Pope Francis reminds us of a central truth of Christianity: “Life grows by being given away” (Evangelii Gaudium, n.10). St. Joseph’s seeks to educate the heart as well as the mind, and part of this education is to learn to place one’s time and treasure at the service of the common good. Counterintuitively, those who give freely also experience an inner freedom that cannot be achieved by merely possessing more. SJCS is an institution that depends on the community and, in turn, wishes to serve the community. As such, the school requires its students to complete a specified number of community service hours each year.
Students should fill out a Community Service Hour Documentation Form for each project, and submit it to his or her household dean for approval and recording. For service hours to be approved they must involve voluntary service, carried out during the school year or in the previous summer, rooted somehow in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy:
- This website provides a calendar of service needs throughout the Greenville Area. This is an excellent resource for those looking for opportunities to serve!
A total of sixty-five hours are required for graduation. Community service must be completed within the current school year or the previous summer. Many community service opportunities benefiting the greater Greenville community are announced throughout the year.
|Freshmen||10 hours per year|
|Sophomores||15 hours per year|
|Juniors||20 hours per year|
|Seniors||20 hours per year|