CARE (Christian Actions Reaching Everyone) is a network of service groups that strives to target and address a wide variety of needs in the surrounding communities. By coordinating diverse service opportunities within a range of groups under one organization, C.A.R.E. functions as the “umbrella” under which Immaculate Heart service efforts come alive.
CARE seeks to both provide accessible service opportunities for students and consequently inspire them to live their faith through actions of justice, peace, and humility. Meetings are held once a month, where students have the opportunity to sign up for various service projects. CARE also sponsors several large events such as dances for people with special needs, a Thanksgiving dinner for the elderly, and fundraisers to help support various service efforts. Once a student joins CARE, they can join several groups of interest:
Adopt a Grandparent: Students visit the Cuppola Nursing Home to play games and do special activities related to the holiday of the month with the grandparents.
Autism Awareness: Students regularly volunteer with autistic children at the Washington Township YJCC.
Big Sisters: Students visit the aftercare program at Our Lady of Mercy in Park Ridge twice a month. Students assist children who stay after school with homework and activities.
Buddy Blessings: Students travel two times a month to visit St. Patrick’s School in Jersey City. Buddy Blessings allows IHA students to be mentors to kids who are in need. Students help with homework, crafts, games, and make new friends. In addition, IHA does an all-school gift drive for the children at Christmas.
Camp Acorn: Every Saturday, students attend Camp Acorn in Allendale and work with children and adults with disabilities.
Care One Barista Bar: Students serve as Barista's for the coffee bar at CareOne in Ridgewood. They service coffee and danishes and enjoy time working with the residents.
Care One Music Therapy Program: IHA Students work with CareOne, nursing home in Ridgewood and provide music therapy to patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. The students then track the patients responses and put together a research project at the culmination of the year.
Disciple Makers: Each week, students spend the year lesson planning, preparing, and teaching a confirmation or religious education class at Immaculate Conception Church in Mahwah.
Glamour Gals: Several times a month, students visit local nursing homes and give makeovers and manicures to the residents.
Go4theGoal: This group creates awareness for pediatric cancer including volunteering at events and hospitals.
Hospice: Visiting the elderly at LifeSource Hospice in Paramus.
Julia’s Butterflies: Julia’s Butterflies is a group connected to Julia’s Butterfly Foundation, a volunteer, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of terminally and chronically ill children and their families. The group supports the organization through volunteering at events and fundraisers.
Midnight Run: Midnight run is a non-profit organization that has existed for more than 20 years. Students and parents travel to New York City and deliver food, clothing, and toiletries to the homeless several times throughout the year.
Mission @theheart: IHA's mission trip is a four-day summer immersion mission trip where students serve at local non-profits and experience prayer, talks, discussion, and social justice workshops.
Paramus Veterans: Students visit the elderly at the Paramus Veterans Home.
Project Lady Bug: Students volunteer for fundraising events to benefit the families of children with life-threatening illnesses, and visit St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital in Paterson.
Several Sources: The Several Sources Foundation has several shelters for unwed mothers, one of which is in Ramsey. The shelter is for young women and girls who are pregnant, poor, or considering abortions. Students help care for the children and volunteer with tasks at the shelter.
SHARE House: Several times a month, students visit the SHARE houses in Ridgewood, low income housing for senior citizens, and prepare and serve meals as well as play games with residents.
Spectrum for Living: Students visit adults with special needs at various Spectrum for Living homes on a monthly basis all around Bergen County.
Tomorrow’s Children Fund: This group helps create crafts and goodies for children with cancer and rare blood disorders. All of the projects go to the Tomorrow’s Children Institute located in the Hackensack Children’s Hospital.
Volt Fitness: This group does physical fitness with people with special needs in Glen Rock.
For more information about any of the CARE clubs, contact Director of Campus Ministry, Mrs. Shutrop, at email@example.com.