“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves…Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13
OUR SERVICE REQUIREMENTS & TIMELINE
- Every student – freshman through senior – must complete 25 approved hours, every year of school.
- Hours earned for achievements such as your own Eagle Scout Merit Badge, National Honor Society merits, and Confirmation service hours are not approved as service work.
- Hours accrued one year will not roll to the following year.
- Hours served for one’s own family, residence, or to observe normal faith-based acts such as prayer, fasting and attending masses/services are not considered service work for STH requirements.
- The service year calendar is from June 1 to May 31 of the following year (hours earned during summer months count toward the forthcoming school year. Hours are due for the current school year by May 31 of that spring semester.)
- The choice of when to serve (summer vs. school year, etc) – is at the discretion of students, so long as the hours are served within the timeframe provided above.
New Program Option: Group Service Opportunities with STH
We are excited to reintegrate STH group excursions as an optional way to earn service hours. Groups will be available to interested students on a first-come/first-confirmed basis. Transportation and an adult overseer will be provided.
How to take part in group service as a current student (Freshman-Senior):
- Listen to the Eagle Broadcast News (EBN) daily for announcements;
- Plan to sign up (each outing will have specific instructions, usually a sign-up sheet);
- We will also post a printed service calendar of opportunities on our bulletin board on floor 2.
Traditional Service: Individual Efforts/Projects
We always welcome your individual service efforts; whether you serve during a summer or during the school year, your time is valuable and we offer flexibility in our expectations.
To support you:
- Quarterly service “challenges” are offered as a fun way to challenge students; they are optional;
- Service that is chosen and planned by the individual student is honored. See all information below.
INDIVIDUAL SERVICE CATEGORIES
Benevolent Service: All 25 Hours can be met by this type of service.
What is Benevolent Service?
Benevolent service is others-focused; the needs of others are the core reason for the service, and there is no gain on the part of the servant, other than the gratification of fulfilling God’s purpose for us.
These are a few examples, and not all-inclusive:
- Resolving hunger (i.e. organizing a canned food drive; serving at food line/soup kitchen, and much more);
Addressing a lack of life essentials (i.e. organizing a winter coat drive, collecting and delivering newborn or medical supplies to needy families, serving at a non-profit day camp during the summer to keep children fed/engaged, organizing or providing blood donation, and much more);
- Offering comfort to those who struggle with illness, or are otherwise marginalized ((i.e. providing art or cards to children or elderly in hospitals; volunteering at Special Olympics; sending thank-you letters to US veterans, etc.)
- Caring for God’s creations ((i.e. serving an animal shelter, working in a public garden, trash/litter pick-up, wildlife preservation, and more);
- Christian Ministry Efforts (i.e. Mission trips, Summer camps devoted to special-needs individuals, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and more)
Non-Benevolent Service: 13 of the 25 required hours may be met this way.
There are many opportunities to volunteer that may not always serve a needy population, but they are vital to our community.
Important: Non-Benevolent Service is capped at 13 of the 25 required hours for the purpose of the hours counting toward our requirements. (A student should feel free to volunteer well beyond 13 hours in these areas, but we cap 13 as the max allowed toward our required 25.)
- Serving in the role of an STH Senior Leader;
- Helping organize and/or volunteering to help at any of the major fundraisers at St. Thomas (Round Up, Auction, Style Show, Walk-a-Thon);
- Assisting a faculty or staff member in any capacity outside of your usual student duties (Eagle Ambassador, Open House, Teacher Assistance, Summer School assistance, and more).
Unqualified for Service
Some of the activities presented in the past were honored due to limitations of the pandemic. Starting June of 2021, the following items will no longer be counted as any type of service. The reason for this is because we feel strongly that we are all tasked with certain duties that are intrinsic to our role as members of a family, the church, or society as a whole.
- Household or yard chores;
- Helping others move;
- Providing companionship to relatives;
- Helping at a family business;
- Attending or viewing church services or masses (online or in person);
- Service that is punitive in nature (detentions, resolving citations, and more)
Do you have a different project in mind?
We will gladly consider your project for approval; simply email: Veronica.Looper@sths.org
All current students with an active STH email are accountable for registering themselves on www.x2vol.com, as well as entering and tracking their own hours. Please follow the instructions provided here and in the subsequent FAQs section on this very webpage.
Do You Need Ideas for Service?
Please click here for a list of some successful collaborations our students have had with local programs. If you discover any erroneous or outdated information, please let us know via email. We will also be sharing opportunities publicly during the school year.
Questions are always welcome!
- For all questions regarding tracking, service eligibility, or any of the information contained in service communications provided by STH, contact Mrs. Looper: Veronica.Looper@sths.org
- Our service program director is Joe O’Brien, who also serves as our Student Activities Director; please contact him at any time as needed. Joe.Obrien@sths.org
- For questions regarding campus ministry overall, please contact Andrew Quittenton, Director of Campus Ministry and Dean of Theology. Andrew.Quittenton@sths.org