Service is central to the O’Dea Experience. Current students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff put their faith in action throughout the school year participating in service events, community outreach, and fundraising efforts that serve others. Our service projects aim to generate opportunities for our entire community to grow together and serve as Christ did.
Listed below are some opportunities we participate in each school year. For more information on our Service Learning Program contact our Director of Campus Ministry, Ms. Danielle Curl.
Christmas Family Project
Every Advent season, O’Dea students prepare for the coming of Christ through preparing items for families in need to celebrate Christmas. This project is executed through O’Dea’s students’ St. Vincent DePaul chapter’s long standing partnership with Providence Regina House. Students engage in the project with the support of their Mentor Teachers and O’Dea’s Mother’s Club arranges the deliveries to families.
Canned Food Drive
During Thanksgiving O’Dea runs an all school canned food drive to help stock the shelves of Northwest Harvest. O’Dea’s drive collects an average of over 5,000 pounds of food per year.
Cathedral Kitchen Outreach
Student and Faculty members of Kilkenny House have partnered with St. James’ Cathedral Kitchen. On the second Thursday of every month the O’Dea community participates in making a warm meal for men and women experiencing food insecurity.
Student and Faculty members of Dublin House have partnered with Earth Corps. A couple times per quarter the O’Dea community work with Earth Corps to prevent invasive species from dominating the natural habitat in Seattle parks.
Limerick House leadership has partnered with Nortwest Harvest. The first Monday of each month a Limerick House mentor group, led by their mentor teacher, serves at Northwest Harvest Cherry street.
Orion Center Youth Care
Waterford House leadership has partnered with Orion Center Youth Care. Several times a year, led by the Waterford student leadership and Waterford House Dean, the O’Dea community prepares and serves a hot meal for homeless teens at Orion Center.
Student-led School Drives
On the first Friday of each month, O’Dea permits students to “Relax for a Cause”. Student leaders identify important issues and execute an all-school outreach for that cause. Students who participate in the outreach are permitted to break school dress code for that day. In the 2015-16 school year O’Dea students delivered the goods to Northwest Harvest, Jubilee Women’s Shelter, The Red Cross, St. James’ Youth Migrant Project, Mana Books, Orion Center Youth Care, and Providence Regina House.