Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, Melbourne Central Catholic provides community members with many opportunities to serve our local and global communities. MCC students learn how to see the face of Christ in their neighbors while serving at local food banks, soup kitchens, and caring for God’s creation. These experiences teach our community members how to be Christ’s hands and feet in our world. Because the goals of the program are central to the goals of Catholic education, each student must complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service each year. The result of this experience is a growing awareness of the needs of others, greater compassion and a thirst for justice.
Community Service COVID-19 Amendments
Student and family safety are very important during the current public safety concerns. Many of the community organizations where our students work are also raising new concerns and protocols for the safety of the clients and volunteers.
While MCC’s community service requirement remains, we have temporarily adapted some guidelines for service:
- Students can directly help immediate neighbors where they live. Family duties and support do not count for service hours.
- Service forms may be signed by parents and submitted digitally via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There are also safe opportunities available to serve our community. Organizations that provide online tutoring, blood donation, serving at your parish or church, and making donations to local food pantries are all great ways to serve during this unprecedented time. Below you will find a short list of possible ways to earn hours.
- Become a Volunteer Tutor — UPchieve (https://upchieve.org/
- Donate blood (https://www.oneblood.org/
donate-now/) (each pint is worth 5 hours; forms must be signed by blood bank employee)
- Catholic Charities of Brevard (https://cflcc.org/volunteer/)
- Food Donations to local food pantries (one hour of service per 10 food items)