community service program

Overview
As a Catholic School in the Salesian tradition, Bishop Ireton is committed to preaching and modeling the Church’s mandate that service rooted in justice is a constitutive element in teaching the Gospel. Students will be challenged to do acts of service leading them to encounter Christ in the poor, dispossessed, and marginalized and offer the students a lifelong possibility of charity. The Bishop Ireton Community Service requirement is not merely “service for service sake,” but stems from our belief that our students should share their talents eagerly for the betterment of society and that they should recognize their responsibility for making the world a better place. The program is designed to provide service experiences that increase in depth and intensity as the student matures. Sixty hours of Community Service will be performed by the student prior to graduation from Bishop Ireton High School over the four year course of study.

Overall Service Requirements
The following are requirements for all service submitted to Bishop Ireton’s Campus Ministry.
  • All service must be done through a verifiable agency or organization, and students are expected to fill out a Supervisor Evaluation (Part III) for each service site.
    • Examples of what will not count include: shoveling driveways, private tutoring, babysitting outside of the context of daycare, after school service, etc., helping elderly relative or neighbor, neighborhood clean-up outside of the context of a homeowner’s association
  • Junior and Senior level service emphasizes person-to-person contact with the poor and marginalized.
    • Therefore, the following service opportunities may not be accepted: animal shelters that do not provide contact with human beings, office work, tasks that are only loosely connected to the service performed (e.g. planning meetings for youth group mission trip, fundraising planning meetings, seminars, etc.)
  • Students should be clear that hours must be consistent with their grade level
    • Examples of what will not be accepted include: Coffeehouse and other in school/for school events (for non-freshmen), Vacation Bible School, CCD, altar serving (for upperclassmen).
  • Students can use club related events for service hours provided that the club itself does not require service hours. Specific clubs that are known to already require service hours, and therefore can’t count for two organizations: National Honor Society and Beta Club.
  • Hours will not be accepted without a completed Salesian Year-End Reflection (Part II), which is provided in the Community Service Hours form.
  • Students can check the progress of their service hours through the Bishop Ireton Parent Portal.
  • Students should be prepared to explain how the service they render helps others in need.  
  • It is permissible for students to perform their hours during the summer prior to the upcoming school year.
 
Finding Service Projects
 
Bishop Ireton High School encourages a wide variety of volunteer and service activities. Service provides students with the opportunity to draw on and to share their gifts and abilities and to expose them to people and situations that are different from what they already know and do well. Service that involves working with people who are disadvantaged, poor, dispossessed or marginalized includes helping the poor, homeless, handicapped, elderly, sick, children of elementary school age or younger, and immigrants. While students are responsible for finding their own service hours, Bishop Ireton’s Campus Ministry program maintains a large database of pre-approved service opportunities. If a student is struggling with finding acceptable projects, they can access the List of Pre-Approved Service Sites or contact Campus Ministry with further questions.
 
Finally, students who find service opportunities that are not already listed on Campus Ministry’s List of Pre-Approved Service Sites are strongly encouraged to first get their projects approved through filling out the Approval Request Form before performing the service. Failure to get a project approved may result in students being asked to redo hours at the end of the year.  

Freshmen:
Fifteen hours of service to be completed by May 22, 2017.

MINIMUM TYPE OF SERVICE TO BE PERFORMED: Service to the Bishop Ireton High School community, e.g. volunteering at Open House, selling concessions at Coffee House, ushering for the Spring Show, hosting a Shadow, etc. Additionally, freshmen may do any type of service indicated below for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Students do not need their supervisor(s) to fill the Supervisor Evaluation if the service was done for the school
Sophomores:
Fifteen hours of service to be completed by May 22, 2017.

MINIMUM TYPE OF SERVICE TO BE PERFORMED: Service to the Church (local parish ordiocese), e.g. Altar Serving, Volunteering at CCD/Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Set-up for Parish event, child care at a Parish event, etc. Service must be performed outside of schoolhours. Additionally, sophomores may also do any type of service that juniors or seniors can do.
  • Sophomores may not count Sophomore Retreat as volunteer hours
  • Only five hours may be done in the context of Sunday/Holy Day Mass
Juniors:
Fifteen hours of service to be completed by May 22, 2017.
MINIMUM TYPE OF SERVICE TO BE PERFORMED: Direct person-to-person(s) service to the poor, dispossessed, or marginalized. Service must be performed outside of school hours. Examples include: working with the elderly at a nursing home, volunteering time with local homeless shelters, teaching a sport through a summer camp, attending the March for Life, etc. Juniors may also do any type of service indicated for seniors.
  • Service must be performed through verifiable community organizations or agencies.
Seniors: 
Fifteen hours of service to be completed by May 8, 2017.
MINIMUM TYPE OF SERVICE TO BE PERFORMED:  Direct person-to-person(s) service to the poor, dispossessed, or marginalized. The focus area of service is to the civic community at large. Service should reflect a concern for a marginalized part of the community about whom you feel strongly, for example: education, poverty, senior citizens, women in crisis pregnancy, etc. Students should be able to experience the situation at a human level and be aware of its effects on the community at large.
  • Service must be performed through verifiable community organizations or agencies.

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