Service Hours Explained for 2012 – 2013
Academic Year Service Hours Needed: 50 hours of mandatory service for each student graduating from Helias Catholic High School
Hours are to be completed by Christmas break of the student’s senior year.
In the event of student wishing to graduate a semester early, hours will be due by November 1st.
The hours for seniors and juniors have been pro-rated due to the service hours they did their previous years.
- seniors (class of 2013) need 36 hours by Christmas break, December 2012
- Class of 2013 need 36 hours by their senior Christmas break, December 2012
- Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 all need 50 hours by their senior year Christmas break, December 2014
Incoming freshmen may begin accumulating service hours after graduation from 8th grade
Hours are to be performed from a pre-approved list of non-profit agencies, Helias Catholic High School, church or church group, or elementary or junior high school. There is no division or limit to where or how you get your hours, so long as for a non-profit agency, church or school.
“Volunteer Etiquette and Conduct”
- No hours will be counted for family members, individuals or for-profit businesses (this includes doctor’s offices, small business owners, restaurants, daycare facilities with the exception of Jefferson City Daycare, etc.)
- If a non-profit does not appear on the pre-approved list, a student must first have it approved before the service hours will be accepted
- Babysitting will only count if for a church or school purpose, ie. School Board, PTA, prayer groups needing childcare assisted, etc.
- If uncertain, contact the Campus Minister for approval.
Logging of Hours -
- Always, always, ALWAYS call at least one day before you go to volunteer at an agency whether you are going on your own, with a group or in response to a notice on the Crusader Service Stop bulletin board. The agency needs to know you are coming so they can have work ready for you as well as any instruction or direction you will need. If you do not phone ahead, the agency has every right to say they have nothing for you to do and turn you away.
- Be aware of your dress. Consider the Helias Catholic High School handbook as a guide. Wear uniform or similar type clothes when volunteering at agencies. When doing manual labor or potential outdoor work, use dress down rules from handbook (jeans and tennis shoes no holes.) Be modest in your dress as you are when here at school
- Many businesses and agencies require a dress code. Know what these are and adhere to the code
- Know that you may be dealing with sensitive or even confidential information. Use tact and keep the confidence of the responsibilities entrusted to you as a volunteer.
- Follow any rules or codes of conduct put forth by the agency as well as the virtues and morals taught you here at Helias Catholic High School
- If you need your cell phone, do not be rude and make a phone call just anywhere. Excuse yourself to make the call and let the person in charge know that you need to do so. Do not text your friends and be having a conversation while working as a volunteer. It is rude and ill-mannered. Keep your attention and focus on your volunteer job.
- Please leave your ipod or musical devices at home. There is no reason to have the distraction of having your ears plugged up. It makes communicating information and directions to you difficult. If you need music because you are shredding, or filing or copying, ask if having a radio would be permissible.
- Remember you are here to primarily work not to visit and socialize with friends. Make sure you are an asset in your volunteering not a distraction.
Official list of places and ideas and general categories of places: (If you do not see an agency on the list, and would like it added, please the send information to the campus minister of Helias Catholic High School via email or fax)
- Record of hours will be kept with academic records in the Business Office
- Hours will only be recorded if the service hour sheet is filled out correctly. Any missing information will be sent back for the student to provide
- While the school will have a list of hours with academic records, it is expected the students keep a copy and track of their service hours completed
- Failure to meet requirements will result in withholding of graduation diploma, transcripts and possible even walking at graduation until hours are completed
**IMPORTANT** You wil NOT GET HOURS FOR DOING THE FOLLOWING:
- Art in the Park – 573-690-2556
- Assist faculty with grading papers or classroom prep or classroom cleaning
- Athletic camps (non-paid and volunteer based, parish, school, YMCA)
- Athletic tournaments (Helias, grade school or state run such as Show-Me Games or mini-Olympics)
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters – 573-634-3290 and http://www.mvbbbs.org/ or http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.hiKRL9POLtF/b.3986387/k.F088/Home_Page.htm
- Birth Right – 635-8822
- Capital City Residential Services – 573-634-4555 and http://www.ccrsi.org/
- Capital Projects Inc – 573-634-3660
- Catholic Charities of Mid-MO
- Catholic Heart Worker Camp - http://www.heartworkcamp.com/
- Catholic Worker House - 573-875-7874
- Challenger Baseball (Parks and Recreation) – 573-634-6482 and http://www.jeffcitymo.org/parks/parksandrecreation.html
- CHRISTpower service week – contact Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry 573-635-9127 or CHRISTpower2010@yahoo.com
- Council for Drug Free Youth
- CRHP retreat service team – contact local parish
- Cursillo weekend retreat service team
- Dreams to Reality – 573-681-WORK (9675) or http://www.dreamstoreality-jc.org/
- El Puente – 573-635-2540
- ESL – through Lincoln University
- Habitat for Humanity –573- 635-8439 or http://www.rivercityhabitat.org/
- Health awareness fairs
- Health Dept. with dental kits and other various volunteer opportunity – 573-751-6400 or http://www.dhss.mo.gov/
- Heisinger Bluffs – nursing home contact Peggy Trachi 573-893-4467, assisted living Nina 636-6288
- Helias Booster events
- Helias Foundation events: golf tournament, Derby party, mother-daughter brunch, Hall of Fame dinner phone calls, etc. – Foundation 573-635-6808
- Helias sports camps – coach that runs the camp
- Helping someone with his Eagle Scout project (not your own Eagle Scout project)
- Homemaker Health Care, Inc. 1760 Southridge Drive, (573) 635-3900
- Home Maker Healthcare, a United Way funded agency contact Trish Beckman, 573-635-3900
- Humane Society – 573-761-3900 or http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Heart_of_Missouri_Humane_Society_rId2708_rS_pC.html
- Jefferson City Daycare – 573-636-6461 or http://www.jcdcc.org/ (this is the only daycare permitted)
- Junior High youth ministry events – contact parish youth minister
- Little Theater - certain aspects of helping this not for profit, please ask the campus ministry for clarification
- Mass: Serving, lecturing, cantoring, playing music, ushering, greeting at Mass and any practice times
- Mid-MO Foodbank – 573-474-1020 or http://www.sharefoodbringhope.org/
- Mid-MO Gardeners - they maintain 20 - 30 small gardens about the Jefferson City area as a service to beautifying the city
- Mission Trips – watch bulletin for announcements
- MO Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture -
- Missouri Right to Life – 573-635-5110 or http://www.missourilife.org/
- Mother’s Club events – Jackie Wisch or Sherry LePage
- Nursing homes (includes but is not limited to Villa Marie, Heisinger Bluffs, Oak Tree Villas, etc.)
