Community Service


Goal III guides our efforts to identify opportunities for service. The criteria for this goal are the reference points from which all aspects of the program originate. Service requirements are in place to raise each student’s critical consciousness about the values of society and inspire her to act for justice.
Within each service year (May 1st to May 1st of the following year) certain requirements apply. Freshmen are required to do 10 hours of service during the first year. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to do 20 hours of service per year. Once a year, students must complete a written reflection for each of their service sites. There is an online form for this. Confirmation from the service site of the hours served is necessary for the hours to count. To fulfill the graduation requirement, the class of 2017 students must complete the required service hours, turn in overdue yearly reflection papers, and complete the senior service project. For the classes of 2018 and beyond, students will be required to complete 20 hours of service in an area of concentration. The Senior Capstone Service Project will be completed in this area of concentration. It is our hope that with this as a foundation, every graduate will integrate this value into her life.
The service form must be turned in to the service coordinator within 30 days of the completion of service. Hours completed over the summer must be turned in by September 1st. Excess hours of service may be carried over to the following year, but students are expected to engage in service and participate in Service Day every year. All hours must be submitted in the academic year they are served. There are many ways to serve; however, not all work done without payment qualifies as service. Members of the Service Committee can help students determine whether proposed activities are appropriate. Students who do not fulfill the requirements will be expected to make up hours and/or write papers over the summer and submit them in August. Seniors who do not fulfill their requirements will not receive a diploma.

A Service Committee comprised of eight adults from the faculty and staff oversees Woodland’s service program and coordinates all-school service events such as the Second Family Food Drive at Thanksgiving and the all-school annual Service Day, when the entire school community participates in service projects throughout the Chicago area.

The student Service Club consists of an elected representative from each advisory group and is led by a faculty or staff member and three students selected by the Service Committee based on their applications. Service Club meets twice each month to plan and direct service drives for the entire school at Thanksgiving, Advent, Lent and other occasions during the year.

Service experiences may arise out of participation in school clubs such as Service Club, or in Social Justice, Sociology, or Environmental Science classes. Woodlands students are active and assume leadership roles in many local community-service organizations and nonprofit agencies, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Catholic Charities, Relay for Life, Casa Esperanza, Miseracordia, Port Ministries, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Every summer the Sacred Heart Network offers students the opportunity to participate in summer service projects at host schools across the country. Students learn about a broad range of social justice issues through Network projects, such as working with developmentally-disabled adults; the juvenile justice system; immigrant families, Habitat for Humanity; and the elderly, poor and marginalized in U.S. cities.