Christopher Columbus High School

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

Service Opportunities

Need Hours?

There are many ways to volunteer and collect hours towards your Christopher Columbus High School graduation requirement. Below you will find some opportunities that go on throughout the school year as well as on specific dates/times. For more information and volunteer requirements, please refer to the Christian Service page or contact Br. Tom Long.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    List of 11 items.

    • Head Start Program in Homestead

      QUESTIONS OR TO VOLUNTEER:
      Email Heather Garcia
       
      WHAT:
      Head Start promotes school readiness and provides early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income families.
       
      WHERE:
      Le Jardin Community Center, Inc.
      311 NE 8th Street, Suite 203
      Homestead, FL 33030
      Or at one of 7 head Start centers or administrative office in Homestead area.
       
      WHEN:
      Monday - Friday until  closing time 
      (Some classrooms end at 4:00 PM, others at 5:30 PM)
       
      DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE ACTIVITIES:
      Helping to sort donated materials.
      Assisting in administrative office.
      Helping family workers.
      Working directly with children: reading, coloring, playground and garden activities, etc.
       
      NOTE:
      Volunteers who want to work directly with children must complete child-safety procedures such as background check, drug screening, physical and a Tuberculosis exam.
       
      TO GET CCHS SERVICE-HOURS CREDIT:
      Use the CCHS Service Hours Standard Document to the right.
    • Little Lighthouse Foundation

      WHAT:
      The Little Lighthouse Foundation and its volunteers provide programs benefiting underserved children and their families across South Florida.  
       
      WHERE & WHEN:
      Various dates, times and locations.
       
      FOR MORE INFORMATION or
      TO VOLUNTEER:
       
      TO GET CCHS SERVICE-HOURS CREDIT:
      Use the attached form.
    • A Broader View Volunteers Corp

      A Broader View Volunteers Corp 
      (265 project available in 26 countries)
       
      Questions?
      Contact Sarah Ehlers
      866-423-3258
       
      What: 
      Service opportunities in 26 countries 
      265 meaningful projects to choose from
      A Broader View Volunteers Corp.

      When:
      • Year-Round opportunities 
      • 1 week up to 12 weeks
      • Students select their own travel dates
       
      Volunteer Activities:
      This is an international service trip opportunity. Programs are available in Central and South America, through Africa and Asia.  ABV program work includes orphanage and childcare assistance, teaching English, sports programs, animal rescue centers, sea turtle conservation programs, sloth sanctuary, zoos, and global health programs for students interested in medical/nursing/dental careers. All programs include screened host family accommodations/volunteer house, three meals per day and 24/7 supervision. 
       
      To Volunteer:
      If you would like to volunteer at this event, please email:
       
      NOTE: 
      Space is limited, apply with enough time, 45 - 60 days in advance. 
      Program fees vary based on project length and location. An average 2-week program cost is $1000.  
       
      For More Information:
    • Blue Missions - Summer 2020

      Blue Missions Service Trips
      Blue Missions is dedicated to improving public health by providing families with clean water and sanitary environments. Through sustainable, community-owned projects, Blue Missions works with locals in the Dominican Republic and other developing countries in Latin America to empower progress and transform rural communities for the better. Blue Missions allows volunteers to travel with them to lend a hand in the construction of these projects in order to educate them about global inequality and inspire them to become the change-makers of the future.  This experience has been transformational for hundreds of Columbus students in recent years.

      Note:  In order to defray the cost of their airfare, travel insurance, board and room, volunteers are expected to pay a fee of $1,250 plus a fundraising contribution of:
      • $250 (for sanitation projects)
      • $500 (for water projects)
      Applications for Blue Missions 2020 Opens on October 1st at 4 PM
      Note: Applicants who sign up for their priority list will have access to start the application on Monday, September 30. You won't able to file your application until October 1st at 4 pm but you will have about a 15-minute advantage if you fill out the application the day before. 
       
      Summer 2020 Service Trip Dates for Columbus Students:
      • June 4-11, 2020 
      • June 18-25, 2020 
      • June 30 - July 7, 2020 
      • July 15-22, 2020 
      Information Sessions
      Blue Missions will hold four information sessions in September.  Learn how to  secure a spot by applying correctly and on-time.
      • Monday, September 16 - 6-7 pm 
      • Tuesday, September 17 - 6-7 pm 
      • Wednesday, September 25 - 6-7 pm 
      • Thursday, September 26 - 6-7 pm 
      All information sessions will be held at:  
      • BLUE Headquarters 
      • The Shops of Sunset Place (First Floor)
      • 5701 Sunset Drive Suite #128, South Miami.
      Questions?
      Contact Blue Missions Program Director Nicole Aguirre 
    • Great Heights Academy

      WHAT:
      Great Heights Academy
      Non-Profit school for children with special needs
      Looking for summer volunteers
       
      WHERE:
      9280 Hammocks Blvd #101, 
      Miami, FL 33196 
       
      FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER:
      Contact: Kia
      786-773-2285
    • Grove Outreach

      QUESTIONS?  OR TO VOLUNTEER:
      Contact Ms. Iziar Rivera
      Phone: 786-405-3447
       
      WHAT:
      Grove Outreach is a food pantry that provides "food packages" to homeless people.
       
