Our school motto Non Sibi Sed Aliis, not for self but for others, is at the heart of the Govs community.
For many students, the sense of fulfillment they earn from helping others and giving of themselves encourages them to remain civic-minded and community-oriented throughout their lives.
Students are required to complete 100 hours of community service in order to graduate. The options to do so are nearly endless: be a field coordinator at the Massachusetts Special Olympics Fall Soccer Tournament, walk dogs at an animal shelter, serve dinner at a food kitchen, wrap holiday gifts for kids, spend the afternoon shooting hoops with kids at the Salisbury Boys & Girls Club, or weed the garden beds at a playground.
Community Service Resources and Local Opportunities
Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic and our school motto, Helena '22 and Aleah '22 compiled a list of community services resources and local opportunities to aid their peers in finding meaningful ways to give back to their communities.
• Pathways is an adult education provider in Lynn. Click here to learn more.
• Our Neighbors Table, a food pantry in Amesbury, has opportunities to volunteer virtually and in-person. For more information and to access the volunteer application, click here.
• Nourishing the North Shore is a food pantry in Newbury. To learn more, click here.
To find a food pantry near you, click here.
• Lazarus House is a shelter located in Lawrence. They are always looking for groups to help with dinner preparations.
To find a shelter near you, click here.
ANIMAL CARE FACILITIES:
• Ipswich Animal Shelter is an animal shelter in Ipswich. Student volunteers over 18 can help with animal care. Student volunteers under 18 can help clean or assist with other needs.
• Translators Without Borders is an opportunity for bilingual students.
Most of the local organizations listed above accept donations. If a student would like to organize a drive, please reach out to Director of Community Service Ryan Badecker.
For the past fifteen years, the Govs community–students, parents, staff, and faculty–has generously supported Ozzie's Kids, a program founded by deceased Officer Ozzie Hardy, to provide a holiday for children at risk. Each year of participation, we have improved our sponsorship, and last year the generosity of our community provided over 120 children in Haverhill with holiday gifts including a winter coat.
Each year, Govs hosts the Massachusetts Special Olympics Fall Soccer Tournament. During the games, more than 1,000 athletes, representing more than 100 teams from across the state, gather to compete in a series of round-robin soccer matches. As hosts of the event, our students are responsible for arranging the opening ceremonies, running "Olympic Town," organizing public relations activities, registering athletes, feeding participants, and overseeing the competitions. Hundreds of students and faculty volunteer each year for this memorable event.