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Service

Solidarity finds concrete expression in service, which can take a variety of forms in an effort to care for others . . . In offering such service, individuals learn to ‘set aside their own wishes and desires, their pursuit of power, before the concrete gaze of those who are most vulnerable… Service always looks to their faces, touches their flesh, senses their closeness and even, in some cases, ‘suffers’ that closeness and tries to help them. Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people. -Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, #115

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH ACTION


Bishop Blanchet strives to inspire students to transform the world around them through a lifelong commitment to faith, scholarship and service. As such, Bishop Blanchet wants to encourage students to engage in service through a direct encounter with the poor and marginalized in their communities. Through a comprehensive service program, students at Bishop Blanchet will encounter others who think and live differently and work together in pursuit of social justice. In giving of their time and talents, they will live the Gospel values of courage, community, hope, love, mercy, justice, humility, and discipleship by acting beyond their own self-interest and in solidarity with others. Through working with various nonprofit organizations, students will come to a greater understanding of the world in which they live and the injustices which need their courageous action. 

Four Focus Areas
Every school year, each Blanchet student will complete 20 hours of service under the direction of nonprofit organizations in any (or all) of the following focus areas: Each year, students may volunteer for a maximum of five hours at Bishop Blanchet events, such as the Bishop Blanchet Freshmen Welcome, Open House, etc. regardless of who is served by that event. Service to Blanchet is not required. The remaining hours must be completed with an approved nonprofit organization, while doing direct service in any of the four focus areas. Bishop Blanchet does not accept Service Hours for auctions, fundraisers or other philanthropic events.

2023-2024 SERVICE REQUIREMENTS & INFORMATION

Solidarity Dinner for Nuestro Pequeños Hermanos

Join us for a Solidarity Dinner in support of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH)! Help us provide scholarships and basic needs to the 11 NPH students sponsored by Bishop Blanchet each year.

Monday, May 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Norcliffe Student Commons, BBHS Campus
$25 ticket includes a simple dinner of rice and beans and donation to NPH

Additional donations are welcome!
If you would like to support NPH, buy your ticket to the Solidarity Dinnner or make a donation today!

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”, cares for thousands of poor and vulnerable children across Latin America and the Caribbean by providing education, family support services, and a loving, secure environment. A primary goal of NPH is to break the cycle of generational poverty. We are proud to sponsor 11 students annually through the generosity of the Bishop Blanchet community. Thank you for your support of this vital work!

PRE-APPROVED SERVICE SITES FOR 23-24

On the map above, you'll see mapped locations for many of our pre-approved service sites for the 2023-24 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.