- Office staff or administration with volunteer needs (mailings, cleaning, data entry, various projects, hall running, etc.) – Peggy Rogers
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Center – Carolyn Tucker 573-893-6279
- Parish picnics, suppers, bazaars, breakfasts, and similar – contact your parish
- Parks and Rec: Buddy Baseball, planting trees or flowers at a local park and other volunteer driven programs
- Prison ministry (like baking cookies or making cards) – Jim Kemna 573-635-9127
- Refugee & Immigration Services – 573-632-0017
- Relay for Life and other various health walks to raise money - http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/findevents2
- Jefferson City Salvation Army – 573-635-0117
- Samaritan Center – 573-634-7776 or http://www.midmosamaritan.org/
- Show Me State Games – (573) 884-2946 or http://www.smsg.org/ http://www.smsg.org/
- Special Learning Center – 573-634-3070 or http://www.speciallearningcenter.com/
- Special Olympics – 573-635-1660 or http://somo.org/
- St. Jude's Walk-a-thon contact is Bob Haslag and cell number is 573-821-3825
- Sunday school assistant, Parish School of Religion (PSR) or CCD volunteer teacher or assistant
- Therapeutic activities for handicapped children
- Tutoring: non-paid of any type
- Upkeep of parish grounds, rectory, cemetery, or convent including Carmelites or Benedictines or Christian Brothers or School Sisters of Notre Dame
- University of Lincoln certain volunteer projects, ask the campus minister for clarification
- Vacation Bible School – for any church
- Vitae Caring Foundation – 573-634-4316 or http://www.vitaecaringfoundation.org/
- Vocation Day for 6th graders – Vocations Office for Diocese 573-635-9127
- Diocese of Jefferson City TEC retreat: serving on Team or cooking or Wheatie (please note: going on the retreat does not count)
- Volunteer at County Fair or State Fair
- Volunteer for PAL (parochial athletic league) sports
- Volunteering at fundraiser dinners or banquets
- YMCA volunteer coach or assistant for any team or activity - volunteer at athletic camps anywhere
- Volunteer at athletic tournaments anywhere
- Volunteering at local hospitals (St. Mary’s Hospital, Capital Region, Boone County or University Medical Center)
- Young Neighbors in Action - http://www.youngneighbors.org/
Reasoning and Rationale behind requiring service hours
- Babysitting does not count (unless it is for church function, school meeting, single parent in need to be able to work),
- Not being paid for your usual paid job does not count as service hours.
- Taking the senior Christian Service class does not count towards this service hour requirement.
- Service hours for family members or neighbors do not count, unless with prior approval and signature or email confirmation from the campus minister and this signature or email must be attached to service sheet. Reasoning comes from Matthew 5:46 – 48
- Service hours will not be granted if the organization or company is in business to make money, to turn a profit. For example volunteering at Wal-mart as opposed to volunteering at the Samaritan Center, volunteering to work at family business as oppose to serving at Vitae Caring Foundation Dinner, moving equipment for a local business as opposed to moving furniture for Refugee Services. -
- Cleaning mom or dad’s offices will not count for service hours. Working at parents’ business is not service. Just about anything using your time and talent to improve the community, you are not paid for it and the work is done for a not for profit or non-profit agency, an agency who would not survive if not for the generosity of the local community and its support, is service. If your place of service does not appear, you must contact the Campus Minister for approval.
- By our very baptisms we are called to participate in the mission of Christ and in spreading the good news of the Church
- We are to follow our Lord’s example of the greatest among you will be your servant
- We want to create students who will make service to others a part of their entire lives, “To live a life of service for others”
- It is following the directives of Matthew 25:31 – 46, that when we serve the needy among us, we are actually caring for Christ himself
- Service to those whom we love is not service but something we need to do any way; service should require sacrifice, for if we love only those who love us, what good is there in that; give to those who cannot repair you or return the favor
- If we did not require it, students would not do it (stated by 80% of Mr. Dunn’s religion classes) and it is important to do service and the lessons it gives us