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Service Outreach

A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

ALL STUDENT MUST OPEN AND READ THIS DOCUMENT PERTAINING TO COMMUNITY SERVICE. CLICK THIS LINK TO ACCESS THE DOCUMENT.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students can explore their own giftedness and discover ways in which they can share them with others.
  2. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students will make choices about areas of deep human need with which they will become involved.
  3. To provide an opportunity for which the students can meet persons with "special needs" and can learn from their perspectives.
  4. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students can discover the joy that comes with responding to others in need and to plant seeds for their life long commitment to service.
  5. To provide an opportunity of service in which the students are challenged to broaden the scope of their involvement.
  6. To provide an opportunity for reflection through writing and sharing with others. The students are encouraged to integrate their service experiences with their religious/spiritual formation.

REQUIREMENTS:

Students must complete a writing assignment related to their service project. Their religion teacher will announce the due date.

Freshmen - 3 pages
Sophomores - 5 pages
Juniors - 7 pages
Seniors - 10 pages

The service project, which the student chooses, must comply with the following guidelines:

  1. The work must serve persons directly.
  2. The student may not receive payment for their service.
  3. The project should give the student contact with people whom they normally would not meet, and also be an unfamiliar kind of work.
  4. The service project should meet the required hours:
    1. Freshmen: 10 Hours
    2. Sophomores: 20 Hours
    3. Juniors: 30 Hours
    4. Seniors: 40 Hours
  5. Students may be asked by their religion teacher to complete a writing assignment related to their service project.

HOW TO START:

  1. Identify Your Interests:
    • With whom would you like to work? Why? What strengths, talents and abilities might I have? Where could I use these for the good of others? What kind of service have I never had any experience with? What kind of service have I always wished I could do? What type of service project would really challenge me?
  2. Identify possible projects:
    • Inquire at your church; ask teachers, and family members for ideas.
  3. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator:
    • Discuss with the coordinator the type of orientation or training that may be needed at the particular place you would like to give service.
  4. SIGN Forms:
    • Obtain the "Service In God's Name" Forms from your Religion teacher and be sure to have the SIGN forms completed and returned to your Religion teacher or the Director of Campus Ministry for approval BEFORE beginning the service project.
  5. Be committed to your service project.

WHILE PERFORMING THE SERVICE PROJECT:

  1. BE PUNCTUAL! Those you serve are looking forward to seeing you and those you work with are depending on you.
  2. Give advance notice (at least 24 hours) of absences from you're agreed upon schedule.
  3. Dress neatly, according to agency guidelines.
  4. Be willing to assume assigned duties. If you have questions, ask! Give your assistance when and where help is needed.
  5. Be sensitive to the special conditions and attitudes of those you are serving. Be aware of confidentiality for those with whom you work.
  6. Always remember you are representing yourself, your family, and Saint Frances Academy. Be your best, and give your best!

VERIFICATION:

  1. THE SERVICE IN GOD'S NAME (SIGN) CONTRACT:
    • This form must be filled out completely by the student along with the supervisor consent signature, parent/guardian signature and Religion Teacher/ Campus Minister signature.
  2. THE STUDENT EVALUATION FORM:
    • Upon the completion of the Christian community service project, each student must complete this form, evaluating the agency for which he/she worked.
  3. THE AGENCY EVALUATION FORM:
    • Upon the completion of the project, each student must have this form completed by his/her supervisor at the agency, evaluating the student's performance.
  4. SITE VISIT:
    • The Director of Campus Ministry, Mrs. Torena Brown, may visit the service site.