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Community Service

Community Service at CCS

Community Service has been a trademark and source of pride at Calvary Christian School and is an integral part of the school’s mission. The Scriptures tell us in 1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech alone, but with actions..." and we seek to put that charge into practice at Calvary. We strategically partner with individual ministry organizations to assist in their efforts to bless others. Our goal for the Community Service Program is to reach out to the world and show God’s incredible love for His creation by building intimate relationships with these worthy organizations and developing true hearts for service in every Calvary child.

To meet our mission, Calvary has developed an in-depth Community Service Program for all children in preschool through eighth grade. During their years at Calvary, students will partner with a variety of different ministry organizations and experience a breadth of service opportunities. We believe that working with a variety of ministry opportunities develops compassion in our students by exposing them to the abundance of need in our world.

We know that when young people take on community service projects they benefit greatly from their volunteer work, gaining memorable experiences and building strong and admirable character traits. Through the students’ community service work, they are given the opportunity to see life from a cross section of perspectives, giving them a sense of humility and gratitude for their own lives. At Calvary, we inspire our children and families to view service not as an event, but as a way of life.

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How We Serve

Here are a few of the many ways in which we serve:
  • We pray regularly for each organization.
  • We communicate with a contact person in the organization to identify prayer requests and tangible needs that we can meet.
  • We gather supplies and distribute them to those in need through our partner organizations.
  • We visit the organizations and complete service projects.
  • We write cards of encouragement to people on the front lines of these ministries.
  • We maintain a bulletin board in each classroom that highlights events and activities related to the ministry.
  • We raise funds to further assist in the services these organizations provide.

Who We Serve

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  • School-wide Service Organization

    Operation Gratitude - Supporting Our Soldiers
    Our students continually give back to the soldiers who have given up so much for our country! Our students will write letters of support and encouragement to active soldiers, veterans or children of deployed service men/women. iTunes gift cards and other treats will be shipped with the letters in care packages through our partnership with Operation Gratitude.

    Compassion International Uplifting the Impoverished
    Compassion International promotes holistic child development by investing in the neediest and most vulnerable children in the developing world. Every grade at Calvary will sponsor an impoverished child living in a developing nation. Through Compassion International, each sponsored child will be provided with nourishment, clothing, education, and Christian spiritual growth. Our students will personally provide financial support to their sponsoree and engage with him or her directly through the regular exchange of letters. Moreover, as our students progress through their years at Calvary, their class will maintain their sponsorship relationship with the same child.  They will literally grow up together!
  • Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    Samaritan’s Purse - Faith and Generosity
    Preschool, TK and Kindergarten students will participate in Operation Christmas Child. This program allows our youngest students to bless children around the world.  Our students will pack a shoebox to be shipped to impoverished children overseas. For some recipients, this shoebox is the first gift ever received. The treasures and personal letters inside communicate love, joy and hope. This meaningful project introduces our students to service, and illustrates how easy, yet impactful, it is to be generous to others.
  • First Grade

    YMCA Ketchum-Downtown Preschool - Nurturing the Underserved
    First graders will visit the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA Preschool.  The program has served inner-city preschoolers in the Pico-Union community for years. Our first graders will interact and play with younger children through age-appropriate cognitive and  gross-motor developing activities such as puzzles, obstacle courses, and crafts.  It is captivating to witness how gracious our students serve as big brothers and sisters.
  • Second Grade

    Children’s Bureau - Fostering Literacy
    Our second-graders will host a fun-filled carnival for preschoolers of Children’s Bureau while also serving as reading buddies and artists in creating unique crafts together. The mission of Children’s Bureau is to help children succeed and excel at leading happy, healthy, productive lives through a combination of prevention, treatment, research and advocacy. Children’s Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children, especially in the early years, the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults.
  • Third Grade

    WISE & Healthy Aging - Senior Fellowship
    Wise & Healthy Aging serves the senior community in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles, by providing a meeting place where the elderly can enjoy meals, activities, and friendship.  Our third graders will visit with and perform classic old-time songs for the audience before putting on their journalist hats to interview the seniors about life when they were young. Our students bring joy and nostalgia to the senior community.
  • Fourth Grade

    Westside Food Bank and Children's Hunger Fund - Hunger
    Our fourth graders will kick-off the Thanksgiving Season with a School-Wide Turkey Drive, and then visit Westside Food Bank which has served West LA for over 30 years.  The students will help sort, organize, and box food for those in need, a great way to start the holiday season!

    During the spring, our fourth graders will visit Children’s Hunger Fund. This San Fernando Valley facility has been delivering food and hope to children and families in need all over the world for over 20 years. This Christian organization is home to a state-of-the-art assembly line where our students will pack boxes and engage in an educational session about hunger.
  • Fifth Grade

    Shane's Inspiration - Disabilities & Special Needs
    Shane’s Inspiration playgrounds are designed for inclusiveness by allowing children with disabilities to play alongside the typically-abled. These free, outdoor play environments are age-appropriate and include safe, state-of-the-art, sensory-rich structures that encourage exploration in children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Our CCS students will accompany special needs students from the Junior Blind School on a day of inclusion, laughter and play for all children involved.
  • Sixth Grade

    Olive Crest - Honoring Life
    Both service dates will emulate God's love by our students encouraging a sense of worth and value to L.A. County's foster children. Our students will rise to the challenge of hosting a fun picnic day for preschool-aged foster children and their caretakers. They will also bring a sense of respect as they supply personalized duffle bags for youth in the foster system. These bags are to store their belongings as they move from home to home. 
  • Seventh Grade

    Union Rescue Mission and Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission - Poverty and Homelessness
    Our 7th graders venture off to Union Rescue Mission and Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. The vision of both missions is to tangibly demonstrate God’s love to the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Los Angeles area by offering hope, meals, housing, health services and healing to those in need. In the fall, one class will visit the URM in Downtown Los Angeles and the other will visit Hope of the Valley in Van Nuys.  The students will then switch venues in the spring.  It’s wonderful to witness how compassionate our students have become.
  • Eighth Grade

    US Department of Veterans' Affairs and Operation Gratitude - U.S. Active and Retired Soldiers
    Our 8th graders will support our armed services heroes of past and present. Our students will visit veterans at the Greater Los Angeles VA to and express appreciation for their service. In the spring, our students will work at Operation Gratitude packing care packages to servicemen and women overseas, to their children left behind, and to new recruits, veterans, first responders, and wounded warriors & their caregivers. 
    
  • Sixth - Eighth Grade

    Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage - Orphans
    During the holiday season, our students will “adopt an orphan” and pack personal Christmas boxes filled with love and hope. Thanks to our students, the children of Casa Hogar will find packages waiting under their Christmas tree again this year. God calls His people to specifically remember orphans in their giving; and praying for orphans becomes much more personal when you know the face and the name of a child bereft of parents. Families are invited to make the pilgrimage to Tijuana in December to deliver these boxes of love.