Christian Service Experience

The Christian Service Experience at Brother Martin High School has as its goal the involvement of students in situations and experiences which will broaden the students understanding of Christian responsibility and the call of Jesus to serve one another.

In serving others, Archbishop Gregory Aymond gives the following guidelines: service must be meaningful and help students to touch the hearts of others; students should not be “just logging in their hours” and service work must be “authentic charity” that respects human life. It must not be “social work.” It is living out one’s faith. In religion class, students are given an opportunity to reflect theologically on service in a structured way.

Verification of the service hour requirement must be on the letterhead of the agency, church, or nonprofit organization where the service was done and should include the student’s name, a brief description of the work done, the date(s) when the work was done, and the number of hours served. Students should keep a copy of their service work for their own reference. Students who do not submit verification of completed service work to their religion teacher by the due date will be expected to complete additional service hours. Students who do not submit verification of service work by the end of fourth quarter exams must make up the service hours at credit recovery, as completion of service hours is required for advancement to the next grade level and for graduation.

*Click on each grade level for more information

8th Grade

Eighth Grade Requirement
10 Hours
Due Date: March 3, 2020 (early turn in for exemption by January 27, 2020).

Suggested activities: nonprofit agencies, elementary school, and parish work. Work done for family members does not meet the criteria for community service.

No more than 5 hours of this requirement may be done on campus.

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ArcGNO

ArcGNO needs volunteers to help sort mardi gras beads. Weekday, Weekend, Daytime and Evening hours available for volunteers. Arc of Greater New Orleans, Mardi Gras Recycle Center, 925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie, LA 70001.

Click here for more information about this volunteer opportunity.

Contact:
Norelia Reed
nreed@arcgno.org
504-837-5105


El Centro

El Centro is excited to be involved in the 25th Annual Gretna Heritage Festival and the first-ever Latino Village in addition to providing technical assistance and training to the vendors prior to the big day, we have been asked to coordinate volunteers for the Village! As you know, festivals like these can’t operate without the help of volunteers. Volunteers will serve as runners for the vendors, greeters about the Village, and ushers for the VIP areas. Each will receive a single-day ticket to get in and a volunteer t-shirt. As a volunteer same day re-entry into the festival will only be $5. We have 10 3-hour shifts to fill across the 3 days of the Festival starting Friday Sept 27 and ending Sunday Sept 29.

This is a great opportunity for students to get their service hours in while practicing their Spanish! Spanish speaking is not a requirement but it certainly will be a plus.

To sign up, click here.

Contact:
Lindsey Navarro
Executive Director
lindsey@elcentrola.org


Giving Hope NOLA

Giving Hope NOLA is hosting their Giving Hope Food Pantry Annual Gala on November 8th at the Hyatt on Poydras. Volunteers are needed for table decoration, auction set-up, check-in tables, movers from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM for setup. Volunteers are also needed from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM for check-in/registration at the events and 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM for breakdown of the event.

Volunteers are needed mainly from 4:00-10:00 PM. If interested, contact Lan Hoang, lan@givinghopenola.org.

Contact:
Lan Hoang
lan@givinghopenola.org


New Orleans Fencing Foundation

The NOFF has volunteer opportunities available for students who may be interested in these programs.  FYI:  Wheelchair fencers do not have to be wheelchair bound.

Click here for more information about NOFF.


NORD Outdoors

Join the liveliest volunteer crew in NOLA! NORD Outdoors is looking for volunteers to help lead its Open Canoeing & Fishing activities at Joe W. Brown Park in New Orleans East. Training for all activities is provided. If you aren't accustomed to outdoor recreation, step out of your comfort zone! This is an amazing (totally free) community-oriented program open to everyone. We are driven by volunteers.

Our volunteers get in where they fit in! We highlight people's strengths, but we also share tasks and work together. Here are some of the tasks we need help with:

Paddle LessonsRegistration & Waiver Duties
Water Monitoring (involves being on the water with guests)PFD (Life Jacket) Distribution
Setup and Breakdown (Involves toting canoes)Casting Games for Children (Educational)
Casting LessonsLaunching & Pulling-in Canoes
Bait & Knot LessonsAny creative idea you bring to the table!

Moreover, if you commit to six Saturdays in a fall or spring season, you'll earn the option to pursue a free Red Cross lifeguard certification as part of our Certs for Service program. Must be 15+ to apply for the lifeguard certification.

Time: Every Saturday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM until November 9th.
Location: Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

Contact:
Justin Ammon, Outdoors Program Manager
sjammon@nola.gov
504-655-8396


Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.)

P.A.W.S., in Belle Chasse, is looking for volunteers to help with cleaning (specifically on Mondays) and with adoption events. Their main event, Pawdi Gras, on Sunday, March 10th, will need as many volunteers as possible. To sign-up to volunteer, please contact Tatiana Begault (information below) about volunteering.

Contact:
Tatiana Begault
tatiana@paws4life.org
504-275-7489


St. Cletus Oyster Festival

Volunteers are needed to work the St. Cletus Oyster Festival in Gretna at the following times:

  • Sat., Oct, 5th and Sat., Oct. 12th anytime from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Mon. - Thurs., Oct. 14th - 17th anytime from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Fri., Oct. 18th anytime from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Sat. and Sun., Oct. 19th and 20th anytime from 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Click here for the event flyer.

Contact:
Hope Falcon
504-450-9050


St. Pius X Fall Festival

St. Pius X is looking for student volunteers to assist with the St. Pius X Fall Festival on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th. Duties will be assisting game and food booth chairpersons during shifts at the Fall Festival.  Additional assistance is also needed on Thursday, October 24th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Click here for the event flyers.

Contact:
Ann DeRouen
Special Events Coordinator
St. Pius X Parish
504-259-4872
amderouen@cox.net