Community Service

Christian Community Service Policy

Catholic High’s commitment to Christian community service is giving witness to our faith and empowering our young women to let their light shine. Christian community service is a yearly commitment and a prerequisite for advancement to the next grade level and graduation. Through action and reflection, Christian community service provides opportunities to build discipleship within the Catholic High community, the Greater Baltimore community, and the world.  In the words of St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

 

Christian Community Service Requirements

Students are required to complete 30 service hours every year. A minimum of 15 hours is required by a determined semester deadline for each class.

  • First half of service hours (at least 15 service hours) is due near the end of second quarter. 
  • Final portion of service hours (at least 30 hours total for the entire school year) is due near the end of the fourth quarter. 

First Half Due (15 Hours) Second Half Due (Total=30 Hours)
All Grades (9-12) December 16, 2019 - December 20, 2019 April 30, 2020

Students may begin logging service hours for the 2019-2020 school year beginning May 2019. Any hours completed prior to this date will not be counted toward the student’s 2019-2020 service requirement.

Community Service hours do not rollover in order that service is part of a student’s entire TCHS experience.

Students must serve in at least two different settings within each school year.

Students will be required to complete a graded Christian Community Service Reflection Assignment through their Theology class.  Details and rubrics will be provided through the Theology Department.

 

Approved Locations

Service opportunities must occur within a formal volunteer program or under a direct volunteer supervisor/ event coordinator, at a non-profit that does not conflict with our Catholic values.

Students are required to serve with an organization included in TCHS’ Community Service Digital Catalog available through PlusPortals or in the preapproved categorized settings listed below:
 
o Camps that are faith-based and/or service-based
o Emergency services (e.g. Red Cross, police, firefighters)
o Church events, programs, & ministries
o Community Parks & Recreation
 o Libraries & Schools
o TCHS Institutional Advancement Office/events volunteer
o NHS tutoring program
o Organizations listed in TCHS’ Community Service Digital Catalog
 
If a student wishes to volunteer outside of these settings in an alternative location, such as a different nonprofit organization, she must first receive approval from Mrs. Baxter, Campus Minister, using the Community Service Organization Approval Request.  

Please Note: Students may not volunteer in the family’s workplace or for her family members. Parents may not sign off as supervisor on logged service hours. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Baxter, Campus Minister, at mbaxter@thecatholichighschool.org.

The approved locations listed above assure that students are serving the community rather than providing “free labor” or experiencing an internship.

Students may only receive service hour credit for up to three donated casseroles to Our Daily Bread.

 

Recommendations

  • Begin community service over the summer. It is common for there to be volunteer training or an orientation at many sites, so setting up a site takes some time.
  • Go beyond the requirement. Service hours are used to nominate students for many scholarships and awards.
  • Christian Community Service should help someone or an organization in need; Christian community service is not the same as free labor.
  • Contact a local, Catholic non-profit organization such as Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services or St. Vincent de Paul for some service locations and opportunities.
  • It is important that with each activity the student writes a reflection (found on the back of the community service log form). Community service is not only an activity to be completed, but a means to meet Christ in the people who are being served.
  • Consider working with one organization throughout the year. Building a relationship with a community is most rewarding for the student and helpful for the agency. Committing to one agency provides connections that are helpful in applying to colleges and jobs.
  • We encourage students to wear their Catholic High uniforms or clothing with the TCHS logo on it in order to promote our school.
  • Ask fellow students from your county where and how they serve for inspiration. You could arrange to serve together and car pool.
  • We encourage students to "pay it forward." Look beyond yourself and recognize people and places that need your help. Lux Tua Luceat - Let your light shine!

Consequences

Completed yearly service hours are required for promotion to the next grade level.  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.  Any questions should be directed to the Campus Minister.

The following Service Awards are given at the end of the school year to deserving Catholic High students:
  • 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 student with highest total number of hours over all four years.

If you have any questions about Christian Community Service or service in these settings, please email Mrs. Baxter, Campus Minister at mbaxter@thecatholichighschool.org

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