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Service Learning

A quote from Pope Francis:
"Love and charity, are service, helping others, serving others. There are many people who spend their lives in this way, in the service of others. … When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love! And with the washing of the feet the Lord teaches us to be servants, and above all, servants as He was a servant to us, for every one of us."-- Jubilee audience, March 12, 2016
Response to Love Center

The Response to Love Center is a non-profit organization that is committed to serving and caring for the homeless and less fortunate of our area. The center opened in 1985 and is lead by Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz and a group of dedicated volunteers. There are many different facilities at the center that serve those in need. Such facilities include a kitchen, dining hall, thrift store, food pantry, and a chapel. Students have the opportunity to serve at the Response to Love Center at least once during their eighth grade year. Students spend the day at the center serving in the kitchen as well as doing other activities such as assisting in the food pantry. These visits enable students to experience the importance and joy of serving others within their community.
Brookdale Nursing Home
Each week 7th and 8th grade students interact in a variety of activities and conversation with residents of Brookdale Assisted Living Facility. This facility is located near our school campus. The project has received rave reviews from the students, volunteers and most importantly ... the residents. This is a rewarding experience for all!
Food Shuttle of Western New York
Seventh grade students and their families have been helping the Food Shuttle of WNY transport excess prepared and perishable food from super-markets, bakeries, restaurants, and other food sources to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other "care communities" throughout the Buffalo area since 2001. With the Food Shuttle being an all-volunteer organization, St. Greg's kids make a huge difference!
Here are some of the additional ways St. Gregory the Great School helps promote service to others, with students and their families giving time, talent, and treasure.
  • 1st Graders Collecting Toys for Oishei Children's Hospital

  • Collecting Food for Response to Love Center for Thanksgiving

  • 4th Graders Donating Dog Treats to the Buffalo Animal Shelter

  • Assembling "Boxes of Joy" for Our Lady of Black Rock School

  • 2nd Graders Outreach program for Nicaragua

  • Kindergartners Singing at an Area Nursing Home 

  • 8th Graders Collecting / Distributing Christmas Outfits

  • 6th Graders Donating Hats, Gloves, and Scarves

  • "Dress Down Day" Supporting Catholic Charities

  • Purchasing books for Our Lady of Black Rock School