Works of Mercy Program at Delone Catholic

The DCHS Works of Mercy (Service) program is an integral part of the overall curriculum. In accord with our motto, “Be Doers of The Word,” (James 1:22) and our obligation to educate students to be responsible world citizens and active participants in their faith, we require that all students perform volunteer service prior to graduation. The Works of Mercy remind us of our call to serve others as brothers and sisters in Christ (Matthew 25:31-46) and to meet their bodily and spiritual needs.

Students must complete at least twenty Works of Mercy hours for each school year until they reach the eighty hours required for graduation. The minimum cumulative total to reach each year is: twenty for freshmen, forty for sophomores, sixty for juniors, and eighty for seniors. The eighty hours are required to be completed over three categories - church, Delone Catholic, and community - with at least twenty hours completed in each category. The graduation requirement is complete as soon as the student reaches a cumulative total of eighty hours with at least twenty in each of the three categories and the verification forms have been submitted to the Works of Mercy moderator by the necessary due date. 

All Works of Mercy hours must be completed by the last day of school for the year. Hours must be submitted no later than two weeks after the last day of school to allow students time to gather the necessary signatures. After the two week grace period, hours will no longer be accepted.  For any senior, the Works of Mercy requirement must be completed by the end of the third quarter. Any senior Works of Mercy verification forms turned in after this date will only be recognized as half the hours submitted.

A parent’s signature is no longer acceptable for the “Adult Project Supervisor." The student should obtain another adult assisting in the service for verification. The Works of Mercy validation form is available in the Main Office or online.  Please note that credit for works of mercy hours begins June 1 of the student’s eighth grade year, as stated in the handbook.

If you have any questions with respect to the Works of Mercy Program, please do not hesitate to contact the Works of Mercy moderator of Delone Catholic High School.

All requests for volunteers are posted on Delone Catholic's website, but also consider these Works of Mercy suggestions:

Church: lector, altar server, choir member, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, helping with CYO sports, nursery aides, religious education teachers or aides, PAL, parish festivals, bingo, ushers, youth group activities that enhance the parish life, maintenance, etc. Please note that while attending liturgical services (such as Mass or Stations of the Cross) or Adoration of Blessed Sacrament are admirable and encouraged activities, they do not count for Works of Mercy hours.

Delone Catholic: tutor, peer educators with the Chastity Formation program, open house tour guide, assembly set-up, school board committee, Music Association carnival, teacher helper, maintenance, manager, trainer, scorekeeper, concession stand, Teens for Tots, etc.

Community: hospital volunteer, Christmas gift wrapping, blood donor, Habitat for Humanity, food drive projects, Red Cross helper, public library helper, nursing home volunteer, assisting elderly neighbors or family, scouting activities, camp counselor, political campaign activities, environment clean-up, helping at any parish or public grade school, etc.

Please note: Works of Mercy hours can be completed during school time provided the individual does not miss any academic time during the service.

Opportunities

  • Church

    There is an opportunity to earn Works of Mercy hours this summer! The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Conewago Chapel) is putting together a Parish Pictorial Directory. Lifetouch Photography will be taking pictures at Sacred Heart from June 14 to June 25, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

    Student volunteers are needed to help check-in families/parishioners for their photography appointments.  If interested, or for more information, please contact Keith Rider at (717) 524-8606 or email him at krider65@comcast.net.

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  • Community

    Spring Grove is looking for volunteers to help with their Smoke in the Grove event on July 26-27. Volunteers will be helping with odd jobs around the event, such as collecting trash, directing traffic, parking cars, etc. Please see this link for more information and to sign up. Contact Mr. Bill Bowker at wjbowker@glatcocu.com with further questions.

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  • Community

    Volunteers are needed to help at UTZ Summer Bash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26th. Shifts will be 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. to help with set up and tear down. Volunteers will also be provided a meal voucher for a free meal from one of our vendors for their hard work! At the bottom of this announcement is a link to a Google form for volunteers to sign-up and provide us with their contact information. Please feel free to contact Ella Moores with any further questions at emoore@utzsnacks.com and at 717-633-6644 ext. 1132. Thank you for your help!

    Link: https://forms.gle/ArKmsE7DM5RqhcmS6

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  • Church/Community

    St. Francis Xavier is hosting its annual Drop at the Rock Family Festival on Sunday, June 2. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate games with the children from 3:30 p.m. until approximately 6 p.m. Please contact Darren St. Clair at dstclair@sfxcs-pa.org with questions or to volunteer. See attached flyer for more information.

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  • Delone Catholic

    Delone is looking for volunteers to help with the Henny Noel Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 8. It would be from about 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course.  If interested, students should see Mrs. Heberling to sign up.  

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  • Delone Catholic

    The Cross Country Team is hosting their second annual 5k on June 1st. This year's fundraiser will be raising funds in memory of former DC athlete, Tommy Laudani.
     
    The event is Saturday, June 1st at the Codorus Marina and volunteers are asked to arrive by 8 AM. The event should be concluded 10:30 AM.
     
    For more information, please visit this site https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Hanover/TommyLaudaniDeloneDash or email rczinn@delonecatholic.org .
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  • Church

    The New Oxford Area Community Bible school will be held June 23rd to June 27th and they are looking for students interested in earning service hours.
     
    Help is needed to teach and work with the children that will be attending the New Oxford Community Bible school. Volunteers would help with teaching bible stories, songs, activity pages, crafts, making theme related snacks and play time.
     
