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Service Hour Requirements

Students work on housing repairs during Spring Break in Appalachia.

Service Hour Requirements for the 2014-2015 School Year
(starting June 7, 2014)

Pre-Approved Service Site List
Christian Service Contract
Approval Request Form
Freshman Reflection Rubric
Sophomore Reflection Rubric
Junior Reflection Rubric
Senior Reflection Rubric

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High"
Luke 6:32-35

Basic Requirements for the Holy Cross Service Program:

  • Service work must be for a non-profit organization, not for an individual.
  • Students must work directly with people in their assigned focus area.
  • Help given to one's family, friends, school, church, or club is not considered a part of the Holy Cross Service Program.
  • Students may not miss school to earn service hours.

Steps to fulfill this mission:

  • Find a site/organization on the Pre-Approved Service Site List for your grade level (found on our website). Please contact the organization before volunteering.
  • If your Christian service site is not on the “Pre-Approved Service Site List”, you must complete the Approval Request Form on our website and receive approval BEFORE you participate in the service activity in order for completed service to be accepted for credit.
  • Complete # 1 of the Christian Service Contract before going to the site. Take this contract with you when you volunteer
  • When you have completed your Christian service activity, have your service supervisor complete section #2
  • Complete BRIEF description #3 and sign beneath it.
  • Submit the completed contract to Campus Ministry within 2 months of beginning of your service. (Summer contracts due by October 6th).

Service Approval: Any service not listed on the Pre-Approved Service Site List must be approved before performing the service hours by submitting a Approval Request Form.

  • Once you submit the online form, you should receive an email reply within 48 hours from Mrs. Herndon, the Campus Ministry Assistant, telling you whether the site is acceptable for your focus group or not.
  • If the site or the work you’ll be doing is not acceptable, you may complete the hours, but the hours will not be credited towards your grade level requirement.

 

For the 2014-2015 school year:

Freshmen

Required to complete at least 15 hours of Christian service with a focus on working directly with children

Examples: tutoring programs, women & children's shelters, summer programs serving disadvantaged youth. See  9 - Focus on Children

Deadline for completion of hours: March 23, 2015 (Christian Service Contract)

Reflection Due: TBA

 

Sophomores

Required to complete at least 20 hours of Christian service with a focus on working directly with the elderly or those who are physically/intellectually disabled

Examples: nursing homes, soup kitchens that have an elderly population, senior programs at churches, special olympics. See 10 - Focus on the Elderly or Physically/Intellectually Disabled

Deadline for completion of hours: by March 30, 2015 (Christian Service Contract)

Reflection Due: TBA
 

Juniors

Required to complete at least 25 hours of Christian service with a focus on working directly with those in economic/material poverty

Examples: soup kitchens, S.O.M.E., homeless shelters, neighborhood centers for low-income youth. See 11 - Focus on the Economic Poor.

Deadline for completion of hours: by April 13, 2015 (Christian Service Contract)

Reflection Due: TBA

 

Seniors

Required to complete at least 30 hours of Christian service with one service agency or organization.  All 30 hours must be completed with the same organization.  Organization must be on the Pre-Approved List for Seniors or be submitted via the Approval Request Process.  (Please note that Teens in Action is not considered a single agency.  It is a club that serves a variety of agencies.)

Focus: work must be addressing issues of social justice and inequality, and protecting basic human needs. 

Deadline for completion of hours: by April 20, 2015 (Christian Service Contract)

Reflection Due: TBA