Become a Person for Others
One of the goals at St Joseph High School is to make students more aware of the needs of others and of our shared responsibility to help those in need.
Our students will have begun to develop a life-long love of serving those in need and giving generously of their time and unique gifts. We take our motto of “Privilege and Responsibility” very seriously, recognizing and embracing the call to imitate Jesus. We strive to build a culture of service where helping those in need is more of a joy than a requirement.
“O my God, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, to labor without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your most holy will.”
Meet the Director of Campus Ministry
Mr Smith graduated in 2012 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a dual degree in Classics and Theology. In 2021, Mr Smith graduated with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy and a Certificate in Social Justice Leadership from Boston College. His love for Campus Ministry began in an internship at St John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA in 2011-2012. Upon graduating from Holy Cross, he began teaching Theology at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT where he developed their Kairos Retreat Program in addition to grade level retreats and a student-led retreat program called BRO (Brothers Reaching Others). Mr Smith has also taught courses in Christology, Morality, Peer Leadership, Old Testament and Global Issues in addition to his work in the spiritual life of the school.
Since 2012, Mr Smith has spent summers at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT as a Dorm Head and English Teacher in the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program. In 2017, he worked with a team to successfully integrate a new retreat option for their community.
His training by the Jesuits at Holy Cross helped him realize that his work in service to others is - always - the most rewarding.
Service Hour Requirements
What Counts for Service?
Freshmen and sophomores are permitted to fulfill the service requirement through serving St Joseph High School, as well as their own communities, including their own churches, schools, or towns. Freshmen and sophomore may also log hours in service to the hungry, homeless, sick, elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged, or an organization that directly supports those causes.
- Juniors and Seniors are asked to go beyond serving our immediate community and directly confront social injustice in a deeper way. They must perform acts of service that assist the hungry, homeless, sick, elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged, or an organization that directly supports those causes.
The following may NEVER be considered service and if submitted will be invalid:
- Volunteering at FOR-profit businesses (i.e. doctor’s offices, law firms, stores, etc).
- Any house, yard work, or babysitting done for family, friends, or neighbors.
- Anything in which payment is received, or doing work you would normally be paid for but not accepting pay.
- Service should not be done through organizations that are contrary to the mission and beliefs of St Joseph High School and the Catholic Church.
- New service opportunities will be posted on the message boards at school and on our school website.
- If you have any questions about potential service projects, please contact Mr Smith!
|Read A Letter from Mr. Smith (2021)||Read More About Community Service Requirements|
Tracking Service Hours Using x2VOL
Students will use x2VOL to track service hours.
x2VOL is an online platform that provides an easy way to log your hours and find volunteer opportunities. Please follow the instructions below to register and begin logging your service hours.
- Visit www.x2VOL.com and click JOIN.
- Select the “My School Instructed me to Complete my Registration” option and click on “Complete
- Type in “St. Joseph High School” and click Search – and select our school name.
- Type in your Last Name and Student email.
- Enter the remaining profile fields.
- Set your interests and skills and click Proceed.
- Set a password, select your group and check the required boxes to complete your registration.
- Log in and view your Dashboard.
- See Mr. Smith or contact Intellivol if you have any issues!
Elizabeth Shelton School in Shelton (10/22)
- Chelsey Nelson is looking for two students to help with a Trunk or Treat event this upcoming Friday (10/22) at Elizabeth Shelton School in Shelton. The hours would be 5:30-8PM. Students can dress up if they want but not necessary and help with the check in table, bag distribution, and clean up.
- All interested students can contact Chelsey at the following phone number and email: (203) 305-7506 or email@example.com
Frenchtown Elementary School's Fall Fright Fest (10/23)
- Frenchtown Elementary in Trumbull is looking for volunteers before their event (10am-11am) and after 2:30pm for the cleanup.
- Their Fall Fright Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 (rain date: Oct 30)
- Reach out to Rita Mancini (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested.
Theatre Volunteers at The Klein
The Klein, Bridgeport’s 1,447-seat regional performing arts center, is looking for student volunteers to serve as ushers and box office assistants at Klein events. This is an opportunity to earn service hours at your school, while also seeing performances in concerts, plays, and dance recitals and also film screenings.
All that is required is a commitment to show up on time, and for now, proof of vaccination for Covid-19 or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the event.
Students aged 13-20 are eligible.
For information and/or to apply, please send an email with a short statement explaining your interest in the volunteer position, school you attend, and grade level to: email@example.com or call the box office at: 800-424-0160 x3.
Religious Education Program
- St. Joseph Church in Shelton is looking for students (asap) to man the front door of their school and serve as hall monitors during their religious education program. They are also looking for classroom helpers for 1st graders.
- They are seeking students to serve from 4:00pm–5:30pm and/or 6:45pm– 8:15 pm.
- Feel free to contact: Mrs. Van Sickle at (203) 924-9677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Run a Vintage Store at Our Lady of Fatima
- Joanne Salageanu, Class of ’91 runs our Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy’s vintage store, Something Special. The store is led and operated entirely by volunteers and 100% of the proceeds benefit Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy.
- Students can sign upat this sign-up genius link
- Any questions, feel free to contact Joanne Salageanu at Joanne.Salageanu@gmail.com
Sandwich Drive for the New Covenant Center in Stamford (Every Saturday)
- What: Prepare and package at least 10 sandwiches at home.
- Sandwich options: turkey, ham, or bologna with sliced cheese and lettuce (if possible); tuna fish; or peanut butter and jelly.
- Wrap each and mark with the date of preparation along with the sandwich type.
- Drop off at the back SJ parking lot at 11 am
- Please follow these protocols…
- Make sure the area that you will be working in, and the surface you have been working on has been thoroughly disinfected with a Clorox wipe.
- Wear gloves at all times while preparing and wrapping/bagging food. If you touch your face or skin while wearing gloves, you need to remove the glove(s), thoroughly wash your hands in warm/hot water for at least 20 seconds, and put on new gloves.
- Wear a hairnet or a clean baseball-type cap or hat. If you have long hair, please make sure your hair is pulled back or up and secured.
- Do not prepare food if you are sick or not feeling well.
- Service Hour Allotment:
- 15 minutes for every 5 sandwiches made
- 30 minutes for getting supplies
- 30 minutes as driving time
- So if you’ve made 10 sandwiches you would get 1 hour and 30 minutes of service. The maximum amount of hours you can earn from this opportunity is 15.