Fontbonne Academy – #VoicesofJAF

July 28, 2016 by mitchellcohen
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“We know the simple acts of our Ducks in Action group cannot in and of themselves solve the problem of homelessness, but we believe that our small things, done with great love, can ultimately change the world.”

Fontbonne Academy’s Students In Action team dedicated their year to supporting homeless women. Known as Ducks In Action, their goal was to not only provide tangible goods but “to convey that through our service, we saw them as women, not so different from us.” In June they were honored at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, DC.

During their trip to Washington, the Ducks In Action team had the chance to meet both Senators from Massachusetts. Senator Ed Markey praised their work and Fontbonne Academy, and Senator Elizabeth Warren offered advice for women in leadership. They are certainly already young leaders in their community.

To address homelessness, they collected over 700 items of warm clothes and donated them to Rosie’s Place, the country’s first women’s shelter. They also organized a walk to benefit “Bags of Hope,” which raised more than $1,300 for victims of human trafficking. With each of their donations they included handwritten notes to express that each recipient is worthy of love and understanding. To keep themselves organized, they created a service calendar for their events throughout the community. “We know the simple acts of our Ducks in Action group cannot in and of themselves solve the problem of homelessness,” they said. “But we believe that our small things, done with great love, can ultimately change the world.”

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