Gonzaga Mothers Club

Service

Gonzaga’s culture of service is one of the many reasons we love sending our boys here.
Throughout the school year, the Gonzaga Mothers Club organizes lots of opportunities to contribute to the spirit of generosity that we feel each time we set foot on Eye Street.

Whether it’s through buying Christmas gifts for a family in need, serving dinner at the McKenna Center, or acting as a mentor to a family that’s new to Gonzaga, there are countless opportunities to help.

Below are descriptions of service opportunities organized by the GMC. Please click on each one to find out more about how you can get involved.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE GONZAGA COMMUNITY

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  • Participate in Gonzaga’s Adopt-A-Family Program

    Every year around the holidays, Gonzaga’s Campus Ministry office organizes an Adopt-A-Family program that connects a Gonzaga family with a family that’s in need in our community, helping fulfill that family’s Christmas wish list.

    Please check back later this year to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Fridley or Alice Hrdy at adoptafamily@gonzagamothers.org.
  • Support Gonzaga’s Retreat and Service Programs

    Throughout the year, the GMC helps support Campus Ministry’s wonderful retreats and service programs by setting up, preparing, and serving food, providing snacks for chaperones, and more. 

    If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Freshman Retreat, please contact Maria Borjas or Lisa Opipari-Arrigan at freshmanretreat@gonzagamothers.org

    To support the Kairos Retreats, please contact Carrie Garland, Mayumi Giannetti, Joan Simpson Gupton or Stacia Todd at kairosretreats@gonzagamothers.org.
GROUPS WE SERVE

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  • McKenna Center

    Located in the basement of St. Aloysius Church, The McKenna Center provides food, counseling, and emergency assistance to those in need. From November 1 to March 31, the Center also provides overnight accommodations, a hot meal, and a supportive environment to approximately 20 men in its Hypothermia Program. The goal of the program is to provide structure, support, and skills to enable a man to successfully move forward with his life.

    The Gonzaga Mothers Club provides nightly dinners and volunteers who heat, serve, clean up, and eat with the center's guests. Sharing conversation and a meal with Gonzaga families is a key part of the program’s success and also a transformative experience for many families. Without the Mothers Club meals, the Hypothermia Program would not be available.

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Aldridge, Lorena Silvani Egan, Cathy Fox, or Eden Brown Gaines at mckenna@gonzagamothers.org.
  • Washington School for Girls

    The Gonzaga Mothers Club proudly supports the extraordinary mission and spirit of the Washington School for Girls, an all-scholarship independent Catholic School in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood serving students in grades 3-8.

    Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, the GMC is partnering with the WSG to provide small items to help stock their bookstore cabinet with items the girls may “purchase” with points. We’ll be collecting items at all GMC meetings this year; here's a list of items we're accepting:

    • Toiletries for girls – lotion, powder, lip balm, comb, brush, barrettes, etc.
    • Socks or tights – navy blue, white, gray
    • Little purses/tote bags
    • Costume jewelry
    • Picture frames – all sizes
    • Colorful pencils or pens – they love mechanical pencils with erasers
    • Stuffed animals/beanie animals
    • Light colognes
    • Scented soaps for their clothing drawers
    • Religious crosses
    • Word find books
    • Personal dictionary/thesaurus
    • Scented candles with holders
    • Loose leaf notebook paper in packs of 150
    • Black and white composition notebooks
    • Mugs
    • Coffee/tea holders
    • Personal markers/crayons
    • Little knick-knacks for gifts
    • Games – Uno, checkers, playing cards, etc.
    • Assorted cards for birthdays, get well, thank you, sympathy, etc.
  • DC Diaper Bank

    Corinne Cannon, daughter of Gonzaga English teacher Rick Cannon, founded the DC Diaper Bank as a way to provide families in need with a reliable and adequate source of basic baby needs and personal hygiene products. Every year, the GMC organizes a diaper drive to support the work of this wonderful organization.

    Check back later for more information about this year's Diaper Drive. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Ghattas or Mary Pat Julian at diaperdrive@gonzagamothers.org.
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