Effective March 3, 2020, the service parameters for 11th grade students have been updated. Please read below.
Eleventh grade students will complete service working with the elderly, individuals with physical or intellectual challenges, or people (or their family) living with illness.
Beginning March 3, 2020, the focus area for juniors will also include organizations that protect the environment and serve the hungry. This must be under the direction of a nonprofit organization and cannot be at Bishop Blanchet or for family. Hours completed before March 3 with organizations that protect the environment or serve the hungry will not qualify.
Hours Required: 20 hours total. (Students may volunteer a maximum of five hours at Bishop Blanchet events, regardless of who is served by the events.)
Examples of acceptable service: Assisting athletes at Special Olympics, hosting a movie night for families at Ronald McDonald House, trash pickup with Seattle Parks & Rec, Greenlake litter patrol, environmental restoration with Green Seattle, sorting donations at Ballard Food Bank, Food Life Line, Northwest Harvest Warehouse, serving a meal at 2nd Sunday Dinners at St. Bridget.
See the list of pre-approved opportunities for the 11th grade
Examples of unacceptable service: Helping an elderly neighbor with her garden, caring for a sick or ill family member, organizing a storage closet at a nursing home, participating in Relay for Life, dog walking or pet sitting for neighbors/friends, picking up trash in a neighborhood/park without being associated with a nonprofit group, making sandwiches at home and delivering them to people downtown, coordinating a food drive in the neighborhood, giving money to a collection at church.General expectations:
Every school year, each Blanchet student will complete 20 hours of service under the direction of nonprofit organizations, focusing on a specific population determined by the student’s grade level. (Each year students may volunteer for a maximum of five hours at Bishop Blanchet events, such as the Brave Venture Auction, Brave Welcome, Open House, Phone-A-Thon, etc. regardless of who is served by that event.) Service hours must be entered on Noble Hour by May 1, 2020.
Service must be done under the direction of 501c3 nonprofit. Students wishing to do service at an agency not listed our preapproved agency list should submit the Approval Request Form
(only accessible by BBHS students). Service done at a non-preapproved agency before the proposal has been approved by Campus Ministry may result in no credit.
- Students may not miss school to earn service hours
- Students will not be approved for more than 4 service hours on a school night or 8 hours on a non-school day.
- Organizations must be 501(c)3 recognized by the State of Washington as a nonprofit.
- Independently organized projects will not be accepted (i.e. making food at home and distributing it downtown, helping a neighbor).
- Family members cannot verify hours.
- Students must volunteer with an organization from the approved list for their focus area. Any organization not on the approved list will need to be reviewed by the Service Coordinator (this is done via submitting the Approval Request Form). Students submitting service hours with an organization that was not pre-approved may have their hours denied.
Service hours need to be entered on NobleHour within 2 weeks of volunteering. Once service hours have been entered, an email is sent to the supervisor for verification. After the supervisor verifies the hours, the hours will need to be approved by the Bishop Blanchet Service Coordinator. This means that the Service Coordinator accepted that the student did service which meets the requirements of his/her grade level. Students will receive email notifications from Noble Hour when hours have been approved or denied.
For the 2019-2020 school year, to receive credit, students must have 20 hours of approved service completed and entered on Noble Hour by May 1, 2020. All hours must be verified by May 15, 2020. A reflection essay is also required to complete the service requirement. Students will be given time during CP in April to write their reflection.