Service is one of the pillars of a Viatorian education and that is the case at Cristo Rey St. Viator in North Las Vegas. Last week, before students returned from the Christmas break, faculty and staff members demonstrated their commitment to serving others in the Las Vegas community.
“One team, one dream!”
Teachers began the new year with a spiritual retreat and Mass offered by Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV. After Mass, they headed to Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank and the area’s largest hunger-relief organization, to roll their sleeves up and volunteer.
Working together, and led by the planning of CRSV Principal Dr. Erica Romero and Br. Carlos Florez, CSV, Director of Catholic & Viatorian Identity, the CRSV team assisted in packing produce bags for 1,262 families.
What’s more, they opened enough empty bags to allow the team and volunteers at Three Square to be able to pack 6,500 backpack bags for children who are food insecure and hungry in our community.
Since opening in 2007, Three Square has provided 528 million pounds of food to hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Nevada.
Through volunteer support and the help of community partners, they have been able to serve 341,000 people in Southern Nevada who are facing food insecurity. Last year alone, volunteers dedicated 49,800 hours to helping Three Square end hunger.
Working to end hunger is a main pillar of the Viatorian mission. At Cristo Rey St. Viator, its mission is to educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service.