The Holy Cross community inaugurated an All-School Day of Service in 2018 as part of the school’s 150th anniversary celebration. The event was repeated in 2019 with the intention of holding a Day of Service in the spring of each year. The event was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020 but returned as an on-campus event in 2021. This year, the community was excited to again travel to agencies and organizations around the area to serve. Students, faculty and staff spent Wednesday, April 27 at 29 different locations serving in numerous ways.
Director of Social Justice Maika Walker ’07 coordinated the event with help from student Peer Ministers and Director of Campus Ministry Linda Ruszkowski. This year’s logo for the theme “Blessings on Blessings” was designed by Kaylee Ruleman ’24 and was displayed on the t-shirts worn for the day. Each class and the faculty/staff had their own color.
On Tuesday, April 26 the community gathered for our monthly all-school Mass with service groups sitting together instead of by class as is the tradition. Everyone received their t-shirt and information sheets about their service location.
During the service day, groups worked cleaning, planting, weeding, harvesting, painting, organizing and sorting donations, visiting residents of assisted living facilities, delivering and packaging meals, disassembling bicycles, and generally helping in any way requested.
Organizations Served During the 2022 All-School Day of Service “Blessings on Blessings”
Interfaith Clothing Works & Hub & Garden
I Support the Girls
Habitat for Humanity - Rockville
The Village at Rockville
Interfaith Clothing Works - Becky's House
Interfaith Clothing Works - Priscilla's House
Meals on Wheels Rockville
National Center for Children and Families
Red Wiggler Community Farm
Father McKenna Center
Anacostia Community Boathouse
Central Union Mission - Camp Bennett
Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild
SHARE Food Boxing & Bagging
St. Joseph's House
Capital Area Food Bank - Urban Demonstration Garden
Bikes For The World
St Teresa of Avila
Manna Food Center
St. Francis of Assisi
Habitat for Humanity - Silver Spring
So What Else - Rockville Housing
A Wider Circle
So What Else - Food Pantry
Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center