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Cavaliers IN Service Program

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

“Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the King will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” MATTHEW 25:34-40


Service Hour Requirements


Prior to the start of Senior year, Students are required to complete 75 hours of service either with a disadvantaged community or in a way that encourages active participation in their local parish


The first set of hours (15 hours) should be completed during or after Freshman year, and are due no later than Sophomore orientation.  The second set of hours, 30 hours, should be turned in no later than Junior orientation.  The third set of hours, as the completion of the set of 75, MUST be turned in no later than Senior orientation. 


Fulfilling the minimum number of service hours each year is required to graduate from John Carroll Catholic High School. 


Guidelines for Service


A student may choose any service organization as long as the organization allows the student to fulfill the following:


  1. a) Directly serve disadvantaged people or encourage active participation in parish life
  2. b) Complete at least 30 out of 75 total hours with the same service organization.


Additionally, there must be an adult supervisor on-site to verify hours (this cannot be a parent except in pre-approved circumstances)   


A student may choose a service organization from the list below or may find to work with an alternative organization to work with. As a general rule, if it's a non-profit that works directly with people, it should count. If you aren't sure, read through the FAQs below. If you are still unsure, please email Mr. Cashio or Ms. King BEFORE you begin your work with them. Students may choose a different approved service organization each year. Students must record service hours on the Service Hours Report form and turn in the form to either Mr. Cashio, Ms. King, or Mrs. Hayes in the front office.



Last summer, some accommodations were made to allow for service opportunities within the confines that COVID-19 created for our communities. These amendments have expired at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, and those exceptions will no longer count moving forward. All of those Service Hour Reports should have already been turned in and counted towards your total (turn in that Report to Mrs. Hayes asap if you have not already). If you have a question regarding hours done as exceptions due to COVID-19, please talk to Mr. Cashio directly. 


Overview of Expectations

Freshman Year

  • Choose a service organization that will allow the student to complete at least 15 hours during an academic year or for the summer following and will allow the student to directly serve disadvantaged people or will encourage active participation in their local parish life.
  • Complete and turn in the Service Hours Report to Mrs. Hayes, Mr.Cashio, or Ms. King no later than Sophomore Orientation

Sophomore Year

  • Complete 30 service hours, which were begun before Sophomore year, for the academic year or the summer following and record all hours on the Service Hours Report form.
  • Complete and turn in the Service Hours Report to Mrs. Hayes, Mr.Cashio, or Ms. King no later than Junior Orientation

Junior Year

  • Complete 30 service hours, which were begun prior, for the academic year or summer following and record all hours on the Service Hours Report form
  • Complete and turn in the Service Hours Report to Mrs. Hayes, Mr.Cashio, or Ms. King no later than Senior Orientation

Senior Year

  • Determine and ensure all service hour requirements have been fulfilled and turned in toMrs. Hayes, Mr.Cashio, or Ms. King no later than Senior Orientation

Delinquent Hours

Failure to complete these requirements will leave you subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the administration. Students who have not completed or have communicated a plan to complete their 75 service hours before Senior orientation will not be allowed to begin classes at the start of their senior year, and will instead receive unexcused absences for their classes until service hours are complete AND the Service Hours Report has been submitted. 








What counts for service hours? (volunteering with any of the following without pay)

  • Hospital volunteer programs 
  • Pre-approve formation programs 
IE. Anytown Alabama, YouthServeUrban Service Camp, Catholic Youth on Mission
Register with your Parish Youth Group!
1 donation = 5 service hours.
@ SFX July 22nd 10am-3pm
  • non-profit organizations including but not limited to the following:
Every Saturday at 2pm
Five full lunches (sandwich, salty snack, sweet snack, fruit or fruit cup, and water) = 1 service hour.
Collections in the JC faculty parking lot every Monday morning before school throughout the school year
Need volunteers for event Sept. 25th
contact Sister Mary Vernon at MVgentle@aol.com
            • A Promise to Help black belt charitable foundation
Contact Henry Ford or call 205-919-8349
            • Five Points Hospice


**Any service completed at school must be PREapproved by Mr. Cashio, Ms. King, or Coach Steele. Work done for our John Carroll community counts 50%, so 2 hours of work at the school (i.e. volunteering at the summer sports camps) will count for 1 service hour. Write the TOTAL number of hours on the service report and it will be halved when input into RenWeb.


What doesn’t count?

