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 and 7 are required to complete a minimum of 3 outreach hours through the completion of an outreach service project. Additionally, 6th grade students are required to complete 1 hour of volunteer service and 7th grade students are required to complete 2 hours of volunteer service. 8th grade students are required to complete 12 hours of outreach service and 3 hours of volunteer service.
In order to complete their required 12 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.
2019-20 SERVICE DATES
St. John Festival (volunteer service) - July 11-14
School Supplies Drive (volunteer service) - July 27-28, August 3-4
Project Lunch Bag (outreach service) August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21, January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16
SVDP Clean-up Day - (volunteer service) - October 12
St. Joseph Soup Kitchen (outreach service) - January 20
St. Victor's (outreach service) - August 25, September 22, October 13, November 17, December 8,
Food Bank (outreach service) - November 2, March 7, May 2
Food Drive Pack Day (outreach service) - November 19, December 19
Grocery Bag Day (volunteer service) - October 26-27, November 2-3
Oktoberfest (volunteer service) - September 27-29
Trunk 'n Treat- 8th grade only
Blessing Bag (volunteer service) - December 27
Angel Tree (volunteer service) - November 16-17, 23-24, 30, December 1, 7-8, 14-15
Service letter to 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.
The St. Victor's Community Meal is a soup kitchen sponsored by The Archdiocese of Chicago and has been serving a 3:00pm meal every Sunday for nearly 25 years. Never has a Sunday been missed! Come be part of God's love and serve others.
The Carmelite Home is a temporary residence facility for toddler to teen-age children in East Chicago. The students interact with the children by offering crafts, snacks and much-needed individual playtime while the children are away from their homes. The residents of the Carmelite Home always look forward to our visits. Students go once a month, with Virtus trained adults. Note: It is absolutely necessary to call the Coordinator to register so that enough drivers can be arranged for the carpool to the Carmelite Home. Please call Julie Urbanski @ 219-741-9155 with questions and to confirm your attendance.
Middle School Service Project Hour Log Forms: