NATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT - FEB 2022
DYA's Stamp Out Hunger Month
Inspired by the Dominican charism to preach in action, Dominican Young Adult (“DYA”) groups across the USA answered God’s call–to love God and neighbor in response to God’s outpouring love by participating in a national Stamp Out Hunger initiative.
During the month of February, DYA groups teamed up with their local charities, food banks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and others to tackle hunger in their own towns and neighborhoods.
This national service project gave the young adults the opportunity to preach the Good News as they share, explore, and integrate their faith with family, community and the world.
Read about what our DYA groups did below…
Caldwell “Flames of Hope” DYA Chapter
“We made 50 bagged lunches for St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, NJ. Each lunch included 2 sandwiches, a snack, a Valentine’s Day treat, and a kindness note.
The lunches were shared with those experiencing homelessness in the Newark area via St. John’s daily lunch distribution.”
We choose St. John’s as they are one of the only comprehensive assistance programs in our area that provide a variety of services to those experiencing not only homelessness and poverty but also mental health struggles and addictions. They rely on donations from the community, especially for their daily lunch distribution. St. John’s Soup Kitchen has been serving the Newark area for over 40 years.”
Miami “Fire of God” DYA Chapter
Our DYA group worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Parish of St. Anne in Miami, FL.
“Cans, boxes, snacks, toilet paper, tissues, Band-Aids, all gathered for a special cause that I was blessed and grateful to be a part of. I’ve personally never participated or included myself in something so wholesome and genuine, at first I didn’t know what to think of it. But as I picked up a can from the store knowing it was going to someone who was less fortunate than me, it spiraled an unforgettable feeling in my chest.
Million and millions of families go staving for weeks on end and today the youth ministry and I were able to prevent that from happening. We stocked up some food on the shelves that were filled with food and goods. So many people are donating and being active which is so crucial to this organization. As we looked around, we came to notice that we didn’t bring as much as some others have, but we kept in mind, one can go a long way. Meaning that one box of crackers and being able to help a child and their family, it all matters.
As we step closer and closer, more thoughts are conjuring up in my mind, I cannot wait to give back and really help those in need. I can speak on others’ behalf that this is something new I’ve never done before, but I’m happy to be a part of this. In retrospect, nothing is ever too small or minuscule to do to help out and give back to the community. Thank you.”
Amityville DYA Chapter
For our Stamp Out Hunger Project this February the DYA Amityville chapter partnered with the Dominican Associates of Amityville, Amityville Sisters, as well as students from Molloy College to package and deliver donated food and groceries to families in need all over Long Island.
“Participants met at the Visitation Community house, a house run by Sister Flor Buruca O.P. and Sister Joan Donavan O.P. which provides housing and shelter for immigrant and refugee families and who partner with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to provide regular deliveries of food to families in need.
On Friday February 11th volunteers came to help sort out, divide up, and bag donated groceries and were able to make and label 25 bags. These packages were then delivered by the volunteers on Saturday February 12th. These deliveries occur on a regular basis but the DYA was happy to be able to help out and distribute these groceries to those in need.
It was a humbling opportunity and brought to the forefront the realization that often food is available but without a way of traveling to get it these sources of food often would not get to those who need it most. It was a blessing that we could be involved and share in this ministry helping to connect this donated food to those who most need it.”
Siena Heights University DYA Chapter
“Siena Heights University has gone in full force to end hunger within the student body. Campus Ministry especially DYA, has taken the time to step back and realize the issue of hunger on campus. The members of DYA donate to the new student food pantry on campus. The food pantry is localized, with many main offices on campus. During recent DYA meetings, we have taken the time to examine the needed food and have helped with some materials. Also, members now have the comfortability of food insecurity and find it helpful.
Also, in December, the Psychology Department, especially the Social Psychology class, held an annual food drive every year. While the Stamp Out Hunger project is for February, Siena Heights DYA focuses on higher throughout the school year. All DYA members were encouraged to donate food to the cause of food insecurity within Adrian, Michigan. President Elizabeth Heintz volunteered frequently and at local food shelters throughout the calendar months. Members are encouraged to join when she goes, and many have volunteered.”
Molloy College DYA Chapter
“In February, representatives from Molloy College’s Campus Ministries office traveled to Port Jefferson with a truck load of food! The food was brought to a housing project facilitated by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville. The food pantry there serves low-income seniors, adults in assisted living, and community members in need. After delivering the food, the sisters were so grateful and offered snacks and good conversation. Overall, the day was a great day for everyone involved and everyone who will benefit from the generous donations of the Molloy community!”