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 our students to a wide range of service experiences, students will complete what are known as GOLD and RED hours. GOLD hours are loosely based on the Corporal Works of Mercy. These hours involve DIRECT SERVICE with the most vulnerable members of our society – those who are poor, sick, young, elderly, disabled, etc.. RED hours involve VOLUNTEERING at church, school, or community events 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 and GOLD & RED Service Ideas pages 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: On one day during the school year, the entire school goes out into the broader community to serve our brothers and sisters in need. Students are 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 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
- Toy Drive in December
- KEY Club Fundraising events and service projects throughout the year
Summer Immersion Trip:
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.
“Serving is the way that mission is carried out, the only way to be a disciple of Jesus.”
– Pope Francis