CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE
Catholic Christian community service hours are integral to the mission of Allentown Central Catholic High School.
Service Hours Evaluation Forms should be submitted to the Chaplain's Office in order for your service to be recorded.
WHERE TO SERVE
Parish/Church — You can apply the following to your service requirement: worker for parish picnics and festivals, CCD assistant, church office work, CYO volunteer.
Community — Service to the community at large, especially to the poor, sick, elderly and uneducated will qualify: Soup kitchens, tutoring, Big Brother/Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity, nursing homes, hospitals.
The Central City Project — Throughout the year, social and cultural outreaches are made available through The Central City Project. These specific projects are done in conjunction with a particular academic class.
APPROVAL OF SERVICE WORK
All hours will be performed for a non-profit charitable organization that can include: your parish, Catholic and non-Catholic charitable organizations, CYO and other youth sports organizations or community organizations outside the school. All service should support the mission of the Catholic Church. See your Theology teacher, Coordinator of Service, or the Chaplain for clarification.
Babysitting, altar serving, lawn mowing, and pet-sitting are good ways to help your community but these DO NOT count as service hours.
Students cannot receive any form of payment or other remuneration for service hours.
All Christian community service must be for an organization outside of your home and not for personal relatives. This service should, in some way, make the Gospel message of Jesus Christ visible to you, as the servant, and those whom you are serving.
All community service forms, that fulfill the minimum requirement for a student’s class year, need to be submitted to the Chaplain’s Office by the due date. Service hour forms for the Day Maurin Service Society must be submitted by the due date.
If a student completes his/her service during the summer, his/her forms should be turned in to the Chaplain’s Office by the required due date.
In addition, service hour forms must be handed in one calendar month after the completion of the service. If the service is done on multiple days the paper can contain the multiple dates, however, it must still be handed in one calendar month after the final date listed on the paper.
Service hours may be completed for the upcoming academic year after the last day of school.
If your service is performed in more than one place, you must have a form for all service hours to be added to your Community Service record. Additional forms are in the Campus Ministry and Chaplain’s Offices. For your hours to be added to your record, please be certain your forms are filled out completely and accurately. The record of student service hours will be maintained in the Chaplain’s Office.
PLANNING YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Service hours completed during the summer months are applied to the next school year (ie. Joe worked a CYO Basketball camp from
June 20-24. Those hours will be applied to the upcoming school year.)
Minimum Number of Community Service Hours:
Freshman – 5 hours
Sophomore – 10 hours
Junior – 15 hours
Senior – 20 hours
Students who actively participate in The Central City Project through a specific academic class can fulfill their community service requirement for the year. Approval for a student meeting his/her community service requirement through The Central City Project is determined by the Coordinator for The Central City Project. Please make sure that the CCP Coordinator signs your Service Hours Evaluation Form if you have participated in The Central City Project.
Community service hours are integral to a student’s time at Allentown Central Catholic High School. Students who neglect to complete their service hours and return the necessary paperwork to the Chaplain’s Office by the required deadline will be put on social suspension until the required hours have been submitted. If a student does not complete their hours by the end of the school year they will receive 10 detentions to be served after the end of the academic year. Students who plan to go to the prom will not be permitted to attend unless their service hours are completed. In addition, students may not receive their report card at the end of the year and seniors may not graduate.
All questions pertaining to the acceptability of community service or activity, please see Mr. Markham.
SERVICE HOUR POLICY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
Any student who transfers to Allentown Central Catholic High School after the first day of school will have a modified expectation for service hours. If a student has completed service hours at their previous school for the current school year those hours can be transferred, a letter of verification must be sent from the sending school to the Chaplain’s Office. All questions should be directed to the Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry.