Community Service

     

Christian Service at St Joseph High School

It is the goal of the Christian Service Program at St Joseph High school 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.

       

Service Opportunities!

Don’t forget: Service Hours are due by Friday March 15, 2019. Service hours must now be tracked in x2VOL - click the link on the right for instructions. 

 

St Joseph High School - Phone-a-thon - Feb 5 & 6
*Organized by St Joseph High School Advancement Office

  • Dates: Tuesday, February 5th & Wednesday, February 6th
  • Times: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Location: BTX Global Logistics in Shelton
  • This is a great opportunity to speak to alumni while earning service hours! Interested students should sign up via this google form.
  • We encourage students to sign up for both nights, but we understand that there are time constraints.
  • Dinner and snacks will be provided both nights.
     

Midnight Run for ESMS - New Haven - Feb 12 & 13
*Organized by Holy Infant Church (Orange, CT)

  • Date: Tuesday, February 12 - Sandwich making at Holy Infant Church (Orange, CT) at 6pm
  • Date: Wednesday, February 13 - Midnight run to Emergency Shelter Management Services (ESMS) in New Haven - 7pm
  • Sign up here!
     

HTCA Basketball League - Until March 2019
*Organized by Holy Trinity Catholic Academy (Shelton, CT)

  • HTCA sponsors and runs a Basketball League (called the Suburban League) for Junior Varsity level girls and boys (2nd, 3rd and 4th graders) from local Catholic schools and parishes on weekends during the winter. 
  • Volunteers are needed to do things such as: 
    • run the score clock; manage the score book; collect the 50/50 raffle;  collect admission; store chairs 
  • The league began in November and runs through March 2019 every Saturday and Sunday with a few "closed dates." 
  • Games begin at 8am and end at 5pm.
  • Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of 3 game increments eg: 8-9-10am; 2-3-4pm; 1-2-3-4pm.
  • If you are interested, please send cell phone and e-mail information of both the parent and the volunteer to Dennis Kelly: 203-668-9370 or dkelly@holytrinitycatholicacademy.org.
     

IPPI Learning Academy - Unified Basketball
*Organized by IPPI Learning Academy (Stratford, CT)

  • IPPI Learning Academy in Stratford is hosting Unified Basketball this winter. And once again, St Joes is proud to take a leading role in helping the program.
  • Click this link to view a document of information for all interested students.
  • In addition, interested students should sign up through via this google form.  
  • Reach out to Mr Smith with any questions! 

 

Fairfield Penguin Plunge (formerly Westport Penguin Plunge) – Apr 6
*Organized by Special Olympics of Connecticut

Sacred Heart University Journey – June 23-28, 2019
*Sacred Heart University

  • SHU Journey is a six-day residential experience of faith education, self discovery, small group discussion, community services, prayer and liturgy, and music ministry.
  • The program will be held on the campus of Sacred Heart University. 
  • Note: This is not a service-hour opportunity. 
  • See Mr Weiss if you are interested. 

 

Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley - Continuing Service
*Organized by the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley

  • Join the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley and volunteer in their homework help/afterschool program Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:00pm.
  • Boys and Girls Club facilities are located in Shelton, Ansonia, and Seymour. Students who participate in the program are 5-12 years old and require assistance with Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading. 
  • Please e-mail Shaye Roscoe at shayeroscoe@bgc-lnv.org for more information. 

 

COMING SOON TO SERVICE AT SJ!

•    Midnight Run New Haven
•    Lunch Program at Merton House
•    Breakfast Program at Bridgeport Rescue Mission
•    After School Program at Caroline House 

“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

 

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. His love for Campus Ministry began in an internship at St John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA in 2011-2012. Upon graduation, he began teaching 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 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 retreat option for our 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. Service to the school or to their own communities may be included in Above and Beyond hours. 

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 PlusPortals.

Track Service Hours

Students may now 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. Log in to your Naviance account.
  2. Click on the x2VOL Link under Resources on the left hand side of your screen in Family
    Connection.
  3. If you are asked to put in your Last Name and Student ID Number, please do so.
  4. Complete your x2VOL profile.
  5. Set your password if you'd like to use the mobile app and select a class group.
  6. Start logging your hours in x2VOL!

Here is a video on how to access x2VOL via Naviance Student.