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Service & Volunteerism

The program is designed to sensitize students to the needs of others in their communities—especially children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the poor, and the handicapped. Through their volunteer efforts, students will have to opportunity to spiritually mature as they learn that serving others is at the heart of the Gospel. By serving others, we emulate Christ, whose own ministry was one of service to others. Performing community service is central to our school’s mission, and it contributes to the student’s formation as the Faithful Man.

All grade levels are required to do 20 hours for the year. Five hours are due each quarter. You may do more than the minimum for any quarter. Any hours over the requirement for a given marking period will be applied to the next marking period(s). Any hours done during the school year will count for that school year only. You may include service hours done over the preceding summer, starting with the day after the last day of school. All students must have completed a 4-year total of 80 hours of service by the fourth quarter deadline of their senior year (transfer students will be pro-rated). Failure to meet your yearly requirements on all grade levels will result in the loss of the following privileges: dances, dress-down days, Pride Week activities, and Catholic Schools Week activities. Seniors who do not have a cumulative total of 80 hours of service with not receive their cap and gown, and they will not be allowed to attend the prom until their hours are complete.

Grading System:
Community service hours are a graduation requirement. They will count as 10% of your Theology class grade. There is a five-point deduction for each school day that paperwork is late. Falsified hours receive a zero.

Documenting Your Hours:
All students must submit a signed Policies Agreement Form (see last page). Students should fill out a separate Documentation Form for each organization they serve. Multiple dates/times done at one site should be put on the same form. Paperwork must be neat and legible. Students may not sign off on anyone’s service hours. If you have a letter from your organization, you still have to fill out the front side of the Documentation Form. Letters must be signed, on the organization’s letterhead, have its seal, or be accompanied by a business card.

Completed forms are to be given to your Theology teacher. Deadlines for all paperwork are as follows:

Summer 2019 Service Hours:  Friday, September 27

Documentation for service hours done during the summer will not be accepted after this time. There is no legitimate reason for summer hours to be submitted past this deadline.


Policies Agreement Form:  Friday, September 20, 2019

A failure to submit this form will result in an Incomplete on your report card until the form is turned in.

1st Marking Period:  Thursday, October 24, 2019 (all grade levels)
2nd Marking Period:  Thursday, January 9, 2020 (all grade levels)
3rd Marking Period:  Thursday, March 12, 2020 (all grade levels)
4th Marking Period:  Thursday, June 4, 2020 / SENIORS: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Students must provide a supervisor e-mail address that is readily identifiable as one coming from an established organization, such as the e-mail address he or she uses at the agency where or through which you did your service. A supervisor’s private e-mail address should not be used. For example, an e-mail address like or or is acceptable whereas something like or is not acceptable. In those rare instances when your supervisor does not have an e-mail address at his/her organization (for example, an adult volunteer at your parish), see your Theology teacher about it before submitting documentation.

On your Documentation Form, fill in ALL of the requested information. Do not leave spaces blank. More information is always better than less. Don’t assume your teacher knows the details for an event you simply list as “tournament” or “5K run” or “food drive.” What kind of tournament was it and what age levels were involved? For what charity was the 5K run done? For what agency was the food drive conducted? Incomplete forms will delay the processing of your submission, and if you miss a deadline because your forms are not filled out properly, you are responsible. Provide sufficient information for us to process your paperwork.

Qualifying Service:

All projects must benefit people, not animals. The projects must be above and beyond a student’s (a) family responsibilities, both immediate (father, mother, sister, brother) and extended (grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles) and (b) responsibilities as a member of a school or community group (e.g., National Honor Society, Student Government, sports programs). Students may complete no more than five hours doing service projects that directly benefit our school - what we call “in house” hours. You may not be absent from school or leave school early to do service hours, unless you are participating in a project we sponsor. If there is any doubt about the kind of service that qualifies, the student should see his Theology teacher before doing a project. Students who do an Eagle Scout Project or who work at the Marist summer camp at Esopus will not have to do additional hours for St. Joe’s, but they still must submit documentation for their service. If you volunteer to coach children, the league or organization must be non-profit. A privately owned one does not count.

Non-Qualifying Service:

The following types of work do not count as service hours:  SJR’s summer camp programs; any work for which you receive payment or remuneration; helping any for-profit business (even doctors, unless they are sponsoring a free clinic or charitable event); coaching anyone enrolled in a for-profit agency (local recreation leagues are okay); tutoring or mentoring; child care for a relative or neighbor (e.g., babysitting); helping political organizations (unless they are sponsoring a charitable event that helps the whole community); helping neighbors with any work they can do themselves and/or afford to pay someone to do it; helping a relative “at the office”; and helping students older than 6th grade. For the handicapped, any grade level is acceptable. Your service must benefit the community at large, the elderly, the poor, the handicapped, children, or disadvantaged people. Doing something “for free” does not automatically qualify it as community service. It is your responsibility to know what kind of service counts. When in doubt, ask.
Mérida, México
We will be hosted by the Marist Brothers at the Centro Marista de Desarrollo (Marist Development Center) in the Yucatan state of Mexico. There, we will assist local communities in building projects at the Development Center. There will also be opportunities for cultural immersion throughout the entire trip as well as an excursion to Chichen Itza, the famed cenotes, and a cave exploring adventure.
Young Neighbors provides a solid, Catholic approach to service and justice that balances Scripture and Catholic social teaching, direct service, and a justice consciousness. It provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible. They pair us with a community in need for the week, where we will serve.
West Virginia (Appalachia)
Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. They are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. They serve alongside their neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. Also, they celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community.