Service at St Joseph High School
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.
- Meet the Director of Campus Ministry
- Service Hour Requirements
- Track Service Hours Using x2VOL
- Service Opportunities
Mr Jordan Smith
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.
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.
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.
- Log in to your Naviance account.
- Click on the x2VOL Link under Resources on the left hand side of your screen in Family
- If you are asked to put in your Last Name and Student ID Number, please do so.
- Complete your x2VOL profile.
- Set your password if you'd like to use the mobile app and select a class group.
- Start logging your hours in x2VOL!
Students: Service hours must now be tracked in x2VOL - click the link on the right for instructions.
March for Life in Washington, DC - January 24, 2020
* Organized by St Joseph High School
Consider joining a group from St Joes for the 2020 March for Life in Washington, DC.
Students will take a coach bus on Friday, January 24, departing St Joes at 12AM and returning on Friday evening at 10PM.
Participants will earn 5 hours of community service.
St Catherine Center for Special Needs - Continuing Service
* Organized by the St Catherine Center
Volunteer at the St Catherine Center for Special Needs, located in Fairfield, CT
Feel free to call for volunteer hour openings at (203) 540-5381
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs - Continuing Service
* Organized by Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs
Located in Fairfield, CT, there are many volunteer opportunities at the S. Catherine Center for Special Needs, located in Fairfield.
Email Mr Eric Spencer, Director of Education, email@example.com, with any questions or call (203) 540-5381 to ask about volunteer openings.
“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.”