Mercy Service Program

Mercy Spirit - Service to OTHERS

Mercy High School nurtures compassionate leaders committed to addressing human needs, working for justice and serving the poor.” Mercy High School Mission Statement

The Service Program of Mercy High School stresses Christian Service to the school and the greater community. Students are encouraged to help others in need. Our volunteer program promotes the school’s philosophy of learning to care and serve, and how to put our Mercy Values into action. How to be the Hands of God to one another! How to be a Woman Who Makes a Difference!

Below you will find the 2 different aspects of our Service Program. Please note that 40 hours from the MCAP category are required for graduation. If you do not see the service that you plan to perform listed below, check with Mrs. Dennis in Pastoral Team for review and approval of your plans prior to completing your service.  

Aspects of the Program:

Mercy Volunteer Service Program (M V S P)

  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Tutoring a Fellow Mercy Student
  • Library Media Center Aide
  • Advancement Office Aide
  • Alumni Office Aide
  • Admissions Department Aide
  • Athletic Office Aide
  • Administration Aide
  • Volunteering at a country, any private “For-Profit” club or dance studio
  • Volunteering for any “for-profit” company or institution
  • Coaches assistant at an all-boys high school – in ANY sport
  • Political Campaigns
  • Special Events at Mercy
    • Auction
    • Open House
    • Fashion Show
    • St Pat’s Food Drive
    • Mercy Mentor
    • Thanksgiving Food Drive
    • Christmas Toy Drive
    • Dances (ie. Father/Daughter etc)

Mercy Community Service Program (M C A P)* – Community Volunteering

  • Health Care
    • Hospice (patient care not office help)
    • Hospitals (patient care not office help)
    • Nursing Care (patient care not office help)
    • Patient Services
  • Education
    • Tutoring – other than a fellow Mercy student (outside of Mercy)
    • Teacher’s Aide (outside of Mercy)
  • Parish Community
    • Worship/Liturgy (preparation and training)
    • Altar server
    • Eucharistic Minister
    • Lector
    • Choir
  • Religious Education
    • Teachers – (If Catholic you must be a confirmed)
    • Teacher’s Aide
    • Vacation Bible School
  • Special Events
    • Festivals
    • Dances
    • Food Drives
  • Serving the Poor and Needy
    • Mission Trips
      • Habitat for Humanity
      • Rebuild Projects
      • Overseas or out of the country work (hours worked-not travel or sleep time)
    • Soup Kitchens
    • Community Outreach Programs
      • Summer in the City
      • PB&J Ministry
  • Young People
    • CYO Catholic Youth Organization
      • Rainbow Youth Council
      • Boys and/or Girls Camp Volunteer
      • Sports Teams – Coach or Asst. Coach
    • Camp Volunteer (example CYO Camp or Spring Hill)
    • Day Care Volunteer
    • Coaching Youth Sports Programs
      • Excluded are – coaching at “for profit” schools/clubs/academies
      • Also excluded – coaches assistant at an all-boys high school
  • Senior Citizens (non-family)
    • Nursing Homes
    • Helping in and around their homes
      • Cleaning
      • Yard work
      • Grocery Shopping
    • Driving a Senior Citizen to an appointment

*Service Requirements for Graduation (MCAP):

2 components of MCAP Service will be required of all students for graduation. See details below.

Requirements

  1. 40 hrs volunteer MCAP service required over your 4 years here at Mercy (please refer to above lists).
  2. MCAP community student volunteer service outside Mercy High School through an agency, church, community center, hospital, etc. is to be supervised, work evaluated and a completed Individual Service Form signed by your project supervisor.
    1. If you are not sure, ask jgdennis@mhsmi.org
  3. Components of Mercy Community Action Program:
    1. The MCAP service experience itself – with supervisor signed back-up paperwork.
    2. A Reflection Paper describing the experience and what the student has learned from it. (Guidelines for the paper are available from Mrs. Dennis or online.)

Process

  1. Students are encouraged meet with the Service Coordinator during their off time at some point prior to the 2nd semester of their Junior (11th) year.
  2. Students are encouraged to make their own arrangements for service opportunities with the assistance of their parents, through their youth groups, churches and other connections. If you need further assistance in finding a service opportunity, guidance will be given by the Service Coordinator. Also, see postings via e-mail or morning announcements.
  3. The service requirement may be accomplished at any time after her graduation from 8th grade and is accepted until the first Friday of March of her senior year.
  4. Senior MCAP Reflection Papers are to be e-mailed to Mrs. Dennis at jgdennis@mhsmi.org also prior to the first Friday of March of her senior year. But….. no sooner than August of her senior year.
  5. Both components of the MCAP program MUST be completed by the first Friday of March the student’s senior year. Graduation tickets will be held until completed and potential holds placed on diplomas.

NOTE: Students who turn in service hours above and beyond the graduation requirement, will be given service credit for each hour volunteered. These service credits will be accumulated over the years that the student is at Mercy and will be recorded on the student’s official final transcript.

FORMS:

Individual Service Record:   Each time a student does volunteer service for one hour or more, she may fill out an Individual Service Record Form, have it signed by the supervisor of the service and return it to E-35 or Pastoral Team

Individual Service Record for Reoccurring Service:  In the event that a student works for the same organization repeatedly over the course of a school term she may use this form.

Group Service Record: Staff/Students may use the group record form to record the service for a group of students that work on the same project. Students/Staff would list the students on the form with their corresponding hours.

Reflection Paper:  Guidelines available to download or, are available in Pastoral Team or E-35.