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Outreach

Oscar Romero challenged us with these words: "Aspire not to have more, but to be more." Tommy More Outreach is all about giving of ourselves to others....to be more!

All residents are challenged to develop a sense of justice and social concern. Through its Tommy More Outreach Program, the College seeks to foster a passion for truth and justice, and nurture each student's compassion and love for their fellow human beings, especially those for whom life has presented many obstacles.

The Tommy More Outreach Program seeks to engage members of the College community in meaningful service experiences which challenge and teach them to be agents of social change committed to the creation of a just and compassionate world.

Residents are given not only a particular experience of service, but also the opportunity to walk with others and be in relationship with those who need someone to accompany them.

Although involvement in the program is totally voluntary, as is appropriate in an adult environment, numerous students avail themselves of the opportunity to try to make a difference in our broader community.

There are a number of different outreach opportunities that represent unique ways in which students can involve themselves.

  1. The College is forging a strong relationship with the Jesuit Prefecture of Battambang in Cambodia.  The students involved in this outreach help to educate, feed, and love the children into a life of optimism.  They are truly changing lives!
  2. A number of students assist at Shopfront in Maylands which is dedicated to providing food, shelter and friendship for those who are struggling and particularly for those who are homeless.
  3. A new program commenced in 2014 with a relationship being formed with Clontarf Aboriginal College.  Each Monday evening during semester, a group of 10 to 12 students go down to Clontarf to assist in their tutoring program which is fundamentally aimed at literacy and numeracy.  Strong relationships have been formed between our students and the aboriginal boys and girls at Clontarf.  This has been a new and very rewarding experience for the College as a whole and it is our intention to expand this program.
  4. Ronald McDonald house provides accommodation and care for families who need to move close to the hospital for their sick children to be nursed.  Voluntary groups from around the city provide the food for these families on a rostered basis.  Tommy More students play their part in assisting these families from time to time.
  5. Our women assist the disadvantaged girls at St Clare's school by tutoring them and mentoring them into a frame of mind that will hopefully inspire them to rise above their adversity.

Another useful link for volunteer places is CareerHub at UWA. Check it out.

There are other ways to get involved as well. Here are some helpful links:

Jesuit Commons - Connecting people & ideas to communities in need.
www.jesuitcommons.org

Caritas - the Catholic Agency for overseas aid and development.
www.caritas.org.au

St Vincent de Paul Society - Helping those in need.
www.vinnies.org.au

Catholic Mission - Life for all. Official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.
www.catholicmission.org.au

A Range of Catholic Caring Agencies can be found at:
www.lifelink.com.au

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