Community Service

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:


The corporal works of mercy are:
The spiritual works of mercy are:
To feed the hungry

To instruct the ignorant
To give drink to the thirsty

To counsel the doubtful
To clothe the naked

To admonish sinners
To harbour the harbourless

To bear wrongs patiently
To visit the sick

To forgive offences willingly
To ransom the captive

To comfort the afflicted
To bury the dead

To pray for the living and the dead

United Way – Hands on Greenville

  • This website provides a calendar of service needs throughout the Greenville Area. This is an excellent resource for those looking for opportunities to serve!
American Red Cross
Oakleaf Assisted Living
Birthright of Greenville Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church & School
Boy Scouts of America Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter
Catholic Charities Prince of Peace Catholic School
A Child’s Haven Project Host Soup Kitchen
Diocese of Charleston Ronald McDonald House
Friends of the Reedy River Safe Harbor Hope Chest
The Generous Garden Project Safe Kids
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Salvation Army
Girl Scouts of America South Carolina Children’s Theatre
God’s Pantry Food Bank Special Olympics
Goodwill Industries St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and School
Greenville County Library St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Greenville Humane Society St. Francis Foundation
Hands on Greenville St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
Harvest Hope Food Bank St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School
Home Works Step by Step
Knights of Columbus Sterling Community Center
Loaves and Fishes Stone Academy
Meals on Wheels United Ministries
The Meyer Center Washington Center
Miracle Hill Ministries WCKI Catholic Radio
Monastery of St. Clare (Poor Clares) Whispering Pines Stables
 NHC Nursing Home

203Community Service Requirements for Graduation

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
Total 65 hours