Christian Service & Activities in the OC

Did you know that at JSerra Catholic High School there is a Christian Service requirement? The Christian Service Program is an essential part of the JSerra experience. This aspect of a JSerra education is integral to the religious and spiritual formation of our students. The service experience will be fulfilled through projects done with the approval of the Head of Faith Formation. The service program is a requirement for graduation and consists of a minimum of 20 hours per year to be completed during the school year or during the summer. To help you out, here are a few examples of organizations you can work with.

 

Feeding America
Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. You can volunteer at a local food bank or even host your own canned food drive! For more information, click here!

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(Photo Credit: Feeding America)

RAD Camp
Serving adults and children with developmental disabilities, RAD Camp ensures that every participant is treated with respect, while encouraging independence, growth, and FUN! Most importantly, at RAD Camp we focus on each camper’s ability – not disability – and are dedicated to making sure each participant has a great time in a safe and caring environment. RAD Camp provides two summer camps each year. RAD Camp, held the first week of July, serves adults 18 years of age and older. RAD JR. is held the second week in August and serves children, 4 to 17 years of age. Ran by two Orange County Catholic High School alumnae, it is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord and give back to others. For more information on volunteer opportunities with RAD, click here!

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(Photo Credit: RAD Camp)

Host a Beach Clean Up
If you like being outside, then volunteering at a beach cleanup may be the thing for you! There are many organizations that perform beach cleanups! We were so excited to have the Rob Machado Foundation visit our school during homecoming week in the fall to help our students understand their contribution toward a healthy Earth. There are always opportunities for beach clean-ups and habitat restoration with their support! The HB Surfrider Foundation also has a list of several options for you to participate in different cleanup opportunities!

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(Photo Credit: Surfrider

These are just three of the many volunteer opportunities that are around you! The school provides a list of approved organizations with which the students are able to work. Students are welcome to suggest other organizations not listed on the school’s approved list, but such opportunities must be approved by the Head of Faith Formation in order for the hours to count towards the student’s requirement. Each student will be asked to include a reflection with the submission of their hours, which will discuss their successes, frustrations, and the values learned during their time of service.

 

Lion Pride

Hurley H20 Hydration Nation

The Rob Machado Foundation and Hurley H2O’s Hydration Nation made an appearance at JSerra’s Homecoming Rally. The organizations came to help the students understand their contribution toward a healthy Earth, emphasizing the need for conservation during the extreme drought California is currently experiencing.

Hydration NationStudents joined in on the fun and staffed the H2O booth to bring awareness to the water issues of our world, standing in front of the organization’s motto, “1 in 6 do not have access to clean water. 5 in 6 can help.”

Hydration NationLegendary surfer, Rob Machado came out during the homecoming rally to speak with the students and teach them about how great of an impact the action that they take today will have on their Earth tomorrow.

Hydration NationThe rally was interactive and fun. Many students helped out at the booth and took pictures to help raise awareness afterwards.

Hydration NationA special thank you the Rob Machado Foundation and Hurley H2O Hydration Nation for making such an impact on our Lions!

Hydration NationWe CAN make a difference!

Hydration NationLion Pride!