“Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”
There are five themes of service that students may choose from to express our “CORE” belief in the inherent dignity of the human person. Completing this service requirement of St. Vincent de Paul High School students prepares them to live our motto: “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”, embracing key principles of Catholic teachings in serving others. Each graduate of St. Vincent de Paul will meet the minimum graduation requirement of 100 hours of service and most will accomplish more. By senior year, each student will have developed a portfolio which includes a history of service reflecting these themes:
HUMANITARIANISM: (COTS, Academic tutoring, Meals on Wheels, Petaluma People Services, Amnesty International, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Canine Companions, United Cerebral Palsy camps, etc.)
FAITH-BASED: (VBS, CCD, Confirmation team, Altar serving, etc.)
ENVIRONMENTAL: (ecology projects, clean-ups, recycling, conservation, wildlife preservation, Art Angels, etc.)
GOVERNMENT: (Assisting government agencies, etc.)
EDUCATIONAL: (Academic tutoring, etc.)
Students from each grade will be assigned reflection papers/projects about their service experience for their Theology class each semester.
SVdP Provides a Student Service Fair on Ocober 10that SVHP, where students can meet nonprofit agencies and the like that have opportunities for volunteer service in their organization.
There will also be special service days schedules for different grades each year, prompting further reflection on the experience and its connecion to Catholic values.
For questions, please contact:
St. Vincent de Paul High School Service Hours Coordinator
- Graduation requirement: students must perform a minimum of 100 hours of approved community service to graduate.
- If a student transfers into SVHS after Freshman year, he is required to perform a minimum of 25 service hours per year in attendance.
- Students must perform a yearly minimum number of 5 CORE service hours.
- Students must perform a yearly minimum of total service hours as follows:
- Freshmen: 25 hours
- Sophomores: 30 hours
- Juniors: 25 hours
- Seniors: 20 hours
- Service may not occur in a for-profit business.
- There can be no monetary compensation for service performed.
- Service must be completed outside of class time.
- Service must be for an individual or group other than the student’s family.
- If service is done for individuals they must have a documented disability or income below the poverty.
- CORE service opportunities must be pre-approved by the Service Hours Coordinator. (Summer CORE hours proposals can be emailed to the Service Hours Coordinator during summer months.)
- CORE service involves an added level of responsibility, time commitment and contribution to the community.
- This is not passive service, but, rather direct interaction with the recipient of the service.
- In order for the service to be considered CORE hours, the student must write an essay about the experience, demonstrating his understanding of the gospel values at work there.
Designed to lend support to the local SVHS, SVES, parish community or any other non-profit service which does not meet the criteria for CORE hours.