Community Service

Current Service Opportunities

EUELL WILSON CENTER:  Students may volunteer to tutor at the Euell Wilson Center after school on Mondays. The bus leaves at 3:30 pm and will return by 5:30 pm.  Click Here for the 2016-17 schedule

Service Hour Guidelines for 2016-17

Click here to view the Service Requirements and Sites for 2016-17 (pdf)

As part of a Christian education, our Catholic identity, and our mission statement, all Bishop Dwenger students are required to complete service hours outside of school hours for human beings. Dog sitting is not accepted, nor service to animal shelters for either semester.

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 20 service hours each school year. Ten hours each semester as outlined:

  • Seniors & Juniors: 10 service hours to the poor, the underserved, and needy, due first semester. Must be from the approved list.
  • Seniors & Juniors: 10 flex hours due second semester Theology class.
  • Sophomores & Freshmen: 10 flex hours are due to first semester Theology class
  • Sophomores & Freshmen: 10 service hours for poor, underserved, and needy due second semester Theology class. Must be from the list. Deadline dates are below and listed on verification service cards.
     

Why Required Service?

A life of service is Catholic social teaching in action. “True power is service,” says Pope Francis. As a pillar of our school, we realize that through service we more closely follow the footsteps of Christ. As Pope Emeritus Benedict urged our youth; “the love of Christ should increase our joy, so go in search of those less fortunate.”

The entire student body is involved in required service projects through their religion classes. All classes perform twenty service hours each year, ten of which must target the poor, indigent and needy. 

We share a list of sixty+ different social agencies that have agreed to partner with our students for service opportunities. A service learning reflection paper or project is also part of the service commitment. An example would be: tutoring children at the Euell Wilson Center, an after- school Christian based program located on Oxford Street in the mid-city. Our students help their members to raise their literacy level. Our students read aloud to their Euell Wilson buddy, or the other way around. Although forty pairs of “buddies” reading aloud might be noisy, it is a beautiful sight!

There are many benefits of performing service work in our community. As stated by Ted Sanders of the Education Commission of the United States, more than 80% of the schools with service learning programs report that participating students’ grade point averages improve. Another study from Springfield, Massachusetts, found the drop-out rate in their school decreased from 12% to 1% and the percentage of students with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, increased from 12% to 40%, with service learning as part of their school’s curriculum.

When students start the process of completing service hours, they must first contact the organization of which they will be serving. This provides an opportunity for them to learn and practice how to make a self-introduction. They must also learn to ask essential questions about location, time, supplies, and orientation. Afterward the student may reflect and evaluate how things went, how things could work better next time, the gifts and talents they have used in the process, and what would benefit them more next time. Communication skills, time management, and responsibility are all employed and strengthened in the process of doing service.

As parents and guardians of our Saints, you are their #1 teacher. Thank you for being good mentors, in so many ways, including service. If you would like to try a family service project, I strongly recommend it. Mother Teresa says, “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty us of ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is peace.”

Nancy Yorke, Service Coordinator
nyorke@bishopdwenger.com
(260) 496-4742