The IHA Christian Service &Volunteer Program 2009-2010

Answering God’s call to serve those in need.

Making a difference right where we are.

 

Objective: Students at Immaculate Heart Academy will distinguish the need for serving their immediate community and ministering to those in need through interactive service opportunities. By participating in the IHA Christian Service program, students will apply their Catholic Christian values by practicing them in projects that expand the student’s awareness of God, others, and themselves.

                                                                                                                                          

 

 FOR FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES, and JUNIORS ONLY

 

 

TO FILL OUT THE STUDENT RESPONSE,

HAVE YOUR STUDENT ID FROM THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OF YOUR SCHEDULE AND CLICK HERE: STUDENT SERVICE RESPONSE

Don't wait for your evaluator form to fill out the student response.

THE ADULT EVALUATOR part of the Service Project sheet can be found outside Ms. Licata's office:

PINK - Freshman -  6 hours of Christian Service, 6 hours of Volunteerism

YELLOW - Sophomores  - 8 hours of Christian Service, 8 Hours of Volunteerism

GREEN - Juniors - 10 Hours of Christian Service, 10 hours of Volunteerism

The only thing you are handing is the adult evaluator forms as necessary. ONLY hand these in to 1. The top drawer outside Ms. Licata's office - 125 -  marked "SERVICE" . Your Service Board Rep

DUE DATE 1: SUMMER SERVICE PROJECTS

For all Service that was DONE and COMPLETED over the summer, adult evaluator forms will be collected in homeroom on FRIDAY 9/24/10 by your Service Board Rep in order to count towards their school service project. You can also leave it in the desk drawer outside Ms. Licata's office marked "SERVICE". 

DUE DATE 2:PROJECTS COMPLETED BY THE END OF CHRISTMAS BREAK

If you COMPLETE your service project between the first day of school and the end of Christmas Vacation you must hand in adult evaluator forms by Wed 1/5/11

DUE DATE 3: FINAL DUE DATE

If you COMPLETE your service project between 1/6/11 and 4/7/11- The due date is FRI 4/8/11

FINAL DUE DATE FOR ALL PROJECTS IS FRIDAY 4/8/11. What does that mean? All adult evaluator forms are handed in and all student online response information is filled out.

 

 

 

 

How the Program Works

 

 

 


 

STEP “A” PROJECTS

Christian Service: The act of serving those in need as Christ did.

 

Throughout its history, the Roman Catholic Church has been committed to the service of others. Taking our cue from the Gospel, Jesus instructs us in Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

With compassion, courage, and love students are required to reach beyond their comfort zone for this part of the service program. Freshman must complete 6 hours of Christian service. All hours of Step “B” projects must be entirely devoted to working directly with people in need. You can do up to TWO activities in any subject totaling 6 hours of service.

 

PEOPLE IN NEED:

THE ELDERLY

THE SICK

THE POOR/HUNGRY

CHILDREN OR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

Here are some examples of Christian Service:

 

The Elderly

 

The Sick

 

The Poor/Hungry

 

Children or Adults with Special Needs

 

CRITERIA FOR “STEP A” PROJECTS

 

1.       The service must work directly with these people (example:  stocking shelves in a food pantry is not direct interaction with people in need).

2.       Each student is responsible to set up their project.  Plan your project in advance.  Do not wait until the last minute.  Be courteous and responsible when you speak to adults to set your project up. 

3.       When attending a service site, you are to dress appropriately to represent IHA (this means no short shorts, short skirts, spaghetti strap tank tops or revealing clothing).

4.       If you are unclear about an activity, ask your religion teacher or Ms. Licata.

5.       Call in advance to set up your project hours.

6.       Have the adult who oversees your Christian service hours fill out an adult evaluator form or attach a letter on official letterhead to the form.

7.     Click on the Student Response Link to fill out your response to your project

8.     Honor all due dates and instructions listed above

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO FIND AND SET UP “STEP A” ACTIVITIES:

 

1.       Check Ms. Licata’s site under Christian Service Resources .

2.       You can perform up to two activities that total 6 hours of Christian Service.

3.       Look in your parish bulletin – there are many opportunities in your parish to assist with them.  Check to see if your parish has a Social Action Committee.

4.       Go to WWW.BERGENVOLUNTEERS.ORG for suggestions.

5.       Ask your friends what they are doing.

6.       Attend a CARE meeting (one Thursday a month).

7.       Utilize your Christian Service Board mentor that will be assigned to your homeroom and visiting once a month.

8.       Ask your parents for help/suggestions.

 

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU ARE CALLING AN ADULT ON THE PHONE TO SET UP CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS:

 

“Hi.  My name is ________.  I am a student at Immaculate Heart Academy.  Part of my school service program is to serve people in need.  I must work directly with people for this part of my project.  I am interested in serving with/for your (Name Activity Here).  I am available (tell them when you can assist – e.g., weekdays after school, Saturday mornings, etc).  Please tell me where I can be of service with your organization/activity”.

