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Social Outreach

Faith without works is dead.

--James 2:26

Faith, Hope and Love are three virtues St. Augustine trumpeted as foundational for Christian living. We at Villanova College are called to live in faith, in hope and in love through service to one another as Jesus taught and St. Thomas of Villanova modeled. In this spirit, every student is expected to complete individual Christian Service hours and an associated project. The sincerest way of expressing thankfulness for blessings received, and to put into action our call to active Christian discipleship, is to use the gifts and talents we have for the benefit of God's people. It is our hope that a student's service experience will go beyond simple volunteering and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them and to aid in the process of making this world a better place.

VC's Social Outreach Initiatives include:

Child Sponsorship

Child Sponsorship organizes fundraising initiatives, advocacy campaigns and activities throughout the year to support 10 children in Cameroon Africa affected in some way by HIV/AIDS. We work with Chalice, a Catholic sponsorship program founded by Fr. Pat Cosgrove, an archdiocesian priest from Nova Scotia. Chalice sponsors over 48,000 young people, in fifteen countries throughout the world. This club is open to all Upper School students who are interested in making a difference on a global level. We demonstrate Caritas in our efforts to improve the lives of the children by helping them with education costs, medical supplies, and basic needs.

Habitat for Humanity

Villanova is proud of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Each year our grade 12 students have the opportunity to volunteer in a Habitat build. Through this experience, our students put God's love into action as they help in the construction or renovation of a home for a family in need.

Marylake Mission

Many Villanova students choose to earn part or all of their required Christian service hours by spending a Saturday working at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace at Marylake. During this time, in good weather, the students generally work outdoors by helping with gardening, attending flowerbeds, and numerous other landscaping needs. During inclement weather, the students engage in a variety of indoor work activities. Each three hour work period includes a short but important spiritual component to help the students better understand the broader spiritual dimension of their work. Also, as a token of appreciation, the student workers are offered free lunch in the monastery dining room.

Peru Mission

Reading Buddies

Students participating in the Grade 12 Reading Buddies program head to St. Charles Garnier Elementary School. Located in the Jane-Finch corridor, St. Charles Garnier is a high needs school where many students face particular challenges in school. Under the host teacher's guidance, VCs seniors pair with Garnier students in grades 1 – 3 --individually and/or in groups -- to engage them in reading and help them with math. The year culminates with an activity day, during which the classes we partner with travel up to VC for a day of face-painting, games, and BBQ.

Sandwich Patrol

This outreach initiative invites students to step out of their comfort zone and interact directly with those in need as we travel to downtown Toronto to provide sandwiches and clothes to the homeless. Over the past 12 years, over 15000 sandwiches have been prepared for and provided to those in need, along with warm clothes and other resources to help ease the pain and worry associated with homelessness. Students emulate the work of our patron saint St. Thomas of Villanova and demonstrate Caritas, Veritas, and Unitas to those we help. By seeking Christ in others and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through them, students continue to make a modest difference in the lives of those we help.

Adopt A Senior

Every Friday afternoon, student volunteers travel to Richview Manor Retirement Residence to participate in the Adopt A Senior program. Students spend some time socializing and chatting with residents, organizing activities and crafts, hosting special events, and participating in fundraising initiatives including Strides for Stroke.


SAVI gets its name from the Student Augustinian Values Institute, an annual conference where students from Augustinian schools throughout North America meet in order to share ideas on what helps to make our schools fully Augustinian. Students who attend the conference initiate new activities and traditions that build our commitment to Unitas, Veritas and Caritas. SAVI students undertake yearly initiatives such as Food Drives and assist with initiatives of the Leadership class such as the Overnight Prayer Vigil, helping to make these events expressions of Augustinianism. SAVI is open to students of all grade levels. Students from grades 10 and 11 are chosen to attend the SAVI conference. Students meet once a week to discuss and organize activities and initiatives to raise awareness of our core values and to bring them to life more fully at VC.

Terry Fox Run

Our annual Terry Fox Run Day is an amazing display of unitas, veritas and caritas. In a moving morning assembly, our community comes together to honour and remember those who have been affected by cancer. We then move outside to participate in a five kilometre run on the beautiful grounds of MaryLake. This is a school-wide event, with all students, faculty and administration taking part.

Since our first run in 2004, Villanova College is proud to have raised more than $298 825 in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. In each of those years, VC has ranked in the top 10 of all schools in Ontario. Our goal every year is to keep Terry's dream alive; we know that every dollar makes a profound difference in the efforts to find a cure for this disease that has affected so many.

VC Knitters

The purpose of the VC Knitters club is to help others by learning to knit. Members are encouraged to knit items for those in need. Students will be able to make items that can then be distributed to the homeless through Sandwich Patrol.
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