Service Project Instructions & Areas of Focus 2010-2011
FOR SENIORS class of 2011 ONLY
The STUDENT RESPONSE is now an ONLINE FORM! Make sure you have your student id from the top left hand side of your schedule. CLICK HERE to FILL OUT: STUDENT SERVICE RESPONSE FORM
The BLUE ADULT evaluator sheet for filling out at the end of your project is OUTSIDE Ms. Licata's office.
Don't WAIT for your evaluator form to fill out your student response.
Seniors: 25 Hour project - Submit online student evaluation and BLUE adult evaluation form
SUBMIT Evaluator forms to: 1. Ms. Licata's office - the TOP drawer of the desk right outside 2. Your Service Board Rep.
DO NOT GIVE SERVICE SHEETS TO your Religion teacher, Homeroom teacher, or the office!DUE DATE 1:SUMMER PROJECTS
All Service that was DONE and COMPLETED over the summer will be collected in HOMEROOM on FRIDAY 9/24/10 in order to count towards their school service project. There is no exception to this.
DUE DATE 2:PROJECTS COMPLETED by 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 it in by Wed 1/5/11
DUE DATE 3: FINAL DUE DATE FOR ALL PROJECTS IS Friday 4/8/11If you COMPLETE your service project between 1/6/11 and 4/7/11- The due date is FRI 4/8/11
Q - But Ms. Licata - I have a project setup to start May 1- can I do that?
A- No, your project must be done and complete prior to 4/8/11
Q - Ms. Licata, what do I volunteer all year with my parish CCD program or Hospital Volunteering ends on 5/15?
A - This is OK and will be noted by your Christian Service Board Mentor. YEAR LONG projects that extend past the due date are OK. Most likely you will have completed your minimum hours by the due date.
Approved Areas of Focus 2010-2011
IF YOU ARE UNSURE THAT YOUR PROJECT FITS THE CRITERIA
EMAIL ME OR SEE ME ASAP! :)
Your project must start by selecting an area of focus, where all your hours must relate to that topic
You may do up to 4 different things that are related to your area of focus
Before you start your project, fill out the front of your service sheet and write WHY you chose this area of focus
Remember – ask yourself “ IF JESUS CAME BACK TOMORROW - what WOULD HE TEND TO FIRST???
Choose INTERACTIVE SERVICE – service that is interacting with people in need, in community with others, etc. -
READ CAREFULLY. Things that do not count as part of the IHA Christian Service Program:
Baking or Running Bake Sales
Babysitting at someone's home for free
Running the Scoreboard or Scorebook at Basketball Games
Office or filing work for anyone, or an organization
Cleaning cages at an animal shelter
Altar Serving, Singing in your Church Choir, lectoring
Organizing Books at the Library
NOTE: While these things are all good deeds and valuable service, the purpose of the SCHOOL service program is to stretch your potential, explore new areas, work with people, find what inspires you.
Service to/through the School
Service & Ministry through the School
Liturgy Planning team – You must be part of this activity ALL YEAR and attend after school meetings to help plan and prepare for Liturgies and Prayer Services
See Ms. Licata for more Details
Service through teaching or mentoring Children
Instructor at Vacation Bible School
Tutoring at an after school/aftercare facility
The only childcare that is acceptable is if it is at some facility with a group of children through a childcare center or your parish.
Service for Homeless/Hungry
Volunteering with any organization that is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger
Volunteering at a Soup Kitchen
Habitat for Humanity
NEW! Service through Mission Work
Any Mission Trip you take where you help the less fortunate and spend 1 week or more in an organized service trip.
Service through the arts
Performing numerous times for children’s hospitals, nursing homes
Volunteering with a group to create a mural for an organization
Empty Bowl Project
Service related to a particular cause
Volunteering with any organization committed to curing all types of illness or committed to being a voice for others (Ex: American Cancer Society, Respect Life office, Leukemia/Lymphoma society, etc)
AGAIN it must be interactive - volunteering in an office for your hours would not fit the criteria for the IHA service program
*This works by making a commitment to a certain organization and fulfilling the minimum hour requirement through serving the organization
Service through Your Parish Youth Group
Serving on a leadership or planning committee, leading retreats, meetings, coordinating and participating in interactive service projects.
(NOT FUNDRAISING – selling things to raise $ for the group, or an organization)
Things that can count are 30-hour famine projects, interactive service projects
Attending youth group meetings does not count
Service through C.A.R.E.
INTERACTIVE Service projects such as Spectrum for Living, Adopt a Grandparent, Summer Outreach projects, etc.
Fundraising activities through C.A.R.E. are not a match for your project. In School selling, bake sales or any time related to these will not count for a school service project. Certain things will count for C.A.R.E. and not for your project.
*Choose interactive service work that you KNOW you can fulfill your hour requirement with
Service through Sports
A commitment to volunteering/coaching with a not for profit sports league through your parish or town working with YOUNGER children, not those your own age. You would meet your hour minimum with all hours dedicated in this area.
Service through Healthcare
Note: This must be interactive. For example - working directly with children, the elderly, patients. You must be working and serving people directly.
Volunteering at a Hospital ( most hospitals have 40-50 hour minimums, and will not sign off on anything until THEIR minimum is met
Important Note: Do not count on this as a service project until after you have spoken to someone AT THE HOSPITAL and you are clear about the requirements with that SPECIFIC Facility, AND you have a SCHEDULE for your hours. IF you have been calling and calling without a response - CHOOSE A NEW PROJECT!
Service with the Elderly
Volunteering at a Nursing Home, Hospice - again - not one random afternoon - but a commitment to fulfill your hour minimum through this area
Sunrise Assisted Living
Spectrum for Living
Any volunteering with senior centers or programs
Service Through the IHA Christian Service Board
All Service Board ACTIVE members (i.e. you attend the meetings regularly ) receive a 5 hour reduction of their service hours
The rest of your hours can be done by participating DIRECTLY with ministering to people within projects the board starts and organizes
Service through your parish/your old Catholic grammar School
You can get involved with parish organizations – i.e. – volunteer with parish senior citizens, volunteer with your parish school, midnight runs, other service opportunities offered through your parish.
**Make sure you can fulfill your hour requirement through your parish (i.e. – don’t just randomly help out with the parish picnic without focus or purpose to a theme)
*Things that do not count for this are altar serving, singing with a music group, pre-existing things you already do
Service to Animals or the Environment
THESE PROJECTS MUST BE APPROVED by MS. LICATA BEFORE YOU START. Please come see Ms. Licata ASAP if you intend to use this as your area of focus
This would include working with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Hudson Valley Visiting Pets program (the animals would have to be in some way serving PEOPLE)
Working with the environment that would have you involved with PEOPLE
Create your own project! This is the fun part – come to Ms. Licata, or email ideas/proposals to CampusMinIHA@aol.com
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