The first year of the Madison St. Vincent de Paul Youth Service Council has been a busy one. The group has grown since it started early in 2014; 23 high school students now represent13 Catholic parishes and high schools around Dane County. Members have kept themselves involved throughout the group’s inaugural year by planning service activities, taking part in basic leadership training and reflecting on how faith informs service.
Last spring, the YSC kicked off its service efforts by planning a clothing drive held at five collection locations. Conducting a fundraising car wash, helping at the food pantry garden and bringing ice cream sundaes to residents of Port St. Vincent de Paul filled out the summer. During autumn, the group planned a Packer Party at the Port, a Badger hot chocolate sale and a Christmas social for residents of All Saints Assisted Living. Group members also went shopping for St. Vincent de Paul’s annual Little Drummer gift-distribution program for children of client families. Meetings were supplemented by an Advent prayer service, a guest speaker about local poverty and a kickoff retreat complete with members enjoying a homemade taco dinner they prepared.
This spring, YSC members hope to encourage their parish and school peers to get involved with the group’s projects. A teen-homelessness awareness day is scheduled for March 11, assistance with setup for the Feed My Sheep event is slated for March 20, and a hunger walk is planned for early May. The group’s spring clothing drive is due to return to several area schools.
Do you know a high school student with a heart for service? The St. Vincent de Paul Youth Service Council is seeking members for the group’s 2015-2016 term. Up to two high school student representatives will be selected from each Dane County parish and Catholic high school. Please contact Gayle Westfahl at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application or to receive more information. Completed applications are due April 10, 2015.