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Community Service. Building Faith and Character

At Pius XI Catholic High School, we take the primary mission of Catholic education very seriously. We seek to inspire our students to follow their passions in the service of others.

We see every student for more than what they do today, but for how they will change the future.

As part of our commitment to service, all Pius XI Catholic High School students are provided a guideline for regular community service participation. The emphasis on service is crucial to the faith and character formation of our students and graduates.

Serving Our Community

As a student at Pius XI, we hold our students to high standards for service to the world around them. Service hour requirements are as follows:

  • Freshmen: 10 hours per semester
  • Sophomores: 15 hours per semester
  • Juniors and Seniors: By Junior year the goal is for Pius XI students to have developed the disposition to engage in Gospel outreach without it being a school monitored requirement.

Students are responsible for submitting a record of their service to their theology teacher prior to the end of each semester.

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Most of our students find community service opportunities both fun and spiritually valuable, as they develop friendships and their faith — in and outside of school.

Explore the wide selection of volunteer service opportunities available to all Pius XI Catholic High School students.

St. Hyacinth Food Pantry

Volunteers help sort food, clothing and hygiene items, and distribute food to those in need. St. Hyacinth is especially grateful for translators (Spanish/English), and students looking to practice their language skills learned inside the classroom.

Service opportunities are available each Wednesday immediately following the school day until 6 pm. Address: 1414 W. Becher Street, Milwaukee.

For more information, please contact Mr. Tchmielewski.

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Ongoing Service Opportunities

Pius XI Student Ambassadors build valuable leadership skills while helping middle-school students and their families make their high school decision.  The Ambassador Program is open to any Pius XI student as part of his or her service hour requirement.

Ambassador responsibilities include: fall middle school visits, Pius XI recruitment events, serving as an October Open House tour guide, student shadow host, and assisting during incoming Freshman course selection.

Students qualify as a Pius XI Student Ambassador upon submission of accepted application, TAC teacher and parental/guardian approval, GPA and behavior standards, and completion of a Summer Ambassador Program training program.

Apply Now to be a Student Ambassador

Juniors interested in assisting at the Pius XI school office during open mods should complete applications through their Theology course.

This is an invaluable opportunity to learn important business and office skills, as well as to give back to the Pius XI academic community.

Have questions regarding JSO? Contact Mr. Ed Drexler

Apply Now to be a JSO Volunteer

The Peer Tutor program in the Pius XI Learning Commons is intended as a resource for students looking for help in various subjects. Peer Tutor meetings are scheduled for one mod, during which both tutor and student meet every cycle.

Students who wish to volunteer as a tutor receive service hours for doing so. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to fellow students, prepare for college entrance exams, and develop a passion for education.

Apply Now to be a Peer Tutor

Request Peer Tutoring Here

Pius XI Catholic High School students are able to use their open mods to tutor or serve as a teacher aide for students at St. Vincent Pallotti elementary school located immediately next door to the high school.

Students assist teachers with one-on-one tutoring and with special projects that require an extra pair of hands. This unique opportunity offers a great way to give back to the larger Catholic and city community during the school day.

Those interested in participating should complete the online permission form and contact Anne Haines, Director of Faith Formation to schedule a meeting to determine best scheduling fits.

Apply Now to be a St. Vincent Pallotti Student Tutor

Urban Ecology Center

The Urban Ecology Center is an environmental education organization with three community centers adjacent to Milwaukee County parks. Three different programs offer opportunities for volunteer service.

  • Fixin Facilities takes place at Washington Park with projects ranging from equipment maintenance to organizing tools or building needs. This opportunity happens three times per month on the first & fourth Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm, and the third Saturday of each month from 3:30-5:30 pm.
  • ROOT (Restoring Our Outdoor Treasures) is Urban Ecology’s most popular volunteer team and meets Wednesdays from 9-11 am. The service opportunity offers a chance to get outside, learn new skills, help maintain native plants and habitats, and have a lot of fun.
  • Park Ranger Crew meets every Saturday from 10 am-noon. Park Ranger Crew volunteers walk through the park picking up trash and taking note of any damage or other concerns. It’s a self-guided activity. (If you are more into solo volunteering, this may be the opportunity for you.)

