Mercy Corps¸ St. Michael’s School’s service organization was established in 2006 with a charter group of 10 eighth grade students. Mercy Corps was named in honor of the Sisters of Mercy, and the ideal of living out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy; Corps, a group of people acting as a body rather than as individuals, also relates to our patron St. Michael, defender in battle. It has grown substantially to include over 50 students in grades 7 and 8.
With Jesus Christ as our model, Mercy Corps’ mission is to encourage awareness, involvement in service, and empathy towards others. The service opportunities they plan and lead have increased awareness and involvement among the entire school community. All school families are invited and encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities that include projects at the San Diego Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, Family and Friends Community Connection, and Life Choices Pregnancy Center.
Mercy Corps partners with Student Council to lead the school in projects, including raising funds for Toys for Tots, Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Charities, Holy Childhood, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, The Red Cross, and St. Michael’s School in Haiti, our sister school.
On a global level, St. Michael’s School raised funds and helped build a house in Mexico for our Build a Miracle project in 2008. In 2012 we raised funds to purchase, package and ship 80,000 meals to Haiti. This Fight Against Hunger project was inspired by the Diocese of San Diego’s mission in Haiti and our involvement with Friends and Family Community Connection in San Diego. Over 500 members of our St. Michael’s community and alumni came together in February of 2013 to package the food for Haiti with a theme of “Together We Can Make a Difference”.