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Service Opportunities

At Cardinal Newman, our service program is centered around the theological virtue of charity. We believe that charity is more than just a mere act of kindness; it is an expression of our love for God and our fellow human beings. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it, charity is “the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God." We strive to serve others not just out of obligation, but out of a deep sense of love and compassion. We believe that cultivating this virtue of charity is essential to our mission of forming young people who are not only intellectually capable, but also morally responsible and spiritually grounded. So whether it's through volunteering at a local shelter, working with disadvantaged communities, or supporting those in need, our students are encouraged to embrace the virtue of charity in all its forms.

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Event-Based Opportunities


Stony Point Community Garden (updated dates)

Gardening volunteers needed!  We would love to have your help in transforming the Stony Point Community Garden which is in the Roseland area (2150 Giffen Avenue, Santa Rosa).  Half of the beds are rented to community members, and the other half of the beds grow organic produce to give to the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry of Santa Rosa.  

The garden belongs to The First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, and was initially built in 2010.  This year we are putting in a new irrigation system, replacing the rotting wooden beds with new metal beds, and laying a fresh layer of mulch to the trails.  

There is a LOT of work to be done!  Volunteer opportunities are on the following dates: 

  • March 16 & 23 - Demo Days

  • April 17 & 18 - Assemble New Garden Beds

  • April 20, 27 - Install New Beds

  • May 11 - New Mulch on Trails [Note: This date is past the May 1 Service hour deadline]

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a shovel & garden gloves, but there will be plenty of tools available.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping, hope you will join us in transforming this garden!

Karen Girard
co-manager,  Stony Point Community Garden


The Princess Project 

The Princess Project Sonoma County provides free prom dresses and accessories to teens in financial need. They’re looking for volunteers to help them move out of their pop-up shop in the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall on Saturday, April 20th (They’re on the 1st floor next to Macy's) If you need service hours or would like to help this organization serve members of our community, text "hello" to 707-708-4185 and sign up for a volunteer shift.


Special Olympics Bocce Ball Coaching

We are so excited to announce the practice dates for the 2024 Special Olympics Bocce season. We will be practicing at Julliard Park, in Santa Rosa, on Sundays starting 3/24 through 4/28 from 1-2:30pm. Due to Easter Sunday, we will hold practice on Saturday 3/30, same time and location. Our tournament will be on 5/5 in Martinez at the Waterfront Park. To volunteer, please email:


Food for Thought Food Drives, Various Locations & Dates

Please join us for a shift in March! I’ll be on site to welcome and orient you + any pals you’d like to bring along. Once you’ve had a welcome shift, you can sign up as your schedule allows, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or for the holiday rush.

Volunteers report directly to the store of their choosing for a shift running 10-12:30, 12:30-3pm, or 3-5pm.  They actively greet shoppers with “Wish List” fliers and enthusiastically receive food and cash donations.

While this may sound daunting or like bothering people, please know that folks often THANK YOU for being there and making it so easy for them to help make a difference. New volunteers often report that they find the process: Fun Surprisingly Easy Restores their Faith in Humanity (not a bad deal for 2.5hrs of Service). 

To volunteer, email Amanda: Click here for more information and to view shift details and locations.

Current Ongoing Opportunities

Below is a list of current service opportunities for CN students, both ongoing and event-based. This list is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often. 

For additional ideas and information, email Mr. Cheney, Christian Service Coordinator.