Questions? Contact Davita Flowers-Shanklin of the Urban Ecology Center at (414) 344-5460.


One Day Service Opportunities

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, Mount Mary University

Pius students, their families, faculty, and alumni are invited to participate in this 2-mile fundraiser walk. Over 100 Catholic schools participate and all funds raised by Pius XI teams go directly back to Pius XI Catholic High School.

The day is as follows:

  • 8:30 am         In-person registration
  • 9:40 am         Pre-walk warm up
  • 9:50 am         Opening ceremony with Archbishop Listecki and hosted by 620 WTMJ’s Gene Mueller
  • 10:00 am       2-mile walk starts
  • 10–Noon       “Souls Celebration” with refreshments, music and children’s activities

The 2-mile walk begins in the northwest circle driveway on Mount Mary University’s campus. Walkers proceed north along the Menomonee River Parkway for 1-mile and return to Mount Mary via Menomonee River Parkway.

Sign up Now to Volunteer, Walk or Sponsor a Walker! Soles for Catholic Education Walk website.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

In conjunction with the Volunteer Center of Milwaukee, teams of students (4-6) help Milwaukee area residents prepare their homes and properties for winter (raking, windows, garden clean-up, etc).

Contact Mr. Chmielewski to organize a team.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Pius XI students annually serve at the Guest House Holiday Meal by providing volunteers and supplies for both card making and cookie decorating. The event is held at St Ben’s Community Meal Program, 1015 N 9th St., Milwaukee.

Contact Anne Haines, Director of Faith Formation to volunteer.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Volunteers help at the Greenfield Post Office collecting donations from the community from 12-4 pm. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to lift 25 lbs.

Sign up for a service shift using Volunteer Spot.

Special Opportunities to Serve

The CRS/Rice Bowl event is coordinated by Tablesetters. Each TAC participates thru Lent.

A simple cardboard box – a CRS Rice Bowl – inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving, and delivers hope to millions around the world.

If you would like a rice bowl at home for personal donation, please contact Anne Haines, Director of Faith Formation.

Pius XI Catholic High School hosts major donation drives in the Fall and Spring in coordination with Christian Ministry Drives under the leadership of “Big Buddies.”

Thanksgiving Drive. In the fall, Pius XI embarks on our annual Thanksgiving Drive – it’s an opportunity that turns our student community’s eye to the world outside our walls.

The focus of the drive changes every year and is based on research completed by the Pius Big Buddies on how best to help an organization address specific immediate needs of people in our city. The decision on what organization to assist is discerned through a process of consensus.

The goals of the effort are always to educate and raise awareness, raise funds, and collect items that would help the chosen organization… and ideally provide opportunities for personal connection through service.

The “collection” phase of the drive typically runs from a “Kick-Off” assembly in early November until the end of the first semester. The effort is usually brought to a symbolic close during the first all-school assembly of second semester.

Leading up to the Christmas Holiday, Pius XI coordinates a Holiday giving tree for the Milwaukee Volunteer Center.

Students individually or in groups purchase $15-$25 gifts to help make someone’s holiday brighter.

On Ash Wednesday, the Pius XI community celebrates mass with Archbishop Listecki and then participates in the annual “Soup and Bread/Rice and Beans Lunch” fundraiser.

The Pius XI Union’s normal food service ceases on Ash Wednesday and Christian Ministry students offer a simple meal for consumption by the community.

Proceeds from the meal go to an organization or project discerned by the Big Buddies. In addition to the money raised on Ash Wednesday, the Big Buddies also collect needed items for their chosen Spring Drive program.

Pius XI Tablesetters coordinate various collection drives throughout the school year to help those in need. There are consistently opportunities initiated by the Tablesetters for Pius XI students to think outside their own experiences and share their blessings with others.
Students collaborate with volunteer community leaders through Faithbuilders to plan and support the Faith outreach at Pius XI. Monthly meetings are held at 6:15 pm on the second Tuesday of each month during the regular school term in the Pius XI Catholic High School Faith Formation Center. Contact Anne Haines for more information.
Seniors can volunteer to lead discussion groups at the Freshmen Retreat. Learn more on how to become a Core Team Leader.

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School