“Serving with Love” Overview & Opportunities

You will be HAPPY yourself in making others happy!

~St. Mother Theodore Guerin

Requirement and Helpful Information

Parish Hours: Any service completed at a church/parish or for a church/parish.  This includes helping out with any programs where we are serving our partner schools/parishes.  Examples are, and not limited to: Camp Purple, 7th Grade Leadership Day, Guerin Catholic Garden, and Cathedral Soup Kitchen.

Community Service Hours: Any work done at Guerin Catholic or in the community.  This includes, but not limited to babysitting, yard work, etc. for someone not in your immediate family.

Once you have completed your 18 parish hours, any additional parish hours will “spill into” community hours.  Any community hours beyond your 12 required will “spill over” into extra.  So, YOU MAY COMPLETE ALL 30 HOURS  AT A PARISH or CHURCH.

What are the requirements? Students will complete a minimum of 120 service hours upon graduation. 30 hours will be required every year. Of these 30 service hours, at least 18 must be completed at a church or parish, or at an event sponsored by a church or parish. The other 12 can be served at Guerin Catholic or anywhere else within the community.  For the 2017/18 School Year all service hours must be completed and entered into Canvas by May 6, 2018.  Students who do not fulfill requirements will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. (see Student Handbook page 24.)

Email Lauren LaCoy llacoy@guerincatholic.org if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Upcoming Parish Opportunities

St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral Soup Kitchen  Guerin Catholic needs your help feeding the homeless!!  Earn 4 parish hours while giving a smile and lunch to the homeless on the 4th Saturday of every month! Click here to sign up.

St. Louis de Montfort in Fishers

First Reconciliation Retreat help is needed at SLDM! This retreat takes place on Saturday, September 16th. Shifts are available 9-noon and/or 1-4pm. Sign up here! 

Brooke’s Place Volunteers
Brooke’s Place is a local organization that assists families experiencing grief. They run off the gracious help of volunteers throughout the year and there are a couple of different ways to get involved! To see the different volunteers needed, click HERE or contact Jill Pierce at jill@brookesplace.org
You can also learn more about Brooke’s Place and to fill out a volunteer application online at Brooke’s Place

Guerin Catholic Garden
The Guerin Garden is always in need of weeding help throughout the summer! Our Guerin Catholic Garden serves the needs of our local Parishes & their food pantries. The gift of fresh produce is such a need for our communities — your service will help fill this need! Students & parents are welcome to help weed whenever they are available. Sign up to serve here! 

Please reference our notes document to find out what the Garden needs: Guerin Catholic Garden Notes

Downtown Knights of Columbus Maintenance Project

Volunteers needed at Knights of Columbus Mater Dei Council #437 for ground maintenance and beautification…weeding, laying mulch, fertilizing, and so on. Help us keep our grounds looking good! Dates & times of service is negotiable. Please contact Robert Newport at 317-476-5793 to sign up!

Knights of Columbus Brunch for the Gabriel Project

The Mater Dei Knights of Columbus Council #437 has teamed up with the sanctity of life committee at St. John’s to offer a delicious brunch while benefiting pro-life ministries in and around Indianapolis. Net proceeds fund the Gabriel Project, an organization committed to helping struggling mothers gain the hope and resources they need to choose life. The Gabriel Project offers peer to peer counseling, financial responsibility classes, mobile ultrasound services, and immediate, practical help to women and families experiencing difficult or unplanned pregnancies. Volunteers are needed to break down after the brunch: wash dishes, put away tables and chairs, store food, etc.  Sign up Here!

4th Saturday of the Month – St. Vincent de Paul Warehouse – is in need of your help! You helping clients shop and working in the warehouse.  Please wear work clothes, no sandals and be ready to work! 🙂 Please email Twyla Arnold  tarnold@stjosephagency.com to sign up. Opportunity for 6 hours!!

OLMC’s Food Pantry: We need teen volunteers!! Teens ages 16 or older may volunteer alone, younger teens please sign up with an adult. We need up to 4 teens every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can sign up on the website and check out all the other opportunities to serve the Merciful Help Center.

Babysitting at The O’Connor House! Please contact Ellie Jones at volunteer@theoconnorhouse.org for training more information. Babysitting opportunities occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings.

Crux Camp

Crux Camp is looking for counselors–current high-school seniors, college students, and young adults interested in being part of our leadership team with other faith-filled Catholics to help in launching a short form of our adventure camp.

Girls Fall Adventure: October 20-22

Boys Fall Adventure: November 17-19
For each camp, we are looking for sixteen counselors, and 4-5 “sherpa” behind-the-scenes staff. Guys counsel at the boys adventure, and women counsel at the girls adventure; sherpa staff can be guys or girls for either camp. Interested in serving at one or more of these camps? Contact us at cruxcamp@gmail.com for more information or to apply. Sponsored by the Office of Vocations, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.

Upcoming Community Opportunities

Kid’s Voice Indiana
Kid’s Voice of Indiana provides Guardian ad Litem (Court Appointed Special Advocate) services for children involved in Marion County Civil Court cases and we are in need of volunteers for an upcoming event. On August 31st, they will be in need of volunteers to help with the Run317 race (timers, water stations, etc). If you would like to volunteer sign up here: raceroster.com
For more information on our organization and the race itself, you may visit our website or the Run317 website, as they have included information on each charity they are partnering with this year:
Special Olympics Hamilton County

Special Olympics Hamilton County

​ is in need of volunteers to run/walk with their athletes at Noblesville High School on Monday evenings from 6-7pm. There is also a need for volunteers at the EKS Games on September 10th. A

ll interested students  should respond directly to the Long Distance Head Coach, Rebecca Hollander at rah.hollander@gmail.com.

 

Annual Buddy Walk
Down Syndrome Indiana is looking for volunteers for this years’ 20th Annual Buddy Walk® Indianapolis! Buddy Walk®
is the most widely recognized public awareness event for the Down syndrome community and is the largest local fundraising and awareness event. It is a family event open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends, and thousands of local supporters! This event will take place on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at White River State Park.
If you are interested in signing up, please use the following link: Buddy Walk® Sign Up

Diocese of Lafayette

Parish Contacts and Other Parish Opportunities

Other local Catholic Parishes (outside our local deanery):