“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.’”
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. This requirement is designed to help students engage 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 are required to complete 25 hours of service. All service must be done at an accredited, non-profit agency that has been pre-approved by Campus Ministry. Please check the Pre-Approved List found on the school website under Campus Ministry. Campus Ministry will continuously monitor COVID-19’s impact on the service requirement and make adjustments accordingly. All 25 service hours are due on April 30th, 2024.
Service hours completed during the summer need to be logged and verified on MobileServe by Tuesday, October 31st. This is a requirement because of high turnover in many non-profit organizations and it ensures that students are able to have their hours verified by the supervisor. Summer hours submitted after Tuesday, October 31st will result in only half of the hours being approved and counting towards the service requirement.
Students who fail to complete their service requirement by April 30th, 2024 will receive a grade of incomplete in their second semester Theology class and their schedule for the new school year will be withheld until the service hour requirement has been fulfilled. Ultimately, students will not be able to graduate until these hours are completed as they will not receive grades / credits in Theology until all 25 hours are approved by Campus Ministry. Students who transfer to another school without completing their service requirement by June 30th will be issued an F in their Theology course which will be reflected on their transcript.
Verification and Approval Process
All service hours must have email verification by the organization site supervisor prior to being approved by Campus Ministry. Students are required to input the supervisor’s name and email when logging hours on MobileServe. Supervisors will then receive an email from MobileServe asking for verification of hours. Students are also welcome to include photos from their volunteering although these do not count as verification alone. It is the students responsibility to follow up with the organization supervisor if their logged hours have not been verified. Additionally, students must respond to the reflection prompt when logging their hours. If a thoughtful reflection is not provided, Campus Ministry will require students to redo it before approving their hours.