Service Is at the Heart of our Mission
The John Carroll School seeks to instill in students a mindset of service and highly encourages direct service to the poor, infirm, or homeless. We continually work “to develop in our students, the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills to empower them to accept their obligations as human beings to contribute actively, intelligently and responsibly for a better world as they strive daily to ‘act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with God,' their ultimate end." Philosophy, Paragraph 4
God has a great love for the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. This thread, woven throughout Scripture, is also emphasized in Catholic social teaching. Matthew’s Gospel reminds us that:
“Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do to me” (Mt. 25:40)...“Whatever you have neglected to do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have neglected to do to me” (Mt. 25:45).
- Conditions for service to qualify
- Freshman may begin accumulating service hours (following all the appropriate guidelines) after their Freshman Orientation meeting held in the spring prior to their freshman year.
- All service is given to others freely. Any activity that receives monetary compensation or has other strings attached will not be awarded hours.
- Service hours performed to fulfill John Carroll’s community service requirement must be performed for this purpose exclusively and not be used to fulfill another organization’s requirement.
- Parents may not sign as supervisors of the service of their own children.
- Forms must be COMPLETELY filled out before submitting. Be sure to fill in the student email address, type of service (community or direct), service start date, location, phone number, total hours, supervisor’s signature and the reflection questions.
- Direct, relational service
As students mature and come to a deeper awareness and appreciation of the existence of the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized in our society, they often become ready to seek opportunities for direct service. that involves “being with” and the forming of sustained, ongoing, face-to-face relationships. While there may be some element of “doing for” or empowering, this type of service also typically includes conversation and spending time in companionship. This type of service invites the student to a deeper level of commitment and engagement. It tends to break down the distinctions between “giver” and “receiver.” Direct service activities push comfort zones and often put students in close contact with people whose worlds are very different from their own. This type of service can break down stereotypes and widen circles of compassion.
Special consideration is given to direct service. Direct service (as described above) places special demands on the student. While some may relish such opportunities, many students find that direct service is very challenging. In recognition of this more demanding level of engagement, students who give direct, relational service in accordance with the procedures outlined by the School will earn 2-for-1 credit for hours given. Example: a student giving 12 hours of approved direct service would be credited with 24 hours towards the 60 hours required for graduation.
To earn this special consideration, students must follow the procedures listed above AND:
- prior to the service, have the preliminary approval of the Outreach Coordinator;
- upon completion, receive confirmation that the service given did meet the School’s standard for direct service.
There will be no partial credit for direct service. Hours that are denied for recognition at the 2-for-1 direct service level will accumulate towards the regular 60-hour requirement. Students should note that the key factor in determining whether the service is direct is not the location where the service took place but the activity the student engaged in. Examples of places that may provide opportunities for students to earn direct service hours include: Gallagher Services (working with disabled adults); the ARC; Camp St. Vincent for homeless children; room visits at nursing homes; Habitat for Humanity/Restore.
- Procedures for fulfilling the service requirement
- Prior to direct service being rendered, the Outreach Coordinator must be contacted.
- Complete the service, obtain the signature of the supervising adult on the Service Confirmation Form, and write a reflection on the service experience.
- Submit the form within 30 days to the Outreach Coordinator. Service hours earned over the summer must be submitted by September 30th.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Strawbridge, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a brief, but not conclusive, listing of sites and opportunities that have been accepted as Approved or Not Approved for Community Service.
- Community Service Requirements
60 hours of service are required before graduation. Direct service hours (as described below) must have prior approval from the Outreach Coordinator. Approved and completed direct service earns 2-for-1 credit for hours given. Parents should review student report cards each quarter to track service hours. To help manage the requirement, the following schedule is recommended:
Freshman: 15 hours should be completed by the end of freshman year
Sophomore: 30 hours should be completed by the end of sophomore year
Junior: 40 hours must be completed by the end of final exams in junior year; if 40 hours are not completed, the senior schedule will be with-held and the student will not be allowed to attend classes
Senior: 60 hours of service are required to be submitted by the end of the third quarter
Students who transfer in during their high school career with documented service hours from another school will have those hours posted on their John Carroll service record. In order to graduate:
- Freshman and sophomore transfers must complete 60 hours of service.
