St. Frances Xavier Arrupe Project

This is our 5th year that Growing Together Giving Garden was chosen by St. Francis Xavier students as the beneficiary of their middle-school service project called the Arrupe Project Named after Father Pedro Arrupe S.J. who said, “Our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others” where the goal of the project is to empower students to become men and woman for others through faith, service and justice as they seek out worthy charities to support through their project.  The students are required to earn $10 which is then matched by St. Francis Xavier School and the $20 is then used to purchase necessary supplies to plan, organize and facilitate a fundraiser for their chosen charity. We have been blessed to receive such a variety of needed garden items over the years, which continue to help us fulfill our mission to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the homeless – a beautiful example of “paying it forward” in our community. This year three generous young men volunteered their time at our Saturday morning garden parties and decided Growing Together Giving Garden was their charity of choice. THANK YOU, Jack, Tommy and Ben!

Jack Flanagan: I chose Growing Together Giving Garden because I have been doing community service there for several years, and it is a very important Corporal Work of Mercy to feed the hungry. I enjoy working at the garden and this is a rewarding way to do my Arrupe Project. For my fundraising project, I had a cornhole tournament hosted at my home. We had hot dogs, chips, soda in which I raised over $300 which enabled me to purchase 40 pairs of gloves, 8 shovels, 11 tomato stands and 4 frog mulch bags.

Jack Flanagan and Ronda Cronin, Master Gardener, at Growing Together Giving Garden

Jack Flanagan and Ronda Cronin, Master Gardener, at Growing Together Giving Garden

Tommy Moore: I chose to support the Growing Together Giving Garden with the Arrupe Project not only because I have been working with them for a while, but because I think they help a good cause. I also enjoy working with the people at the garden because they are all very nice and giving. For my project, I organized a Mario Kart tournament at my home with fellow students, family and friends and raised $253, which allowed me to purchase 25 pairs of work gloves, 8 herb clippers/scissors, 1 – 25’ hose for the garden.

Tommy Moore and Judy Walden at Growing Together Giving Garden

Tommy Moore and Judy Walden at Growing Together Giving Garden

Ben Yancy: I chose the Growing Together Giving Garden because I helped a friend at the garden before and liked being there.  I also liked the cause because I like the idea of helping people in our own community.  Thank you very much for the opportunity to serve. For my project fundraiser, I held a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. Around 25 kids showed up and paid a 5$ entry fee. I was lucky enough that some of the kids were generous enough to give me more money! There were around 8 teams that played against each other till the championship. Overall, the whole project was amazing, and in turn, allowed me to purchase 1 wheelbarrow, 1- 25’ hose, and new plants for the garden.

Annie Mittelstaedt, Ben Yancy, and Judy Walden at  Growing Together Giving Garden

Annie Mittelstaedt, Ben Yancy, and Judy Walden at
Growing Together Giving Garden

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