Community Service

Community Service

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE

At Catholic High, our commitment to community service is a humble way we empower our students, allowing their grace to change the world. Like our patron St. Francis, we are called to serve our brothers and sisters in need. Catholic High invests in the light that each student has to give to the world. Our commitment to service invites their light to shine in places in need of the brilliance of compassion and hope. Thank you for your support of our intentions behind our commitment to community service as well as our requirements listed here.

Community Service Requirements (2016-2017)

As a requirement for graduation, every student at Catholic High must complete service hours.  Students in all grade levels are required to complete 30 hours annually

Deadlines:

First half (at least 15 service hours) are due by the end of the second quarter. Each class is assigned a deadline for the first half of their service hours that falls near the end of the second quarter.

  • Seniors : January 10, 2017
  • Juniors : December 13, 2016
  • Sophomores: January 10, 2017
  • Freshmen: January 31, 2017

Final portion of service hours (to make at least 30 hours total) are due by the end of the fourth quarter. Each class is assigned a deadline for the final portion of their service hours that falls near the end of the fourth quarter.

  • Seniors: April 4, 2017
  • Juniors : March 7, 2017
  • Sophomores: April 25, 2017
  • Freshmen: May 2, 2017

Completed yearly service hours are required for promotion to the next grade level.  Service logs must be submitted to and validated by the Campus Minister.  If service hours are not submitted by the published due date, financial aid, including scholarships, may be withdrawn and participation in extracurricular activities may be suspended.  Service awards are presented to students who go above and beyond the stated requirement.  All students are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirement.  All students receive the detailed service policy each year.  Any questions should be directed to the Campus Minister. 

  •  Catholic High hopes that, with our service policy, students will use their interests and talents to provide direct and non-direct help to those who are in need of our Christian care. To reflect this, students may serve in settings such as the following listed below. A student who wishes to volunteer outside of these settings should obtain prior approval from campus ministry.

                      o Animal shelters
                      o Assisted living communities and retirement homes
                      o Camps that are faith-based, service-based, and/or serve a marginalized or
                         vulnerable population
                      o Emergency services (e.g. Red Cross, volunteer firefighting)
                      o Environmental organizations
                      o Food pantries
                      o Head Start programs and centers for underserved youth
                      o Homeless shelters
                      o Hospitals
                      o Housing programs
                      o Meal programs
                      o Pro-life pregnancy centers
                      o Providing services at Catholic High fundraising events
                      o Tutoring program

Recommendations:

  • Pick one site to work with for the year. Building a relationship with a community is most rewarding for the student and helpful for the agency. Committing to one agency gives you connections that are helpful in applying to colleges and jobs.
  •  Students who volunteer more than 15 hours a year at Catholic High may use those additional hours towards service awards.
  •  Go beyond the requirement. Service hours are used to nominate students for many scholarships and awards.
  •  Lean into discomfort. We encourage students to step an inch outside their comfort zones to serve in an environment that pushes them to let their light shine in a new place.

Service Awards

  • Mother Generosa Award: 50-99 hours of service
  • Saint Clare Award: 100-199 hours of service
  •  Saint Francis Award: 200 or more hours of service
  • Canticle Award: Senior with highest total number of hours over all four years.