Service & Outreach
Community Service Program
We are in the process of revising our Community Service Program. In the 2023-2024 school year, community service will be a requirement for all students. We want our students to recognize service for what it is, namely an indispensable component of being “the Faithful Man.” This is one reason why our school motto is: “Think. Lead. Serve.” We want service to be a genuine expression of the student’s faith life and a joyful response to God’s unconditional love for him. We want our students to be like Christ, who “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
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 the 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.
Documenting Your Hours:
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). You may not be absent from school or leave 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. If you volunteer to coach children, the league or organization must be non-profit. A privately owned one does not count for our purposes, since all you would be doing in effect is saving the owner money by not having to hire someone else.
The following types of work do not count as service hours that we would formally recognize: 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.
Suggestions for Service Hours:
We will be offering service opportunities to our students throughout the school year. In addition, students may identify their own projects and sites. This hands-on approach allows them to choose projects suited to their own interests and schedules. Some suggested projects are as follows: blood bank, charity organization, coaching grammar school children (nothing beyond 6th grade), elderly people (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), E.M.T. (ambulance), environmental clean-up, fire department, food kitchen or pantry, Habitat for Humanity, handicapped people (e.g., Special Olympics), homeless shelter, hospital volunteer, Knights of Columbus, parish volunteer (altar server, CCD teacher or aide, general help, lector, retreat team, Youth Group), police department, public library, Veterans Home, any drive conducted for needy people or any fundraiser for an established charity
Recognition for Outstanding Service:
Just as we acknowledge students for their outstanding performance in other areas of school life, we will continue to recognize those students who do outstanding amounts of service. We will therefore present an award to the student who accomplishes the highest number of service hours in each grade. Theology teachers are at liberty to offer incentives and recognition to their students at their own discretion.
Students are granted the opportunity to serve the eldest of their communities. Groups of students travel to area nursing homes and assisted living centers to engage senior citizens and bring more energy to their retired, leisurely lifestyles, especially combating the underserved needs of the elderly. The program's aim is to build bridges between the generations as they both learn from each other while building new friendships.
The program runs on the 1st Monday (Dcn. Sisco) and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
March for Life
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Sleep Out 2020
Halloween Candy Drive 2019
Community Service Forms