In seeking to form the whole person in the image of Christ, community service is considered integral (not peripheral) to each academic year and to successful completion of Marist’s graduation requirements.
It depends on the project. Please keep in mind that, in keeping with Catholic Social Teaching, our service should be focused on people who are marginalized, underserved, or struggling with other needs. To ensure that the service you have in mind fulfills your Marist commitment, please confirm with Mrs. Ujda before volunteering.
It is best to bring a form with you. MobileServe has the capability to verify hours through e-mail, but some project supervisors are more responsive to email than others. To be safe, bring the form, get it signed, and upload a picture of it to MobileServe.
Marist service is directed to help PEOPLE who are IN NEED. Remember Matthew 25, the sheep, and the goats. Other types of service, such as environmental work, animal welfare projects, and ministries within your own parish, are important and valuable but don't necessarily fall within the parameters of helping people in need.
The deadline for completing each year's service hours is May 15, or May 1 for Seniors. Students in grades 9 - 11 can fulfill up to half of their service hours the summer before, and rising Seniors can complete all of their hours. You do not need to wait for your Theology class, and PLEASE do not wait until the end of the term. It places a heavy burden on the agencies we work with and stresses you out in your serving. Plan ahead so you can find opportunities of interest and give them your best effort.