Service and Justice Program
Living Catherine McAuley's mission is central to the philosophy of McAuley High School. Every student is required to do service each year, combining Brown Projects and Gold Projects.
Brown Projects are done for McAuley, parishes/churches, and neighbors. They are organized and planned projects that must be completed outside of school hours.
Gold Projects are done by volunteering directly with a social service agency that is on McAuley's approved list or must be pre-approved by Mrs. Keith, the Service Coordinator.
Click here for specific information about service requirements for each grade and to upload the appropriate service paper.
McAuley’s Service and Justice Program:
KEY Club is a national high school service organization. Its purpose is to provide service to the McAuley community and the Cincinnati area. Service projects include rehabbing homes for low‐income families, assisting shoppers at a local food pantry, working with kids with disabilities, playing board games with the elderly, recycling, serving a dinner to the homeless, making candy grams for children with AIDS, tutoring at‐risk kids in reading and math, leading a self‐esteem program for at‐risk kids, participating in several walkathons and other annual clean up or collection events and putting on a dance fundraiser. Membership is open to all students interested in community service. Project sign ups take place at lunch.
MERF, the McAuley Emergency Relief Fund, collects money for different charitable organizations each week. Collections are coordinated by the MERFettes who are representatives in each homeroom. MERF educates students about each non-profit and why McAuley students are being asked to contribute. This program instills the practice of donating to charities at a young age.
CSTAT, our Catholic Social Teaching Action Team, invites McAuley students to actively engage in social justice issues by organizing and attending lectures as well as promoting social justice issues at school and in the Cincinnati community.
Green Team is composed of students who are interested in promoting a more environmentally‐friendly school and community. Members meet to discuss new recycling programs and other ways McAuley can help the environment. The Green Team is in charge of running the Recycle Center and all other new recycling programs. Membership is open to all interested students.
Summer Service and Immersion Trips are offered each year to all students. Mission teams are chosen each year and sent to places such as the Bosco Home for Boys in Jamaica, Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida, and Appalachia.