- Junior transfers must complete 40 hours of service.
- Senior transfers must complete 20 hours of service.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Strawbridge, email@example.com
- Approved/Not Approved Types of Service
APPROVED SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Non-Profit, Off Campus Soup Kitchens
- Franciscan Center
- Our Daily Bread
- Bread and Beans
- Manna House
- Sharing Table
- Moveable Feast
- Meals on Wheels
Assisted Living/Nursing Homes
- Bel Air Health & Rehab Center
- Mariner Health of Bel Air & Forest Hill
- Kelleher Adult Day Care
- Upper Chesapeake
- Union Memorial
- Franklin Square
- Perry Point VA Medical Center
Performing Special Services for the Poor
- Salvation Army
- Food Pantries/Banks
- Soup Kitchens
Tutoring After School
- St. Margaret’s, St. Joan of Arc, Harford Day School, etc.
- Religious Education Programs – CCD
- Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Harford County
Performing Special Services for the Disadvantaged/Disabled
- Special Olympics
- Beyond Capernaum
- Normandy Farms Therapeutic Riding
- Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
- The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region
- John Archer School
- Gallagher Services
Other Opportunities (Refer to the Bulletin Board outside the Service Learning Office for additional suggestions)
- Habitat for Humanity/Habitat Restore
- Baltimore/Appalachia Work Camp
- Anna’s House
- Project Linus
- Senior Olympics
- American Red Cross
- The Institutional Advancement Office
- Open House
- Mulch Madness
- Fashion Shows, Bingos
- Assisting Seniors with Senior Projects
- Summer Camps
NOT APPROVED / MAY NOT BE USED FOR SERVICE HOURS:
- NHS Required Service
- Athletics teams
- Non Athletic teams
- Work completed for friends, relatives, faculty members
- Work completed in private homes
- Places of employment (including student, friends, relatives)
- Altar Serving
- Participation in Liturgy and Prayer Services
- Pet sitting
**If there is a question relative to the service you hope to perform, ask Mrs. Susan Strawbridge in the Service Learning Office.
Examples of Approved Direct Service Examples of Approved Community Service Working with the poor, marginalized, disadvantaged Mission trips Vacation Bible School Nursing homes Sports Camps Therapeutic Riding State Parks Soup kitchens (Our Daily Bread, Manna House, The Sharing Table, etc.) Public Library Special Needs Adults (Gallagher Services, Beyond Capernaum, Special Needs Prom) JC Events Special Needs Children (Ronald McDonald House) Community Clean-ups Habitat for Humanity/Habitat Restore Senior Projects
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
To be notified via text of upcoming opportunities, join the P.A.S.S. Ministries Remind group by texting @passmin to 81010.
- Volunteers - University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH)
UM UCH is looking for students who are 15 years of age or older who are interested in learning about careers in healthcare. Applications are being accepted for both year-round and summertime volunteers to serve in one of the following areas: Patient Care, Administration, Surgical Waiting Room, Gift Shops, or Information Desk, or Dining Services. Interested students should complete the online application by Wednesday, May 1. If you’d like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Steve Anderson, Director or Volunteer Services and Community Partnerships at (443-643-1725) or email Mrs. Strawbridge.
- Homework Help - Harford Day, After School
Harford Day School is looking for volunteers to help a lower or middle school student with homework right after school. Interested students or parents should contact Mrs. Katsafanas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Habitat for Humanity Build
Habitat for Humanity is having another build, this is a great service opportunity and counts as direct hours. Take a service form and food/drink for this build. If you are interested contact student Habitat liaison, Spencer Bredesen ’20, at email@example.com for more information.
