Through direct service to our marginalized sisters and brothers, St. Francis Catholic High School students expand their worldview and develop their gifts and talents for the greater glory of God. Their work emulates the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and our patron, St. Francis of Assisi. Students directly serve others by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and visiting the imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-36). This guide is designed and intended to help students understand their yearly service requirement and help them choose meaningful service opportunities that meet program guidelines.
The Basic Process:
- Create a student MobileServe Account (learn more) to track and log service hours.
- Select a Core Program or other non-profit organization from the pre-approved agency list. If neither of those two options work, the student may seek pre-approval for another organization using the Special Permission Request Form.
- Maintain your MobileServe account by logging all your hours served in the online database. Corrections must be submitted to email@example.com, the student will be emailed once the change has been made.
- Get verification of service. (See below for options)
Option A: (Email verification) Enter the supervisor’s name and email address within MobileServe. Make sure to ask the supervisor if they are willing to follow up on the email. If not, use Option B.
Option B: (Supervisor Signature and location verification) Enter Supervisor name AND Supervisor signature AND Geo-verification (“Attach My Location”)
Minimum Service Requirements
St. Francis Catholic High School’s Christian Service programming is designed to form students as people committed to life-long service and social justice. We provide a program structure that:
- Creates and promotes direct service opportunities for students to help them learn about and grow in solidarity with our marginalized brothers and sisters;
- Encourages students to recognize and respond to the needs of the others and Creation;
- Supports students in connecting their lives of faith, Catholic Social Teaching, and the needs of the communities of which they belong.
Specific Goals in the Light of COVID-19
- Continue requiring service as an educational vehicle to increase awareness of the disparity that exists within our local and global communities
- Engage in service (in-person and/or remote) that encourages students to connect with others as a transformative practice; service is an exchange of time, talents, and experiences that enable students and those they serve to grow in their understanding of themselves and society at large.
- Grade 9: 5 hours of service (in-person or remote) at two different pre-approved, non-profit agencies
- Grade 10: 10 hours of service (in-person or remote) at two different pre-approved, non-profit agencies
- Grade 11: 15 hours of service (in-person or remote) at one pre-approved, non-profit agency
- Grade 12: 20 hours of service (in-person or remote) at one pre-approved, non-profit agency
If you have questions regarding service, please contact the Ms. Villanueva, the Campus Minister for Christian Service. If you find a service opportunity that seems to meet the SFHS service requirement, but is not officially listed please submit a Special Permission Request Form.
2020-2021 Service Period
- ALL grades may begin their service on June 1, 2020. Service hours must be served, logged, and verified no later than March 5, 2021 (the end of the 3rd Quarter)
- Students who did not complete their 2019-20 requirement may not begin their 2020-21 hours until they complete outstanding hours from the previous year. All outstanding hours are due by the end of the first semester.
- In-person: Food Banks and Shelters (Greater Sacramento Area, updated June 2020)
- Remote: Eskaton Telephone Reassurance Team, letters of encouragement, activity gift bags
- Remote: Virtual Tutoring at Arden-Dimick Library. For more information, contact Ms. Kim Farnsworth, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Remote: Dignity Health Homemade Mask Donations
- Students may seek pre-approval for another organization using the Special Permission Request Form
If students or other members of the SFHS community become aware of remote opportunities, please reach out to the Campus Minister for Christian Service so that those options can be shared with all students.
Volunteering Outside The Greater Sacramento Area
Students who wish to volunteer outside of the Greater Sacramento Area should always double check to make sure that they will be working with and through a non-profit organization. We recommend students submit a Special Permission Request Form before serving; students who fail to submit this form prior to service may find that their service does not meet the requirement, thus they will not receive credit.
- Ministry during religious services (such as altar serving at mass, liturgical ministry, Eucharistic ministry and music ministry). We believe participating in religious services is important ministry as part of a faith community. Although service credit is not given, if a parish wants to write a letter of commendation to be included in a student’s service file, please encourage them to do so.
- Service through/with a FOR PROFIT BUSINESS OR FOR AN INDIVIDUAL PERSON
- Political action and fundraising efforts– this kind of service is considered indirect.
- Fundraising dinners, Golf Tournaments & Crab Feeds.
Volunteer Rights And Responsibilities
You have the right…
- To be assigned a job that is meaningful and challenging.
- To be trained, supervised and supported to do your assigned job.
- To feel that your work contributes to the organization’s mission.
- To receive feedback and evaluation on the work you perform.
- To be treated with respect and be in a safe environment.
It is Your Responsibility…
- To be realistic about your schedule and ability to follow through.
- To perform the tasks assigned to you to the best of your ability.
- To follow through on the time commitments you’ve made.
- To follow organizational policies and procedures.
- To respect the confidences entrusted to you.
- To give advanced notification of absences or schedule changes.
- To log your service hours in TroubieServe within 60 days of service.