At the area track meet, students sell and buy lemonade to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Left to right: Ted Antczak, Alex Richards, Sarah Antczak, John Lopez, Molly Meehan, Danny Deeney, Victoria Hiscott, and Chloe Zubah.Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus
Pasadena, CA

MSR holds an annual Ministry Fair to match students with service

Mayfield Senior School’s “Actions Not Words” spirit receives a real-world boost every year when representatives from more than 30 non-profit organizations throughout the Los Angeles region attend our annual Campus Ministry Service Fair.

The school-wide event offers students a first-hand look at how their help is direly needed to tutor underserved children, tend to the elderly, serve food to the homeless, organize a baby diaper drive for new mothers in need, and many other activities.

Campus Minister Teri Gonzales encourages girls to “find their passion and serve with love” as an expression of our Holy Child philosophy that calls on us to be joyful women of faith who respect the dignity of others.

All Mayfield students are required to perform 20 hours of community service during the school year. Ms. Gonzales said the Service Fair is an important bridge that allows students to see a diversity of needs in the community.

A representative from St. Vincent de Paul encouraged girls to “step out of your comfort zone” and volunteer at one of the organization’s sites that shelters the homeless or feeds the hungry.

Children and family service organizations like LAMP, a Holy Child ministry, needed tutors, assistant teachers and companions for youth. Homeless and poverty groups, including the Foothill Unity Center and Door of Hope in Pasadena, asked for students to help with food distribution and serve meals. AIDS Walk LA seeks helpers for their annual event. Alhambra Wellness asked fro needs eldercare visitors and companions.

“It’s so important to know how we can work for the betterment of our community,” said Audrey Leung ’22, who is serving with a group that assists the elderly. “There are so many people so close to us that need help.”

Kelly Yatsko '22 explained that her service has little to do with meeting a requirement. “It’s about lending a hand and knowing that you can help others.”

Indeed, Ms. Gonzales said most Mayfield students exceed the 20-hour requirement.

“For so many of our students, it’s not about logging hours,” she said. “It’s about understanding that our faith compels us to serve and when that happens it’s not about hours—it’s about who you are becoming.”