Global Day of Service

Friday, August 31, 2018 | Maggie

Global Day of Service at Duchesne
Friday, September 14 & Saturday, September 15

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the day Philippine Duchesne opened the first Sacred Heart school in the New World, the Duchesne community is focusing on Goal 3: A Social Awareness which impels to Action.

Friday, September 14

Below are some of the activities students, faculty and staff will be participating in on Friday, September 14. Alumnae and parents are welcome to join any or all events during the day between 8:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

All students and faculty/staff will participate in the following two activities:

  • Keynote Address – 8:00 am
    • Omaha Community Foundation who will speak about the importance of philanthropy, the need for service and justice, and share some stories specific to the food needs in Omaha.
  • Lunch – 11:00-11:45 am
    • In partnership with Table Grace Café, Duchesne will offer a hunger awareness meal, in which all randomly receive different food to reflect world food distribution, and then participate in a community discussion. Lunch will be in the cafeteria. Suggested donation is $7, the full cost of a meal at Table Grace. *See Hunger Banquet below for more information*

The following activities begin at 8:30 am, 9:15 am, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm  (1.5 hours in length)

  • Cultural simulation to help create dialogue and the importance of perspective
  • SNAP food simulation

The following activities begin at 8:30 am, 9:15 am, 10:05 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm and 1:20 pm unless otherwise noted (40 minutes in length)

  • Advocacy and democratic engagement around the farm bill
  • Art endeavor to make bowls to support the Empty Bowls initiative at Creighton (activity not offered at 12:30 pm)
  • Food packing for community partners  (activity not offered at 9:15 am)
  • Waste audit and discussion around the impact of food waste
  • Immersive literary experience of culinary poetry and acting (activity not offered at 12:30 pm)
  • Neighborhood food drive to collect cans for Operation Others and other community partners (activity not offered at 9:15 am)

*Hunger Awareness Banquet – 11:00-11:45 a.m.

One activity that everyone will participate in during the day is a hunger banquet. In this “banquet” everyone will be randomly divided into one of four groups: poor, working class, middle class, or rich. Participants will then be served a meal one might eat as a member of that class. The majority of participates will be assigned to the “poor” group; the meal for this group will be a very simple one consisting of rice, beans, and corn. We would love for everyone who is able to participate in the experience—even if they may find themselves hungry after the meal or horrified by the thought of eating beans—to do so. That being said, we also recognize that there is a wide assortment of legitimate reasons why participation in the eating portion of this activity would not be possible. If any of these reasons should apply to your daughter(s) please plan accordingly. Additionally, if your daughter will not be participating please let us know so we can appropriately scale food production and reduce waste.

Saturday, September 15

Students and other community members will serve at Open Door Mission and help them prepare and serve lunch as well as staff their new Manna Pantry in the Timberlake Outreach Center.

During the reunion events on Duchesne’s campus, alumnae are invited to drop-in throughout the day to help prepare diaper bundles for Christ Child’s Layette Program. The layettes are a gift package of baby care items such as blankets, diapers, clothing, toiletry items and child care information for low-income mothers in Omaha.

Alumnae are also welcome to write personal letters to the Religious of the Sacred Heart. These handwritten notes from Duchesne students bring such great joy to the Religious each year and we know letters from our wonderful alumnae will do the same!

Anyone is welcome to serve at their favorite organization on either of these days. We hope you share your Global Day of Service photos with us by using the following hashtags:


Alumnae, Religious of the Sacred Heart, Parents and Special Friends:

If you would like to take part in any of the Global Day of Service activities, please enter through portry and a faculty/staff member will escort you to the activities that interest you. Parking is available on Burt Street. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Grudle, Campus Minister at