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. 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. Donations (such as money, goods, blood) to any organization.
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:
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, students can consult Brother Tom Long (firstname.lastname@example.org
), CCHS Christian Service Coordinator, to confirm that Columbus will give credit for service at that organization.