A group of students and faculty led Ursuline's fundraising efforts throughout January 2020 to provide aid to Australia amidst the devastating bushfires. These initiatives included a lunchtime "Pass the Jug in the Cafeteria" to collect donations, Footwear Day fundraiser, and a baked goods/healthy snacks/water sale.
Our collective, schoolwide fundraising raised $2,000 to help both the people and wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires. We donated to WIRES organization in New South Wales, World Wildlife Foundation, and the Australian Red Cross.
We have been in touch with our sister school, St. Ursula's College in Toowoomba, Australia and they confirmed that their students and families are safe. St. Ursula's is very grateful for this wonderful Serviam initiative. In addition, the poster signed by our school community has been mailed to St. Ursula's and will hopefully provide an uplifting message as they begin their new school year.
Support for the people of Puerto Rico has also been a focus. On January 12, 2020 four members of the Ursuline faculty and Administration - Principal Beirne, Ms. McDermott, Sr. Pat, and Ms. Tenore - joined dozens of other volunteers at AFYA Foundation to sort and pack vital materials to send to Puerto Rico following the recent devastating earthquakes. AFYA, located in Yonkers, rescues, sorts and delivers life-saving medical supplies, equipment, and humanitarian goods to help those in need around the world. A collection is going on at school during February 2020 for more supplies, and students also signed a poster with messages of encouragement.