CJ Joins Hands in Service with the Miami Valley. Over 175 members of the CJ school community worked with volunteers from University of Dayton, Sinclair and Wright State, and other organizations, in serving the Dayton community through Join Hands Miami Valley. This community volunteer effort held October 24-25 in conjunction with Make a Difference Day, is in response to a national call for involvement and volunteerism. Last spring, Governor Ted Strickland recognized Join Hands Miami Valley as one of Ohio’s top 10 volunteer projects for Make a Difference Day 2008.
This year, CJ members could be found helping out in a variety of ways at 15 service locations including St. Vincent Hotel, Elizabeth's New Life Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Aullwood Audubon Center. The school has a strong tradition of service in the Dayton area as evidenced by the 8,700 hours of service it donated to Dayton and the broader community last year, a figure that represents hours volunteered over and above what the school requires at each grade level.
“This is an opportunity for us to serve the community as a group,” said Kelli Kinnear, CJ ministry and service director. “Service and justice are essential to who we are and our mission. It is also a time to introduce the underclassman to service. We hope to see the freshmen develop as leaders. We have been helping in this program for about 15 years and will be back next year.”
For more information about CJ’s involvement in Join Hands Miami Valley, or the school’s tradition of volunteerism, please contact Kelli Kinnear, CJ ministry and service director at 461-3740 x209.
By Jasiris Tapia ‘13