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

Jordan Smith, Director of Campus Ministry

Mr Jordan Smith
jsmith@sjcadets.org

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.

  1.  Visit www.x2VOL.com and click JOIN.
  2.  Select the “My School Instructed me to Complete my Registration” option and click on “Complete
     my Registration”.
  3.  Type in “St. Joseph High School” and click Search – and select our school name.
  4.  Type in your Last Name and Student email.
  5.  Enter the remaining profile fields.
  6.  Set your interests and skills and click Proceed.
  7.  Set a password, select your group and check the required boxes to complete your registration.
  8.  Log in and view your Dashboard.
  9.  See Mr. Smith or contact Intellivol if you have any issues!

Having issues with x2VOL? Here is a great link with additional information! https://help.x2vol.com/knowledge


 

Service Opportunities!

Build a Playground in Monroe

  • May 10-16, 2022

  • This is a great opportunity to join other SJ Cadets and help to build a playground in Monroe. Mr. Blamey will lead the team of Cadets. Reach out to Mr. Blamey if you have any questions.

  • Sign Up Here: www.monroeplaygroundfoundation.org/signup
     

Ridgefield Academy Auction

  • Saturday, April 30th at Ridgefield Academy in Ridgefield, CT.
  • Ms. Carbone is looking for students to help set-up for a fundraising auction and complete tasks including blowing up balloons, moving tables, and helping with decorations, etc..
  • Students can volunteer between 9AM and 1PM.
  • Anyone who is interested should contact Kim Carbone at kcarbone@ridgefieldacademy.org. 
     
AYSO VIP Special Needs Soccer Program
  • The AYSO VIP Special Needs Soccer Program is looking for Buddies to work with players, ages 3 & older. It is a rewarding experience for our volunteers (ages 12 & older) and no experience is necessary.
  • Volunteers will be accepted until June 1
  • Volunteers assist, encourage, and have fun with the players on the field as they develop their soccer and social skills.
  • Saturdays from 2-4:15 at Kaechele Field, Trumbull.
  • Volunteers must be 12 & older. Soccer experience is not necessary, but training is required.
  • For more information, contact vip.trumbull.bc@gmail.com
     

Greater Bridgeport Area CROP Hunger Walk - May 1

  • The 48th Annual Greater Bridgeport Area Crop Hunger Walk on May 1 is an outdoor fundraiser where 25% of the funds are donated to local agencies that support those in need and the other 75% is used by Church World Service to fight hunger locally, nationally, and internationally, emphasizing self-sustaining agricultural practices.
  • May 1, starting at 1:30 pm (rain or shine) 2200 North Ave. Bpt. --  a 2.14-mile neighborhood walk starting and ending at United Congregational Church

  • A few volunteer opportunities may be:
    • “Sign Design” (to distribute to our fellow walkers)
    • “Pledge Challenge” (Who can raise the most?) 
    • “Kindness Cards” (To hand out to the community members as you walk the neighborhoods.) 
    • Create a fundraising page on Facebook Fundraiser linked to your CROP Walk page
    • There will also be a collection of non-perishable items for nOURish Bridgeport
  • Donate on behalf of St. Joes! 
  • For additional information, reach out to angela.hare@snet.net


Holy Trinity Catholic Academy - Basketball League

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Academy runs a basketball league for Junior JV girls and boys (2nd, 3rd and 4th graders) from local catholic schools and parishes on weekends during the winter called the Suburban League.
  • Volunteers are needed to do the following:
    • run the score clock
    • managed the score book
    • collect the 50/50 raffle
    • collect admission
    • store chairs
  • They also have a need for a student who wishes to assist "remotely' by: 
    • managing the league schedule and calendar
    • managing the weekly volunteer assignments
  • The league begins in December  and will run through early April 2022 every Saturday  with a few "closed dates." Games begin at 9am and end at 5pm (last game starts at 4pm) on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of 3 game or max 4 game increments eg: 9am, 10a  11am.....1, 2, 3, 4pm.
  • Volunteers will receive volunteer service hours accordingly.
  • Interested students can contact Dennis Kelly at 203-668-9370 or dkelly@holytrinitycatholicacademy.org.


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: info@theklein.org 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 reled@sjcshelton.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 up at this sign-up genius link
  • Any questions, feel free to contact Joanne Salageanu at Joanne.Salageanu@gmail.com


The Sterling House Community Center After School Tutors and Helpers (Stratford)

  • Michael Rosati, '17 is the Director of Youth Programs at The Sterling Community Center in Stratford and he is always in need of after school tutors and helpers for the students in his program!
  • After school helpers may commit to the full 2.5 hours (3:30pm-6:00pm) or volunteer for a portion of the afternoon.
  • Contact Michael with any questions you may have or to sign up: mrosati@sterlinghousecc.org 


Spread Sunshine (My Friend ABBY)- April 1-May 30

  • The My Friend ABBY organization (myfriendabby.org) empowers youth and young adults to actively create peer to peer connections through grants that improve mental and emotional health. The organization needs volunteers to help deliver a decorative burst of sunshine lawn signs to homes in Trumbull and Fairfield, to fulfill their "Spreading Sunshine" orders. 
  • Volunteer Requirements: Available during the months of April and/or May; Available for a minimum of 4 deliveries and pickups each month you commit to; Locations to Serve: Trumbull & Fairfield; Must provide your own transportation to deliver the sunshine signs; Have access to Google Sheets to view and select orders you can deliver.
  • Any questions, email Karen Frissora at spreadingsunshine@myfriendabby.org