“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.). Please enter your service hours on Canvas under your “Class of…” page.

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

If you have a Service Hours Opportunity to share with our students, please fill out this form!

Upcoming Parish Opportunities

Hamilton County Kids Coats in Fishers

On November 3rd, St. Louis De Montfort will be hosting the Hamilton County Kids Coats Event. They are in need of volunteers. Here is the link to their volunteer site.

Oktoberfest at Our Lady of Grace

The Knights of Columbus and Raise the Praise Committee are look for some help with this year’s Oktoberfest.  Here are our opportunities of need:

–          There will be setup going on Friday (10/5/18) from 6 PM until 9 PM.

–          We will finish the setup Saturday (10/6/8) morning from 9 AM until Noon

–          We can use help on the Food Committee during the meal serving time from 5:30 PM until 9 PM on Saturday (10/6/18).

–          We can use help with the Kid’s Entertainment Committee from 6:30 PM until 10 PM on Saturday (10/6/18).

Please contact Jeff Haselhorst (317.432.6895) by 9/30/18 if you are interested in volunteering.

We are looking for babysitters that will receive service hours during marriage enrichment at St. Louis de Montfort on Friday nights from 6-7:30pm. Please contact Annie Harton.
Here are the dates needed for babysitters:
September 21
October 5
November 2
November 16
November 30
St. Maria Goretti Food Pantry

Volunteers needed at Shepherd’s Gate Food Pantry at SMG. Email smgpantry@smgonline.org to sign up for one of the upcoming  Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, and October 17

Light Housekeeping in Carmel

If you are interested in some light housekeeping 1-2 hours every other week in a Carmel home for a SMG parishioner who is not physically able to do it herself, please contact Barb at 765-414-4114.

Ushering at OLMC 
OLMC is in need of ushers at 5:30pm Mass on Sundays. More information can be found here! 
OLMC Sports Service Hours
Help service at OLMC Sporting events as tickets takers, admissions, concessions, etc. Sign up here! 
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.

4th Saturday of the Month – St. Vincent de Paul Warehouse

Work in the warehouse and help clients shop.  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.

Upcoming Community Opportunities
St. Vincent House

We have an array of volunteer opportunities that students might be interested in.  Students can serve a meal, complete a service project, make welcome bags, or complete a food drive.  Contact Marco at 317-287-0582, Monday – Friday, from 9am – 1 pm.  Here is the website for more information.

Miracle Place

After-school tutoring for students in need! Please consider volunteering as a tutor or in the Garden. Visit this link for contact information & more information about the service!

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.
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!

Art Camp

Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s 2018 Art Camp is Monday-Thursday, June 18-21.    The students range in age from 1st Grade to Eighth Grade.  There are 20 students in each class.  There are 2 identical sessions per day: morning (9-11 am) and afternoon (1:30-3:30pm). If interested, please contact Karen Fehr at 317-847-7757 (cell) or k.fehr1@comcast.net  It is a lot of fun and great experience!

Special Olympics

Special Olympics has sports year round and we are always looking for volunteers. Season starts next month on June 25th and finishes at the EKS games in mid-September. Distance Running/Walking is a unified sport, which means we are looking for volunteers that will pair up with an athlete and either walk or run a 3K or 5K with them. We have athletes of all abilities from a 50 minute 3K walker to a 21 minute 5K runner.

Volunteering requirements include a 1 hour per week time commitment on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm at Noblesville High School, two Sunday practice meet at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and the EKS games in September (also at Brebeuf on a Sunday). Volunteers must go through a simple background check and light sensitivity training performed by Special Olympics to ensure the safety of all athletes and volunteers.

Many of the athletes do better when they have a buddy they can work with, talk to, and practice with each week. Last year, they were short on volunteers and each practice our athletes would ask if they had a buddy.

The program and athletes are a lot of fun! Once involved you will fall in love and want to participate in other sports! There are many volunteers, who started in middle school or high school, return home from college each summer to continue the program.

If you are in interested in participating, enrollment is open (closing on 5/31):

For additional information, please see the Special Olympics Hamilton County website:

Or you can reach the coach by phone, text, or email:
Rebecca Hollander
SOHC Distance Running/Walking coach
Cell: 317.417.5429
Email: rah.hollander@gmail.com

Premier Hospice
Hospice Volunteer & Interns needed to provide administrative & office duties, etc. Located at 115500 N, Meridian Ave Carmel, IN 46032. Please contact Latrice Watson, latrice.Watson@premierein.com,317-883-96059 cell, 317-844-8700 office to sign up. www.premierhospicein.com
Monon Center

You are invited on Friday nights to serve those with special needs through fun quality time and games. Contact Michelle Yadon at myadon@carmelclayparks.com.

Assisting Family With Special Needs

There is a family with two boys who could use some biweekly help on Saturdays around 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, or Wednesdays after 5:00 pm. One boy is 17 months old and the other is 4 years old. The big brother was recently diagnosed with autism. Mom needs a helping hand entertaining the boys with games, pretend play, and reading while she cleans the house. She will handle disciplining, diapering, etc. The volunteer may have opportunities to learn strategies for positive disciplining and regulating behaviors but not responsible for doing such. If all goes well in the future, the volunteer may be able to bring the kids to Mass at 6pm on Wednesdays at St. Matthews. Email amespin@hotmail.com if interested.

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.

Diocese of Lafayette

Parish Contacts and Other Parish Opportunities

Other local Catholic Parishes (outside our local deanery):