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.
Serving Our Community
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.
Pius XI Service and Volunteer Opportunities
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. Please contact Mr. Tom Chmielewski with questions.
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.
Contact Mrs. Angela Mullooly with questions.
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 contact Jason Gonzalez, Director of Faith Formation, to schedule a meeting to determine best scheduling fits.
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. Contact Ms. Lauren Schimmels with questions.
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 walk occurs in October each year.
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. Tom Chmielewski with questions and about forming a team.
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.
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.
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.