At this evening’s Senior Night volleyball game, the Mercy Academy community is collecting personal hygiene and household cleaning products to help FSH meet some of the basic needs of our low-income, single-parent families. The Athletics Department is also donating $1 from each admission sold to FSH for program support. The Mercy Journalism Department created this video to raise student awareness about FSH and the families we serve.
While our student-parent participants are working very hard to earn a college degree to achieve career-track employment, they depend upon the support of our community to meet the needs of their families until they attain self-sufficiency. While SNAP benefits (food stamps) are available to help feed their families, our single parents struggle to afford such items as feminine hygiene products, diapers, toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning products – none of which are covered by SNAP and all of which are frequently the most expensive items in your grocery basket.
The ability to run to the store and purchase these basic necessities is something that many of us take for granted – and is a freedom that gives individuals to participate in class or excel in a job interview.
FSH could not help our families overcome these obstacles without the assistance of more than 1,000 volunteers each year. Our volunteers generously give their time and talents through tutoring, mentoring, childcare, event-planning, leading school supply drives, donating clothes and furniture, and even building a playground for our young scholars.
If you would like to learn more about how you or your family, church, or school can volunteer, please contact Kate Brackett, Community Integration Specialist, at 502-813-3082 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.