“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

SMG Needs Volunteers – Great Service Hour Opportunity
SMG is hosting a pre-season boys CYO basketball tournament Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th.  We will need volunteers helping take admissions and working at the concession stand.  Please email Pat Biddlecombe at p.biddlecombe@smgonline.org if you have a son or daughter who needs service hours.
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! 
Miracle Place offers 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! 


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.

 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!

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.

Upcoming Community Opportunities

 Cherish: Death by Chocolate
Thursday, November 16th from 6pm-9:30pm students are needed for set up/tear down, serving chocolate, etc. Located at the Indiana Design Center in downtown Carmel. To sign up to serve please contact Kelly Reiff; kelly@cherishcac.org; 317-773-3275 or 765-606-7212. Please wear dark pants & dark shirt.
Good Samaritan Network: iVolunteer Holiday Assistance
Students are needed on Thursday, November 16th-Saturday, November 18th to help distribute items to families in need. Please sign up here!
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

Fishers YMCA: The Fishers YMCA is in need of student volunteers for their various Fall Sports events. Follow these links for volunteer opportunities/locations/dates:

Please contact Melinda to sign up: mnash@indymca.org

Woodland Christmas Club: Food Distribution to the Needy

Unloading food from truck and setting up a distribution center. Located at The American Legion Building 425 W. Main St. Carmel.  Help is needed Sat. Nov. 18 and Sat. Dec. 16 (8:30 am to 11:30 am). Please contact Kent Whitten 317-844-9469 or oldwhit@aol.com to sign up

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Cultural Ambassador, Hospitality, Beautification, Information Services. November 18- December 24, Nov. 18-Dec.24. Hours: Sun. 1-9pm, Mon./Tues. Closed, Wed./Thurs. 4-9 pm, Fri./Sat. 1-10 pm. Sign up here! Contact Person: Carol Dixon, cdixon@carmel.in.gov 317-571-2400.

Diocese of Lafayette

Parish Contacts and Other Parish Opportunities

Other local Catholic Parishes (outside our local deanery):