Burke’s Community Connections is a parent- and school-supported committee dedicated to inspiring students and families to adopt a tradition of community engagement. Our goal is to encourage our students to think beyond themselves and our campus; give them a developmentally appropriate understanding of community responsibility; and enable them to see themselves as agents of positive change in the world. Opportunities include:
• Food pantry work days for each grade at the Richmond Neighborhood Center • Education and reflection relating to community engagement • Grocery delivery to homebound seniors and individuals with mobility issues • Gardening at the Richmond Neighborhood Center • Food drives and other seasonal drives • Purposeful projects for the Richmond Neighborhood Center and crafts for homebound seniors • Performances for neighborhood seniors
If you have questions, recommendations, or would like to become involved, please contact Renita LiVolsi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Community Partner
Burke’s Community Connections has partnered with the Richmond Neighborhood Center. Founded in 1980, the Richmond Neighborhood Center has a long tradition of serving the local community. Its mission is “to nurture a diverse urban community by developing and providing high-quality youth, adult, and family programs that address critical community needs and foster respect for all people and our environment.” Richmond Neighborhood Center touches the lives of more than 3,000 Richmond residents each month. It is conveniently located on 30th Avenue, just blocks away from Burke’s. To learn more about our community service partner, go to www.rdnc.org.
Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday the Richmond Neighborhood Center provides food to more than 800 Richmond District households through a farmer's market food pantry that takes place in the Neighborhood Center’s inner courtyard. Volunteers help set up the market, distribute healthy fresh and packaged food to families in need, and then pack the market away for the following week.
Once a month, throughout the school year, one Burke’s grade will participate in a food pantry. Parent volunteers will be needed to help set up the program and to transport students from Burke's to Richmond Neighborhood Center. Students will join their parents in helping distribute food and cleaning up, after they have been dismissed from school.
Make a true, sustained difference in the lives of some of the most isolated and vulnerable Richmond District seniors and adults with disabilities (AWD). In this service program, Burke's volunteers will deliver critical food to 2-3 of the 150 homebound low-income seniors and AWD on either a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday afternoon. Burke's volunteers will receive substantial training from the Neighborhood Center and benefit from a network of fellow volunteers as they develop a special relationship with a neighbor in need of support.
"Involvement in the community grows our view of the world beyond the immediate and the self. It helps us to see that we must be connected to others around us." -Michele Williams, Head of School
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.