Service Learning is the reciprocal relationship experience where both parties benefit from the interaction. We encourage our students to engage in meaningful service opportunities in which there is relationship formed, and that creates a better understanding of a person’s situation and the reason to which one is volunteering. There is also an expectation that a student recognizes this as meaningful educational experience.
Students are required to have 45 hours completed by the start of senior year. Completion of 30 service hours by the end of junior year is a requirement for those who seek to run for Five Main positions on Student Council and Executive positions on Campus Ministry. A reflection paper allows the students to process moments of their experience, ask questions, and work towards understanding. We relate service back to our faith and Jesus’ message to care for those in need in our society, as it is our responsibility as Christians.
We have partnerships with Fair Acres, Women of Hope, the Patrician Society, and many more organizations and schools in the surrounding area. We also offer service trips during spring and summer breaks to learn and serve other parts of our region, country, and world.
Steps to Record Service Learning
1. Your service project should be approved approved by the Campus Minister.
2. Fill out the copy of the service learning coversheet.
3. Ask the person supervising the service learning (Volunteer coordinator, faculty moderator…) to send you an email to email@example.com verifying the number of hours you served.
4. Spend a few minutes prayerfully reflecting on what you learned. Write a meaningful reflection sharing what the experience was like and what you learned.
6. Email the three items: coversheet, email or letter verification, and your reflection to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the easy steps to record service.
Click here for the service learning coversheet.
Students from Notre Dame regularly serve dinner to the residents of Women of Hope. The ladies enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the faculty and students of our school community.
Each fall students collect and package Thanksgiving "Turkey Baskets" for deserving families in Philadelphia.