Each year The Montgomery Academy reviews area charitable organizations and selects one to partner with as the MA community’s primary focus for fundraising and volunteer efforts. As part of this process, MA has cultivated lasting relationships with local charitable organizations, and students realize how their public service efforts make a difference not only to a specific organization, but to the community as a whole. In the past, MA has partnered with Salvation Army, Montgomery Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Moments, and currently, Service Dogs Alabama.
MA has two permanent community service clubs that facilitate community service. Awareness in Action, the student-led Middle School community service club, was initiated by Garrett Barnes '14, during her senior year to cultivate a service mindset in seventh and eighth graders. Awareness in Action is a two-part program that combines education regarding community needs and charitable organizations (Awareness) with community service and volunteering (Action). Following an assembly where an agency representative explains an organization’s mission, students participate in a Service Saturday dedicated to completed a project for that organization.
H.E.A.R.T., the Upper School’s student-led community service club open to grades 9-12, supports MA’s community service efforts through fund raising and volunteering for River Region organizations as the need arises. In addition to coordinating annual blood drives and the Brantwood Children’s Home Holiday project, H.E.A.R.T. provides volunteers for the Track & Field Team-sponsored “Race to Fight Hunger” food drive that benefits the Montgomery Area Food Bank and coordinates MA’s annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign project.