Carmel students are required to perform Christian service during their high school years. In doing so, they will make an impact on every level of society, near and far. Members of our founding orders, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Order of Carmelites, have given centuries of service to those in need through the imitation of Christ and his Blessed Mother, Mary. Our students continue this tradition with acts of service in a wide variety of settings so that the love and compassion of Christ may transform our world today.
“So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” James 2:17.
- Service is a way of life for the BVMs and Carmelites.
- Carmel students continue this tradition of service through the Christian Service program.
- Carmel students will make an impact on every level of society, near and far, through acts of service.
- Service is given through charitable non-profits where the students’ gifts and skills meet the needs of the community.
Types of Service
The type of service that a student does should make use of their God-given gifts and skills, take them outside their comfort zone once in a while, and offer them an opportunity that allows for reflection on their experiences. Service must be done through a charitable nonprofit, not through direct service to individuals such as family, friends or neighbors. Any combination of core and support hours may count toward the total required hours. Only a certain amount of Carmel hours may count toward a student's total required hours.
CORE service is characterized by giving service person-to-person to someone who is poor, vulnerable, or marginalized in the eyes of society. Examples of core service hours:
- Service to the hungry and homeless
- Companionship for the elderly at homes for the poor
- Working with people with special needs
- Coaching athletics for underprivileged children
SUPPORT service is work that assists in alleviating suffering in another without being done person-to-person. Examples of support service hours:
- Packing food for the hungry
- Fundraisers for chronic and terminal diseases
- Working at local elementary or middle schools
- Working civic (municipality) events
CARMEL service is done to support and enhance the mission of the school. These hours reflect the love and loyalty we have to the institution and the ongoing self-giving of community members first displayed by the sisters, brothers, and priests of the founding orders. Examples of Carmel service hours:
- Open House
- Street Scenes
- Summer camps
- Crew for theater productions
Class of 2018
Service requirement: minimum of 25 total hours served
Carmel hours maximum: 10 hours
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Class of 2019
Service requirement: minimum of 50 total hours served
Carmel hours maximum: 20 hours
Junior year deadline and hours due: May 1, 2018 - 25 hours
Senior year deadline and total hours due: May 1, 2019 - 50 hours (cumulative)
Class of 2020
Service requirement: minimum of 75 total hours served
Carmel hours maximum: 30 hours
Sophomore year deadline and hours due: May 1, 2018 - 25 hours
Junior year deadline and hours due: May 1, 2019 - 50 hours (cumulative)
Senior year deadline and total hours due: May 1, 2020 - 75 hours (cumulative)
Class of 2021
Hours: 100 total hours served over four years. Any combination of core and support hours may count toward the 100 hours. Students may count up to 40 hours of Carmel service hours toward the total hours served.
Deadlines: The yearly deadline for Christian Service hours is May 1.
Freshman year: minimum of 25 total hours served
Sophomore year: minimum of 50 total hours served
Junior year: minimum of 75 total hours served
Senior year: all 100 hours must be served by May 1 of senior year
Transfer student hours will be prorated in proportion to their year of transfer.
Banking hours: Banking hours refers to the practice of serving hours in advance of the yearly deadline. Banking hours is encouraged.
Tracking hours: Students may sign up for service, log hours served, get hours approved and write reflections on their service experience(s) through our online volunteer system, x2VOL (time to volunteer). Student training and activation for online system will occur during orientation days in August 2017.
Reflection: Reflection questions are answered in the online system for personal reflection, as well as capturing stories and experiences for later use in applications for university admission, scholarships and awards.
View the Christian Service Program overview.
For questions, please contact Sister Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, Director of Christian Service, firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.388.3342.