Students learn about local service agencies and about needs in the community, which often get overlooked. With this information, and their desire to serve others as Christ did, students are given opportunities to plan and implement service projects through which they can make a difference in the lives of others.
Whether students serve a meal at the Shelterhouse or want to support a local food pantry, to successfully implement a service project they must also raise money. That is where the generosity of Buona Terra comes in. This neighborhood Gelato and Crepe shop on Delta Avenue in Mount Lookout is teaming up with Cardinal Pacelli Friday, Jan. 29, to kick off a fundraising campaign at which faculty and staff of the school will work the counter alongside Buona Terra staff.
Buona Terra will donate 25 percent of all sales Jan. 29 to Cardinal Pacelli to support the student involvement in mission work throughout the city of Cincinnati.
“Each year our students are given the opportunity to experience a mission trip at the Tau House in St. Bernard, coordinator of religious education Emily Daley said.
“They gather there to learn about homelessness in Cincinnati, to pray, to experience communal living and to go out into the community to serve. They are given the opporuntiy to serve meals at soup kitchens, work in inner city daycare centers, make deliveries with ‘New Life Furniture’ to those with basic needs, and work at a variety of other service agencies. In past years, our students have come back to the school wishing they could do more for the agencies where they serve. Buona Terra is helping students do just that, by collaborating with our school to raise money designated to support the work of the Franciscans of the Poor which facilitates the mission trips.”
Eric Roeder, co-owner of Buona Terra, had been searching for ways to support the neighborhood school and began a relationship with them in 2014 helping the school raise funds for a project at the Drop Inn Center.
“Pacelli students visit our shop after school on many occasions,” Roeder said.
“It seems natural to want to work with these students, and I am so glad we are collaborating for a good cause. We are thrilled to have their faculty and staff serving alongside us for the kick-off event and we will continue to give 10 percent of our Thursday sales to this cause through March 29.”
Cardinal Pacelli Principal Terri Cento is looking forward to being on the serving line at the event.
“We really hope that our community will come out and take part in the kick-off event,” Cento said.
“We know our students love gelato, and now by patronizing Buona Terra they are raising money for a good cause and they may be served by one of their own teachers. I am certain this will be a success.”
Students at Cardinal Pacelli hope to raise $500 to present to the Franciscans of the Poor in support of the many agencies that serve the neediest of Cincinnati.