Ave Maria Serves the Local Community

Ave Maria University’s recent initiative, The Ave Homes, is bringing light to the local community. The Ave Homes is a project that developed from a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, The Mother Teresa Project and  by funds raised by Steve Auth, a Wall Street Executive and friend of the University.  The goal of this project was to rebuild homes that had been effected by natural disasters in recent years. Ave Maria students were deeply connected to this project because it was serving those in their community who needed them most.

As of now, The Ave Homes has already completed four homes and seeks to keep going. The project’s operating echoes the words of Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

To read more about The Ave Homes, visit Ave Maria news.

Seton Hall University Aids Hurricane Victims

Throughout the last couple weeks the U.S. has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. These hurricanes have caused destruction throughout the US and Caribbean leaving thousands of people without homes and causing them to rebuild their lives from the ground up.

Seton Hall University showed their support of those affected by the hurricanes on Wednesday, September 13th. “Go Blue for Hurricane Relief” sought to “leverage the power of the University community by channeling donations to the communities that need them most.” “Go Blue for Hurricane Relief” was a way of standing in solidarity with those struggling with the devastating effects of the hurricanes. The University called on its 100,000 alumni base to give at least $5 to aid hurricane victims. It is also called for alumni, faculty, staff, students, and parents to wear Seton Hall apparel or the color blue in order to show unity and solidarity with the Gulf Coast.

On Seton Hall’s campus there were donation stations located at different areas in order for students to easily aid those in need. They also had a special collection at mass on September 13th with all the money collected going directly to the victims of the hurricanes. The University also encouraged those participating in “Go Blue for Hurricane Relief” to post on social media using the hashtag #SetonHall in order to spread the word.

View the full article here and donate to Catholic Charities USA Disaster Fund online.

Catholic Charities USA Responds to Hurricane Harvey


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As the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is assisting with the relief of Hurricane Harvey along with local Catholic Charities Agencies in Texas. Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA was present in San Antonio on Labor Day to present nearly $2 million to aid local Catholic Charities agencies. All funds will be going directly to helping those who were affected by the hurricane in receiving basic supplies such as food and shelter.

Catholic Charities Disaster Recovery Team is also using their Disaster Relief Vehicle, presented to CCUSA just last week by the Ford Motor Company, to distribute supplies to impacted areas. Impacted agencies have also been asked to list their specific needs and then CCUSA will distribute the list in order to most effectively aid those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to contribute to the recovery efforts, you may text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate or here to donate online.

Read the full article and learn more about the work of Catholic Charities USA here.

Catholic Relief Services Responds to Ecuador Earthquake

On April 16, 2016, Ecuador endured a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. According to Michigan Technological University, this type of ‘major’ earthquake only occurs an estimated twenty times a year, as opposed to the ‘strong’ earthquakes, which occur an estimated 100 times a year. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reports that this is “one of the most powerful in Latin America over the last two decades,” and has taken the lives of at least 500 people.

Many towns in the affected area are experiencing power outages, lack of running water, and the devastation of coastal infrastructure. In response, CRS has been directing its efforts towards meeting the immediate needs of remote areas that have not yet received assistance. Their work currently includes bringing clean water, temporary shelter, food, and living supplies to those in need. Sanitation and hygiene will also be provided, so as to prevent the spread of disease.

Ecuador is in desperate need of assistance and any contribution counts. Anyone can donate as an individual or set up a fundraising campaign with their campus, school, or parish.  Be sure to check out other ways to respond, and join us as we pray:


How is your college or university contributing to assisting Ecuador? Let us know!