision of individual tasks will be provided by Master Gardeners.
Islamic Academy of San Antonio (IASA)
MissionThe Islamic Academy of San Antonio is a registered non-profit organization serving the increasingly diverse Muslim community of San Antonio. Its mission is to provide our children an environment enabling them to achieve their highest potential, founded on Islamic morals, scholastic excellence, and good citizenship.
Volunteer OpportunityHelping to repaint organize the school's library room (note this is not nearly as big as the typical school library) It is in a portable room (moving objects to paint, painting, decorating, setting up books). Touching up paint on outside portable doors.
Marianist Leadership Program members
No Graffiti SA (Fredericksburg Road)
Volunteer OpportunityWear clothes that you do not mind getting paint on and shoes that cover your feet, such as tennis shoes, are required.
No Graffiti SA (South Brazos)
MissionHandrails at location need to be painted.
Volunteer OpportunityClothes that you do not mind getting paint on. Shoes that cover your feet, such as tennis shoes, are required.
No Graffiti SA (W. Hutchins Place)
Volunteer OpportunityWear clothes that you do not mind getting paint on and shoes that cover your feet, such as tennis shoes, are required.
Passmore Elementary School
MissionWe are a title one school with about 600 students ranging from PK to 5th grade and we also have a Headstart program the includes 3-year-olds.
Volunteer OpportunityWe need help preparing for the first day of school, in the library (with organizing the books), and in the classroom to prepare for the students.
Roots of Change Community Garden At Southwest Workers Union
MissionSouthwest Workers Union is a social and environmental justice organization and the Roots of Change Community Garden is part of the healthy communities program which we look at directly addressing the local food desert by increasing food access and knowledge of growing food to gain food sovereignty and independence.
Volunteer OpportunityWe will be maintaining the garden area which includes spreading mulch and learning about sheet mulching, cleaning up garden beds, weeding weeds, and learning about the other various techniques we use on site.
San Antonio Area Food Bank (Indoor Warehouse)
MissionThe San Antonio Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 530 partner agencies in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. In FY2015, the San Antonio Food Bank provided nearly 62 million pounds of food. The mission of the SAFB is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy.
Volunteer OpportunityAssist with organizing food inside the warehouse, moving and redistributing items throughout the warehouse, reorganizing the produce store in warehouse, etc.
San Antonio Pets Alive
MissionSan Antonio Pets Alive was created to help make San Antonio become a No Kill city by working with Animal Care Services to adopt out cats and dogs that end up in our city shelter. Since its inception 4.5 years ago, SAPA has adopted out over 30,000 animals. In the past, these dogs and cats would have been euthanized.
Volunteer OpportunityThe students will first be trail walking dogs through Brackenridge Park. The dogs live in kennels, day in and day out, so they fully appreciate the mental and physical exercise, as well as the contact with humans. After that, the students will oversee puppy play, where puppies are taught to socialize with each other and with humans.
San Antonio State Hospital
MissionThe San Antonio State Hospital (SASH) provides intensive inpatient diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitative, and referral services for seriously mentally ill persons from South Texas regardless of their financial status. Admission may be voluntary or involuntary depending on whether the patient is determined by a court to be seriously mentally ill, dangerous to self or others, or if left untreated would deteriorate to the point of becoming dangerous to self or others. SASH attempts to involve the patient's family in the treatment/rehabilitation process to the degree legally and clinically feasible.
Volunteer OpportunitySASH is seeking volunteers (over 18 years of age) to assist with our Chapel Beautification Project. Volunteers will paint a small gazebo, and clean up landscaping. Landscaping will include clipping hedges, pulling weeds, trimming bushes and general landscape clean up.
St. Mary's Community Garden
MissionTo integrate the St. Mary's community with community members of the Gateway district in order to make a positive change in the
Volunteer OpportunityVolunteers will be constructing a greenhouse and beautifying the back area of the garden.
St. PJ's Children's Home
MissionWe are an emergency shelter for children that have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. Our mission is to be a safe and loving refuge for children in crisis and to accompany them on their journey to healing and wholeness, breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect one child at a time.
Volunteer OpportunitySoccer tournament with our international unaccompanied minor program children. Our children LOVE to play soccer and they love to have a group come out and play soccer for our children.
MissionThe DoSeum is a children's museum that is dedicated to educating youth with a focus on STEM. It is dedicated to children birth to 11 years old. A non-profit organization that is located in the community of Alamo Heights.
Volunteer OpportunityThe project will be focused on the facilitation of activities in the 8 permanent galleries at The DoSeum. It will include the interaction between the students and the guest (children and families). It may also include prep work for gallery activities.
The Gardens of St. Therese
MissionFounded in 2006, we are a community garden located at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower (Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St. Therese Parish). The gardens are nurtured and maintained by parishioners and local volunteers. There are 24 official garden plots dedicated to St. Therese. Numerous other herb and vegetable plots that have been added over the years. Our garden is sponsored by Green Spaces Alliance as part of their Community Gardens Network.
Volunteer OpportunityThe students and volunteers will work on garden maintenance projects along with several gardeners. These projects will include, weeding, hauling and spreading mulch and compost, trimming the hedges and disposing of garden waste. Other projects may include painting and small building projects.
The Westminster Lay Marianist Community
MissionThe Westminster Lay Marianist Community is an organization committed to bettering the St. Mary's Gateway district. We dedicate ourselves to working with Holy Rosary parish and to the neighbors that are in most need.
Volunteer OpportunityThe house itself needs several things installed - thresholds around the doors, new energy efficient light bulbs, and other items. The house also is in need of some garden and shrub maintenance. If time allows students will walk the neighborhood and lead a trash pick up.