Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Faith & Service

Christian Service

Why We Serve

While community service is required in many public schools and by the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, the students at Christopher Columbus engage in service for very particular reasons that are fundamental to our identity as a Catholic and Marist school:

The Gospel Mandate
”I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me (Matthew 25: 35-36).”

Our Distinct Character as a Marist School
“We present the Good News…in the form of Jesus’ vision of the human community: reaching out to the “least” of our society, seeking the common good of all, and taking responsibility for the future of humanity and of God’s creation (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat: A Vision for Marist Education Today, no. 82.).” 

 “We are created by God with unique gifts and talents which we are called to develop and share with the Church and the wider community (The Marks of a Marist Student).”

RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH STUDENT

It is the responsibility of each Christopher Columbus High School student to understand and conform to these requirements if he expects to receive service-hours credit.

Failure to Fulfill the Christian Service Requirement: Following graduation, no diplomas, records or transcripts will be released for any student who has not fulfilled the Christian Service Graduation Requirement described here.  These documents will be held until the student fulfills this requirement.

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  • GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

    Prior to graduation, Christopher Columbus High School students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of qualified volunteer service. We strongly encourage students to fulfill this requirement incrementally over their four-year CCHS career by performing at least 25 hours of service each school year.
  • NEED HOURS?

    For a list of COVID-safe, pre-approved service hour opportunities, please logon to your x2VOL account and click on opportunities. Each service opportunity has detailed description and instructions.
  • REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

    The 100-hour Christian Service Requirement is prorated for students who enter CCHS after freshman year, as follows:

    Sophomores: 75 hours
    Juniors: 50 hours
    Seniors: 25 hours

    If a transfer student wishes to receive credit for service hours performed while attending his previous high school:
    • He must provide acceptable, verifiable documentation of qualified service (see GETTING CREDIT FOR QUALIFIED SERVICE HOURS).
    • This documentation must be uploaded to the x2VOL System by the student within 30 days of the student's matriculation at CCHS.
    • Approved service hours performed during the school year in which the student transfers to CCHS will be credited against the prorated requirement.
    • Approved service hours performed during high school years previous to the school year in which the student transfers to CCHS will be credited against the full 100-hour graduation requirement (in this instance the student waives the transfer student proration).
  • WHAT QUALIFIES AS CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS?

    1. General Criteria
     
    To be eligible for credit, service must - at a minimum - meet all three of the following criteria:
    A.   Service hours must be unpaid. 
    B.   Service hours must be performed on behalf of non-profit organizations.
    C.   Service hours must be performed on behalf of organizations whose practices do not conflict with the values and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.   

    2. Examples of Eligible Service Organizations
     
    A.    Religious Entities:
    The faith communities of any recognized religious tradition (for example, Catholic parishes, Protestant churches, Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples) qualify as locations for acceptable service hours.  Any program conducted by a religious entity is eligible.  
    B.    Public Entities:
    Institutions and programs conducted by federal, state, or local governments (for example, national parks, public schools, Florida charter schools, public libraries, public parks and recreation programs, municipal/county fire- and police-departments) are non-profit and qualify as locations for acceptable service hours.
    C.   Any Organization Granted Non-Profit Status by:
      • The State of Florida: (Florida Non-Profit)
      • The U.S Internal Revenue Service: (501c3)
    D.   CCHS Student Organizations:
    Service with CCHS programs, sports teams, and student organizations is eligible for credit if it meets all other CCHS guidelines.  Students may perform qualifying Christian service hours through a number of CCHS school-sponsored student organizations, including:
      • Athletic Training Room (Brother Herb)
      • Baseball Team (Mr. Weber)
      • Cangrejos Against Cancer (Bro. John)
      • Campus Ministry (Mr. G. Gonzalez)
      • CCNN (Ms. Insua; Mr. Delgado)
      • Debate Team (Mr. Martinez)
      • Francophone Week (Ms. Pugh)
      • Key Club (Mr. Chacon)
      • Library Aides (Bro. Edmund)
      • Mas Scholars (Ms. Galvez-Cuesta)
      • Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society (Mr. Moro)
      • National Honor Society (Ms. Confresi)
      • Admissions Office Volunteers (Mr. Marinelli)
      • Peer Tutors (Ms. Vinson)
      • Squires Club (Bro. Eladio)
      • Technology Department Volunteers (Mr. Bello)
      • Best Buddies Club (Mrs. Gonzalez-Rojas & Mrs. Martinez)
  • WHAT DOES NOT QUALIFY AS CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS?

    1.    Credit Will Not Be Given for: 
    A.    Paid work of any kind.
    B.    Internships (paid or unpaid).
    C.   Attending conferences or programs for the student's own learning or enrichment (e.g. leadership programs).
    D.  Any political activity including service on a political campaign, for a political party, in the office of an elected official, or for any organization (including many 501c4 organizations) whose purpose is to promote a political agenda. “Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people (Pope Francis)."
    E.    Service at any for-profit business - including family businesses - even if that service was unpaid.  (See below: SINGLE EXCEPTION TO THE NON-PROFIT GUIDELINE: CERTAIN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS).
    F.    Service to any person(s) independent of a non-profit organization (e.g. mowing the lawn for a neighbor, helping a sick relative).
    G.   Unserved hours (e.g. "doubled" hours):  one hour of credit is given for one hour served.
    H.      Participation in extracurricular activities, including but not limited to attending meetings and practices and/or participating in performances and/or competitions.
    I.     Service for which the student receives academic credit (e.g. service as guidance department assistants).
    J.     Service to a CCHS team, program, or student organization if the student is eligible for a varsity or sub-varsity letter as a member of that team/program/organization (e.g. student managers of team sports).  
    K.    Service to any organization whose practices are contrary to the values of the Catholic Church, including:  
                    i.  UNICEF
                    ii.  Planned Parenthood
                    iii.  Amnesty International
                    iv.  Crop Walk/World Church Service 
                     v.  March of Dimes
                     vi.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure 
                     vii.  For more information about the exclusion of these organizations on the basis of a conflict with Catholic values and teachings, click here.       