    Bible school will be held from Sunday, June 23 to Thursday, June 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 20 South Peter Street, New Oxford, PA 17350.  Volunteers would need to arrive by 6:45 pm.  Please contact Dawn Smith at 717-965-2559 for more information or to volunteer. Volunteers are welcome, even if you cannot work every night.
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  • Community

    The Children's Aid Society-The Nicarry Center is looking for volunteers to help with gardening tasks (weeding, raking, trimming) at their location - 343 Lincoln Way West in New Oxford. Staff are there Monday through Thursday until at least 6 p.m.  Interested volunteers can reach out to Wanda Bankert, Senior Administrator, at her email: wbankert@cassd.org or at her phone 717-624-4461 to set up a day and time to come in to volunteer.  

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  • Church/Community

    Cecilian Village in McSherrystown is looking for volunteers to help with various areas of Spring cleaning. Please contact Peggy Staub at 717-630-8953 if you are interested in helping.

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  • Church

    Please see the attachment on information about upcoming Vacation Bible School at St. Joseph's in Hanover.

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  • Community

    For the Love of a Veteran is looking for volunteers to help with donation drives, packing care packages, or other of their events. Please contact chris@fortheloveofaveteran.org or 717-451-2511 to volunteer.

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  • Church

    Volunteers are needed to help with St. Joseph's Church Caring Visitors Ministry. Meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Joseph School to help make cards and crafts. Please contact Debbie Clabaugh at 717-632-0252 or drd7777@centurylink.net for more information or to volunteer. 

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  • Community

    Cat Tails is a non-profit organization in Hanover that helps foster and rescue kittens and adult cats. They are looking for volunteers to help care for the cats at PetCo in Hanover, which would include changing cages, feeding the cats, and socializing them. Please call Karen Wildasin at 717-688-9073 to volunteer.

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  • Church/Community

    Help is needed at St. Joseph's Academy Preschool to ready the playground for the school year. Please contact Mrs. Donna Adams at 717-965-4226 or the preschool directly at 717-630-9990.

     

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  • Community

    The Eastern Adams Regional Police Department is looking for a volunteer to help paint windows. The availability is flexible and they are willing to work around your schedule. Please contact Vita Iocco at 717-624-1614 ext. 200 or viocco@earpd.org for more information or to volunteer.

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  • Community

    Volunteers are needed to help with childcare at Agape House (114 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg - next to The Ragged Edge) while the moms attend a nutrition class. Times are available on Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. Please contact Kathy Jones at 717-334-6271 ext. 325 to volunteer or for more information.

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  • Community

    The Hanover YMCA Future Stars Basketball program is looking for volunteers to assist in running our youth basketball programs. The main area of need is working the score clocks during the youth basketball games on Saturdays at both the Hanover and Littlestown YMCA. There are some other areas as well. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact John Grap, Youth Basketball Coordinator, at jgrap@hanoverymca.org.

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  • Community

    H.O.P.E. (Help for Oncology Problems and Emotional Support) is a volunteer-driven non-profit that provides assistance and support to cancer patients and their families. Please call 717-227-2824 or e-mail info@hopeforcancerfamilies.org for more information about how to volunteer.

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  • Community

    The Children's Aid Society, located in New Oxford, offers services for area children, as well as a clothing bank. Volunteers should contact 717-624-4461 for more information about helping.

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  • Community

    Windy Hill on the Campus is a full-service community center for York county adults, located on the Spring Grove Area School District campus. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with older adults should please call 717-225-0733 for more information.

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FAQs

What are Works of Mercy hours?

Works of Mercy hours are defined to be those hours of active participation that can be observed as contributing to the betterment of an individual and/or community.  Works of Mercy hours should not be performed during the school day if classes and/or academic instruction is missed. Students should provide these to the individual communities as volunteer service, so no work for which the student receives monetary compensation (i.e. a summer job) can be counted toward the Works of Mercy requirement.

How many Works of Mercy hours am I required to complete? 

A total of eighty volunteer hours is required for graduation. These volunteer hours must be distributed in the following way: a minimum of twenty hours must be earned in the areas of church, Delone Catholic and community, respectively. The remaining twenty hours may then be distributed among those areas at the discretion of the Works of Mercy moderator.

What is the deadline for these hours?
Twenty hours must be completed by the last day of every school year. The total Works of Mercy hours are cumulative, and the requirements must be fulfilled by the end of the third quarter of the student’s senior year. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the student will not receive a diploma for graduation until these conditions are satisfied. Any hours remaining by the end of the third quarter of the senior year double in quantity (e.g. if a student owes five hours, it will double to ten).

How do I get credit for my Works of Mercy hours?
A Works of Mercy validation form must be submitted for each activity. These forms are available in the Main Office or they can be printed off the website (see the attachment to this page), and require the signature of the student, parent and adult supervisor of the activity. After completion, the forms should be returned to the Works of Mercy Program moderator or the Main Office. The hours are then recorded, and a portion of the form will be returned to the student indicating his/her cumulative hours. Please save these slips for your personal records.

How can I find opportunities for Works of Mercy?
Any requests for volunteers that come in to Delone Catholic are posted on the Current Works of Mercy Opportunities page of the website. Many students find that they are already involved in projects at church, at Delone Catholic, and in the community that will count for Works of Mercy hours. Read the newspaper to become aware of other community and local needs. Listen to school announcements and read homeroom announcements for more opportunities. Watch the posted announcements in the corridors, and on the bulletin boards. 

Works of Mercy Validation Form

You can download the form here. Hard copies are also available in the Main Office and outside the Spiritual Life Office.  WorksofMercyValidationForm.pdf