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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVICE HOURS POLICY
All middle school students (grades 6 through 8) are required to complete a specific number of outreach and volunteer hours depending on grade level. Definition of “Outreach” is service provided by “serving the less fortunate outside of the community” (i.e. Food bank, soup kitchen, foster home, food pantry, etc.)Definition of “Volunteer” is service provided by “serving within the community, school, or parish” (i.e. parish events, school events, community initiatives)
6th grade students: 6 outreach hours (of which up to 3 hours may include service to one's neighbors or relatives) and 1 volunteer hour.
7th grade students: 6 outreach hours (of which up to 3 hours may include service to one's neighbors or relatives) and 2 volunteer hours.
8th grade students: 15 outreach hours (of which up to 3 hours may include service to one's neighbors or relatives) and 3 volunteer hours.
All students must complete their service requirements by May 31st each year. Students will not be allowed to carry over any service project or hours from one year to the next. A 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. Service projects do not have to be associated with SJE Parish but prior approval is required.
2022-23 SERVICE DATES
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