Seniors to continue service work with open hearts

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Senior Maggie Ellison volunteers at the SASH Valentine's Day Party Courtesy of Mrs. WIlson

With a combined total of 465 community service hours completed during high school, Convent of the Sacred Heart seniors Maggie Ellison and Molly Phelan plan to continue pursuing their passion to serve others in college. 

Senior Maggie Ellison volunteers at the SASH Valentine's Day Party Courtesy of Mrs. WIlson
Senior Maggie Ellison volunteers at the SASH Valentine’s Day Party
Courtesy of Mrs. WIlson

Maggie began her community service pursuits during her freshman year when she raised $4000 for victims of Japan’s Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Since then, she has volunteered for a myriad of organizations, and is currently the co-head, along with Molly, of Sacred Heart’s Community Service Club.
Molly and Maggie organize events such as the Thanksgiving Food Drive and Talent for Tots. Also, they co-sponsor the Run for Uganda.
Additionally, Maggie is Vice President of the Barat Foundation, a student-run philanthropic organization.  She hopes to join an organization similar to the Barat Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania, which she plans to attend in the fall. Furthermore, Maggie plans to tutor inner-city children through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships program at the university.
“I haven’t done any tutoring or mentoring programs at Sacred Heart so I think it would be a great opportunity to branch into that realm of community service,” Maggie said.

Community service has played a prominent role in Molly’s life since her middle school project to raise money for the surgeries of children with cleft palates. Molly plans to attend Loyola University Maryland this fall, where she hopes to reach out to people in both the surrounding community and abroad. Her desire to help others overseas stems from her experience on the Lourdes Service Trip in France last summer.
Senior Molly Phelan volunteers at the Run for Uganda in October 2013 Courtesy of Mrs. WIlson
Senior Molly Phelan volunteers at the Run for Uganda in October 2013
Courtesy of Mrs. WIlson

“I definitely look forward to working with people in different situations,” Molly said. “Loyola University offers  community service opportunities within their  study-abroad options, ranging from tours throughout India to a Spanish immersion program in Alcala, Spain.”
Molly and Maggie attribute their zeal for helping others to Sacred Heart.
“I think that Sacred Heart has really set me up with the values and motivation to enable me to stay involved with philanthropy and community service the rest of my life,” Maggie said.
-Mo Narasimhan, Staff Writer