Burke’s Community Connections (BCC; formerly Burke’s Gives Back) is a parent- and school-supported committee dedicated to inspiring students and families to adopt a tradition of community engagement. Our goal is to encourage our students to think beyond themselves and our campus; give them a developmentally appropriate understanding of community responsibility; and enable them to see themselves as agents of positive change in the world. Opportunities include:
• Food pantry work days for each grade at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC) • Education and reflection relating to community engagement • Grocery delivery to homebound seniors and individuals with mobility issues • Gardening at the RDNC • Food drives and other seasonal drives • Purposeful projects for the RDNC and crafts for homebound seniors • Performances for neighborhood seniors
If you have questions, recommendations, or would like to become involved, please contact Quise Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Community Partner
Burke’s Community Connections has partnered with the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC). Founded in 1980, RDNC has a long tradition of serving the local community. Its mission is “to nurture a diverse urban community by developing and providing high-quality youth, adult, and family programs that address critical community needs and foster respect for all people and our environment.” RDNC touches the lives of more than 3,000 Richmond residents each month. It is conveniently located on 30th Avenue, just blocks away from Burke’s. To learn more about our community service partner, go to www.rdnc.org.
Each Thursday, RDNC provides food for more than 300 Richmond District households through a farmer's market approach in an inner courtyard. Volunteers will set up the market, distribute healthy fresh and packaged food to families in need, and then pack the market away for the following week.
Once a month, throughout the school year, one Burke’s grade will host a food pantry distribution. Parent volunteers will be needed to help set up the Food Pantry and to transport students from KDBS to RDNC. Students will join their parents in helping distribute food and cleaning up, after they have been dismissed from school.
Make a true, sustained difference in the lives of Richmond District seniors. In a new direct service program, KDBS volunteers will deliver critical foodstuff and conversation to homebound low-income seniors every Thursday afternoon. The Home Delivered Groceries program is a collaboration between the RDNC and the Richmond Senior Center. Operating out of the Burke’s “hub,” KDBS volunteers will receive substantial training, be provided with food provisions and benefit from a network of fellow volunteers as they develop a special relationship with a neighbor in need of support.
"Involvement in the community grows our view of the world beyond the immediate and the self. It helps us to see that we must be connected to others around us." -Michele Williams, Head of School
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.