Service

To whom much is given, much is required.
Luke 12:48

Living out the Charism of the Sisters of St. Casimir, we are called to follow their mission of faith and service. Committing ourselves to awareness and involvement within our community shapes us to be women of strong character, whose lives reflect the love of God.

Purpose of Service

Service is intended to be a learning experience.

  • Students are encouraged to seek new and unfamiliar populations in environments that stretch their comfort zones.
  • Students should choose an agency or organization that provides direct contact with people. In doing so, our students will grow in deeper understanding of themselves while serving community needs.

Service is also an opportunity to explore career paths, interests, and strengths you might bring to the workforce.

  • If you have ideas about what job you would like as an adult, this is a good time to pursue it, try it out, and demonstrate your interest.
  • If you are open to possibilities, then try out something new and see what you learn.

Service Graduation Requirement

As a graduation requirement, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors must complete 10 hours of service each school year. All 10 required hours must be completed during the school year, and submitted for record no later than Monday, May 1, 2018. Freshmen complete their five required hours during Freshman Seminar.

We deeply value the importance of service in our own school community; however, we desire for our students to be exposed to different populations and social injustices for necessary educational purposes. Therefore, 7 of the 10 required hours must be completed outside our Villa community.

Our Service Learning Program is in place to challenge you. Activities such as shoveling snow/cutting lawns, babysitting, or cleaning/ maintenance work for family and friends are not acceptable. Under no circumstances may students accept compensation or payment for any service completed for this requirement. Also, students are not permitted to include travel time toward the required amount of hours.


Recording Your Service Hours

For information on how to record your service hours at vjm.strataapps.com, please visit the student Mission & Ministry page here.

Serve With Mission & Ministry

Villa Joseph Marie's Mission & Ministry Office provides ample opportunities throughout the year for students to serve the community and also fulfill their graduation requirement.

Villa Day of Service

Join Mission and Ministry for Villa’s 3rd Annual Day of Service! Sign up to volunteer with your families on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Highlights of the day include volunteering from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various service sites, followed by Mass and lunch at Villa.

To participate, please return this interest form to Mrs. McCarthy by February 9, 2018.

Blessed Sarnelli Community

The Blessed Sarnelli Community serves those most poor and vulnerable in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Students prepare a meal for 150 guests. Conversation is an important component of the ministry. The Sarnelli Community is not to be labeled a soup kitchen; rather, they are a hospitality center where dignity and attention are given to each individual along with a hot meal. For more information, please visit the Blessed Sarnelli Community Website.

Twice-monthly visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (five hours of service learning).

  • The dates for this year are: Sept 14 + 28, Oct 5 + 19, Nov 2 + 16 + 30, Dec 5, Jan 9 + 30, Feb 15, Mar 15 + 27, Apr 12, May 8
  • Sign up on the Mission & Ministry board in the cafeteria.

Recipes
Taco Recipe
Baked Ziti Recipe

Twining Village

Twining Village is a retirement community located less than a mile from Villa. On Monday afternoons, Villa students participate in the Activity Hour with residents in the Medical Care Unit. Along with Bingo games and seasonal crafts, students engage in conversation with the residents and build relationships. For more information, please visit the Twining Village Website.

Twice-monthly visits on Mondays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (one hour of service learning).

  • The dates for this year are: Sept 11 + 25, Oct 16, Nov 6 + 20, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12 + 26, Mar 5 + 19, Apr 9 + 23, May 7 + 21
  • Sign up on the Mission & Ministry Board in the cafeteria.
"Volunteering at Twining Village is truly unique

girls make deeper, more personal connections with residents, giving them simple, yet invaluable offerings of conversation, friendship, and love."
Caroline Boschetto '15

Outside Service Opportunities

Consider who you would like to spend time with: the elderly, the poor, the sick, the disabled, animals, or children. When you call a potential service site, introduce yourself as a student of Villa Joseph Marie, ask about their current needs, and offer your available times.

We encourage you to complete your service with one organization, if possible. By this we mean serving all 10 hours (or more!) a year with one site. This gives you time to practice commitment, to build relationships, and to learn more about what it would be like to work with that organization.


Elderly

Manor Care, Lower Makefield
Chandler Hall, Newtown
Twining Village, Holland
Attleboro Nursing Home, Langhorne
Woods Services, Langhorne
Wood River Village, Bensalem
Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia
St. Joseph’s Manor, Meadowbrook

People Who Are Hungry and Homeless

Greater Philadelphia Food Bank
St. Francis Inn, Kensington
Blessed Sarnelli Community
Aid For Friends, Meals to Shut-ins
Habitat for Humanity
Interfaith Housing Corp. of Bucks Co. Project SHARE (Bucks Co. area)
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
Sacred Heart Church, Trenton

Sick

American Red Cross
St. Mary’s Medical Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Holy Redeemer Hospital

Children and People with Disabilites

Athletes Helping Athletes
Make a Wish Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Bucks Co. Special Olympics
Special People in Northeast
Libertae of Bensalem
Inglis House Wheelchair Community
Project Rainbow/Drueding Center
Operation Santa Claus
Girl Scouts/Camp Fire Girls
CARES Program, parish after-school programs

Animals

Animal Allies
SPCA

This list of suggested service sites is by no means complete; there are many more placements in our community. Please pass on any contacts you recommend to the Mission & Ministry Office.

Permission Form

The Office of Mission & Ministry now uses FamilyID for its permission form. Please click the "FamilyID" button below to register and complete the information requested for any service opportunity with Mission & Ministry.

Mission & Ministry Office

Stephanie McCarthy
Director of Mission & Ministry
215-357-8810 ext. 126
smccarthy@vjmhs.org

Caroline Hall
Campus Minister
215-357-8810 ext. 131
chall@vjmhs.org