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CARiTAS

Community Advancement Resources in Training Assessment and Service program

CARiTAS

Semester of Service Returns Fall 2021

We are excited to announce the return of the Semester of Service program in the fall of 2021!

Do you have a heart for service? Do you want to learn more about our local community? Then, complete the interest form linked below. The Semester of Service is dedicated to a transformative service experience. This fall, students will give 10 hours each week in service to local community partners (3 hours of internship credit) and complete a course on service with other students in the program. The program is designed to allow any student from any major to participate! Maybe you just want to learn more about the program...fill out our interest form and we will be in touch!

Semester of Service Interest Form

For more information on how you can get involved, contact CARiTAS today.

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About CARiTAS

The mission of CARiTAS is building community through serving one another in support of the common good.

Objectives

  1. Generate high quality local research related to ongoing issues in our area and at the request of our community partners.
  2. Explore how we can deploy the resources of the university to support the ongoing work of our community partners.
  3. Engage the Mount community by raising awareness of the needs and services related to our immediate area.

Where did the name CARiTAS come from?

“Caritas,” the latin root of charity embodies the totality of love, a love that wills the good of the other with no expectation of anything in return. St. Paul clarifies what is required of this love in the thirteenth chapter of Corinthians saying:

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:4-8, NAB)

This standard of love is truly transformative, both as individuals and as a community of persons. This love is dynamic and engaging. Pope Benedict XVI challenges us to act saying that “Love – caritas – is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love, and Absolute Truth” (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009). Thus, we are all called to put our love into action! Mount CARiTAS seeks to uphold this vision of love by helping our community better identify and understand the need that exists among us, and to engage with one another in meaningful service for the betterment of all.

How does CARiTAS work?

Mount CARiTAS seeks to develop high quality research on a local level that empowers leaders in our community to properly identify and address the current needs. Mount CARiTAS works directly with our community partners to connect them to various resources available on campus including the development and delivery of training in the form of workshops on a range of topics. Mount CARiTAS also provides research support to collect and analyze data pertinent to the mission of our community partners.

Mount CARiTAS also, in conjunction with the Mount’s Office of Social Justice, aids organizations in securing the often much needed volunteer pool to help their organizations function at peak capacity.

Finally, Mount CARiTAS seeks to inspire everyone in the Mount community to explore how individually, and collectively, we can live out our call to model the life of significance we aspire to instill in our graduates.

Who does CARiTAS work with?

Community Partners

CARiTAS works with the following partners in our local communities:

Seton Center, Inc.

Emmitsburg, Maryland

The Seton Center’s mission is to work with our neighbors to build a hopeful future, in the Spirit of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, through a focus on the self-sufficiency and well-being of the whole person.

Thurmont Food Bank

Thurmont, Maryland

The Thurmont Food Bank is a non-profit ministry supported by churches, businesses and local individuals. The organization supplies food and toiletries for those in the Thurmont area who are in need of such services.

Thurmont Teen FUSE Center

Thurmont, Maryland

The Teen Fuse Center was founded by teacher Susan Crone to help teens who are dealing with addiction and depression. This is a safe place for teens to spend time together without any outside factors or influences so that they can work on teambuilding activities and “fuse” special relationships.

Housing Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Housing Frederick provides and encourages opportunities for anyone interested in housing development for a positive change in the community.

CARiTAS Mathew 25 Series

Matthew 25 Series

The 25 Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew issues the commandment to care for one another, especially the least among us. Unfortunately, many of us all too often fail to see Christ in those around us. In response to this Gospel mandate, Mount CARiTAS is launching the Matthew 25 Series where we will highlight the needs of those in our communities over a series of initiatives corresponding to the framework defined by our Lord in the Gospel of Matthew.

Mathew 25 Series

Working with Community Partners

We don’t have to look far in our world today, whether it be on a global scale or in our own communities, to see want and need incarnate in our neighbor.

The Mount Community Advancement Resources in Training Assessment and Service (CARiTAS) program seeks to respond to that need through our efforts to mobilize all in our community to serve, especially through our relationship with community partners.

Our immediate area is blessed with many high-quality selfless organizations that minister to the needs of the least among us. Mount CARiTAS seeks to generate the information required to identify need, place resources of the university in the hands of those organizations, and raise awareness of the issues facing our community as we live out our mission as a Catholic liberal arts university.

Housing Frederick

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The Housing Frederick Survey is a project led by Mary Ellen Mitchell, CEO of Housing Frederick in partnership with Mount CARiTAS. The mission of Housing Frederick seeks to collaborate by connecting organizations across the housing continuum, advocate for the community members facing housing challenges and the organizations that serve those members, and educate the general public alongside elected officials on current housing needs and all the work housing organizations are doing to respond to community need.

This study is an extension of the Housing Frederick mission to raise an awareness of housing needs in our community and explore new innovate collaborations!

Read the Survey