Bishop Fenwick Christian Service Program Overview:
“Our love should not just be words and talk;
it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” 1 John 3:18
Service is part of the fabric of Bishop Fenwick High School. The Catholic Christian nature of the school invites students to live out Jesus’ teachings through words and actions. Service is one of the foundational principles at Fenwick and is in fact one of the four Talons that is consistently taught. The hope is that through the service program, students will become more others-centered, deepen their faith in God, and become transformed by their encounters with the most vulnerable members of our community. Students are also encouraged to become life-long contributors to the good of individuals and society.
Fenwick students are required to do a minimum of 10 hours of service per semester, but many go above and beyond that requirement. Service hours are recorded and verified through an online service tracking program – www.x2vol.com – which allows students to create and maintain a service profile. Students also engage in a critical reflection component each semester that helps to process their experiences and connect their service work with the teachings of our faith.
To expose students to a wide range of service experiences, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, students will be doing what will be known as GOLD and RED hours. GOLD hours are loosely based on Corporal Works of Mercy. These hours involve DIRECT SERVICE with the vulnerable members of our society- those who are poor, elderly, sick, young, disabled etc… RED hours involve VOLUNTEERING at church, school, or community event or helping others indirectly at other non-profit organizations. Of the 10 required hours of service per semester, a minimum of 5 hours must be GOLD. The rest may be either RED or GOLD hours. Please go to our FAQ’s GOLD & RED Service Ideas, and Summer Opportunities pages below for more details.
Magnified Giving Program: A philanthropy program that students engage in during their Senior religion classes. This program educates, inspires, and engages students in philanthropy as they research social justice issues and the agencies that help. Go to https://magnifiedgiving.org/ for more information on the program.
Fenwick Day of Encounter: Beginning in 2020, during a school day in March, the entire school will go out into the broader community to serve our brothers and sisters in need. Students will be bussed to various charitable organizations throughout our local area to encounter Christ in the most vulnerable members of our society. Teachers, students, and administrators alike will share in this day of service, solidarity, and fun!
Shantytown: An overnight, retreat-like experience in October that brings awareness and new insight to the issue of poverty and homelessness in our area. Through various activities that challenge and broaden students’ perspectives – culminating in sleeping outside in a cardboard box – Shantytown sheds new light on the reality of homelessness and fosters compassion and empathy for people who experience it.
More School-wide Service Opportunities:
• Talon Thursdays – twice a month after school in the cafeteria, students make 200 brown bag lunches that go directly to feed people in need at St. Vincent DePaul in Dayton.
• Fenwick Go Days – once a month, students meet up as a group and go out to places like Hope House Mission & the Ronald McDonald House to serve a meal
• Canned Food Drive in November
• Toy Drive in December
• KEY Club Fundraising events and service projects throughout the year
Summer Immersion Trips:
1.) Toppa Joppa Trip in rural Tennessee – Students get a firsthand experience of missionary service with the Glenmary Home Missioners. Each day is a retreat-like immersion experience involving work with children of migrant workers, local culture, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. Students build relationships with the people they see each day as they learn about the challenges of immigration. Students stay in a retreat house and travel to Tennessee by vans.
2.) Young Neighbors in Action Trip in Inner-City Cleveland, OH – In collaboration with Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA), students explore the call to work for justice while serving those in need. Students will engage in a mix of direct service, opportunities for learning and dialogue, cross-cultural sharing, community building, prayer, liturgy, and fun. All of this is done through the lens of Scripture and Catholic teaching about justice. Participants stay together in a high school and travel to Cleveland by vans.
“Serving is the way that mission is carried out, the only way to be a disciple of Jesus”
– Pope Francis