Community Service Program Overview
Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, dedicated her life to working with those who live on the margins of society. In honor and emulation of her, the program at Mercy:
Community Service Requirements
The graduation requirement is two-fold:
1. A minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work with a non-profit organization *
During their junior year, students develop the CSP plan with the guidance of a school adviser.
The project includes:
- At least 15 hours at an approved non-profit organization
- A 10-paragraph reflection paper
- Participation in the Culminating Service Project Fair during the Fall of Senior year
- Preparation of an Electronic Display as well as optional table display items.
Consequences for Failure to Complete the Community Service Requirements
Failure to fulfill the annual requirements for community service will result in community service probation, suspending a student’s ability to participate in co-curricular activities until her requirements are met. Because community service forms require 5 business days for processing, they must be submitted at least one week before participation in the desired activity is allowed.
Community Service Hours Verification Form
Students, Please print the 2 page form below and take with you when you complete your service hours. Use the log to record the dates and hours of service. When you are finished with your hours, please have your supervisor complete the review section and sign and date the form. Turn the form in to Ms Dougery in the main office.
(For Printing) Hours Verification Form
Culminating Service Project (CSP)
Women in Medicine (WIM) Students CSP Additional Expectations
For the culminating service projects, WIM students are required to complete a project related to healthcare. For example, create a project with people who have health conditions or illnesses - senior citizens, children, or adults with developmental disabilities. Alternatively, your project could help promote health within the community. One example might be teaching healthy cooking to low-income families or children. If you have questions or concerns about the WIM requirements, please speak with Mrs. Mathisen.
Class of 2017 CSP Timeline
Dr. Anna Aadams
Director of Christian Service
Recommended & Approved Organizations for Community Service
Working with Children and Families
Family Developmental Center
2730 Bryant, 2nd floor, SF 94110
Contact: Mrs Lisa Aguilar, LAguilar@felton.org
Contact: Jane Beal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Partners operates in 15 schools in the East Bay and 15 schools in San Francisco. A list of schools can be found here.
Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday generally from 9:00-5:00. Our volunteer tutors work with the same student, for one hour each week, until the end of the semester (mid-May). Tutors must be at least 14 years old and have at least an 8th grade reading level. All tutors must complete/provide a TB test. We can accept a TB test result from the last 4 years. Tutors 18 years and older must complete a Live Scan background check. We provide reimbursement for the cost of both of those items.
Contact: Ms. Lynelle Bilsey, email@example.com
Holy Family Day Home
Contact: Sophia Montano, 415-565-0504 x 223
Alpha Pregnancy Center (Mission)
Contact: Ranelle Calub, 415-584-6800, Ranelle@alphapc.org
Catholic Charities: St. Joseph’s Family Center
899 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact: Stephanie Shimabuku, SShimabuku@catholiccharitiessf.org
Peninsula Family Services (sites throughout Daly City and South San Francisco)
Pacifica School Volunteers (Pacifica)
Contact: Bernadette Chursin, firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Volunteer Form
Come work after school to help teachers, in homework centers, at school childcare sites, in Boy and Girls Clubs, as well as STEM programs.
Google drive: Power Point orientation info. (Need to be a Mercy Student to access)
Summer programs when HS volunteers can earn up to 90 hours, in four weeks, only mornings. Our ThinkBridge summer camp runs Jun 20-July 15, 2016— it’s a STEAM based camp for curious kids. See thinkbridgecamp.org Here is the Think Bridge Summer Camp Registration form.
Boys and Girls Club
Tenderloin Clubhouse (near Civic Center)
Art Director: Kay Weber, email@example.com
High School Service Director: Jonell Molina, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a small Clubhouse with about 100 youth daily. We do have different departments – Arts - Fine Arts, Crafts, Photography, Dance, Acting. Social Recreation - Games Room, Sports Health & Fitness - physical activities, cooking, etc., Education - homework help, tutoring. Middle School Services. High School Services
Antioch, CA: Corps Community Center
620 East Tregallas Road, Antioch
Contact: Lt Purnell Hall, 925-778-0808, Purnell.Hall@usw.salvationarmy.org
* Welcome high school volunteers, but need to have a parent when under 18 years old
111 Jones Street, San Francisco
Contact: Amber Sauceda, 415-474-9762, ASauceda@mercyhousing.org
Volunteer opportunities include a Tuesday Food Bank, afterschool homework help, and assistnace with physical activity programs.
Mercy Housing (Westbrook Plaza)
227 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Contact: Mr. Rob Moore, email@example.com
Volunteer opportunities include a daily food bank and family activities on Friday nights, which occur about twice per month.
243 Rey Street, San Francisco
Contact: Rochelle Fort, 415-333-7321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercy Housing (Eden House)
1601 165th Avenue, San Leandro
Contact: Shana Hurowitz, email@example.com
Need volunteers for the after school homework club, monitoring the computer lab, providing supervision of kids during outdoor activities, and help during holiday parties and other events.
