Service Projects and Opportunities

  • Commitment to Service Pensacola Catholic High School 2020-2021 School Year

    In the age of COVID-19, living out the core value of commitment to service becomes an even more important part of our lives as Christ’s church.  However, we do recognize that due to restrictions imposed in many places, living out this core value in the traditional manner may be extremely difficult.  Therefore, for the 2020-2021 school year, we are amending our service hour requirements.  These changes again will move back once the pandemic conditions in our world have fully lifted.

    1. Students are encouraged but not required to complete their service with a traceable, non-profit organization.  A list of these is available on the Campus Ministry link of the website.  Also, students are encouraged to turn to their parishes or elementary schools as sources of ways to serve. For instance, altar serving, greeting, or working in a children’s ministry may still be occurring in many churches. If students can participate in these events, it is highly encouraged.  Seniors are especially encouraged to commit to work with an organization if it is feasible. If not, please consult GUIDANCE to determine the specific requirements for service if there is a scholarship being sought to include Florida Bright Futures.

    2. The age of COVID-19 has been marked by loneliness and isolation.  One way that students can serve is to become a pen pal with a local resident at one of our nursing homes.  Campus Ministry plans to arrange this as a continual service activity though students will need to sign up officially to do this.  This means that students will be given a specific person to communicate with bi-weekly through the distribution of cards or letters.  Students must be willing to commit to this through the 4th quarter.
    1. Students who have completed work around the neighborhood in light of Hurricane Sally can count these hours toward their service record. We are asking that the clean-up completed be done not for the immediate family/home but for loved ones or neighbors. Students will, on the service hour form, need to document specifically what was done.  The person who can sign off for the service may be a parent or the owner of the home.  Picture documentation is also asked if possible.

    2. Students may choose to set up a weekly opportunity to reach out to someone in their family or community who is not able to go out during the pandemic. For instance, students would commit to help out an elderly neighbor with cutting the grass or walking a pet on a regular, at least bi-weekly*, basis.  However, we do not want students soliciting strangers for this. 

    Parents must be involved in identifying the person(s) the child will serve if it involves going to someone’s home (if they are not a relative).

    1. Examples include committing to calling your grandmother, great-aunt, godparent once a week and bi-weekly sending them a postcard, note, or other form of encouragement via postal service or email.
    2. Offering to cut the grass of a neighbor, paint shutters, etc., with the parent’s consent, on a regular basis.
    3. The key thing is that it must be a REGULAR COMMITMENT. We want to encourage students to build up relationships with others and help them understand how others are counting on them.
    4. Students are responsible for keeping a record of time served in these capacities. Then these hours will need to be transferred to the appropriate service hour form.

    *every two weeks

    1. The CHS Concession stands are opened for business. If students want to assist in the concession stands, they need to speak to Coach LaBounty or Mrs. Bonifay.  There are limits to this so please ask those in charge.

    2. The Senior Retreat Team will be active this year and so those who are a part of it may still receive hours from their role. Additionally, we will still present the Living Stations of the Cross in the spring and all actors will receive service hours for their practice times.  Also, Make A Difference Day is being held the first weekend of February to coincide with Catholic Schools Week.

    3. Teachers who need tech help in the class can give service hours to a student helper.  For instance, a student may log into the Zoom meeting and help the teacher field questions, etc.  This student may also help the teacher with any tech needs in the classroom.  This does NOT however, include grading.

    4. Students will be required to complete a reflection on what this act of service has meant to them. The service hour forms will now include a space for this so students must look at both sides of the forms. Picture documentation may also need to be attached.  (we will not require this for hours already completed but for any now completed in the second semester).

    5. CHS will still hold its Operation St. Nicholas stocking drive. Students may still only receive 10 hours of service via donations.  Collecting cans for the canned food drive is NOT an acceptable way to accrue service hours.

    6. Service hours can be completed throughout the year. The deadline for Seniors is March 23, the end of the 3rd quarter.  For underclassmen, our final deadline will be May 14.  We will not have a penalty in the second quarter.

    The biggest changes are that we are not requiring service be completed through a traceable, non-profit charity nor are we requiring them to be finished by a semester deadline.  We want them to really focus on establishing relationships, etc.  This change is only in effect during the 2020-2021 school year.

    HOUR REQUIREMENTS HAVE NOT CHANGED!

    Seniors-45 (5 must be sponsored by CHS)
    Juniors-30 (5 must be sponsored by CHS)
    Sophomores-20 (5 must be sponsored by CHS)
    Freshmen-20 (5 must be sponsored by CHS)


    Parishes (or churches, if not Catholic) of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee:  Your parish is a great place to serve.  In fact, it really should be the first choice of all!

    Alpha Center:
    https://alphacenterinc.org/ 
                6400 Pernella Rd, Pensacola, FL 32504.
                850-479-4391

    Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida:  (limited service opportunties)
    https://ccnwfl.org/
                1815 N. 6th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501.
                850-436-6410

    Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen:
    http://loavesandfishessoupkitchen.com/volunteers/ 
                257 E. Lee Street, Pensacola, FL 32503               
                850-438-7616

    Our Lady Haven of Peace
    https://healthcare.ascension.org/Locations/Florida/FLPEN/Pensacola-Haven-of-Our-Lady-of-Peace
                1900 Summit Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504
                850-416-7000  (ask for Volunteer Dept.)

    Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
    https://pensacolahabitat.org/
                1060 N. Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
                850-434-5456

    Sacred Heart Hospital:
    Teen Volunteers:  Summer and School Year Sessions are offered for Teen Volunteers (ages 16-17).  To request an teen volunteer application packet, please send an email to llcole@ascension.org  and specify which session you are interested in. 
                5151 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504
                850-416-7000 (Volunteer Dept.)

    Baptist Hospital:
    Teen Volunteers:  Accepted only over the summer; volunteers need to apply in April, 2021
    https://www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/volunteering

    St. Vincent de Paul Society
    :
    http://www.svdpnwfl.org/ 
                2200 W. Desoto Street, Pensacola, FL 32505
                850-434-6615

    American Red Cross:
    https://www.redcross.org/local/florida/north-florida/volunteer.html 
                800-773-7620

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida:
    Ways to volunteer without being in person
    http://www.bbbsnwfl.org/ 
                1149 Creighton Rd, Suite 1
                Pensacola, FL 32504
                850-433-5437

Related Files

  • 2020-2021 Freshmen & Sophomore Service Hour Form

    This form should be filled out by the volunteer and the organization's volunteer organization supervisor. These forms are also available in the Guidance Office. 9-10th grade students will use a green form and 11-12th grade students will use a yellow form. If a student prints a form from the website, the student may hand in the white form. These forms serve as THE OFFICIAL form on which to record service.

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  • 2020-2021 Junior & Senior Service Hour Form

    This form should be filled out by the volunteer and the organization's volunteer organization supervisor. These forms are also available in the Guidance Office. 9-10th grade students will use a green form and 11-12th grade students will use a yellow form. If a student prints a form from the website, the student may hand in the white form. These forms serve as THE OFFICIAL form on which to record service.

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