The Student Ambassadors of the McDonell Area Catholic Schools (MACS) has been in existence since the 2005-2006 school year. It was developed by volunteer parent, Mary Jacobson who wanted to provide service opportunities and training in areas of leadership, hospitality, mentoring, and team-building. These opportunities have nurtured personal growth in grades 7-12 students.
The mission of the program is "to promote leadership, team-building skills, service mindedness, and personal growth" in the ambassadors but it much more. It is identifying the needs of many in the community and reaching out to satisfy those needs respectfully, compassionately and unselfishly. Through their works of charity and service, these students gain confidence, knowledge and leadership skills that they take into their adult lives; regardless of direction they take in life. These are skills they will continue to use in their schools, in their workplace, in their churches, in their homes, and in their communities. In achieving their mission, those they serve are the beneficiaries and, while they grow in personal development, the students are also the beneficiaries of their own works.
The participation in the MACS Student Ambassador program has grown from forty-three students the first year to over ninety every each year. The large numbers allow the group to do even more good works of service and charity. Last school year the ambassadors in the program provided over 1500 hours of service to their schools, parishes, and community. Much of this volunteer work serves the McDonell Area Catholic Schools and their supporting Catholic parishes. This includes mentoring new students, greeting and assisting with school open houses, school concerts, assemblies, assisting with office work and working at special school fundraisers.
Over the last fourteen years, they have supported the Feed My People organization, working the Agnes Table, rang bells for the Salvation Army, worked with the Boys and Girls Club, assisted at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, sang Christmas Carols in the nursing homes, helped the public library with special events, served at the Heyde Center for the Arts, and much more. It is difficult to guess the number of people they have reached through these works, but it can only be estimated at thousands of people of all socio-economic backgrounds.