 

WHAT NOT TO SAY WHEN YOU ARE CALLING AN ADULT ON THE PHONE TO SET UP CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS:

 

“Hi…umm, my name is Kayla.  I have to help some people in need.  What can I do ?

 

TIPS:

+SET YOUR PROJECT UP EARLY. GET IT DONE.

+IT IS MUCH EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

+DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SET SOMETHING UP!

+USE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU! ASK YOUR CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOARD MENTOR, YOUR PEER MINISTER, YOUR FRIENDS, AND YOUR PARENTS FOR IDEAS!

 

QUESTIONS? – Ask your religion teacher or feel free to email Ms. Licata at CampusMinIHA@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

STEP “B” PROJECTS

Volunteerism: the act or practice of doing volunteer work in your community.

 

You are part of many different communities that support and help you throughout your high school experience. We are reminded to contribute our God given talents to our immediate community by donating our time and effort to helping out wherever we can.

 

Freshman must perform 6 hours of volunteerism that serves any of the following communities:

 

SCHOOL COMMUNITY

PARISH

TOWN

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

YOUNGER CHILDREN

 

Here are some examples of Volunteerism:

SCHOOL COMMUNITY

 

PARISH

 

TOWN

 

 

 

 

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

 

WORKING WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN (NOT UNDERPRIVILEGED)

 

THINGS THAT DO NOT APPLY HERE:

+BABYSITTING FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR FOR FREE

+WORKING FOR FREE AT A FOR PROFIT NURSERY SCHOOL OR DAY CARE CENTER

+WORKING FOR FREE AT A DANCE, GYMNASTIC, OR THEATER SCHOOL

 

CRITERIA FOR “STEP B” PROJECTS

 

1.       You may not volunteer at a for-profit organization (doctor’s office, pre-school, dancing school, your dad’s office, or any other place of business).  You cannot receive any monetary compensation for your work.

2.       You can do up to 2 activities that total a minimum of 6 hours.

3.       Each student is responsible to set up her project.  Plan your project in advance.  Do not wait until the last minute.  Be courteous and responsible when you speak to adults to set your project up.

4.       When attending a service site, you are to dress appropriately to represent IHA (this means no short shorts, short skirts, spaghetti strap tank tops or revealing clothing).

5.       If you are unclear about an activity, ask your Religion teacher or Ms. Licata.

6.       Have the adult who oversees your volunteerism service hours fill out an adult evaluator form or attach a letter on official letterhead to the form.

7.     Click on the Student Response Link to fill out your response to your project

8.     Honor all due dates and instructions listed above

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO FIND AND SETUP STEP B ACTIVITIES:

1.       Check Ms. Licata’s site under Christian Service Resources

2.       Look in your Parish Bulletin – there are many opportunities in your Parish to assist with them.

3.       Look in your town newspaper

4.       Go to WWW.BERGENVOLUNTEERS.ORG for suggestions.

5.       Ask your friends what they are doing.

6.       Attend a CARE meeting (one Thursday a month).

7.       Utilize your Christian Service Board mentor that will be assigned to your homeroom and visiting once a month.

8.       Ask your parents for help/suggestions.

 

  

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU ARE CALLING AN ADULT ON THE PHONE TO SETUP VOLUNTEER HOURS:

“Hi.  My name is _______________.  I am a student at Immaculate Heart Academy.  Part of my school service program is to volunteer with my immediate community.  I am interested in volunteering with/for your (name activity/program here).  I am available (tell them when you can assist, eg., weekdays after school, Saturday mornings, etc).  Please tell me where I can be of service to your organization/activity.

WHAT NOT TO SAY WHEN YOU ARE CALLING AN ADULT ON THE PHONE TO SETUP CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS:

 

“Hi…umm…my name is Ashley.  I have to do some like service hours for um my school.  Can I like come in and help you out”?

 

TIPS:

+SET YOUR PROJECT UP EARLY. GET IT DONE.

+IT IS MUCH EASIER THAN YOU THINK!

+DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SET SOMETHING UP!

+USE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU! ASK YOUR CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOARD MENTOR, YOUR PEER MINISTER, YOUR FRIENDS, AND YOUR PARENTS FOR IDEAS!

 

QUESTIONS? – Ask your religion teacher or feel free to email Ms. Licata at CampusMinIHA@aol.com