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Community Service

Cadets: it is our goal to make you aware of the needs of others and of our shared responsibility to help those in need. 

At St. Joes, you will begin to develop a life-long love of serving those in need and giving generously of your time and unique gifts. Be sure to take our motto of “Privilege and Responsibility” very seriously as we strive to build a culture of service where helping those in need is more of a joy than a requirement.

“Oh 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.”

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

SJ's Season of Giving!

Season of Giving 2022

As the holidays approach, we hope you will join St. Joes in our "Season of Giving!" We ask that you consider taking part in any or all of the following drives (all donations can be dropped off in the school lobby):

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Oct. 24 - Nov.11Needed: 1lb bag white long grain, rice, canned beans, chef boyardee, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, canned soups, tortillas, mac & cheese, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables

Adopt-a-Family: Oct. 24 - Dec. 2
Many of our athletic teams and clubs will “adopt a family” from St. Charles Borremeo in Bridgeport. Students are asked to bring in their gifts to the school by December 2. 
If your club or team plans on Adopting a Family, please tell Deacon Font by November 1.

Advent Giving Tree: Nov. 22 - Dec. 16
Choose an ornament from the Advent Giving Tree (it will be up in the school's lobby by Parent-Teacher conferences) and donate a Bedtime or Blessing Bag for people and families in need.


Service Opportunities!


Opportunities with Specific Dates:

  • November 5 - 10th Annual Viki Soto 5K
    • The Viki Soto 5K is looking for face painters and balloon artists who would be willing to donate their time during the event. 
    • Learn More Here
       
  • November 13 - 9th Annual North Haven Rotary & Tessa Marie Memorial 5K / 1Mile "Running For Ronan"
    • All proceeds benefit "Research for Ronan" to help build awareness of Human Parechovirus and other community charities. 
    • Walk is $20 per person and 5K race is $25 per person. 
    • Learn More Here.
       
  • November 19-20- Special Olympics Holiday Classic Volunteers - Bowling in Milford
    • This is a two-day event, but volunteers can participate as little or as much as they'd like and earn service hours! 
    • Click here to sign up
       
  • January - June 2023: Companions of Hope Mentorship Program
    • Adam J. Lewis Academy’s (AJLA) Companions of Hope Mentorship Program is looking for mentors for their 4th graders.

    • They are looking for students willing to lend their time to the children 2-times per month starting in January 2023 and concluding in June 2023. 

    • They are looking for students who are: light-hearted and positive, active listeners, honest, committed, nonjudgemental, empathetic, eager to learn, community-minded, responsible.

    • They are especially looking for students that are from the Bridgeport or Greater Bridgeport area, similar to the students they’ll be serving.

    • If you are interested in this opportunity, please speak to Deacon Font for more information!
       

  • January 30 - April 14 - Yale New Haven Hospital (apply by Nov. 19, 2022)
    • Yale New Haven Hospital is currently accepting applicants for the 2023 Spring High School Volunteer Program. 

    • Students interested in learning more about the healthcare field, giving back to their community, and exploring possible career paths are invited to apply.

    • Students must be 15 years of age and fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including the booster.

    • Students need to be available to commit to the 11-week program and volunteer a minimum of 20 hours to the hospital. You will be assigned one day during the week at either the York Street Campus or Saint Raphael Campus and volunteer a total of two hours per week (3pm - 5 pm). Upon receipt of your application, you will be invited to a virtual informational interview. 

    • Review the Spring High School Volunteer Information Guide

    • Complete the application and submit to volunteerservices@ynhh.org by Nov. 19, 2022 
       

Ever Green Opportunities: 

  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission
    • The Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides meals, groceries, clothing, shelter, and services to anyone suffering from poverty, addiction, or homelessness.
    • They are always looking for volunteers in the Community Pantry and donation center. 
    • Learn More Here.
       
  • Lucky Dog Refuge
    • The Lucky Dog Refuge is looking for volunteers!
    • Students will need to fill out a form for it and have their guardian sign it if under the age of 18. Once they are approved, they will receive notice and have the ability to choose a day to volunteer.
    • I am happy to meet students on site to be their chaperone for volunteering, but if there is a day I cannot attend, they will need to be with an adult (if under 18 years old).
    • Click here to volunteer
       
  • Special Olympics - Flag Football
    • The Special Olympics is looking for flflag football team volunteers on Wednesdays from 4:45pm to 6pm at the Shelton Community Center. 
    • If you're interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mr. Denin at jndennin@sbcglobal.net
       
  • 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 

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 sophomores 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.