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.

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.

Current Works of Mercy Opportunities

  • Community

    Mrs. Lucas is in need of volunteers for Military Moments on Oct. 21 at Guthrie Memorial Library. Work would mostly be helping with games, the card making table, keeping videos and music going, etc. Please see the attachment for more information. Interested volunteers can contact Mrs. Christy Lucas at 410-746-8760.

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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

    Roots for Boots is looking for volunteers for the following activities:

    - Writing thank you notes for Operation Out the Door

    - Making posters and cards to display at the York Veterans Outreach Breakfast

    - Helping with Military Moments on Oct. 21 at Guthrie Memorial Library. Volunteers will be helping with face painting, a card making table, lollipop tree, grab bags, etc. 

    If you can help with one or all of these activities, please contact Mrs. Christy Lucas at christylucas88@yahoo.com.

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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

    One of our alumna in the Abbottstown area is looking for help maintaining her four acre property. She needs assistance weeding, mowing, raking, etc. Please see Mrs. Phenicie for more details and to volunteer. 

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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

    A family from Annunciation BVM school in McSherrystown is looking for a girl (preferably over 16 who has reliable transportation) for childcare on days that Annunciation and Delone Catholic have off of school or are on a 2-hour delay. Please see Mrs. Phenicie for  information.

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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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  • Delone Catholic

    Help is needed to set up the cafeteria in the mornings beginning at 7 a.m. If you can be at school early or always arrive early, please consider helping. You can earn a half hour every day. Please contact Mrs. Sorice at hsorice@delonecatholic.org to volunteer.

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  • Community

    The American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region have volunteer opportunities for high school students this summer by assisiting at blood drives in the area.This is a great opportunity to earn service hours, build your resume, meet interesting people, and make a difference in your community. Volunteers need to be at least 14 years old, have excellent customer service skills, and volunteer at least 2 times per month over the summer for a minimum of 40 hours. Volunteer applications are available in Delone's Spiritual Life Office. Please contact Carol C. Wendt at 410-764-4602 ext. 1 or carol.wendt@redcross.org with questions.

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  • Community

    Student volunteers are needed to help at the New Oxford Library, a branch of the Adams County Library System. Students 14-years or older are needed on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. to help prepare and assist the staff with children's programs, assist the public locate books and information, fill materials used for seasonal displays, return materials to proper shelves, and assist patrons at the computers as necessary. Interested students need to be prompt and responsible, have some computer knowledge, good customer service, and a working knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system to shelve books. Library staff will provide training as necessary and flexible scheduling. Questions or interest? Please contact Wilma Krepps at 717-624-2182 or wilmak@adamslibrary.org.

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Works of Mercy Deadlines

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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