As Christians, we are called to help our neighbors and those less fortunate. Part of Bishop Foley Catholic’s mission and identity is to become servant leaders. BFC is committed to serving the community and takes pride in helping their neighbors. "Be the Difference Day" originally started in 2010 in memory of Foley's former campus minister. This is the single largest community service day Foley hosts with an average of over 500 volunteers. Typically the event is held in late spring.
Largest Community Service Day
This student led program takes a large amount of planning and preparation. During the initial planning stages, a skills inventory is given to students, faculty and staff to access interests. Event organizers contact organizations to set up service job sites and assign volunteers to a job site based on the results of the skills inventory. In just one day, approximately 3,200 hours are completed!
Job sites are located in the metro Detroit area. Past organizations have included Blight Busters, Gleaners, Salvation Army, nursing homes, and much more. Specific tasks at job sites vary. Some of them include: painting, cleaning, gardening, serving food, interacting with residents at a nursing home, moving items, building, etc.
"Be the Difference Day" volunteers include Foley students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Plus, some parents and students from Guardian Angels Grade School. Participants receive a breakfast, snacks, t-shirt, and transportation to/from the job sites. However, volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch.
Please note that all adult volunteers must have completed a free three-hour workshop, "Protecting God's Children." The workshop is offered throughout the Archdiocese and must be completed before the service day. For a complete list of upcoming dates, visit www.virtus.org
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Ashley Hursin