Community Service

“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
-Matthew 25:37-40

SERVING PEOPLE IN NEED (SPIN)

SPIN, or Serving People In Need, is the Christian Service program at Archbishop Murphy High School. Rooted in the Gospel call of Matthew 25, Catholic Social Teaching, and the teaching of the Corporal Works of Mercy, this program is founded on the personal relationships formed through service encounters.

Students at Archbishop Murphy High school serve their communities with thousands of service hours. The Serving People In Need (SPIN) program provides students with important opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and development of compassion for others.

Each year, students are required to complete 24 hours of service working in partnership with marginalized communities. This requirement is designed to put students in direct relationship with people marginalized by society as it teaches what it means to be a Christlike leader in the world today; a person who seeks justice for those who experience injustice.

Students primarily complete this requirement through direct service, although some hours can be indirect. Direct service requires students to work directly with the populations served, through face-to-face volunteer encounters. All other hours not directly engaging with people marginalized by society, such as filing paperwork or stocking shelves, are classified as indirect service. All service must be done at an accredited, non-profit agency that has been pre-approved by Campus Ministry.

SERVICE HOUR CHANGES FOR 2020-21

For the 2020-2021 school year, we have modified the amount of required hours students are to serve. Students will be required to complete 12 hours of service. This requirement is designed to put students in direct relationship with people marginalized by society as it teaches what it means to be a Christlike leader in the world today; a person who seeks justice for those who experience injustice. Campus Ministry will continuously monitor COVID-19’s impact on the service requirement and make adjustments accordingly. As of now, all service hours are due on April 30th, 2021. Service hours completed during the summer need to be logged on MobileServe by Friday, October 30th.

Additionally, we have changed the SHED/Non-SHED requirement to Direct/Indirect hours. We are moving away from the term “SHED” and are focusing on direct service being face-to-face experiences that allow our students to serve marginalized groups. We’ve also worked to broaden how we define this term, as marginalized groups may include children or others not traditionally included in the “SHED” acronym. Students primarily complete their hours through direct service, although some hours can be indirect. Direct service requires students to work directly with the populations served, through face-to-face volunteer encounters. All other hours not directly engaging with people marginalized by society, such as filing paperwork or stocking shelves, are classified as indirect service. Due to COVID-19, students can virtually serve marginalized communities and count them as direct service for the 2020-2021 academic school year. All service must be done at an accredited, non-profit agency that has been pre-approved by Campus Ministry.

SERVICE HOUR REQUIREMENTS

Grade

Total Hours

Direct Hours

Maximum Indirect Hours

9th Grade

12

5

7

10th Grade

12

7

5

11th Grade

12

8

4

12th Grade

12

9

3

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