Service is at the heart of our mission
The John Carroll School seeks to instill in students a mindset of service and highly encourages direct service to the poor, infirm or homeless. We continually work “to develop in our students, the attitudes, values, knowledge and skills to empower them to accept their obligations as human beings to contribute actively, intelligently and responsibly for a better world as they strive daily to ‘act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with God,' their ultimate end." Philosophy, Paragraph 4
God has a great love for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. This thread, woven throughout Scripture, is also emphasized in Catholic social teaching.
80 hours of service are required before graduation.
Parents should review student report cards each quarter to track service hours. To help manage the requirement, it is recommended that students complete a minimum of 20 hours of service by the end of each year.
Students who transfer in during their high school career with documented service hours from another school will have those hours posted on their John Carroll service record.
- Freshman and sophomore transfers must complete 80 hours of service.
- Junior transfers must complete 60 hours of service.
- Senior transfers must complete 30 hours of service.
Classes of 2023-2025
The Classes of 2023–2025 have service time modification due to the impact of COVID-19.
55 hours of service are required before graduation, with 35 hours completed by the end of Junior year. If 35 hours are not completed, the Senior schedule will be withheld and the student will not be allowed to attend classes.
Camden, New Jersey Service Immersion Trip
Students spend four days and three nights at the Romero Center in Camden, NJ where they participate in the Urban Challenge. The Urban Challenge Program is a service-learning, immersion experience rooted in Catholic Social Teachings.
The Urban Challenge Program is a unique educational and retreat opportunity that helps its participants to gain an understanding of urban poverty through the lives and stories of the people of Camden, NJ. Students will learn about issues that people living in these communities confront every day such as hunger, abandonment, unemployment, violence, lack of quality education, lack of affordable housing and homelessness.
Grow deeper in the mission of service
Our Service Immersion Trips are opportunities for students to grow deeper in the mission of service to others.
We believe that community service is an essential part of personal growth, and it provides an opportunity for individuals to contribute to society while learning new skills and gaining valuable experiences.
While there are many opportunities listed below, please refer to the Bulletin Board outside the Mission & Ministry Office and our Weekly Update for additional suggestions.
Recording your hours
All student service hours should be recorded using MobileServe.
Please contact Ms. Webb for questions.
Assisted Living/Nursing Homes
Services for the Disadvantaged
Services for the Poor
July 10–13, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Opportunities are available to participate in providing homes (both construction and non-construction positions) and at the ReStore (helping to sort donations, assist customers, repair furniture, and/or stock the storefront.
Many opportunities available, including a day camp and helping with day-to-day activities
Volunteer for individuals with differing abilities (90 minutes/day)
Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Food Distribution/Pantry at Prince of Peach Church
Day camp serving children with special needs in our area
First Saturday of each month, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Beyond Capernaum Special Needs Ministry
HFH and WelcomeOne have numerous opportunities available for students this summer, including Homeruns for the Homeless, Camp Busy Bees, and serving at HFH/WelcomeOne directly.
July 24–28, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Visit a different parish each day and serve community organizations without leaving Harford County.
June 26–30, 9:00 a.m.–12 p.m.
Serves children across Maryland who are dealing with pediatric cancer