Works of Mercy

Works of Mercy

All Aquinas students are required to serve others through Works of Mercy. For the ‘24-’25 school year, students will need to log 20 Corporal Works of Mercy hours and 4 Spiritual Works of Mercy between now and March 2025.  

At least half of the hours need to be completed by the end of the first semester.  Many students may complete all this summer!  We will also offer organized opportunities to serve on several Saturdays during the school year. 

Works of Mercy- Corporal and Spiritual

  • The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. Corporal works respond to the basic needs of humanity. 
  • The Spiritual Works of Mercy respond to spiritual needs. We encourage students to complete four different spiritual Works of Mercy. Acceptable examples include the following: 
  1. Pray a rosary with a friend or family member for a specific intention of/for others. 
  2. Volunteer to help with vacation bible school or religious education at your church.
  3. Invite a friend to attend a daily Mass with you. 
  4. Pray a litany of the saints with a friend or family member.
  5. Spend an hour in adoration.
  6. Attend a bible study at your church.
  7. Pray the Stations of the Cross.
  8. Attend a Wednesday night church service.
  9. Go to confession.

Summer Opportunities to Volunteer:

Via Cognitive Health (on Washington Road across from California Dreaming)

Via Cognitive Health (on Washington Road across from California Dreaming) offers programming for individuals diagnosed with a cognitive decline disorder like Dementia or Alzheimer’s to engage in mental and physical exercise and socialization in order to promote a higher level of cognitive functioning for longer. This beautiful new facility opens in early June. They need our help in a couple of ways: 

  • Front desk coverage one day each week from 4- 6 p.m. For example, you may choose every Monday 4-6. Another student would take Tuesdays, etc. You may work in pairs. Click HERE to sign up.
  • Spend an hour or two with guests playing board games, reading, serving as a lunch buddy (listening and talking), etc. This is an easy, rewarding way to make someone’s day! Ideally, we are looking for students to commit to serving multiple times throughout the summer.

The front desk opportunity is also available from 4-6 during the school year. Volunteer form must be completed. The address is 105 Lutheran Drive, Augusta 30907

Golden Harvest Food Bank (3310 Commerce Drive)

Golden Harvest Food Bank (3310 Commerce Drive)  – packing boxes with your buddies 

  • June 6th 9:00-12:00
  • June 10th 9:00-12:00
  • June 20th 1:30-4:00
  • June 24th 9:00-12:00

July dates to be announced later.

Click HERE to sign up. 

Masters Table Soup Kitchen (701 Fenwick Street)

Masters Table Soup Kitchen (701 Fenwick Street) – serving meals 

  • June 13th 10:30-12:30

July dates to be announced later.

Click HERE to sign up. 

Pregnant Choices

Pregnant Choices clinic needs volunteers! If interested contact Gretchen at gretchen@pregnantchoices.com

Augusta Players Camp Wonderland- Camp Counselors needed- July 8-19

How would you like a chance to make a meaningful impact on a young person’s life and have a blast at the same time? Camp Wonderland Augusta Players Camp Wonderland- Camp Counselors needed- July 8-19a nurturing and fun environment for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder to explore the wonderful world of performing arts. Every child, regardless of his or her ability, deserves the chance to discover his or her talents and shine bright.  Each buddy will be paired with a camper and will spend their days together, attending art, movement, music, and drama classes. Camp is Monday-Friday, July 8-19 from 9am-1pm. If interested, please contact Camp Director, Allison Johnson at info@augustaplayers.org. (Counts for 10 Corporal Works of Mercy hours.)

Prayer and Action Camp 2024

Prayer and Action Camp is open to all high school students, including those entering 9th grade in the Fall and to any recent graduates. Click HERE to register. There are two more opportunities June 9th-14th in Savannah and June 16th-21st at Aquinas. (Counts for 15 Corporal Works of Mercy hours and 4 Spiritual Works of Mercy.)

Steubenville Atlanta – July 26th-28th

Steubenville Atlanta: Join hundreds of Catholic teens at Steubenville Atlanta on July 26th-28th to be illuminated in the light of Christ. All rising freshmen in high school through rising freshmen in college are invited to attend this retreat with the St. Mary’s youth group. Learn more HERE. Contact Michael Lammers at mlammers@aquinashigh.org if you are interested in attending. (Counts for 3 Spiritual Works of Mercy)

Missionaries of Charity

There are several opportunities for this High School Mission Trip:

  • June 24-27 in Charlotte
  • July 8-11 in Atlanta
  • July 15-18 in Atlanta
  • July 22-25 in Atlanta

Contact Michael Lammers at mlammers@aquinashigh.org if you are interested in attending. 

