Ceili Leahy Day of Service

Picture of Ceili Leahy

Click here to donate to the Ceili Leahy Day of Service & Service Scholarship.

The 2021 Ceili Leahy Day of Service event will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please save the date!

Between Day of Service Events we encourage volunteers to be a part of the Ceili Leahy Service Initiative.
The initiative lists 12 easy ways to volunteer and inspire others to do the same, while serving our community.

Ways to Get Involved & Serve Safely:

  • Donate to a food pantry
  • Help your neighbor
  • Contact local organizations that typically need volunteers to see how you can help them directly
  • Write a letter (or letters) for change; choose a worth cause
  • Form a JM DoS team and participate in a virtual walk or run for awareness
  • Do a trash sweep of your block
  • Make/Collect/Donate masks for those who need them
  • Find a blood drive and donate
  • Prepare for the Election
  • Provide childcare for a struggling adult
  • Fight racism
  • Spread cheer


Click here for a detailed list of ideas on how to get involved and serve safely in your community. 





ONLINE version of permission slip.

Stop by the CEILI LEAHY DAY OF SERVICE table in the Commons at JM to get the latest information and handouts for volunteering options in our community.

Ceili Leahy Display at JM

The 2021 Ceili Leahy Day of Service event will be held on on Saturday, September 11th from 8:00am -12noon. 

About the Day of Service:

The Day of Service focuses on service projects around Fredericksburg and honors humanitarian and community activist Ceili Leahy, a 2014 JM graduate, who passed away in 2016 from cancer.  Started in the fall of 2016, JM students have volunteered for nonprofit organizations whose missions are consistent with Ceili’s values and passions, which included human rights and justice, the environment, and global sustainability. Students have also served nonprofit organizations that provide help to families dealing with pediatric cancer and grief. 

Whom we serve:

Nonprofit organizations that volunteers have served so far include: Loisann’s Hope House, Mary Washington Hospice at Harbor House, Friends of the Rappahannock, Fairy Godmother Project, Fredericksburg City Schools, Downtown Greens, Tree Fredericksburg, and Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.  The Day of Service has now become a tradition for JMHS students to get involved and volunteer around Fredericksburg.

Our sponsors:

Local businesses sponsor the Day of Service events. Over the years our generous sponsors have included White Oak Animal Hospital, Suzy Stone Century 21 Redwood, J. Brian’s Tap Room, Fredericksburg Ballet Centre, Rappahannock Development Group, Coleman Motor Company, Inc., and Blackhawk Homes, LLC.  Traditionally our sponsors have allowed us to purchase supplies for service projects, refreshments for volunteers, and “Ceili Leahy Day of Service” tee shirts for all our volunteers— a visible reminder of Ceili’s passion for volunteerism and our commitment to community service.  

Volunteer Hours

The Volunteer Hours Tracking Sheet is an optional way for students to track the hours volunteered, either in person or virtual.  Students can earn the Virginia Department of Education Board of Education’s Excellence in Civics Education Seal for their diploma by volunteering 50 hours over their high school career and complete 2 courses (Virginia & US History and Virginia & US Government) with a grade of “B or higher.  Students should communicate with their school counselor that they are working toward the seal.  Please set up an appointment with your school counselor to sign off on the hours.

For more information about the graduation diploma seals of achievement, please visit Virginia Department of Education’s website at the following URL: 



James Monroe High School student Katie Fidler on the importance of service.

Ceili Leahy Volunteer with children
Celie Leahy Volunteers
Ceili Leahy Volunteers
Ceili Leahy volunteers
Ceili Leahy Volunteers