Following the charisma of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and their principles of social justice and inclusive love, we believe community service is an essential part of the educational process. Therefore, our students are strongly encouraged to express their love and faith by working in different centers where the Christian Community in Action (CCA) program operates.
Currently our students in grades 9 through 12, have the following centers as options:
- Casa Cuna de San Juan
- Hospital Metropolitano
- Hospital Pediátrico
- Hogar del Niño
- Parent Participation Pre-school (PPP)
- The elderly
- Santa Teresa de Jornet
- Individuals with special conditions
- American Cancer Society
- Centro del Triunfo
- Pedro C. Timothée
- Psoriasis Foundation
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Fundación Carrusell
- Therapy Dogs
- Juan Ponce de León
- Reverenda Inés Figueroa
- Vida Plena
Seventh and eighth graders are given the opportunity to serve through two special CCA divisions. Last year, Manos Amigas, the seventh grade division, organized activities, such as baby showers for young mothers of limited income and delivering bags of candy for young patients at Hospital Metropolitano, as well as sponsored different campaigns, such as Soles-4-Soles, aimed at collecting shoes for the homeless. Proyecto Octavo, the eighth grade division, sponsored a campaign to collect food and supplies for El Faro de los Animales, a shelter in Humacao, prepared and delivered breakfast to the homeless in Old San Juan, and made 20 food baskets that were delivered to low income families in Guaynabo.
Additionally, CCA organizes school-wide campaigns that benefit local and national charities. Among last year’s activities were:
- Purple Day – Students wore purple accessories and collected donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
- Soma Campaign – Students collected brassieres for victims of domestic violence
- Fill-a-Bag, Fill-a-Heart – Students, in conjunction with 10 other private schools, collected 800 bags of food staples for the homeless.
- Believe – Students joined Macy’s campaign to write a letter to Santa, and one dollar per letter is donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation
- Operation Christmas Child – Students fill shoe boxes with small presents for a boy or a girl, and these are then distributed to poor children throughout the world
- Make-a-Wish Foundation – In conjunction with the National Honor Society, students collected donations, prepared a special activity, and made a little girl’s dream of going to Disney come true.
Joining CCA’s efforts, the school also sponsors service activities during the summer. For the summer of 2015:
- Ten students joined a group from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, LA, to work in a summer camp at Colegio María Auxiliadora, a school for underprivileged children run by the Salesian Sisters in Villa Palmeras.
- Six students served in Hour Children, a CSJ sponsored project in Queens, NY, for children of incarcerated women.
- Five students went to St. Joseph’s Villa in Hampton Bays, where they offered their services to the CSJ Sisters that were on summer vacation.