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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.
o First half of service hours (at least 15 service hours) is due the week of midterm exams.
o Final portion of service hours (at least 30 hours total for the entire school year) is due 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.