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CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROGRAM

“... not because you have to but because you want to” 

It has been a tradition within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to encourage students to become involved in the community, both locally and globally. Schools have been engaging students, both elementary and secondary, in voluntary Christian Service as an experiential component of their Religious Education Programs and through extra-curricular groups before the legislated 40 hours came into being. Through the Christian Service Program, students continue to be challenged and enabled to put into practice their baptismal commitment to serve others, especially those “who are least among us” (Mt. 25: 35-36, 40), all the while fulfilling their graduation requirements.                                        

A Secondary Graduation REQUIREMENT is to complete a total of

40 HOURS of Christian Community Service

CHRISTIAN SERVICE

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40 hours of volunteer work is a graduation requirement for all secondary students in Ontario. This service can be started on July 1st, following Grade 8 graduation. 

Christian Service means trying to volunteer where there is a serious or genuine need for a non-profit organization. 

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Christian Service hours cannot be allotted for any service done for a profit-making business. 

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You may perform these hours anytime outside instructional time (i.e., before school, during lunch, after school, weekends, holidays). 

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You are encouraged to extend your Christian Service beyond 40 hours if you wish to continue to support your causes. For further information, a Christian Service Manual (small blue book) is available through Student Services and online on the HWCDSB website. 

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There is a special form which you can track and report your hours and reflections available on the HWCDSB website and Student Services (Christian Service Activity Record Form). 

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You should submit your hours to Student Services on or before Dec. 15 and May 30 of each year if you wish your hours to appear on your report card. There is a Christian Service board at your school that you can check regularly. 

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There is also a Christian Service resource binder in the Student Services Office. 

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Each school has a Christian Service Animator to help you complete your volunteer hours. 

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You can make an appointment with your Christian Service Animator in Student Services. 

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You can also earn hours by becoming aware of groups/ agencies for social change (e.g., through visits, meetings, becoming a junior board member, etc.). 

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You must NOT receive any pay or benefits for Christian Service. 

Your Christian Service must NOT take the place of another person’s wage-earning opportunity. 

 
 

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