Monthly Archives: June 2012


Lasallian Volunteers resumes full AmeriCorps participation in 2012-2013

Lasallian Volunteers is very pleased to announce that we will continue our tradition of participating in the AmeriCorps Education Awards Program (AEAP) and national service movement through our relationship with Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  We received news this week that our sub-grantee application has officially been approved, which will enable 2012-2013 Lasallian Volunteers to be eligible for the following benefits:

  • National service forbearance on eligible student loans,
  • Payment of interest that accrues on loans in national service forbearance, and
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $2,675.00, which can be used to repay eligible student loans and/or pay for future educational expenses upon successful completion of the service year.

CVN member programs received news one year ago that our AmeriCorps grantee application had not been funded.  CVN worked diligently to remedy the weaknesses of the application and to further align itself with the strategic objectives of the Corporation for National & Community Service that administers AmeriCorps – thus recovering a reduced number of Education Awards starting in November 2011.

Lasallian Volunteers announced a trial run of the new AEAP requirements last year, partnering with a fellow CVN member that hosts Lasallian Volunteers: San Miguel Schools of Chicago.  Our experience of the past year revealed to us that the new requirements required added effort that could be accommodated by the LV Staff, the LV AmeriCorps members, and the LVs’ site directors.

We hope that the benefits of our strengthened relationship with AmeriCorps provide our Lasallian Volunteers with additional excitement and resources for the coming year, and we look forward to further developing our relationship with the AmeriCorps national service movement in the years to come.

Please contact Peter Tooher, Program Coordinator of Lasallian Volunteers, if you have any questions or would like additional information.

By |June 14th, 2012|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Lasallian Volunteers resumes full AmeriCorps participation in 2012-2013

2012 FSC Awards Recipients Announced!

Lasallian Volunteers is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 FSC Awards, which will be presented on June 28, 2012 at 6:00pm PDT in Dryden Hall on the campus of St. Mary’s College of California.

The 2012 FSC Awards recognize outstanding supporters of Lasallian Volunteers chosen from nominees in the Districts of San Francisco and New Orleans-Santa Fe.  Recipients are honored in the spirit of three Christian Brothers who embodied the Lasallian Volunteers values of Faith, Service and Community during their lifetime.

BJ Cassin, recipient of the Brother John Johnston Faith Award
The Johnston Faith Award recognizes a supporter who has expressed and/or demonstrated great faith in the work of Lasallian Volunteers by sharing time, talent, or treasure.  BJ’s faith in the Lasallian mission and support of it led directly to the creation of the Lasallian Volunteers’ director of development position.   BJ has also been a consistent supporter of the San Miguel Schools.  Several Lasallian Volunteers have served in these San Miguel Schools since their founding.  In addition, BJ has been a vital and generous resource of wisdom and guidance to Lasallian Volunteers staff members throughout the years.

Chris Giangregorio, recipient of the Brother Chris Bassen Service Award
This Bassen Service Award recognizes an alumnus of the Lasallian Volunteers who has continued a life of service since their volunteer years, incorporating the value of Lasallian service to the poor into the fabric of his or her life.  After serving as a Lasallian Volunteer from 2001 to 2003, Chris continued teaching at De La Salle at St. Matthew’s in St. Louis for several years.  Chris then returned to his home state of California to teach at De Marillac Academy, a Lasallian-Vincentian school in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.  For the past six years, Chris has been an integral member of the school community, serving as a classroom teacher and Director of Student Achievement.  Last month, Chris was named Principal of De Marillac Academy.

Brother Anthony Lenz, F.S.C., recipient of the Brother Michael Farrell Community Award
The Farrell Community Award recognizes a Christian Brother and/or Lasallian Partner in Community who has lived with Lasallian Volunteers and who holds the community experience in high esteem for himself and shares it with the LVs.  For twelve years, Brother Anthony has been Community Director of the Saint La Salle Community, which staffs and serves the L.E.O. (Lasallian Educational Opportunities) Center.  Over the course of his experience living with Lasallian Volunteers, he has become a beloved community member and friend to all who is known for remembering birthdays, planning community trips, and fostering self-discovery.

For more information, contact Andrew Blythe at

By |June 11th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2012 FSC Awards Recipients Announced!

Lasallian Volunteers Support Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths

Members from 2011-2012 Cohort

Four years ago, an innocent conversation about haircuts set the ground work for a new tradition. The idea sprouted from a conversation between Sarah Jane Maher (07-09) and Marilyn Paquette (99-01) at the 2008 Midyear Retreat. Sarah Jane was thinking about cutting off a significant amount of hair and Marilyn encouraged her to donate it. A fellow LV overheard and quickly committed to doing the same.  Before long, this simple idea became a quest that the 2008-2009 Cohort decided to take on in addition to their year of service. In the months between Midyear and Debriefing, this group would walk together to grow out, have cut and donate their hair in support of Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.

