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Maltese Mission Service Week

March 6–12, 2021

Clarkson College mission work is an opportunity for our community to live out our Values of Learning, Caring, Integrity, Excellence and Commitment and engage in meaningful outreach as we commit to addressing the needs of others. The Maltese Mission Service Week will kick off with a Day of Caring on March 6 and continue throughout the week with service opportunities throughout the Omaha community.

Learn about each of the opportunities below along with information about how to register to participate. Service events are open to students, faculty and staff, and participants may sign up for as many activities as you would like. All events except those on Friday are approved for IPE Service or Community credit for students who have completed their first 4 modules. 

Due to COVID-19, there will be a limited number of volunteers at each organization. Please register as soon as you are able to ensure your spot. 

Those not able to participate in on-campus activities are encouraged to participate in our Mission Week within their own community. Please share posts and photos of your service on social media tagging the Clarkson College accounts and using hashtag #ClarksonCollegeCares.

If you have any questions, please do not contact the organization, but instead direct your questions to ipeservice@clarksoncollege.edu.

March 1-5

Vetter Senior Living

Donation Drive

When: March 1–5
Partner: Vetter Senior Living

During the week of March 1–5, students, faculty and staff members are invited to bring donation items to campus for the Life Enrichment Program for Vetter Senior Living Residents. The program provides items for residents who are isolated in their rooms due to COVID-19. Students and staff should place the following new items in the donation bins located on campus from March 1–5.

  • Decks of cards
  • Wordsearch/crossword/sudoku puzzle books
  • Nail polish
  • Lotion
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers (small boxes)
  • Sticker by number activities
  • Craft canvases for painting
  • Acrylic paint (individual sets with 12 colors)
  • Individual paint brushes
  • Hair care basket items (combs, brushes, hairspray, mousse, curling iron)

*With an intense focus on infection prevention measures during COVID-19, residents are not allowed to share items. Please ensure that the items you bring are as individualized as possible so they can be provided to just one resident.

Saturday, March 6

Open Door Mission

Day of Caring

When: 1–3 p.m. and 3–5 p.m.
Where: Open Door Mission

Open Door Mission is an organization that seeks to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty. At their donation center, the organization gathers household items, clothing and other essentials for individuals and families in need in the Omaha area. Volunteers will assist at the center to sort and organize donation items.

Register now.

Monday, March 8

Pantry on Blondo

Food Pantry

When: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Food Pantry
Partner: All Saints Episcopal Church

The food pantry stocks food and clothing available to anyone who enters the doors and continues to grow and serve the community. Volunteers will shop for items to stock the pantry and assist with unloading and organizing pantry items.

Register now.

Tuesday, March 9

Shirts on hangers

Nearly New Shop

When: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: Nearly New Shop
Partner: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

The Nearly New Shop is a not-for-profit, resale and consignment shop benefits a number of local charities, distributes to several outreach programs, and meets various community needs as an outreach of the Episcopal church. Volunteers will help organize donation items and assist with spring cleaning activities such as painting.

Register now.

Wednesday, March 10

Food Pantry

Food Pantry

When: 12–3 p.m. and 3–6 p.m.
Where: Food Pantry
Partner: Catholic Charities Juan Diego Center

The Juan Diego Center serves the south Omaha community with emergency and supportive food services, family strengthening, immigration legal services. The center also is home to the Latina Resource Center and Microbusiness and Asset Development training. Early volunteers will help prep food boxes and later volunteers will assist during the drive-up pantry. There is a high need for bilingual Spanish and English speakers to assist during the drive-up pantry.

Register now.

Thursday, March 11

Thursday Food Pantry

Food Pantry

When: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Food Pantry
Partner: Catholic Charities Juan Diego Center

The Juan Diego Center serves the south Omaha community with emergency and supportive food services, family strengthening, immigration legal services. The center also is home to the Latina Resource Center and Microbusiness and Asset Development training. Volunteers will assist with sorting and organizing pantry items.

Register now.

Friday, March 12

Card

Ray of Light

When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Howard Hall
Partner: Magdalene Omaha

Magdalene Omaha provides recovery, housing, community and economic self-empowerment opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution, trauma and addiction. Students and staff are invited to stop by Howard Hall to create a “Ray of Light” card that will be delivered to female survivors. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to create cards for the residents of Vetter Senior Living. Card-making supplies will be provided.

Register now.

Defining Mission Work at Clarkson College

Mission experiences are founded on our Mission statement and the principles of our history and service expectations which, reflecting a holistic view, focus on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate services in health care and the community at large


Our Story

Throughout the history of Clarkson College, no tradition has been more significant than the underlying philosophy of compassion and caring exhibited by our founders, Bishop Robert H. and Meliora Clarkson, who established the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital.

The institution’s devotion to excellence in education began in 1888 when the hospital accepted its first nursing student. Mrs. Clarkson fulfilled the vision of her late husband and guided the hospital to greatness by establishing a training school for nurses, which became the first in the state of Nebraska. By the end of the 20th century, the institution earned a reputation for graduating skilled health care professionals prepared in nursing, radiography, medical imaging, physical therapist assistant, community health, health care business, and health care education and leadership. Service plays a significant role in the history of the College, with generations of Clarkson College students answering the call to a life spent helping others.


The Maltese Cross: Its Significance & History

The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story originated with the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, a charitable organization that existed during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, who became known as the Knights of Hospitallers because of their charity toward the sick and poor in setting up hospices and hospitals.

The eight points of the Cross represent the Beatitudes prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, the pure, the merciful, the peacemakers, they that mourn, they that seek righteousness and they who are persecuted for righteousness sake. These Knights of centuries past were united by a pledge of compassion and courage. It is for these reasons the Maltese Cross was selected as the symbol for Clarkson College. The hope is for the College community members (students, alumni, faculty and staff) to remember the significance of service as they dedicate their lives toward helping others.

Maltese Cross