The Service Program at Calvert Hall

As part of a Catholic, LaSallian institution, the service program at Calvert Hall is directly influenced by the belief that service, faith and justice are inextricably connected. Students are exposed to a wide variety of service and educational experiences throughout their time at Calvert Hall. Social justice and service learning are infused through courses across curriculum. Community service education is not just an accumulation of hours; rather it is a process that requires preparation, action, reflection and evaluation. Through the service program at Calvert Hall students have the opportunity to discover their talents in new ways and commit to projects they are passionate about.

Community Service Components

List of 6 items.

  • Junior Service Requirement

    The juniors are required to complete 24 hours of service within the Junior Year as it relates specifically to the Junior religion course on Catholic Social Teaching. Students choose one agency to dedicate their time to and are asked to commit an average of 2 hours a week for the entire school year. Service is required to be part of their routine and they are asked to write regular reflections on their experiences.
  • Monthly Service

    Although students do not need a certain number of hours each year, Campus Ministry offers monthly service projects for all students who choose to be involved. Students who participate in service outside of a Calvert Hall requirement or a Calvert Hall sponsored activity are encouraged to fill out a documentation form so that their hours can be recorded for their academic file.

    • Sarah’s Hope Outreach: Once a month, students serve a meal at the shelter for women and children. Anyone can help and the sign-up is in the Campus Ministry office.
    • Beans and Bread: Monthly on Saturday mornings, students serve a meal to people who are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore's inner city.
  • Sports Team Service

    Many athletic teams do group projects to reinforce teamwork and remind their students that giving back is just as important as what they do on the field. Team service opportunities have included partnering with Archbishop Borders to sponsor recreational afternoons for its students on our campus, Habitat for Humanity builds, gift deliveries at Christmas, and even escorting seniors to on-campus events such as the play or band concerts.
  • Drives

    With a school of over 1300 faculty, staff, and students it is important that we pool our resources together to help those in our community most in need.  Several times throughout the year we organize drives to meet the needs of those around us.

    • Thanksgiving Food Drive: Each holiday season Calvert Hall students, faculty, and administration collect food for several hundred local families, distributed through many of the CHC cooperative agencies in the Baltimore Area.
    • Adopt-A-Family Drive: Calvert Hall students make Christmas more joyful each Holiday season by adopting a family. The Adopt-A-Family program, a partnership between local Baltimore agencies and Calvert Hall College is designed to provide Christmas gifts and food/gift certificates to needy families in the Baltimore region.
    • Mission Drive: Each year students participate in a drive to raise money for our brother school in Nigeria. The proceeds go to computers, uniforms and renovations.
  • Social Justice Programming

    Campus Ministry often sponsors school-wide assemblies to raise awareness around social justice issues. For example, students raised money for malaria netting after a presentation they received from a woman who travels to Africa regularly to deliver these nets. Another year, Jimmy Briggs came to Calvert Hall to discuss child soldiers and faculty and students formed a book club to learn more about the issue.
  • Summer Service

    Many students choose to participate in service activities in the summertime. 

    • Camp Umoja at NDP: Camp Umoja is a summer day camp for children from Baltimore City Public Housing. Since its beginning in 1985, children between the ages of 6 and 11 have attended. Located at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, the camp offers daily Red Cross certified swimming lessons, arts and crafts and a tutoring program. Volunteer counselors from Notre Dame Prep and Calvert Hall College High School provide the campers with close supervision in a caring atmosphere. The young campers gain many important skills through tutoring, arts and crafts, and swimming. They also grow from the recognition that their counselors care deeply about them. Camp Umoja runs 2 sessions of two weeks each. Participants must commit to all days of one session. Dates and applications will be posted in late March.
    • Camp St. Vincent: Camp St. Vincent is a full day summer camp run by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore that serves homeless children, ages 5 to 12 years old, from Batlimore City and County, Maryland. Camp St. Vincent's purpose is to reduce the negative consequences associated with homelessness for children living in shelters and transitional housing in the Baltimore region. Camp St. Vincent's program is specifically designed to address development with a structured reading and math curriculum, psycho-social groups and cultural enrichment activities. Children develop positive trusting relationships with Calvert Hall students that assist them in maintaining grade-appropriate academic performance, developing social competence and problem solving skills, strengthening autonomy, and gaining a sense of purpose. Camp St. Vincent also offers a structured outdoor recreation program that includes swimming, arts and crafts, singing, games, sports, and other enrichment activities and field trips. Camp St. Vincent runs 4 two week sessions. Students must commit to at least one session, but can stay on for as many weeks as they would like. Dates and applications will be posted in Late March.
    • Camp Koski: Camp Koski is a summer camp in Baltimore County for children 6-13 years old diagnosed with Autism or related disorders. Calvert Hall students serve on staff as counselors, mentors, and friends. Horse-back riding, computer activities, hayrides, fishing, and nature art are just a few of the activities this camp offers these very special children.

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