Christian Service Program
The Christian Service component at Donovan Catholic offers all students at every grade level the opportunity to share their gifts in a dynamic service program. This program provides many events for all members of the school community to deepen their understanding and commitment to Jesus and His message of compassion and peace, service and love.
Donovan Catholic students are required to meet the following minimum Christian Service Hours Requirements in order to graduate.
- 10 hours of Christian Service completed during freshmen year
- 20 hours of Christian Service completed during sophomore year
- 20 hours of Christian Service completed during junior year
- 20 hours of Christian Service completed during senior year
Students that exceed 100 hours of service in a given school year are eligible to receive a bronze service award; excess of 175 hours a silver service award and in excess of 250 hours a gold service award.
Christian Service Opportunities:
Asbury Park Food Give Away
Students assist the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in distributing fresh produce and bread to the poor of Asbury Park.
Big Brother Big Sister Program
The program is the first ever in Ocean County. It was started by the students of Monsignor Donovan High School in order to provide the students of Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights with positive role models.
Requirements to participate: application and interview by the staff of this agency.
Clean Ocean Action/ Beach Sweep
Students join forces in being an environmental leader in their community, cleaning our local beaches and planting dune grass.
Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness to help provide clean water and combat hunger locally as well as globally.
Challenger Baseball, Chariot Riders and Tops Soccer
Students assist the physically and mentally disabled by teaching them simple baseball, horseback riding and soccer skills.
Habitat for Humanity
School-based chapter that assists with building homes for local needy families. Students also work in the “Re-Sale Store” which is owned and operated by North Ocean Habitat for Humanity to provide funding for building materials. Students provide support to this organization by volunteering and/or participating in their annual bike ride to raise money.
Students assist with ground maintenance including planting, raking etc. at local site. Students also volunteer in the office to assist with administrative duties.
Students provide tutoring and activities for children during their week these homeless families are temporary housed at our parish. This service is provided four times a year.
Relay for Life
Raise awareness and financial support for the American Cancer Society.
S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library)
Students help with children’s programs as well as assist staff in all library departments.
Simon’s Kitchen at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Seaside Heights
Friday evenings at 5:30 PM, students can help serve or clean up after the meal that is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Compassionate Care – Hospice Office
Students volunteer to assist in their office, learning and serving with compassion.
St. Joseph’s Parish CCD Teachers
Students teach and assist the youth of our parish learn about our faith.
Breast Cancer Walk
Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.
Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - Tanner’s Run
Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness for Tanner Edwards, affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
JDRF Walk (Mark’s Team)
Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes Research.
Semper Five (5K) Run
Students and faculty walk to Students to benefit the U.S, Marine Corps and the MARSOC Foundation.
NJ Institutes for Disabled
Students interact and assist with feedings and activities for disabled adults.
Toms River Rotary Club Food Collection
Students help distribute bags and collect canned food for the Parish Food Pantry.
St. Joseph’s Parish Sunday Super
Students volunteer to serve the needy and/or lonely food in our community.
Salvation Army-Hearty Helping Soup Kitchen
Students deliver meals to the needy in our local community from 4:45-7:00pm on Thursday evenings.
Your Grandmother’s Cupboard
Students volunteer stock shelves with food and sort clothes for distribution to the needy.
Check the Christian Service Eboard for more information about these and other opportunities