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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Family Food Distribution - Saturday, November 14, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Bel Air United Methodist Church, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air
Help delivering food to people's cars. Just show up and stay as long as you can!
Toys for Tots - Sunday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. (plus other dates to be announced)
Harford Mall, old Sears store
Help sort Christmas toys.
Habitat ReStore - Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays - Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1013 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen
Volunteer at ReStore! Help with customer service and donation processing. 14-15-year olds can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Most volunteers do two to four-hour shifts, but they are flexible if you would like a shorter or longer shift. Click here for more information.
Harford Community Action Agency - Various times/days
1321-B Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood, 410-612-9909
Volunteers are needed throughout the week to assist with loading/unloading donations, stocking shelves, distributing food and answering the phone. Click here for more information.
Our Daily Bread
Earn two direct service hours for making a casserole for Our Daily Bread. Follow the instructions/recipes. Casseroles can be delivered to Our Daily Bread or contact St. Margaret Parish. Click here for more information.
To be notified via text of upcoming opportunities, join the P.A.S.S. Ministries Remind group by texting @passmin to 81010.