One element of our school mission is to guide our students to become dynamic members of our world community. A key component of this approach is to provide the link between Catholic social teaching and service. We integrate those teachings into the students’ daily lives through age-appropriate service projects within our school, parish and community.

Students share their time, talents, and treasures serving their community in a variety of ways such as helping people with disabilities, playing soccer with kids with disabilities, fighting hunger in Pierce County, and nurturing the indigent and the homeless.

Service Projects

Here’s a few examples of organizations our students have served:

L’Arche Tahoma Hope Community

Helping People With Disabilities

L’Arche is an international movement with a local organization in Tacoma. Its mission is “to make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships; to foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; to engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.” In Tacoma, L’Arche operates a farm and greenhouse.

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TOPSoccer

Playing Soccer with Kids with Disabilities

The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a community-based program for players four years old and above who have developmental and/or physical disabilities.

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St. Leo Food Connection

Fighting Hunger in Pierce County

The St. Leo Food Connection is a program of St. Leo Catholic Parish and has been fighting hunger in Pierce County for almost 30 years. Begun as a small neighborhood food bank in a garage in 1982, it now operates one of the largest food banks in Pierce County. 

Other programs include the weekly Springbrook Mobile Food Bank, a Backpack Program that provides two days’ worth of healthy, kid-friendly food to more than 450 public school students every Friday throughout the school year, numerous Summer Meals sites in Tacoma, Lakewood and Burlington that provide a sack lunch and snack to more than 750 children on weekdays throughout the summer.

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Operation Keep ‘Em Warm and Fed

Nurturing the Indigent and Homeless

Sponsored by St. Leo Church, Operation Keep ‘Em Warm and Fed provides blankets, food, coffee, and vitamins to the indigent, the homeless, and those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in Tacoma’s inner city.

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