- Night to Shine Prom, Beyond Capernum, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church - February 8, 2019
Volunteer to make a Night to Shine an evening to remember! Are you a volunteer with a heart to serve? No matter what your talents are, there is a job for you. Help with set-up and tear down, be a photographer, greeter, help with catering, security, dancing and so much more. Sign up here.
- Bel Air United Methodist Church Family Food Distribution - February 15-16, 2019
Hours are 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Even just an hour would be great, as many hands make light work!
- Forest Hill Heights - February 20, 2019
From 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., come out and play Bingo and participate in a sing-a-long with residents at the assisted living facility. Bring money to eat at Chick-fil-A. No special talent needed, just a good heart!
- John Carroll Special Needs Prom - March 2, 2019
- Ronald McDonald House - May 10, 2019 (3:00 p.m.)
Help cook dinner for families at their new home!
- Ongoing Service Opportunities
Tollgate Road, Bel Air
(Mondays and/or Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Babysit in the Children's Center while moms attend meetings. Contact Jennifer Crosson at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Beyond Capernaum
1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air
(First & third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Christmas party 12/18)
Volunteers needed for "Pizza with Jesus," a faith-based social activity group for special needs youth and adults. Help with simple biblical teachings, videos, music, crafts and pizza. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
(Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Help stock store and receive donations. If you are interested, please contact John Lanigan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-567-7698.
Therapeutic Recreation Activities
The Department of Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers, at least 15 years old, to assist with Therapeutic Recreation activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with specialized programs offered to individuals in the County with varying disabilities. Duties include helping participants, social interaction, assisting Program Leader with leading activities, some set-up and clean-up. No personal care assistance. Contact Rachel Kollasch at 410-638-4899 or Mrs. Strawbridge at email@example.com for more details.
Recycle Christmas Cards
If you have used or leftover Christmas cards from the holidays, the Harford County Office of Recycling would love to RECYCLE them for you. They will be using them for workshops with the children at the Harford County Farm Fair summer of 2018. Drop your cards off to the Service Learning office or drop off or mail to: Harford Waste Disposal Center Office of Recycling, 3135 Scarboro Road, Street, Maryland 21154 Attn: Wendy.
Family Food Distribution
Bel Air United Methodist Church, McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air, MD
Students can earn direct service hours assisting in the set-up and distribution of food to families. Listed below is the calendar for the remainder of 2018. Friday set-up runs from 6:00-8:00pm with distribution on Saturday from 8:45am-noon.
- Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17
- Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8
Local Meal Ministries
Everyone needs help at some time. The Sharing Table is a coalition of churches, dedicated to reaching out to citizens in need. Groups of people from local churches work together to serve a free meal to anyone in need. The Sharing Table provides nourishment for Senior Citizens, families with children, and anyone having a hard time making it through the month. All who are in need of a good meal are welcome. Each family will receive a bag of groceries to take home. The Sharing Table respects the dignity of each person. The goal to reach out to those in need, and by serving a free meal and offering a friendly face, provide a brief haven from the daily stresses faced by those who have little. Most of these meal ministries are held during the school day, but there is plenty of opportunities for students, families, and friends to serve during the summer, school breaks, and weekends.
- Monday: Calvary Baptist Church (206 E. Cortland, Bel Air, MD) - CareNight Food Ministry 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 410-838-6080
- Tuesday: St. John's Episcopal Church (114 N Union Ave, Havre De Grace, MD) - Grace Place 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 410-939-2l07
- Wednesday: Bel Air United Methodist Church (21 Linwood Ave, Bel Air, MD) - Manna House 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 410-838-5181
- Thursday: Grove Presbyterian Church (50 E. Bel Air Ave, Aberdeen, MD) - Martha's Meals 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 410-272-0896
- Saturday: Prince of Peace Church (2600 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD) - The Sharing Table 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 410-679-5912 Any questions, please contact Susan Strawbridge, firstname.lastname@example.org.