A large group of Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School attended our Sept 28 Mass and spent part of their week end working on flood recovery in the community. As part of their economics curriculum one class created a student-run company. They designed a water bottle, sold advertisements, received contributions for the purchase of the bottle. From their proceeds they made a very generous donation of $1,198.37 to St Wenceslaus.      Thanks again to the Dowling Catholic Economics Period Two Class and teacher Ron Gray!

 April 4-5 A crew from Blackburn College and Creighton University spent the day working in the gym building. There is a story behind the sign on their van....they had started for Cedar Rapids a few weeks before but ran into a snowstorm that resulted in one vehicle being in an accident.
Fortunately, there were no injuries but they decided to head back home. This time they needed to abbreviate their stay due to another snow storm that was heading for eastern Iowa.     THANKS!

2008 Flood 

Jan-Apr 2009 

re-build continues

 Saturday Feb 28 a group of 8 from Iowa and Illinois spent the day on the gym office re-build.
Sat. March 7 a group of 8 from St Joseph's -Marion did the same

They made great progress. Your help is much appreciated!!!.

March 13 Part of the Notre Dame University crew that was here October 20-24 during their Fall Break. They came back to CR for their Spring Break to work on the neighborhood recovery efforts. They stopped over to say hi and to see the finished rectory basement where they had spent so many hours in October. You guys are awesome!!!

March 9-13 Students from Finlandia University and Michigan Tech made the 9 1/2 hour trip to spend their Spring Break on flood rebuild efforts in Cedar Rapids. They were hosted by St. Stephens Lutheran Church families.
The team worked with our AmeriCorp-NCCC team members all week and made huge progress on the gym building offices and restrooms.

March 25 - About 35 diocesan Jubilee officers from the Episcopal Church are in Cedar Rapids for The National Jubilee Gathering March 25-28 at Christ Episcopal Church.

Day 1 participants spent the day in service helping with flood recovery efforts a  three sites in the city. The convention has drawn representatives from Barbados, Sudan, Puerto Rico, Oregon, Washington,New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California. Several of them joined our other volunteers and AmeriCorp-NCCC crew member to make more progress in our gym building.

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church