Bishop’s students demonstrated when campus closed in March that it’s possible to organize and carry out community service projects from home. Here are some updates on seven new and ongoing projects involving dozens of students over the course of the summer.
May 2020 Food Drive Results
Despite the shutdown, the Bishop’s community participated in a food drive benefitting The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. That food drive brought in a total of 168 pounds of food; according to the Food Bank representative, “that will allow us to provide 140 meals to those in need. That is a wonderful impact!”
Schuyler Capita ’21 and Migel Solis ’21 – Homeless Shelter Outreach
Schuyler says they co-founded their organization, Ad Somnia, “with the intent of humanizing the homeless of San Diego, in order to raise awareness and support for them. I expected to be able to learn unique stories, but the effect that some individuals had on my life will remain with me forever.” Prior to the pandemic, he met with local shelter representatives to explore opportunities for partnership. The pair are working with a local youth entrepreneurship organization, Whatever It Takes (WIT).
Eric Chen ’24 – Nite Bites
Eric and fellow rising ninth graders Sophia Gleeson, Jessica Luo, Kenan Begavic, Jonas Pfefferman, Sophia Guan, Mia Gaspar, Leila Fieldman and Regan Kilber started a San Diego chapter of a community service outreach effort called Nite Bites. Eric says, “We donate baked goods to health care workers around the city.” The students bake and deliver treats to local hospitals.
Naomi Deokule ’21 – Graphic Design Non-Profit Supporting Aid Projects in India
Last year, Naomi has launched a non-profit organization called Project Tasveer. In Hindi, “tasveer” means “photograph.” She designed a website, through which she sells prints and apparel featuring he own artwork. Currently, all proceeds from these sales are directed to a COVID-19 food relief service in India.
Dax Gutekunst ’23 – Kid by Kid Tutoring
Last October, we reported on this venture. Recently, he announced that they shifted to a virtual platform, and also that KBK is partnering with “three School Districts within San Diego County (San Diego Unified, Lakeside Union and Santee School District); within these three districts, we’ve had 24 separate schools sign up with us. These schools are in areas that have large portions of their community populations comprised of refugee, immigrant and English-as-second-language families. Getting our flyer approved by these school districts and having them agree to circulate our flyers among their school families (directly from the school into the parents’ inbox) was a big effort and feat!” He adds, “While an online platform can’t take the place of all the fun (and pizza) we had when meeting person, we can consider we’re still able to support and help kids, especially in the time of COVID. And as conditions and concerns diminish, we can hopefully consider in-person get-togethers once again!”
Nao Nadahara ’23 – Cul-de-Sac Concerts
Nao has been giving community concerts in the cul-de-sac outside his house for neighbors. His repertoire includes Bach, Saint-Saens, and more. According to Nao, “The pandemic cut everyone off from listening to live performances of anything, including classical music. While it's true that you can hear it on the radio or on a video, most would agree that it's just not the same as it would be if one listened to a performance live. I decided to give a bit of joy and a sense of community in midst of these trying times. For example, my neighbors, mostly elderly, have not seen their families or friends because of the higher risk involved with meeting someone outside of their relative area. Being able to perform despite being in different conditions is very much like the old ‘normal’ we had before COVID-19 hit – and this idea of everything being ‘normal’ gives that reassurance that not everything was taken away from us, that there's still good things to look back on now, and in the future. It makes me feel comfortable, reassured, when I perform.”
Emily Zhu ’23 – Small Smile Makers
Emily recently started a non-profit organization called Small Smile Makers that allows volunteers to help others without leaving their homes. She sets up a project for volunteers to sign up for every month. The items made and collected are sent to various organizations in need of supplies during the pandemic. Currently, there’s a project to make dog toys and blankets for the San Diego Humane Society.