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Senior theology classes bring philanthropy to life

Jacob deCastro

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For this year’s seniors in theology teacher Sister Kathleen Yeadon’s social justice class, philanthropy came to life.

In an effort to expand their efforts, Cincinnati-based philanthropy organization Magnified Giving, selected BCHS to distribute grants of $1,000 and $500 to two Indianapolis-area charities.

During the first semester, the classes identified problems facing Central Indiana and organizations that help address them. To narrow the list down, a small committee invited four charities based in Indianapolis to apply for a grant.

“I think that giving back is very important,” said committee leader Katelyn Redelman, senior, “and there aren’t very many opportunities for younger people to participate in philanthropy.”

The four charities on the shortlist for the grant are:

  • IndyReads – an organization that Trojan Matters has partnered with that encourages literacy in Indianapolis.
  • Exodus Refugee – they assist refugees in adjusting to new life in the United States
  • Outreach – this charity helps homeless youth in the city get back on their feet
  • Outside the Box – they help people with mental disabilities through arts, entertainment and job assistance.

The organizations have been invited to present to the social justice classes and Redelman, along with seniors Remy McAllister and Hannah Cooke, will be conducting site visits on service day in early March. The two grants will be presented to the organizations in May.