SERVICE TO OTHERS
All middle school students (grades 6 through 8) are required to complete a specific number of outreach and volunteer hours depending on grade level.
● Outreach is service provided by “servicing the community”
● Volunteering is service provided by “servicing school or parish events”
Students in grades 6 are required to complete a minimum of 6 outreach hours through the completion of an outreach service project and 1 volunteer hour. Students in grades 7 are required to complete a minimum of 6 outreach hours through the completion of an outreach service project and 2 volunteer hours. 8th grade students are required to complete 15 hours of outreach service and 3 hours of volunteer service.
In order to complete their required 15 hours of service, 8th grade students may choose to serve a community event or help someone in need. Volunteer projects do not have to be associated with SJE Parish. However, volunteer work at a sporting event, such as scorekeeping for a basketball game, does not count as service hours. Any ministries wishing to use 8th grade students in a volunteer capacity should contact the RE Office for approval before scheduling.
All students must complete their service requirements by May 1st each year. Students will not be allowed to carry over any service project or hours from one year to the next. The list of opportunities available under both outreach and volunteer services will be provided by the Religious Education office with the assistance of the Director of Service and Outreach. There are service opportunities coordinated through the Parish Peace & Social Justice Commission and the Religious Education/Formation Office. The project list is given to each middle school student at the start of the first and second semesters. It is also available on the parish website.
2021-22 SERVICE DATES (TBD)
School Supplies Drive (volunteer service)
Project Lunch Bag (outreach service)
SVDP Clean-up Day - (volunteer service)
St. Joseph Soup Kitchen (outreach service)
Food Bank (outreach service)
Food Drive Pack Day (outreach service)
Grocery Bag Day (volunteer service)
Oktoberfest (volunteer service)
Trunk 'n Treat- 8th grade only
Blessing Bag (volunteer service)
Angel Tree (volunteer service)
Phil's Friends (Outreach)
Thanksgiving meal deliveries (Outreach)
Epiphany bag project (Volunteer)
SJE Fest (Volunteer)
Set-up Christmas decoration at Church (Volunteer)
Sign up for service opportunities online.
Middle School service letter for parents
All Middle School students are invited and encouraged to answer our baptismal call to serve those in need and form a chain of love by helping at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. To learn more about the Food Bank, click here.
Planned Parenthood (Outreach)
We will be joining the pro-life ministry of the parish to pray and witness for life outside of Planned Parenthood in Merrillville and Flossmoor. Parents are encouraged to join us. Our mission is to first pray and to second offer help and resources. Students should bring a rosary and must bring the attached waiver unless a parent is going. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044cafac22a0fb6-school