Mercy High School

Why community service?

Mercy students are committed to the teachings of Jesus, who tells us that “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40). For Christians, service is a way of life.

The Community Service program at Mercy High School seeks to respond to this Christian call in an intentional way that not only benefits those we serve, but transforms and fosters our own growth. After all, learning about ourselves and our world extends beyond the classroom. And because we take this call seriously, community service is a graduation requirement.

Requirements

  1. Students need to perform at least 20 hours of service each year with a minimum of 80 hours by graduation. Students who do not complete their annual hours by the end of the academic year will be considered on probation and will have the summer to fulfill the requirement, lest they will not be able to participate in co-curricular activities until their hours are complete. Progress on hours will be sent home quarterly.
  2. An additional 5 hours of Mercy Service are requiredannually (Category C). This includes school beautification, serving at school fundraisers, event setup, etc. One cannot complete more than 5 Category C hours per year.

What kind of service can I perform?

You must complete service hours in Categories A, B, and C according to the table on the following pages. If you desire to do community service in an area not listed, it must be approved by the Campus Minister before service is begun. Failure to seek approval beforehand risks your hours being denied after the fact.

Service engaged in must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Work that is unpaid (financially or otherwise)*
  • Work that is not intended for profit
  • Work voluntarily serving an important human or civic need
  • Work that is not mandated by any other club or organization
  • Work that is done for a non-relative

*Just because you do not get paid does not mean it qualifies for service. Any questions regarding whether something qualifies as service should be directed to the Campus Minister.

Service hours must be turned in to the Campus Minister by the deadlines noted below. Hours are turned in electronically using the link on the Mercy High website.

Important Annual Deadlines

  • 1 September: Summer hours due
  • One week before the end of each quarter: Quarterly hours due
  • Before finals end of 2nd Semester: All 20 hours due

Students must complete the required hours in each category below during their time at Mercy High School. These hours will be prorated if total duration at Mercy is less than 4 years. Hours that do not fit within this list will not be accepted unless approved by the Campus Minister prior to performing the service.

Category A 20 hours (Approved Local Organizations)

ReddingRed Bluff AreaChico
Care NetHope ChestJesus Center & Jesus Center Farm
Northern Valley Catholic Social ServicesVilla ColumbaSalvation Army
A Second Time Around Thrift StoreRed Bluff Community CenterGoodwill
Disability Action Center (DAC)Salvation ArmyCaring Choices
Life Light Pregnancy Help CenterPATHCommunity Action Agency of Butte County
Living Hope Resource CenterSacred Heart SchoolHabitat for Humanity
People of ProgressPETSThe 6th Street Center
Salvation ArmyDiscovery CenterTorres Shelter
Shasta Senior Nutrition ProgramKelly-Griggs MuseumThe Peg Taylor Center
St Joseph’s SchoolTehama County MuseumNotre Dame School
St JosephTehama County Animal ServicesNewman Catholic Center
Immaculate ConceptionAlternatives to ViolenceOur Divine Savior
 Sacred Heart ChurchSt John the Baptist

Category B 60 hours (Approved Service Categories)

  • Health Care
    • Hospice (patient care not office help)
    • Hospitals (patient care not office help)
    • Nursing Care (patient care not office help)
    • Patient Services
  • Education
    • Tutoring – other than a fellow Mercy student (outside of Mercy)
    • Teacher’s Aide (outside of Mercy)
  • Parish Community (outside of Mercy in your own parish)
    • Worship/Liturgy (preparation and training)
    • Altar server
    • Eucharistic Minister
    • Lector
  • Religious Education
    • Teachers
    • Teacher’s Aide
    • Vacation Bible School
  • Food Drives
  • Serving the Poor and Needy
    • Mission Trips
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Rebuild Projects
    • Soup Kitchens
    • Making sandwiches
  • Sports Teams – Coach or assist coach, stats
  • 4H Junior Leader
  • Coaching Youth Sports Programs
  • Camp Volunteer
  • Day Care Volunteer
  • Community Event Volunteer
  • State Theatre
  • Rodeo/Festival/Fair
  • Parade
  • Senior Citizens (non-family)
  • Nursing Homes
  • Helping in and around their homes
  • Cleaning
  • Yard work
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Driving a Senior Citizen to an appointment
  • Local Library Volunteering
  • Park beautification
  • Fundraisers
  • Walk-a-thons
  • Color Dash
  • Service that furthers the mission of Mercy High School (these may also be used for Category C)
  • Helping with major fundraisers (Auction dinners, Spring Soiree) [Max 20 hours]
    • Setup
    • Serving dinner
    • Time performing at auction dinners
    • Time taken to create items sold at school auctions
  • Helping with graduation and related events
  • Being on a retreat team
  • Altar serving or lectoring at a school Mass

*Babysitting and dogsitting does not count as community service

Category C 20 hours (Mercy Hours)

  • Representing Mercy High at recruitment events
  • Cleaning up after school-wide events, including graduation, potlucks, picnics
  • Helping Jason or other staff members with cleanup or other obligations.
  • School beautification
  • Setup and cleanup for the school musical (beyond actor/stage crew expectations)
  • Assistance in the main office
  • Soliciting for 30/30 Raffle
  • Sports
    • Setting up and cleaning up after games or sports banquets
    • Concessions
    • Yard sale
    • Stats
  • Service that furthers the mission of Mercy High School (these may also be used for Category B)
    • Helping with major fundraisers (Auction dinners, Spring Soiree) [Max 20]
      • Setup
      • Serving dinner
      • Time performing at auction dinners
      • Time taken to create items sold at school auctions
    • Helping with graduation and related events
    • Being on a retreat team
    • Altar serving or lectoring at a school Mass
  • Serving on Student Council or acting as a class officer (subject to faculty approval)

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