      WHEN:
      Saturday Mornings
      6:00 am - 8:00 am
       
      WHERE:
      Grove Outreach
      3749 Grand Avenue
      Coconut Grave, FL  33133
       
      DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE ACTIVITY:
      Packing and helping to distribute food packages.
    • iTRI Kids' Racing Series on Sunday Mornings

      QUESTIONS?
      Email Nathalie:
       
      WHAT:
      iTRI Kids Racing Series
       
      WHEN:
      Sundays in 2019:
      February 10: Running only
      March 10: Multi sports
      April 14: Multi sports
      May 5: Multi sports
      August 11: Multi sports
      September 15: Multi sports
      October 20:  Multi sports
      November 3: Running only
      December 8: Running only
      Times:
      5:30 AM - 10:30 AM for running events
      5:00 AM - 11:00 AM for multi sports events
       
      WHERE:
      Tamiami Park, Soccer Field #3 
       
      DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE ACTIVITIES:
      Volunteers are needed for registration, group captains, pre-race stretching, pacers,etc.
       
      TO VOLUNTEER:

      TO GET CCHS SERVICE-HOURS CREDIT:
      Use the CCHS Service Hours Standard Document to the right.
    • Weekends at Miami Children's Museum

      WHAT:
      Miami Children's Museum
       
      WHERE:
       
      WHEN:
      Saturdays and Sundays 
      10am to 2pm 
      or 
      2pm to 5pm
       
      DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
      • Gallery Gurus: You will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the daily operations of the Museum as you interact with our guests. Gallery gurus are responsible for ensuring our guests have the best experience possible. 
      • Birthday Buddy: Help children celebrate their birthdays at the Museum. 
      • Art Studio Volunteer: Help our Studio Artist in our art studio. Prep art activities for our visitors and outreach programs. 
      • Exhibits Volunteer: Be a part of the creativity and dynamic processes behind the success of the Museum experiences. Imagine, plan, develop, design and test the always changing exhibits. 
       
      OTHER INFORMATION: 
      Volunteers must be 16 years old minimum
      The next volunteer orientation is October 21st from 10:00am to 11:30am
       
      QUESTIONS? OR TO VOLUNTEEER:
      Email: Anais Rodriguez

      TO GET CCHS SERVICE-HOURS CREDIT:
      Print the attached form and complete attached form.
    • Volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Miami Chapter)

      QUESTIONS:
      Contact: Celi Colon (High School Volunteer Coordinator)
      305-665-2540

      WHAT:
      The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Miami chapter is looking for high school students to commit a minimum of 3 hours of community service per week per semester. 
       
      WHERE:
      N.A.M.I. Miami Offices
      299 Alhambra Circle
      Suite 224
      Coral Gables 33134
       
      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
      Office Assistant (weekdays only)
      Walk / 5K (Inaugural Walk in 2019 anticipated, but Committees have not started yet)
      Graphic Designer - Prepare posters, flyers, brochures, etc. – knowledge of canvas and Photoshop
      Film maker - Develop and make very short Films/PSA’s (must have some film experience)
       
      TO VOLUNTEER:
      Email completed application with a resume (if you have one) to: namiofmiami@gmail.com 
      Please include "High School Volunteer" in email subject line.
        
      TO GET SERVICE-HOURS CREDIT:
       
      Use the CCHS Service Hours Standard Document
      CCHS does not accept agency-issued documents.
       
    • Morningstar Volunteers (Year-round)

      QUESTIONS:
      Call:  305-238-4367

      WHAT:
      Morningstar Renewal Center
      Kitchen help needed.
       
      WHEN:
      Various Breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts available.
      Complete details of shift times is found on their online volunteer page (see link below).
      WHERE:
      Morningstar Renewal Center
      7275 SW 124 St, Pinecrest, 33156
       
      DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE ACTIVITIES:
      Help with meal service during retreats: servers and dish washers. 
       
      TO VOLUNTEER:
      Sign up online at:
      https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1564981/false#/invitation

      TO GET CCHS SERVICE HOURS CREDIT:
      1. Print the attached form.
      2. You complete lines 1-7.
      3. Obtain a signature of an agency official (lines 8-10).
      4. Make and keep a copy for your records.
      5. Submit the original completed and signed form to Brother Tom.
       
      NOTE WELL: Use the form to the right. A form provided by the event sponsors may not contain the information CCHS requires for you to receive credit.
    • Palmetto Subacute Care Center

      FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER:
      • Read attached booklet.
      • Volunteer application is on last page of attached booklet.
      • Contact:
      WHAT:
      Palmetto Subacute Care Center  is a 95-bed Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Facility that cares for patients with post-acute and chronic illness.
       
      WHERE:
      7600 Southwest 8th Street, 
      Miami, FL 33144

      DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
      Various opportunities to work directly with patients.  See attached booklet for more information.
       
      NOTE:
      Only hours of direct care for patients is eligible for CCHS credit. 
       
      TO RECEIVE SERVICE HOURS CREDIT:
      Use the forms to the right.


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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.