    2.    Examples of For-Profit Organizations
    The following are recent examples of organizations where CCHS students considered volunteering.  It was determined that each is a for-profit entity and not eligible for CCHS service hours credit:  
    A.  American Heritage School
    B.  Assurant Satellite Learning Center
    C.  Camp Rejoice (located at - but not conducted by - St. John Neumann Parish)
    D.  Camp Discover (located at - but not conducted by - Doral Park)
    E.  Conchita Espinosa Academy
    F.  Children's Paradise Learning Center
    G.  Diamond Degree (Baseball Academy)
    H.  Highpoint Academy
    I.   Learning Tree of Arts
    J.   Miami Marathon (Life Time Fitness, Inc.)
    K.  Miami Shores Montessori School
    L.  N.Y.V. Summer Camp (located at - but not conducted by - St. Dominic Catholic Church)
    M.  Riviera Day Camp 
    N.  Thunder Athletics
    O.  Zoological Wildlife Foundation

    3.    When in Doubt:
    Before performing hours of service at any organization that is not posted on the Opportunities page of x2Vol, students can consult Mrs. Debra Martinez or Mr. Jacob Grant, CCHS Christian Service Coordinators, at communityservice@columbushs.com, to confirm that Columbus will give credit for service at that organization.
     
  • GETTING CREDIT FOR QUALIFIED SERVICE HOURS

    1.    To Receive Credit:
           A. Qualified service hours must be properly documented.

           B. Documents must be submitted according to procedure using the x2VOL system.
           C. Hours must be logged on-time according to published deadlines.
     
    2.    Deadlines for Submitting Documents:
    1. Community Service hours earned and submitted through 12/31/2019 have been verified and logged. 2019 service hours are no longer accepted
    2. Hours earned during the months of January, February or March of 2020 (and have not yet been submitted for approval) will be accepted through the DEADLINE of DECEMBER 31, 2020 (11:59 pm)   
    3. COVID safe hours which fall within the CCHS service guidelines earned during the months of April, May, June, July, August or September of 2020 will be accepted through the DEADLINE of DECEMBER 31, 2020 (11:59 pm) 
    4. Students may not resubmit hours already accepted and approved
    5. Community Service hours earned on or after 10/1/2020 will follow the deadlines listed below.

    If Service Is Performed Any            Documentation for that Service 
    Time During the Month Of: 
                 Is Due On:
    October                                             November 30
    November                                          Date we return from Christmas break
    December                                          January 31
    January                                             February 28
    February                                            March 31
    March                                                April 30
    April                                                  May 31
    May-June-July-August                         September 30

    3.    Late Penalty:  Documents submitted past deadlines may be subject to a forfeiture of ½ credit.

    4.    Verification of Documented Service Hours
     
    A.    Without notice to the student, CCHS may seek to verify the information contained in service-hours documents.
    B.    If for any reason (including inaccurate contact information contained in the document) the school is not able to verify this information, the student will not receive credit for the relevant hours. 

    5.   
    Student Integrity
    The student is responsible for the truth and accuracy of the information contained in the documents he submits.  Submitting false information may result in disciplinary action by the school.
  • CHECKING NON-PROFIT STATUS

    To be eligible for credit, service must be performed on behalf of a non-profit organization (with the exception of certain health-care organizations as described below).  

    Note: Non-profit status can only be conferred by state and/or federal government.  

    CCHS will recognize the non-profit status of any organization that has been granted either:
    • Florida Non-Profit Corporation status by the Florida Department of Corporations.
    • 501c3 status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
    Online Tool For Checking Florida Non-Profit Corporation Status
    Students can check to see if an organization is recognized as a Florida Non-Profit Corporation by using the handy online search tool provided by the Florida Department of Corporations.

    If an organization is a Florida Non-Profit, that label will appear at the top of the search result.

    Checking 501c3 Status
    Students can check 501c3 status of an organization by calling the IRS toll-free at: 1-877-829-5500 

    Need Help?
    Any student who needs help determining the Non-Profit status of an organization should ask Mrs. Martinez or Mr. Grant by email.

CONTACT:

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Debra Martinez

    Mrs. Debra Martinez 

    Junior Year Counselor (A-L)/Christian Service Coordinator
    ext. 2246
  • Photo of Jacob Grant

    Mr. Jacob Grant 

    Freshman Year Counselor (A-L)/Wrestling Coach/Christian Service Coordinator (9 & 10)
    ext. 2609
Students are expected to login to their x2VOL account in order to find available service opportunities, enter earned service hours for approval and monitor their progress.

Please click on the video links below for detailed instruction on the x2VOL system. 

For instructions on how to create and account with x2VOL: https://sforce.co/2IcrCjV
 
For instructions on how to log your hours: https://sforce.co/2GkKRpD
 
For instructions on how to find service opportunities: https://sforce.co/2USv9tC




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Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by AdvancEd and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.