St. Irene Parish Peer Leadership Ministry (PLM) PLM is made up of post Confirmation young adults that are interested in developing their leadership skills by mentoring Catholic values and skills to Confirmation, middle school and younger parish children. We meet once a month around Sunday Mass.
Various Peer Leadership activities are described in the following links and sections:
Mission Trips by Peer Leaders
St Irene's peer leadership program arranged the first summer mission trip in which participants served needy areas and people of Worcester, MA, in July 2015. To donate funds to support the effort, please visit our activity on GoFundMe.
Book Drive January 2016
St Irene's peer leaders conducted a Book Drive for "More than Words" helping troubled youth aged 16-21 out of poverty, homelessness or other trouble. Below are photos from the delivery of books and videos to the More than Words warehouse in Waltham on January 24th 2016. Thank you to all who donated used books and videos.
For more information about peer leadership activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cradles to Crayons 2016
Peer Leaders Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons
Thank Parishioners for their Contributions
On May 7 eight of our Peer Leaders spent the afternoon helping make life better for at risk children in the city of Boston. Cradles to Crayons works to provide basic clothing and school supplies for infants to young children who otherwise would go without. These basic supplies are provided in a ready to use backpack. Cradles to Crayons operates in major urban areas like Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Last year they provided over 100,000 backpacks to Boston children; their goal for this year is 140,000 units. They estimate that there are about 300,000 children who could benefit from their program.
Our task was to help sort clothing and contributions into like groups such as boys clothing, infant clothes, girls dresses, shoes, and spring/winter coats. At the end of our shift we sat with the other volunteer groups and heard about their work. There are about five different stations at which donations go from basic sorting all the way to final stage of a wrapped gift backpack filled with each of the basic needs for a child. We heard about a young girl who only had one outfit to wear to school each day and C to C was able to provide her with 5 complete outfits from head to toe one for each day of the week. Another example was a young boy who did not have a winter coat. He was so ecstatic about his new coat he continued to wear it even in the warmer weather. Many thanks to our parishioners whose clothing contributions helped to make this a successful day