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