The young man said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" Jesus told him to keep the commandments. The young man responded he had done all this and asked Jesus what he still lacked. Jesus responded, "If you wish to be perfect...give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven." Matthew 19:16-17
|Legacy Hours: Bishop Ward Catholic Social Service Outreach
All Bishop Ward students are required to completed a minimum of 60 LEGACY volunteer hours during their four years at Bishop Ward. This is part of our call as Christians to give back to our community by following the example of Jesus Christ.
Each semester there will be suggested hours to complete in order to make adequate progress towards the 60 hour requirement. All service hours must be fulfilled by the end of 1st semester senior year
. Volunteer hours carry over each year. LEGACY hours are a requirement for graduation, and students may not receive their diplomas until the obligation is fulfilled.
The primary responsibility for Legacy hours lies with each student.
We strongly encourage families to get involved together in community outreach and service. In order to help provide some guidance and direction on where to volunteer, students may stop by the Campus Ministry Office for suggestions and recommendations.
All Legacy hours must be verified in writing by an adult from the organization where the service is performed
. It must include the name and phone number of the organization or supervisor. It is the student's responsibility to provide this written verification to Campus Ministry in order to receive credit. Students may get service forms from the Campus Ministry Office (Room 203), their Theology teachers or download a form from the link provided below.
Students are encourage to find a balance of direct and in-direct service:
Examples of Direct Service
- Hospital or nursing home volunteer
- Service to the homeless
- Tutor young children
- Charitable organizations
- Food kitchen volunteer
- Habitat for Humanity
- Harvesters food bank volunteer
- Working with the developmentally disabled (Special Olympics, KEEN, etc.)
Examples of Indirect Service
- Service to non-profit organizations in the community (library, museum, scouts, etc.)
- Service to parishes, schools or religious education programs
- Animal shelter volunteer
- Volunteer coach for CYO, summer camps or grade school sports
- Neighborhood clean-up
- Phone-a-thon volunteer, school auction set-up, etc.
Examples of things which DO NOT QUALIFY:
- Any work done for relatives
- Babysitting, caring for pets
- Volunteering at a place of business, unless it is a charity or non-profit
- Managing a sports team or things related to school activities
- ANY work done during regular school hours
Download the Legacy Hours Volunteer Form to start logging your hours! Contact Ms. Celia Fox in the Campus Ministry Office at 913.371.1201 for questions or additional information.