South Mountain Cares

MISSION:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
To promote caring for others, a sense of community and the spirit of volunteerism within our school community by providing meaningful service opportunities for families throughout the year.

WHAT WE DO:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
There are many opportunities for students and parents to get involved in volunteering and community outreach throughout the school year through the following projects:

Hunger & Homelessness
The South Mountain community will hold two food drives, one at the Fall Festival and one at the School Fair, to benefit the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry and the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. We also organize the Candy Give Back and Tooth-care Program that collects unused and unopened Halloween candy and toothbrushes to benefit local foodbanks and shelters as well as our troops overseas.

Reading Buddies
The Reading Buddies program is an ongoing in-school program that matches local senior citizen volunteers from the community with kindergartners and first graders at the Annex to meet and read together once a week for eight weeks during both the fall and spring. Each senior reads one-on-one with a child. Please contact the Reading Buddies Coordinator, Lorena Salzmann for more information.

Winter Wear Drive
Our annual winter wear drive during the holiday season benefits the Jersey Cares Coat Drive as well as local organizations.

South Mountain Cares Community Crisis Team
At times throughout the year, families in our school community may face unforeseen adversities such as a separation, divorce, fire, serious illness or even death. The crisis team at South Mountain is a small group of volunteers who may be called upon to help in these situations to provide a meal, run errands, or help in other ways as needed. If you or someone you know could use support from the crisis team, please contact us.

Pajama Drive
The school’s pajama drive in December benefits children receiving care at St. Barnabas hospital. Students and parents also have the opportunity to put together care packages for these children.

Care Packages
We will work with certain classrooms to create care packages for children in need, both locally and abroad.

100th Day of School Challenge
We will celebrate the 100th day of school this year with a $100 class challenge. The proceeds will support a school improvement project.

If you are interested in coordinating or volunteering for any of the South Mountain Cares projects, please contact co-chairs Ellen Lunenfeld, Nikolin Eyrich and Ritu Pancholy Bachhawat.

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