IND to be Honored with Youth Service Award from Catholic Charities of Baltimore
The Institute of Notre Dame announced today that it will be honored by Catholic Charities of Baltimore with the Anne Lindsay Otenasek Award at its annual dinner on April 23, 2015.
The Anne Lindsay Otenasek Youth Service Award honors Miss Otenasek, a hard-working and faithful volunteer at Catholic Charities during her high school years. Lindsey passed away in the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Catholic Charities of Baltimore is an organization that provides services to those in need, while advocating for social justice. It serves children and families, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors.
In selecting IND, Catholic Charities of Baltimore Executive Director William J. McCarthy Jr. said, “In presenting the 2015 Anne Lindsay Otenasek Youth Service Award to the young women of the Institute of Notre Dame, Catholic Charities recognizes their extraordinary example and commitment to assisting our neighbors in need. In preparing and serving meals to the guests at Our Daily Bread who are hungry, for being Sunday Special Friends to the individuals at Gallagher Services, for making Christmas celebrations possible for 17 families living in community housing, and for their assistance and outreach to so many others, these young women live Christ’s call to love and serve. I share the pride and admiration that the entire IND community has for these young women.”
The volunteer spirit of Lindsey is alive in an extraordinary way in the IND students. Known for its transformational Christian service outreach, service clubs are the most popular activity on campus. Thirty-two percent, or 107 girls, participate as Hildie’s Helpers, assisting Sr. Hilda Marie Sutherland SSND in feeding the poor throughout Baltimore. This was especially true last Thanksgiving when 55 of IND’s neighbors received turkeys with all the trimmings. Twenty-five percent, or 84 students, belong to Peer Ministry, helping raise money for nonprofits and vulnerable populations throughout the year. Thirty-one percent, or 104 girls, serve as tutors and big sisters to younger girls in inner city schools through Project K.IND. Many students and graduates also volunteer as counselors through TamarIND, IND’s summer camp for 40–50 young inner-city girls.
“IND could not be more honored to receive this award from Catholic Charities, an organization that does so much good for so many,” said IND President Mary L. Funke, Ed.D. “Service to others is among IND’s highest values. In turn, our graduates emerge as strong advocates for social justice throughout their lives. We thank Catholic Charities for recognizing the unique contribution of our students to the Baltimore community with the Otenasek Award.”
Dr. Funke commented on the significant impact service has on IND students. “After four years, our students leave our historic home, proud and aware of the difference they have made in the lives of so many. They have gained a unique consciousness of social justice, an ethic of citizenship and a commitment to service learned on Aisquith Street that last their whole lives long.”