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 May 31 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

  • Community

    PennCares is looking for volunteers to help with office work over the summer: answering phones, copying, greeting customers, sorting mail, scanning, and filing. The schedule is flexible, with times available Monday - Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. - noon or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Contact Debbie Klunk at 717-632-5552 ext 4105.

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  • Community

    Volunteers are needed for the Utz Summer Bash on Friday, July 27. Shifts will be 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. until 4 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 the vendors for their hard work! Please use the link to the Google form to sign-up and provide their contact information. Any further questions can be directed to Kaitlyn Livelsberger at klivelsberger@utzsnacks.com, or at 717-633-6644 ext. 132.

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  • Church

    Please see attached for information about volunteering at the Sacred Heart Chapel picnic.

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  • Church/Community

    St. Joseph Athletic Association is looking for help this Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m to help with admissions, concessions, and line judge during a volleyball tournament. Additionally, May 15 at 6 p.m. is their yearly gym clean up.
    If you would like to volunteer, please email Micki Schneider at micki924@yahoo.com
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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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  • Delone Catholic

    Volunteers are needed at the Henny Noel Golf Tournament on June 9 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Golf Course. See Mrs. Heberling for more details.

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  • Community

    The Gettysburg BBQ Festival will be held on Saturday, May 26, and they need 10-15 volunteers from the Adams Rescue Mission volunteer base to serve from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.  This is an outdoor event. The event is rain or shine. Some of the volunteer duties could include:  assembling and distributing BBQ sample boxes, helping with trash collection, parking, assistance with kids activities (rock wall, bounce house, pony rides), etc. Teens ages 16 and up can help, but you must commit to the entire 4 hours, arriving by 10 a.m. and staying until 2 p.m.  You must email rescuemission30@gmail.com  ASAP if you can volunteer.

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  • Community

    Volunteers are needed for the annual country fair at Hanover Hall on June 20 from 1-6 p.m.  Volunteers would be in charge of running games for the children that attend.  In addition, anyone who is creatively talented, such as face painting, would be a great help as well.  Please contact Mrs. Kim King at either 717-451-4661 or kking@mcwil.net to volunteer.

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  • Church

    Help is needed to teach and work with children that will be attending the New Oxford Community Bible School. The dates are Sunday June 24 to Thursday June 28 from 6:45 - 8:45 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ: 20 South Peter Street, New Oxford.  Please contact Dawn Smith at 717-965-2559 to volunteer. See the attached flyer for more information.
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  • Community

    The Hanover YMCA is looking for volunteers to help prepping for Camp Hickory for this summer. Volunteers would be help cleaning out pavilion areas, organizing camp supplies, taking inventory, etc. Dates are April 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and May 5 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Contact Jamie Noel at 717-632-8221 ext. 239 or email her at jnoel@hanoverymca.org to volunteer.

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  • Church

    St. Joseph Athletic Association is holding a 5K on May 19 and is looking for volunteers. Please see the attached flyer and email Kristy Allen for information on volunteering at  kallen@gburgtimes.com.
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  • Community

    The Red Cross is looking for students to volunteer to organize blood drives during the summer. Students can be entered to win a scholarship. Please see the attachment for contact information or for more information.

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  • Church

    Please see the attachment for information on helping with St. Joseph's (Hanover) Vacation Bible School.

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  • Church/Community

    A volunteer is needed to fill a vacancy helping to lead the Rosary at Homewood on Fridays from 3-4. This would begin on the second Friday in January (Jan. 12). Anyone interested should see Mrs. Phenicie.

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  • Community

    Rolling Acres Elementary (Littlestown) is looking for help in a classroom library (sorting and organizing books, etc.). Please contact Mrs. Sanders at sandersa@lasd.k12.pa.us to volunteer or for more information.

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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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Deadlines

  • All underclassmen Works of Mercy Hours due

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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