Campus Ministry

Service

To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
Pope Francis

Transformation through Action

Through a comprehensive service program, students at Bishop Blanchet will cultivate an awareness of personal responsibility and privilege in the pursuit of social justice. In giving of their time and talents, they will live the virtues of mercy, charity and humility by acting beyond self-interest and in solidarity with others. Through working with various nonprofit organizations and addressing different needs, students will come to a greater understanding of the world in which they live and the injustices which need their courageous action.

2020-2021 Service Program Updates
Given the reality of COVID-19, significant adjustments have been made to the BBHS service program for the 2020-2021 academic year. These changes are intended to protect BBHS students, families and the people we serve.

This academic year, BBHS students will complete 12 hours of service in any of the four BBHS service focus areas. These service hours may be completed with approved nonprofits or through self-directed service projects. Students may complete five of their required 12 service hours at Bishop Blanchet events, such as the Brave Venture Auction, Open House, Phone-A-Thon, etc.

2020-2021 Service Requirements & Info

List of 3 items.

  • Basic Requirements

    Hours Required: 12 hours total. (Students may volunteer a maximum of five hours at Bishop Blanchet events, regardless of who is served by the events.)


    • Animals and the environment
    • Children (middle school age or younger)
    • The elderly, individuals with physical or intellectual challenges or people (or their family) living with illness
    • People experiencing hunger, homelessness or poverty. 

    If students wish to volunteer with an organization not on the list of approved nonprofits, they must submit the Approval Request Form.

    Additionally, BBHS students may propose self-directed service projects that serve populations in the four focus areas. Students must request approval for self-directed projects by submitting the Self-Directed Service Approval Request Form. Students may choose to undertake self-directed service projects individually or in collaboration with other BBHS students. If students choose to work in small groups, current social distancing guidelines as outlined by state and local government officials must be observed. 

    Please note: Previously, providing help to family members was not an acceptable form of service for the BBHS Service Program. Given the extraordinary nature of this pandemic, BBHS will lift that policy for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally for the 20-21 school year, parents/guardians may verify service hours for self-directed student projects.
  • General Expectations

    This school year, each Blanchet student will complete 12 hours of service under the direction of nonprofit organizations or in self-directed service projects. (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 NobleHour by May 3, 2021.


    • 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.
    • Self-directed service projects are acceptable during the 2020-2021 academic year. Prior to initiating the project, students must submit the Self-Directed Service Project Approval Request Form.
    • Family members may verify service hours for Self-Directed Service Projects during the 2020-2021 academic year.
    • Students may volunteer with any organization on the pre-approved list of nonprofit organizations. Any organization not on the approved list will need to be reviewed by the Service Coordinator (this is done via submitting the Nonprofit Approval Request Form). 
    Service hours must 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. Students will receive email notifications from NobleHour when hours have been approved or denied.
     
    To receive credit for a completed service requirement in the 2020-2021 academic year, students must have 12 hours of approved service completed and entered on NobleHour by May 3, 2021. Additionally, students must participate in 3 online service reflections scheduled during the school year.
  • Examples of Self-Directed Service Projects

    • weeding or gardening for an elderly neighbor or grandparent
    • recording an interview with an elderly friend or relative about their life
    • picking up trash at a park 
    • walking a dog for quarantined or impaired family, friends or neighbors
    • creating motivational artwork for first responders, nursing home residents and/or health care workers
    • virtual tutoring for elementary or middle school students
    • supporting the learning of a younger family member
    • serving as a pen pal or phone buddy for an isolated elderly person (nursing homes or your place of worship may have ideas of people that could use extra care right now) 
    • organizing a sock, sleeping bag or food drive among your family and friends (before organizing a drive, please reach out to a shelter or food bank to inquire about their needs)

    Please Note: Time spent planning or securing supplies for your project may be included as part of your service hours.

Pre-Approved Service Sites for '20-'21



On the map to the left, you'll see mapped locations for many of our pre-approved service sites for the 2020-2021 school year. Organizations that operate at a variety of sites are not mapped at this time. Click on any of the green map pins for more details about the organization. Click View Larger Map (partial square in upper right corner) to open in a new window.

Bishop Blanchet High School

8200 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: 206-527-7711
Fax: 206-527-7712
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Located in  Seattle, Washington, Bishop Blanchet High School is a private, coed Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging college preparatory academic program, campus ministry, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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