(Counts for 15 Corporal Works of Mercy hours and 3 Spiritual Works of Mercy.)

Works of Mercy opportunities that are not listed must have prior approval. Service for family members/neighbors is not going to count toward Works of Mercy service hours. Also, helping your team with a summer camp for kids is considered team member responsibility and not service.

Additional Service Organizations

Compass for Hope

https://compassforhope.org

Helping the homeless in Augusta: 

Need volunteers every week. Specific responsibilities include greeting guests, possible parking lot clean up, unpacking the toiletry items to be given away, setting up the line with the day’s bounty to give, and handing out clothes. Sunday morning serving & clean up: 10:30-12:30 

Project Refresh

https://www.projectrefreshinc.com

Founded in July of 2020, Project Refresh, Inc. is a non-profit organization that believes that access to a refreshing shower is a basic human right that no one should be denied. 

Family YMCA of Augusta

https://thefamilyy.org/about-us/volunteer

Has several different volunteer opportunities from packing food boxes to being a youth coach/referee as well as special events. There is an application to fill out. Students under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. 

YMCA Dream Center

https://thefamilyy.org/a-place-to-dream

Providing beds for children who don’t have one. Bed deliveries are currently being conducted on an as-needed basis by each YMCA location.

Golden Harvest Food Bank

www.goldenharvest.org

We beleive believe that everyone in our community should have enough nutritious food to live a happy, healthy life. We strive to increase access to healthy food and foster long-term stability for neighbors in need with the help of our donors, partners, and volunteers.

Prepare for Babies 

https://www.prepareforbabies.org

To provide a safe and loving home for pregnant women in crisis while equipping them to build abundant lives rooted in Jesus Christ. We are looking for a variety of volunteers to partner with us in areas such as mentors for our mommas, shoppers for supplies, and organizers for our donated items.

The Master’s Table

https://volunteers.goldenharvest.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=126070

Providing meals for the less fortunate through Golden Harvest Food Bank

We welcome volunteers to help prepare and serve a daily meal. During shift #1 (meal prep), volunteers will help with meal preparation in the kitchen. No cooking skills required. During shift #2 (meal service), volunteers will help serve lunch to our guests.

Schedule: Volunteer Days: 7 days a week, Shifts: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (meal prep), 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (meal service)

Reach out and Read

https://www.augustahealth.org/childrens-hospital-of-georgia/community-programs/reach-out-and-read

Reading to young children 

AU Literary Center

https://www.augusta.edu/education/literacy-center

We provide children, adolescents, and adults from the Augusta Area with free high quality literacy-related educational experiences that promote the development of life-long readers and writers.

Boys and Girls Club of Augusta

https://bgcgreateraugusta.org/volunteer

Various volunteer opportunities to work with children and their families. 

RISE Augusta (Currently not taking more volunteers this summer, but they need volunteers for the fall semester.)

https://riseaugusta.org/help

Tutoring students Kindergarten through 3rd grade. 

Catholic Social Services 

https://www.cssaugustathriftstore.com/volunteer

Working in the Thrift Store

Soldier’s Angels

https://soldiersangels.org/location/augusta-ga

Visit with veterans patients at the VA centers. 

MobileServe Instructions to Log Hours

1. Log into MobileServe
2. Click “LOG HOURS” on the bottom of the page
3. Click the 2nd option – “Enter service hours and location”
4. Enter the following information:
a. Service Organization – (e.g. Golden Harvest, Prayer in Action, Via, etc.) 3.
b. Category
i. Corporal Work of Mercy – helping someone with basic needs 
Example: helping sort food at the food bank
ii. Spiritual Work of Mercy – addresses spiritual needs
Example – pray the rosary or go to Adoration for another’s intentions
5. Tell Your Story – In this reflection, explain what you did for whom and what you learned or gained.
6. Hit Next
7. On the next page, enter:  the name of your house dean
8. Click “Submit Hours”
If you need additional information, please watch this video: 
https://intercom.help/mobileserve/en/articles/2346981-how-do-i-log-hours-video

House Deans

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