Sophomore Service Project
The Sophomore Service Project is a Sophomore year requirement of service in an agency that performs a Corporal Work of Mercy. The Corporal Works of Mercy include:
1. Feed the hungry
2. Give drink to the thirsty
3. Clothe the naked
4. Shelter the homeless
5. Visit the sick
6. Visit those in prison
7. Bury the dead
With their service, students have the opportunity to interact both with the people receiving services and the people whose life work is dedicated to the service of those in need.
Students must complete 30 hours of service if they begin their service project during the summer before sophomore year. Students who complete the project during the school year must serve 25 hours. The Service Project is handed in during the second semester of Sophomore year, as part of the curriculum in Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society.
Service and Faith-Based Opportunities
In addition to their sophomore service project, students are also able to participate in a variety of faith- and service-based school groups.
- St. Vincent de Paul Club - students work to help those in need through the corporal works of mercy, including providing food, shelter, clothing and compassion.
- Theology on Pizza - students discuss various religious and ethical topics in an informal setting.
- Respect Life Club - students and faculty get involved in spreading the pro-life message throughout the school community.
- St. Isidore Gardening Club - students plant a garden behind the school and donate the produce to various organizations, including the Catholic Worker House and MANNA Community Meals.
- MANNA Community Meals - a monthly program in which NWC students and faculty donate food and serve meals at a soup kitchen in Hartford
- ConnectiKids - a weekly program where NWC students tutor elementary school students from Hartford
- Praise Band - performs the music at each monthly Mass and during prayer services
- Unified Theater and Unified Volleyball - students partner with students from the Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford
- Students who are members of the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Societies and the Tri-M Music Honor Society participate in community service activities throughout the year.
School-Wide Service Opportunities
There are a variety of opportunities for the entire school community to participate in service projects.
- Casual Days for Charity: At the end of each month, Northwest Catholic students and faculty are given the opportunity to dress casually for a $2 donation, with the money collected supporting a different charity each month. For the 2015-2016 school year, money has already been donated to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Catherine's Place, Bandit's Place Rescue, the House of Bread, the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and Helping Hands.
- No Shave November: Each November, in exchange for a $5 donation, students will receive a blue ribbon, which allows girls to wear a blue sweathshirt over their uniform for the month. Boys are either not required to shave for the month of November or can wear blue sweatshirts for the month. The donations go to the Northwest Catholic Relay for Life team (Northwest Nation).
- Thanksgiving Turkey Drive: The sophomore class sponsors the annual Turkey Drive, which collects money to buy turkeys for the Catholic Worker House and Foodshare. A food drive is run in conjunction with this project.
- Freshman Toy Drive: The freshman class sponsors the annual Toy Drive, which help the Catholic Worker provide toys to children in need at Christmas.