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Community Service

Service to the community is a cornerstone of an MHC Academy education, where the importance of a lifelong commitment to servant leadership is impressed upon all students. To that end, all students are expected to serve a minimum of five hours per quarter, for a total of twenty hours per academic year. The majority of Academy students actually serve far more than the twenty hour minimum. Students who earn 100 or more hours in a single academic year are may become eligible for the Presidential Service Award.
Students are expected to self-monitor their progress towards the quarterly requirement, with the oversight and guidance of the Campus Minister. In general, students are expected to serve at established, off-campus non-profit organizations, though service at select school events may count towards the requirement with the Campus Minister's approval. In the past, students have served at a variety of organizations such as Healing the Children NJ, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Boys & Girls Clubs NJ, and Eva's Village, to name a few. Many students also fulfill service hours through participation as altar servers or Sunday school teachers at their local parishes. To learn more about how community service enriches the lives of all Mary Helpers, please contact the Campus Minister or attend an upcoming Admissions event.