Community Service

“Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”

There are five themes of service that students may choose from to express our “CORE” belief in the inherent dignity of the human person. Completing this service requirement of St. Vincent de Paul High School students prepares them to live our motto: “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”, embracing key principles of Catholic teachings in serving others.

Each graduate of St. Vincent de Paul will meet the minimum graduation requirement of 100 hours of service and most will accomplish more. By senior year, each student will have developed a portfolio which includes a history of service reflecting these themes:

HUMANITARIANISM: (COTS, Academic tutoring, Meals on Wheels, Petaluma People Services, Amnesty International, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Canine Companions, United Cerebral Palsy camps, etc.)

FAITH-BASED: (VBS, CCD, Confirmation team, Altar serving, etc.)

ENVIRONMENTAL: (ecology projects, clean-ups, recycling, conservation, wildlife preservation, Art Angels, etc.)

GOVERNMENT: (Assisting government agencies, etc.)

EDUCATIONAL: (Academic tutoring, etc.)

Students from each grade will be assigned reflection papers/projects about their service experience for their Theology class each semester.

SVHS provides a Student Service Fair on October 10th on campus, where students can meet nonprofit and other agencies that have opportunities for volunteer service within their organization.

There will also be special service days scheduled for all grade levels each year, prompting further reflection on the experience and its connection to Catholic values.

Service: the Requirement and the Opportunity

Every SVHS student is required to complete community service to fulfill graduation requirements.

Yet, service deepens and enriches us, contributing to our growth, wisdom and practice of our faith.

For questions, please contact:

Kerry Pedersen
Service Coordinator
ServiceHours@svhs-pet.org