‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Providing service to those in need in our community is an important component of the student experience at Pius XI. Students will need to complete 2 credits of service to graduate from Pius XI Catholic High School. These are earned by completing the service requirement corresponding to the student's current grade level, which is recorded as a .5 credit pass/fail class. Going forward, we will be tracking total service experiences, rather than hours.
The yearly requirements are as follows:
Freshman: 5 service experiences
Sophomore: 5 service experiences
Juniors: 7 service experiences
Seniors: 7 service experiences
*Important note: Transfer students and rising sophomores-seniors are grandfathered in, and will only be expected to meet the requirement that corresponds to their remaining academic years at Pius XI.
What counts as a service experience?
Any substantive act done for the good of another for which one receives no compensation or benefit, and which is outside the scope of your normal state in life. Although we will not require a certain number of hours, we do expect that a service experience will take at least 45 minutes to complete.
In addition to the number of service experiences, students will be expected to complete service from four different categories: family, community, environmental, and vulnerable populations. Over their four years, students must complete at least four experiences in each category. Please reach out with any questions about what category a particular experience fits into.
Family: Completed for a person or group of people who are family by blood, law, or relationship. Must be outside of the student’s regularly expected contribution to family life.
Community: Completed for any person, group of people, organization which is outside of the family circle (i.e. neighborhood, city, church, social group, community organization)
Vulnerable Populations: Completed for a person, group of people, or organization which serves those who have a disability, are disadvantaged, or who struggle to have their basic needs met. If these service experiences overlap with the family or community category, any experiences beyond the four required may count towards those categories.
Environmental: Completed for the direct benefit of our common home, or to benefit a person, group of people, or organization who will be able to directly benefit the environment as a result of the service experience.
How do I record service experiences?
Students should turn in a completed service record form by placing it in the basket next to the receptionist's office in the lobby.
The forms can be found here or in the student Google Drive.
Forms must be signed by either the beneficiary of the service or someone who supervised the service experience.
Questions? Contact Tom Holschuh, Campus Minister, at email@example.com / 414-253-2418.
Pius XI Service and Volunteer Opportunities
To sign up for a service event, students should submit the permission forms to Tom Holschuh at least two weeks before the date of the event. Please note, the final page only needs to be completed if the student will be using transportation other than that provided by Pius XI.
The Campus Minister will be regularly sending out notifications about service events that are open to students via email and Schoology. If students are looking for places to volunteer individually, here are some organizations to consider:
Kinship Community Food Center & Urban Farm
Fr. Gene's Help Center
Hunger Task Force & The Hunger Task Force Farm
The Ability Center
Is there an organization you would like to see added here, email firstname.lastname@example.org.