Working with Senior Citizens
Mission Villa Memory Care Center
Contact: Sharon Guynn, Activity Director, 650-756-1995
Need volunteers to help with all sorts of different activities from cooking to art, etc.
Contact:Diana Contreras, Volunteer Manager, 415-972-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alt Contact: Jane Ferguson Flout, Director of Community and Parish Engagement, email@example.com
Youth Volunteer Application
Institute on Aging (near Japantown)
Contact: Susanne Revutsky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Gail Green, 415-469-2229, email@example.com
Contact: Ms. May Liu, 415-292-8768, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Lok Lifeways Program – This social day program is a component of PACE (Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly). There are two rooms where participants gather. This program serves a very multicultural, diverse, low income population of adults 55+. There is a large variety of medical situations participants are dealing with. These participants tend to be less cognitively impaired than RAR, but may have more physical ailments and medical complexities. There are a number of non-English speakers in the program several speak Chinese, Spanish and Russian.
Volunteers meet with the participants, talk and visit with them, and help the staff with various planned activities. The activities vary each day.Sample activities include: Games, art projects, lectures, holiday-themed lessons and activities, music, sing-a-longs, poetry, exercises, trivia games, yoga, dancing, sharing current events, interacting with support animals. Shifts are usually 2-3 hours (but volunteers can choose their shift anytime between 9-3).
Recommended that a volunteer do either a morning or afternoon shift (i.e. 9 – 12 or 12 – 3)
Ruth Ann Rosenberg Center - This site serves seniors who have dementia primarily Alzheimer’s.
Volunteers meet with the participants, talk and visit with them, and help the staff with various planned activities. The activities vary each day.
Sample activities include: Games, art projects, lectures, holiday-themed lessons and activities, music, sing-a-longs, poetry, exercises, trivia games, yoga, dancing, sharing current events, interacting with support animals. Shifts are usually 2-3 hours (but volunteers can choose their shift anytime between 9-3.
Recommended that a volunteer do either a morning or afternoon shift (i.e. 9 – 12 or 12 – 3)
Working with the Homeless
Homeless Prenatal Program
Contact: Sharon Bechtol, 415.546.6756, ext 381, email@example.com
Volunteers usually are needed M-F 9-4, so summer and other vacation times are best for this location. High School volunteers typically assist with childcare, helping to organize and hand out donations, and some office work.
St. Anthony’s Foundation
Contact: Arturo Guillen, (415) 592-2728, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Kelsey Hermann, email@example.com
SF Marin Food Bank
On-line signup for San Francisco and Marin Locations
Martin de Porres House of Hospitality
See website for shifts availability and call to sign-up 415-552-0240
Habitat for Humanity
St. Vincent de Paul of Alemeda County
Oakland Community Center - 2272 San Pablo Avenue
Contact: Brianna Glanzman BGlanzman@svdp-alameda.org
Alameda County Food Bank
*Under 17 must be chaperoned by an adult, so a good family service opportunity.
Working with Those with Disabilities
Janet Pomeroy Center
Contact: Cindy Blackstone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Katie Giampa, email@example.com
Contact: Christina Krem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping Unlimited is a non-profit organization providing children and adults with Special Needs a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. Our program encourages independence, nurtures responsibility, develops competence and builds lifelong friendships in a warm supportive atmosphere of planned permissiveness.One day, weekend, and summer opportunities. The camp is located in Boulder Creek!
East Bay & SF Opportunities
Contact: Deborah Ivy, (925) 944 8801 ext 213, (925) 338-7870, deborahi@SONC.org
Assistant coaches for our sports seasons This requires an 8-10 week commitment to attend practices and a competition. Locations, days, and times vary by sport.
St. Mary’s Medical Center
Contact: Mary Poppingo, 415-750-5790, email@example.com
WIM Students ONLY Contact: Sr. Mary Kilgariff, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
Contact: Cherry Fernandes, email@example.com
* Must be 15 years or older.
Working with the Environment
Children’s Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Golden Gate Park)
Contact Nichole Davis, (209) 535-8533, firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently we are running our weekly Children’s Garden Green Team volunteer days. This is where we have volunteers come out and do garden maintenance activities. This doesn’t just include pulling weeds we work on compost, make paths, prune, and so on. We hold those every Tuesday from 2-4:45 and Saturday from 11-2.
The Gardens of Alcatraz
Contact: Lynn Makowsky, email@example.com
Must be 15 years of age. This is not a drop-in program. Registration is required and a commitment to attend for several visits is required. See website for regular volunteer program, but if interested in volunteering during the school year on Saturdays please contact Lynn Makowsky for special arrangements.
Must be 14 years or older. Required attendance at a 3-session training program. See website for training fee and dates.