St. Joseph Parish School

St. Joseph Parish School

On Tuesday, November 30, St. Joseph School in Avon Lake joined 210 Catholic organizations and ministries throughout Northeast Ohio for #weGiveCatholic, Northeast Ohio's online day of Catholic giving.

"Each year we are so grateful to our stakeholders for their participation in the amazing #weGiveCatholic fundraiser," says principal John Stipek. "This program gives us an opportunity to make a meaningful change for both our parish and school community. Over the past few years, we have been able to grow our playground, create a Collaboratory for hands-on science, and add a digital sign for the school and parish. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our families and parishioners. #weGiveCatholic provides the avenue for this growth and change."

Their efforts paid off again in 2021 as the school raised $25,090 in one day, which included $250 from the Boyd Watterson matching gift, $800 from the diocesan tuition assistance matching grant, and a $1,000 prize for third place in the small school category. All of the funds raised were used to replace the school sign that was nearly 30 years old. Today, a new digital sign greets visitors at the school entrance on Electric Boulevard.

This was the sixth year for #weGiveCatholic, which captures the spirit of gratitude and generosity and is celebrated by the Northeast Ohio Catholic community. This 24-hour crowdfunding event elevates awareness for Catholic schools, parishes, ministries, Catholic Charities sites and programs, and other Catholic nonprofits that make a positive impact through the variety of programs and services they provide.

In total during the #weGiveCatholic 24 hours of giving, $3,194,704 was raised by parishes, schools, Catholic Charities sites/programs, and nonprofits. For more information about #weGiveCatholic, contact Linda Corcoran,, 216-696-6525 x1042.

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