BEAVERTON — Coming together during the challenging days of COVID-19 is difficult, but the Valley Catholic community has found unity in service.

Situated on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus, the Valley Catholic community is unique, as it is not just one school, but rather five individual schools — an early learning school, serving infants through pre-K, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school and a music school. “The core values and mission of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon inspire and unite Valley Catholic,” said school leaders.

As the school year began, the region was facing devastating wildfires. The Valley Catholic community quickly organized to assist the Lyons Rural Fire District with $10,000 in cash and gift cards as well as tools such as shovels, rakes, pickaxes and chainsaws. The entire campus community was involved in the effort, including the sisters, who made a financial donation of more than $2,000. The wildfire affected regions where the sisters’ ministry began more than 130 years ago.

The holidays are typically a time when the Valley Catholic community comes together to provide food, gifts and more to individuals and families in need. Working remotely, the Valley Catholic school community united to help the Oregon Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul and 32 families through LifeWorks NW. The food and gift drive of Valley Catholic middle and high schools exceeded their goal.

Valley Catholic Early Learning School continued its tradition of supporting “Operation Christmas Child” for the 14th year in a row by moving to online donations.

“In a year where service was more meaningful than ever, the Valley Catholic community adapted their traditions and continued to build a sense of community care through faith and action,” school leaders said.