2011-12 Team Service Projects




2010-11 Service Projects
2009-10 Service Projects
2008-09 Service Projects 


Basketball - Cross Country - Golf - Soccer - Softball - Swimming & Diving - Tennis - Volleyball



   St. Margaret's House Donations

During out of town tournaments, the basketball team collects the complimentary toiletries at the hotel. After three of these tournaments, they have collected a significant enough amount in order to donate all the soaps, shampoos, conditioners etc. to Saint Margaret's House. "St. Margaret's House improves the lives of women and children by providing individual attention to their immediate needs, breaking the bonds of isolation and helping them acquire skills to better their lives. Through a philosophy of shared ownership in St. Margaret's House, guests become empowered by participating in planning and decision making." The women of St. Margaret's House greatly appreciated the donations. St. Margaret's House accepts donations on line as well. http://www.stmargaretshouse.org/donate-now.htm

   Twelve Days of Christmas

For the basketball team’s second service project, they worked together with Saint Mary's own Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE). The OCSE has created a program called The Twelve Days of Christmas, in hopes to raise awareness for poverty while simultaneously raising money for those in need within the South Bend community. The basketball team assisted in preparing baked goods for the bake sale that the program hosted this year.


Cross Country  

   Race to Zero

For the second year in a row, the Saint Mary's cross country team volunteered for Race to Zero in Mishawaka.  The 5K Road Race began at 10am on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Beutter Riverfront Park in Mishawaka.  Race to Zero, sponsored by Family and Children's Center, prevents child abuse in an effort to bring the total number of deaths by abuse to zero in the state of Indiana.  The Belles braved the rain to help direct participants and encourage them along the route.  Proceeds from the race benefited abused children in St. Joseph County.


   Running Trail Clean Up

For the team's second service project, we did a trash pick-up along multiple routes in South Bend that we frequently run. The team split up into groups of three or four and then gathered trash along the paths. We covered a total of three routes. The team chose to do this service project again this year because we thought it was a great way to integrate an aspect of our sport with service to the community. It is nice for us to be able to see the contributions we made as we continue to run along these routes.



   Twelve Days of Christmas Craft Show

On Thursday,  December 8th, 2011 the golf team took a study break  and met to bake Christmas cookies for the Saint Mary's Craft Show.  The craft show took place in Le Mans Hall, at Saint Mary's College on Friday, December 9th, 2011.  The craft show is held at the end of the College's 12 Days of Christmas program, which works with area organizations such at the Salvation Army, REAL Services, and other Catholic Charities to collect food, gifts and funds for area families in need.  The golf team's donation of baked goods helped to raise funds for the cause.

   St. Margaret's House Winter Walk

On February 19, 2012, the Saint Mary's Golf Team participated in The Winter Walk for St. Margaret's House in South Bend. The team walked "a mile in her shoes" to raise money which benefits St. Margaret's House. All of the money goes towards the center which helps the women and children of South Bend to create a better life for themselves by providing food, clothing, as well as assisting them in learning new skills.

   Westbrook Village Golf Course Golf Clinic

During the Saint Mary's Golf Team's spring break, the Belles, along with the golfers from Washington University in Saint Louis and George Fox University, helped the members of Westbrook Village Golf Course by providing a free and fun golf clinic. They were able to work one-on-one with members of the course and teach them putting, chipping, and full swing skills to help them improve their golf game.



   Swanson Highlands Elementary

  The Saint Mary's soccer team helped out at Swanson Highlands Elementary School on Thursday, October 20. The players helped out in different classrooms reading with kids, helping teachers with lesson plans, and keeping the kids entertained. All the players enjoyed working with kids in the South Bend community and hope to make working in an elementary school in South Bend an annual event.

   Hannah and Friends Christmas

The Saint Mary's soccer team helped the Hannah and Friends staff with decorating the main building for Christmas. Residents as well as many other South Bend community members visited Hannah and Friends for a Christmas party, and the members of the team gladly helped the staff prepare for this event.







   Little Flower Catholic Church Craft Show

 On Thursday, November 10, 2011 the Saint Mary’s Softball Team journeyed through the first snowfall of the winter season to Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, Indiana for a community service event. Every year, Little Flower hosts a “Kris Kringle Craft Show”, which is a nice day filled with handmade items by local crafters, a bake sale, a raffle, and a food pantry drive. This year, the Softbelles took some time out of their schedules to help the Craft Show by decorating cookies for the church to sell at the bake sale. We decorated hundreds of cookies and of course, had some fun doing it! If you’re interested in checking out some of our creative cookies, the "Kris Kringle Craft Show" will be held on November 12th at Little Flower Church.

   St. Margaret's House Winter Walk

On February 19th, the Saint Mary's Softbelles participated in a mile long walk to benefit the women and children of St. Margaret's House in downtown South Bend. "Winter Walk" raises funds for St. Margaret's House, which is a day center that works to improve the lives of women who struggle with economic poverty. We began at the County City Building and circled around downtown South Bend, ending at St. Margaret's House where we were able to tour the building and hear from some of the incredible individuals whose continuous efforts and dedication help make St. Margaret's House possible. It was a humbling experience for all of us and it was inspiring to be involved in the cause!



Swimming and Diving

   Special Olympics Swim Lessons

The swim team has accompanied the Men's Swimming team at Notre Dame in conducting two Special Olympic swimming workshops.  On both occasions, all of the swimming Belles have made a splash with the participants.  We have helped perfected different strokes and played games.  All the members of the team have enjoyed working at the events, in fact it ends up being some of our favorite days.



   Little Flower Catholic Church Craft Show

The Saint Mary's tennis team volunteered in decorating cookies at the Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend on Thursday, November 10, 2011. This community service assisted the church in being able to sell the cookies at their "Kris Kringle Craft Show". They were able to sell the cookies we decorated on November 12th at the Craft Show. The tennis team decorated hundreds of cookies, which was lot of fun! It was also a great way to bond with our teammates and meet the new players.

   St. Margaret's House Winter Walk

On February 19th, the Saint Mary's Tennis Team took part in walking a mile to benefit the women and children of Saint Margaret's House. Saint Margaret's House is a center that helps to improve the lives of economically struggling women. We started the walk off at the County City Building and went around a few blocks in downtown South Bend. There were balloons given out to people during the walk that people let go once we ended the mile at Saint Margaret's house. At the end of the walk we were invited into Saint Margaret's House to tour the center and hear from people that are helping make a difference in this cause. It was a great experience to do as a team and the weather was wonderful! It was also great to hear that we participated in breaking the record for people registered for the walk!



   Move In Day

In August, the Belles Volleyball Team worked alongside other student volunteers to help the freshmen move in to the residence halls by assisting in unpacking cars and carrying luggage. Spread around campus, the team helped move-ins at LeMans, McCandless, Regina, and Holy Cross, often braving the climb to the fourth or fifth floors carrying luggage and objects of many different shapes and sizes. Although the stairs and heavy lifting definitely kept us going on our pre-season path to getting in shape for the season, being able to talk with the freshmen and help the parents and families with the overwhelming task of moving in and saying goodbye was the most valuable part of the experience. The team was able to help relieve some of the burden, stress, and chaos of trying to move into a new home for the first time amidst hundreds of others doing the same thing. We were able to reach out and help the freshmen feel welcome right away, and we were rewarded with their sincere gratitude and smiles.

   Dig for the Cure

Every year the volleyball team rallies together to support awareness for breast cancer. The official breast cancer awareness month is in October, giving the volleyball team extra incentive to make this project a success. In the 2011 volleyball season, the team informed students, faculty, and staff by promoting their "Dig Pink Game". They sold pink t-shirts during lunches and had a bake sale with all proceeds going to Susan G Komen. The players also asked family and friends for donations to support this organization. The volleyball team was able to raise $1,215 and brought awareness to the Saint Mary's community and the South Bend community.


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On Wednesday, November 17th, seventeen members of the softball team lent a helping hand for the Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend.  For an hour on Wednesday evening they joined Saint Mary's faculty members, members of the Church, to decorate cookies for the church's Craft Show, which will be held on Saturday, November 20th.  The cookies will be sold at the show to raise money for the church's food pantry and other programs, where they provide food to over 800 families each month. The softball team sat closely as they enjoyed taking various cookie designs and decorating them with numerous frosting colors as well as playful sprinkles. The group was joined by other athletic teams where they all worked for a common purpose. They tried their best to avoid eating the delicious cookies, as they knew that they were for a great cause. The teams decorated cookie designs representing the Holiday season, such as Christmas trees, pumpkins, turkeys, crosses, stars, and many more. During the cookie decorating, the church's food pantry was open, so the team was able to witness what their hard work would eventually help support. Though the girls had a joyful experience getting into the Holiday spirit through fun decoration, the true purpose is to aid in strengthening the food pantry for the local families in need.