One stop shop: Your quick guide to helping others

By Alexander Pralea, Reporter

Do you want to help others? Have you ever wondered how you could help your fellow Falcon community? Xavier offers many opportunities not only within the school, but also through the local communities to fulfill the 35 hours required by underclassmen, and the 30 hours required by upperclassman:

  • Service Days*- Through Class Service Days, students can grow closer to God, and also help those most in need. They are offered by the school, making it really easy to get involved and make a difference.
  • Service Trips- This year, a service trip will be offered to Camden, New Jersey, where students will help rebuild and strengthen a weakened city. In addition, some students offered to rebuild houses in a service trip in Guatemala. Those lucky students chosen to represent Xavier abroad in Guatemala include:  Dan Andrien, Vinny Cannamella, Christopher Carrigan. Mike Dziatko, Scott Elliot, Nick Ericson, Ryan Jilson, Anthony Lancia, Will Levis, John Marcin, Logan Panzarella, Ryan Ranney, Dom Reynolds, Kevin Smatko, Charlie Sokolowski, Jackson Sokolowski, Weston Soobitsky, Owen Stevenson, Spencer Tibbling, and Chris Wintenburg.
  • Ryken Service Society- The Ryken Service Society will start offering trips on Wednesdays in November to help the local food pantry in Middletown.
  • Ambassadors Club- If you want to introduce Xavier and advocate for it in your community, this is the club for you! The Ambassadors Club offers many opportunities to gain valuable service hours, as much as 5 hours per session, and allows Xavier to continue its legacy for the posterity.
  • The National Honors Society*- Every semester, at least 10 hours of community service, of which 5 hours must come from NHS-approved activities, including tutoring, are required to maintain membership
  • Local Community- Go to your town’s church, and discover the various chances to help out in food pantries and other places.
  • Remember to contact Mr. Lyons and Mr. Grasso for specific community service hour projects!

Mother Teresa once said ,”We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” Community service embodies this perfectly. If we all help those struggling the most through seemingly insignificant actions, we can truly change the world. So get out there, help your community.

* Service Days are not opportunities to fulfill service hours
* The NHS’s service hours are not optional, and are requirements of the club. They also do not help satisfy the school service hour requirements