  • Any work that is paid
  • Activity where there is no adult supervisor present to verify hours
  • Working without pay for a for-profit organization
  • Helping with your family’s store or restaurant, even if it’s unpaid
  • Working with/for members or your family unit 
  • Work with animals (Humane Society)
  • Tutoring friends


How do I get started?

Start with things that spark your interest or that are local to you! You can begin with contacting one of the organizations above, or you can look for non-profits in your community whose missions align with your interests! 


  • Pray!
  • Determine which disadvantaged population you may want to serve.
  • Ask yourself, where does this disadvantaged population go get assistance?
  • Look at your transportation needs.  Will you be able to get to the agency when you are needed?
  • Reflect on your personal gifts and talents.  
  • Consider your future goals.  It may possible to volunteer for an agency that would benefit from your future career choice

Types of Service 

Service of Labor
Using your body to build, paint, dig, etc
This can serve real tangible needs in people’s lives
This is usually short on building relationships with people.
Service of Presence
Using yourself to be present to another person and their needs
This can serve a real connection with another human and their needs
This can be an awkward process but can ultimately result in very real impactful relationships


Why do my hours have to be with a disadvantaged community? Why can’t I work with my Grandma? 

Service to your family does not count because it is a part of your duty as a member of that family. The purpose of our program is to connect with a disadvantaged population in your community outside of your family unit and preferably outside of your comfort zone.


How do I check how many hours I currently have on record?

To check your hours, log in to RenWeb and click "Profile" > "Family Info" > "Service Hours"


When are service hours due? 

All 75 completed service hours are due by the first day of your senior year. Failure to do so will result in consequences listed below under “delinquent hours”


We strongly suggest doing your service hours in increments, completing 15 before the start of your sophomore year, 30 before the start of your junior year, and the remaining 30 before the start of your senior year. 


What if I am a transfer?

Students who transfer after the end of freshman year will be assigned a prorated number of hours by the counseling department or by the service coordinators on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration how much time you have before the start of your senior year. 

Basically, if you transfer after the end of your freshman year, your total hours are reduced to 60. If you transfer after the end of your sophomore year, your hours are reduced to 30. If you transfer after the end of your junior year, the service coordinators and counselors will talk you through any hours we feel you still have time to complete.


You are welcome to transfer hours done at previous schools, but we will need verification from supervisors or from the service coordinators at the previous schools before they can count in our system. 


When should I start doing my service hours?

You can begin completing your hours as soon as you begin your freshman year! Most students complete their hours during the summer months, but hours can be done throughout the school year! 


Why can’t I work at the Humane Society?

Our service program is specifically geared towards serving our brothers and sisters in need as the Gospel calls us to do so. If animals are your passion, find a nonprofit that uses animals to help people! If you love your grandma that much, show love to others’ grandparents whose families aren’t as compassionate by serving at your local nursing home!  


Does volunteering at a sports camp count?

Serving with sports camps that have a specific mission to serve under resourced populations, (for example, American Baseball Foundation) certainly count. Serving with a John Carroll Camp here on campus falls into the school service category and can earn hours at a 2 to 1 rate. (for example, working 10 hours at a JC summer sports camp earns 5 hours.)



"Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will."




The Service Project Program at John Carroll Catholic High School was established as a requirement for graduation in 1980. Originally students were required to perform 15 hours of service in the community during their Senior year. In 1981 students were to fulfill 30 hours of service: 15 in the community during their Junior year and 15 during their Senior year. Then in 1983 the requirements were changed for freshmen entering John Carroll. They were required to perform 48 hours of service, which could be started in their freshman year. Finally, in 1989 the 48 hours of service were refined to require 12 hours per school year as part of the Theology curriculum. Current requirements are explained on the next page. Currently students are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of direct service to the disadvantaged. (The requirements are explained more fully on the main page.)




John Carroll High School is a Catholic school, a school rooted in Gospel values. We believe strongly in the education of the total person. During each students four years at John Carroll they will be challenged to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. A major part of their spiritual growth happens through their service projects. In Sacred Scripture, it is clear that Jesus' mission on earth included service to others. Jesus says in Matthew, "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me." He not only helped others but he also expected us to help them. After washing Peter’s feet in the Gospel of John, Jesus says to his disciples, "As I have done, so you must do." Once again in Luke, Jesus points out that, "Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day and follow in my steps." Our faith in God is manifested through our love, concern, and service for others.


By reaching out, we learn and understand more about the needs of other people. Our talents, so often taken for granted, become more appreciated and developed. With Jesus as our model, we are encouraged to give back to our communities through the gifts that God has given us.