Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Good news: La Salle donates $33,660

        A spirit of generosity was prevalent among the 885 students at La Salle, an all-male, college preparatory, Catholic high school, 3091 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights.

        The students set a record in mission collections by donating more than $33,660 to missionaries.

        This was the highest collection ever, said Bill Cady, coordinator of the Christian Service Program at La Salle. The previous highest mission collection was $30,565.21 in the 1999-2000 year.

        Beneficiaries of the collections were: September 11 Red Cross and Catholic Relief Agency funds; the St. Joseph Christian Brother School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the missionary work of Father Dave Lemkuhl with the youth of Kenya. Father Lemkuhl is a 1971 graduate of La Salle.

        Others include the Comboni Missionaries; the Brandon Roesel Leukemia Fund; the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Missions in Honduras and Nicaragua; Little Sisters of the Poor and the Archbishop Liebold Home for the Aged; Amnesty International; a drug program in Pakistan under the leadership of Brother Norman Wray; Our Daily Bread; Mercy Franciscan at St. John; and St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen.

        Funds went to Nolan Doerger, a 7-year-old suffering from Ewing Sarcoma disease and to the Journey of Hope Cycling Program for people with disabilities in the Push America Program, sponsored by Nick Buchman, a 1998 graduate of La Salle.

        The FreeStore/FoodBank needs a volunteer to serve as a program coordinator for the Back On Track Program, which helps people who are trying to re-enter the work force.

        “This has been a wonderful program because it has given basic support to a lot of people re-entering the work force,” said Cathy Boston, volunteer program manager for the agency. “These could be people who have been made homeless, jobless or coming out of prison.”

        She said the volunteer person they need should possess good organizational skills and a desire to develop strong resources.

        “We have many resources, but the volunteer coordinator of this program will be responsible for recruiting and developing additional resources of organizations, groups or individuals who will donate clothing to the FreeStore/FoodBank,” Ms Boston said. “This could also mean children's clothing, because we deal with displaced families who re-enter the work force,” she said.

        “And the job is more than just collecting and distributing clothing, it involves rebuilding and re-establishing self-esteem with people who have been outside the work force and perhaps outside of social contacts.”

        From January to June, 1,041 people were served by the program.

        Ms. Boston said the volunteer coordinator might have to work 20 hours a week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 482-4500.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahowardenquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.


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