Service Hours Explained
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.
- Class of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 all need 50 hours by their senior year Christmas break (December)
Incoming freshmen may begin accumulating service hours after graduation from 8th grade
“Volunteer Etiquette and Conduct”
- 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.
Logging of Hours -
- 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
Please note: Babysitting does not count for service hours unless pre-approved with campus minister’s signature. Also, volunteering at a daycare does not count for hours as these are “for profit” businesses. Special Learning Center and Jefferson City Daycare are the only exceptions as they are non-profit agencies.
Official list of places and ideas and general categories of places:
- Art in the Park – FB page & 690-2556
- assist faculty with grading papers or classroom prep or classroom cleaning
- athletic camps (non-paid and volunteer based, parish, school, YMCA, Parks & Rec)
- athletic tournaments (Helias, grade school or state run such as Show-Me Games or mini-Olympics)
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters – 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
- Catholic Bowl Tournament - Jim Kemna, Director of Religious Education 573-635-9127
- Catholic Charities of Mid-MO 573-635-9127
- Capital City Residential Services – 634-4555 and http://www.ccrsi.org/
- Capital Projects Inc – 634-3660
- Catholic Heart Worker Camp - http://www.heartworkcamp.com/
- Catholic Worker House - 573-875-7874
- Challenger Baseball (Parks and Recreation) – 634-6482 and http://www.jeffcitymo.org/parks/parksandrecreation.html
- CHRISTpower service week – contact Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry 635-9127 or CHRISTpower2010@yahoo.com
- CRHP retreat service team – contact your parish
- Cursillo weekend retreat service team
- Dreams to Reality – 681-WORK (9675) or http://www.dreamstoreality-jc.org/
- El Puente – 635-2540
- ESL – through Lincoln University
- Habitat for Humanity – 635-8439 or http://www.rivercityhabitat.org/
- Health awareness fairs
- Health Dept. with dental kits and other various volunteer opportunity – 751-6400 or http://www.dhss.mo.gov/
- Heisinger Bluffs – nursing home contact Peggy Trachi 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 635-6808
- Helias Parents’ Club - check with office for current president of club
- Helias sports camps – coach that runs the camp
- Helping someone with his Eagle Scout project (not your own Eagle Scout project)
- Holts Summit Soup Kitchen - Helen Manson 491-3813
- Humane Society – 761-3900 or http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Heart_of_Missouri_Humane_Society_rId2708_rS_pC.html
- Jefferson City Daycare – 636-6461 or http://www.jcdcc.org/ (Please note: this is the only daycare permitted as they serve section 8 housing clients and low income families.)
- Junior High youth ministry events – contact parish youth minister
- Mass: Serving, lecturing, cantoring, playing music, ushering, greeting at Mass
- Master Gardeners: plant sale in May or helping maintain one of their many gardens for area beautification about the city.
- Mid-MO Foodbank – 573-474-1020 or http://www.sharefoodbringhope.org/
- Buddy Backpack programs and fundraisers
- Mission Trips – watch daily bulletin & listen for announcements
- MO Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
- Missouri Right to Life – 635-5110 or http://www.missourilife.org/
- 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
- Parish picnics, suppers, bazaars, breakfasts, and similar – contact your parish
- Parks & Rec volunteer coach or umpire - if you are paid, it is not service
- Planting trees at a local park – Parks and Recreation
- Prison ministry - Fr. Charlie Pardee or Fr. Pat Dowling (see Diocesan webpage www.diojeffcity.org )
- Refugee & Immigration Services – 632-0017
- Relay for Life and other various health walks to raise money - http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/findevents2 and FB page for Jefferson City
- Salvation Army – 635-0117
- Samaritan Center – 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 – 634-3070 or http://www.speciallearningcenter.com/
- Special Olympics – 635-1660 or http://somo.org/
- 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
- Vacation Bible School – for any church
- Vitae Caring Foundation – 634-4316 or http://www.vitaecaringfoundation.org/
- Vocation Day for 6th graders – Diocese of Jefferson City
- TEC retreat: serving on Team or cooking or Wheatie (please note: going on the retreat does not count) FB page
- 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 including the multiple sports camps at Helias during the summer
- volunteer at athletic tournaments anywhere (for example the Lady Knights Tournament)
- Volunteering at local hospitals (St. Mary’s Hospital, Capital Region, Boone County or University Medical Center)
- Young Neighbors in Action - http://www.youngneighbors.org/
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. Exception would be if your parent is a teacher or works at a non-profit agency.
Reasoning and Rationale behind requiring service hours
- 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