Members of the 2008-2009 Cohort (Before)

Members of the 2008-2009 Cohort (After)

“Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer, in every community, and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease …. Because real-hair wigs are expensive, and many women with cancer can’t afford them, demand for these wigs is high.”

LV Angela Toomer (11-13)

That first year, 13 LVs donated their hair. 7 followed their lead as the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Cohorts continued the tradition during their Debriefing Retreats. And this year, with Sarah Jane in the wings, 8 members of the 2011-2012 Cohort plus the Director of the Lasallian Volunteers did the same. “I had no idea something like that would continue on, it was really nice to see such a simple act continue, it began as just something we all thought would be cool to do,” Sarah Jane said after greeting this year’s group after their haircuts.

LV Chris Hueg (11-13)

In addition to the precedence set by the tradition, this year’s Cohort led by 2nd year Catherine Calogero had another reason to give. LV Kristen Brenner joined the Lasallian Volunteers in August and took a leave of absence to care for her mother part way through the year when the family found out that Mrs. Brenner was no longer in remission.  While Kristen was home, caring for her family and herself, her LV family lifted the Brenners up in prayer often and reached out to show support to Kristen whenever they could. Kristen was able to join the group for the Midyear Retreat in January one month before returning to her ministry to complete the year of service.

LV Chris Hueg shared, “After the Midyear Retreat, the Brenner family invited us over for dinner and through the breaking of bread with Kristen’s family, I was inspired by how high spirited Kristen’s mom was…While Kristen was home, I’d call and speak with her and get to speak with her mom as well. After we donated our hair, I talked to Kristen’s mom on the phone again and I shared what we did with her. It’s comforting to know there’s another mother figure here in NY that I can know and share in community with. Our community is actually planning to visit again to spend more time together.”

LV Catherine Calogero (10-12)

Practicing a ministry of presence toward and for one another while serving at our ministries has had a profound impact on each member of the cohort. This presence was magnified as the group of nine, ready to donate their hair, gathered in prayer before stepping into the salon. And, it was magnified once more when the group returned to the retreat with a little less hair, only to be greeted by the entire 2011-2012 Cohort with their support.

To learn more about Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, visit

LV Amy Lamparelli

By |June 5th, 2012|Categories: news + events|2 Comments

Meet the June LV and Site of the Month: Theresa Breault

Meet Theresa Breault, a first-year volunteer at De Marillac Academy in San Francisco, CA. Click here to learn more!


By |June 2nd, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet the June LV and Site of the Month: Theresa Breault

Theresa Breault

Service Site:San Francisco at De Marillac Academy

Theresa works with one of her students individually.

University: Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN

What do you do?
Although my name tag says that I’m a 6th and 7th grade Social Studies teacher, I do so much more than that. I teach a variety of classes, I’m a TA for Language Arts, I lead breaks, I teach different club activities, substitute for other teachers when they are gone, and whatever other duties are needed in the school.

What is the most important “thing,” do you think, that your students need from you?  What do you do to try to provide this?
I think that my students need to be listened to, to be understood, and to be treated like young adults. At the end of the day, my students aren’t going to remember that my lesson failed, or that I couldn’t get the technology in the classroom to work right. What they are going to remember is that I listened to them, I asked them real questions, and I showed them to respect and the love that any Lasallian teacher should.

Social Studies class at De Marillac Academy.

Have you noticed any signs of success in your work?  What are they?
My students feel comfortable taking risks in the classroom. Whether it’s in classroom presentations, the questions they have, or the discussions they want to have, they have taken ownership of the class and are confident enough to take new risks within the safety of the classroom. I couldn’t ask for more success than that.

Which of the core values (Faith, Community, Service) are most important to you?  Why?
Service has been the most important aspect of my experience as a Lasallian Volunteer. It is through my service as a teacher at De Marillac that I have been able to expand the definitions of myself as a person and as an educator. It is because of service that I push myself through the most difficult challenges, and constantly find new ways to improve as a teacher and as a mentor.

Why would you recommend the LV program to a college senior considering volunteering?
By being a Lasallian Volunteer, I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and get my butt kicked as a first year teacher. The experience I gained at DeMarillac, as well as through the LV program, is one that has forever impacted the way that I teach, the way that I view others around me, and the way that I carry myself. Why would I recommend the LV program? I think the more important question is: why not?

By |June 2nd, 2012|Categories: lv of the month|2 Comments