Service & Outreach
Our Lady of Mercy strives to develop young people into Christian disciples who understand the value and responsibility to sacrificially serve others.
From the Student Handbook:
All Mercy students are required to contribute two (2) hours of volunteer service per month beginning in August and ending in May (twenty (20) hours total per year) to approved service organizations and events.
Christian Service Hours (CSH) constitute 10% of the theology grade each semester. Each month, students will be given a grade based on completion of the two (2) hours required per month. Hours may be carried over from month to month, but may not be retroactively applied to previous months.
A maximum of four (4) of the twenty (20) hours can be completed at OLM and a maximum of four (4) of the twenty (20) hours can be completed at the student’s church. Students may earn up to ten (10) hours of service during the summer prior to the start of the school year.
Your theology teacher must PRE-APPROVE all service hours at least twenty four (24) hours prior to the service, using this form:
Christian Service Hours Form (pdf)
STEP 1: Electronically fill in all required fields on the CSH form, then print it.
STEP 2: Submit form to your theology teacher for approval (at least 24 hours in advance of the service activity.)
STEP 3: If approved, have your form signed by your volunteer service supervisor/mentor prior to submitting it to your theology teacher for registration of your completed service hours.
Approved volunteer locations for student service:
- Atlanta Union Mission
- Clothes Less Traveled (thrift store)
- Coweta County Food Pantry
- Eucharistic Congress (held each June)
- Fayette County Food Pantry
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hands on Atlanta
- Night Shelters (various)
- Nursing Homes (e.g. Christian City-age limit)
- Problem Pregnancy Center (must be set up through the school)
- Pro-Life Marches & Life Chain events
- Soup Kitchens (various)
- St. Vincent de Paul