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.

    Due to the overwhelming generosity of our community, we have filled all of the slots for adopting a family this year. We have closed the sign up form. Thank you for your interest in supporting this program! If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Travis at secretary@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 2018 Freshman Retreat, please contact Julia Cashmere, Patty Jaicks, Lisa Opipari-Arrigan, or Lori Sunsted at freshmanretreat@gonzagamothers.org. 

    To support the Kairos Retreats, please contact Teri Francese, Erin Fisher, Jessica Koenig, 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.

    For more specifics about volunteer needs, and to sign up for a date to serve, please click here.
  • 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 2017-2018 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.

    The 2019 Men for Others Diaper Drive: Friday, February 8 – Friday, February 22
    Please encourage your son to participate in this annual whole-school service opportunity! Sizes 4, 5 & 6 are particularly needed. All diapers collected will be donated to the Greater D.C. Diaper Bank which provides a monthly average of 175,000 diapers to over 4,000 D.C. area families. The Founder and Executive Director, Corrine Cannon, is the daughter of Gonzaga's own Rick Cannon and created the Diaper Bank in 2010. This year our goal is 16,000. If every family brings in one pack, we will meet this ambitious goal! Diapers can be dropped off in the Upper Commons and in the rotunda of Ruesch. Donations can also be made by donating directly to the Greater DC Diaper Bank or making a purchase through the Greater DC Diaper Bank Amazon Wish List. (For either of these options, please be sure to add a note that your donation is for the Gonzaga Diaper Drive. On Amazon, you can add a "gift note" to your Amazon order (it's free) with the designation so that Gonzaga is credited for your purchase). Thank you!
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