First Step to Service

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First Step to Service is a diocesan-wide service learning opportunity for Catholic Schools and parish religious education programs sponsored by Catholic Charities during the month of October—the month designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as “Respect Life Month.”

This opportunity provides teachers with a worksheet to use anytime during the month of October to help students understand what it means to respect life and what Catholic Charities does in the community to affirm life.  Participants are also urged to take one or more baby bottles for their school or group to fill with change and return it to our office by October 29.  The school or organization that raises the most money will win a prize.

All funds raised support Catholic Charities’ First Step Programs, which provide food, clothing, diapers and other “baby essentials” to the low-income pregnant women and families served by our Catholic Charities agencies across the diocese.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Nikole Kelley at 330-744-8481, ext. 323 or email

Thank you for helping our Catholic students learn the value and importance of respecting life through service to the less fortunate in our communities.

Don’t forget about our “Care for Creation Coloring Contest” going on too.   All entries due by November 3, 2017.

  • Ashtabula
  • Office of Social Services
  • Regional Agency
  • Portage & Stark