BY ANTHONY O’REILLY
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Michael Germano, director of Campus Ministry at Archbishop Molloy High School, brings students from the school to visit the Briarwood Shelter from Monday to Thursday to help disadvantaged children who reside there. The main way in which they help, Germano said, is by tutoring.
“I make sure they’re coming and doing the work,” he said. “ It’s about 25 kids a day so that’s 100 kids a week.”
In addition to the tutoring, Germano said other assistance is given to the shelter in the form of toy and clothes drives.
The high school has had a relationship with the shelter since 1995, according to Germano, who took over the campus ministry program in 2001. As director of campus ministry, Germano also organizes spiritual retreats for the school.
BACKGROUND: Germano was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is a Molloy alumnus, graduating in the class of 1993. When he’s not volunteering, Germano said he likes to spend time with his family and watching football.
FAVORITE MEMORY: Germano said his favorite memory of working with the shelter came around one Christmas, when one of the kids volunteering at the shelter dressed up as Santa to give out the toys that had been donated. “That was beyond awesome,” he said.
INSPIRATION: Germano credits his desire to volunteer for the community to his strong Catholic faith. “I’m just here to do God’s work,” he said.