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

    Looking to get into the Christmas spirit? Help is needed at the Neiderer Family Farm Christmas Tree Sale, starting on Black Friday! Volunteers are expected to come prepared to work responsibly; duties including assisting customers, counting money, and making change. Proceeds will benefit Delone Catholic's Vance family. Shifts are flexible and volunteers can volunteer during any of the times below. Contact Pat Riser at 717-634-7501 to volunteer.

    Nov. 23 & 24, Dec. 2 & 8 - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    Nov. 30 & Dec. 7 - 5 - 8 p.m.

    Nov. 25, Dec. 3 & 9 - 11 a.m.  - 5 p.m.

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  • Church/Community

    St. Joe's in Hanover is having their 5th Annual Pink Out Novice Tournament from Nov. 16 - 18 at the gym on Grandview Drive.  Tournament game times are Fri 6, 7 and 8.  Saturday all day from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 12 to 5 p.m.  Any time slots within these days are open at this point as we begin the volunteer schedule. Students would be asked to work the admissions table, concessions stand and/or help with some gym maintenance (refilling paper towels in the bathroom, sweeping the floor between games - easy but important things!). Please contact Micki Schneider at micki924@yahoo.com or Amy Redding at amyredding830@gmail.com 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

    Cecilian Village is looking for volunteers to help with gardening, yardwork, and other outside chores throughout the Fall. Times are flexible. Please contact Peggy Staub at 717-630-8953 or at peggy.staub@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

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  • Church/Community

    Volunteers are needed as guides during the Seton Shrine's Annual Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk, an immersive and challenging drama in which participants encounter the stories of saints and reflect on their own lives. Guides need no prior experience and have no memorized lines. Performances are Oct. 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, and 28, 2018. For more information, contact Bridgett Bassler at bridgett.bassler@setonshrine.org.

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  • Church/Community

    St. Joseph School in Hanover is offering a junior basketball program this Fall for students in grades K-4.  Any current Delone basketball players are invited to help!
    The dates will be five consecutive Saturdays: Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, 13 and 20 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph gym on Grandview Road. Please contact Amy Redding at amyredding830@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.
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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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  • 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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  • Community

    The First Grade teacher at Rolling Acres Elementary is looking for student volunteers to help with various tasks around the classroom (organizing the library, etc.). The volunteers would also be able to come in to the room and help with the students on days that Delone Catholic has off. Please contact Mrs. Anna Sanders at sandersa@lasd.k12.pa.us if you are available to help.

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  • Church/Community

    The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg is looking for volunteers to assist in their Development, Programs, Marketing, Worship, and Gift Shop Departments. Please see the attached flyer for more information. To volunteer, please contact Tina Heffner  at 301-447-7130 or tina.heffner@setonshrine.org.

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  • Community

    Penn Township operates a recycling drop-off center at 1020 Wilson Ave. in Hanover. This is where residents can deliver their newspapers, junk mail, magazines, cardboard, plastic shopping bags, eye glasses, hearing aids, clothing, and electronics to be recycled. The Township accepts volunteers who enjoy giving back to the community. The responsibility of volunteers is to assist the Township residents with the unloading of recyclables from their vehicles and keeping the trailers and drop-off area clean and organized. The center is open from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. If anyone has any questions about the program or would like to volunteer, please call Penn Township Recycling at 717-637-1561.

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  • Church

    Volunteers are needed to help at the Immaculate Conception Thrift Shop on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is located across the street from the church at 5 Carlisle St. Please consider helping! Contact Mrs. Patricia Slonaker at paslonaker@comcast.net 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