Christian Service Learning

Christian Service, or reaching out to those in need because of your Christian call to holiness, is an essential part of what it means to be a follower of Christ and a contributing member of society. Loving our neighbor implies a willingness to be of service and to reach beyond ourselves to those in need.

Christian Service Requirements

Students must complete 120 hours of Christian service in order to graduate. Most go way beyond that. For details on rolling over your service hours from one year, to the next to reach 120, please contact our Director of Christian Service Learning.

Christian Service to the School (Educational)

Any service that directly benefits the school. The service must be verified by a Notre Dame Prep school employee. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Summer sports camps for younger students
  • Institutional advancement events such as Annual Auction and Fashion Show or Golf Tournament
  • Helping in the Saints Store or with Scrip sales.
  • Singing in the choir at Diocesan events
  • Frosh Night Out

Christian Service to a Place of Worship (Faith Based)

This includes any service done at a church, synagogue or other place of worship. Service must be verified by an employee of the place of worship and cannot be verified by a parent. Includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer
  • Youth Leader
  • Lector, Choir, Altar Server, Usher
  • Nursery Volunteer
  • Catechist
  • Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast Volunteer

Christian Service to the Community (Humanitarian Aid)

This category of Christian Service Learning should benefit a nonprofit agency that directly helps the poor and marginalized. Please see the agency website for volunteer opportunities and to sign up for Christian Service. Some agencies have specific requirements. If you would like to serve at an agency that is not listed below, please email the Christian Service Learning Coordinator for approval BEFORE you serve. Approved agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Andre House
  • Anthony Bates Foundation
  • Back to School Clothing Drive
  • Boys and Girls Clubs (various locations)
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chrysalis Center
  • Circle of the City
  • City of Scottsdale Pauite Tutoring
  • Extended Hands Food Bank
  • Family Promise
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Foothills Food Bank
  • Gigi's Playhouse
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Happily Ever After League
  • Homebase Youth Services
  • Horsense
  • Horses Help
  • Hospice of Arizona
  • Hospice of the Valley
  • KEEN Sports
  • Maggie's Place
  • MANNA House
  • Miracle League of Arizona
  • Neighborhood Ministries
  • Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank
  • PAZ de Christo Community Center
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Project Cure
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Salvation Army
  • Scottsdale Senior Centers (all locations)
  • Silverado Senior Living
  • Shoebox Ministry
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Special Olympics of Arizona
  • St. Mary's Food Bank
  • Teen Lifeline
  • UMOM
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Arizona
  • United Food Bank
  • Vista Del Camino Community Center
  • Welcome to America Project

Freshman Plunge

Members of our freshman class will plunge into Christian service for the first time when they lend a hand at either St. Mary's Food Bank or St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall with House. Throughout the first semester, freshman students and their teachers will serve together and see first-hand how helping others, helps NDP students develop a love for Christ and for those in need of our help.

Additional information for the Christian Service page: Please check our school calendar for dates. For more information,  contact Shelley Dinges, in the Office of Mission and Ministry.

Incoming Freshman Christian Service Information

We use x@VOL, an online tracking and reporting system to log all Christian service hours. This system allows us to eliminate paper forms and centralize the information.  It will allow your student to enter their service hours online at any time, as well as check and sign up for any volunteer opportunities, receive reminders about the opportunities and print a service hour log that can be used for college applications.

We appreciate your help and cooperation with this system.

Please follow the instructions below to register for the first time to begin logging your service hours.

  1. Go to and click JOIN.
  2. Type in your School Name or zip code and click Search.
  3. Type in your Last Name and Student ID or Email (depending on what your school instructs you to do).
  4. Enter the remaining profile fields and click proceed.
  5. Set your interests and skills and click proceed.
  6. Set a password, select your group and check the required boxes to complete your registration.
  7. Log in and view your Dashboard.

Here is a video on how to register to as a student.


Christian Service vs Community Service

Christian Service is being the hands of Jesus in the world. It is based on Matthew 25. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Mt 25:35-36)

Christian Service examples (what Jesus did)

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty: Andre House, SVDP, Phoenix Rescue Mission, ICM foodbank, Foothills Foodbank, Extended Hands Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children.

Visit the imprisoned: Silverado Care Facility, Vi retirement home, Scottsdale Senior Centers.

Taking care of the sick and those in need: KEEN Sports, Miracle League, Gigi’s Playhouse, HEAL House, Hope Kids, any local hospital, Equine Therapy, Special Olympics.

Faith based service:  Passing on your faith through teaching, Mass ministries, spiritual and pastoral care for life affirming choices.

Community Service examples (Jesus did NOT do these things, but they are still a good thing!)

Volunteer at walks and runs to support a nonprofit agency (must be pre-approved)

Volunteer at festivals to support schools or churches.

Volunteer with animals to help disadvantaged children or those sick in the hospital (must be pre-approved)

Activities to support the NDP community, such as help in the Institutional Advancement Office, help with specific NDP events.

Service and The House System

Service is encouraged to be done within the House. Each House is encouraged, with the help of the Director of Christian Service Learning, to plan and implement at least one service opportunity each academic year.

The service opportunity can be done after school, as well as on weekends. The Director of Christian Service Learning will organize transportation and make sure all permission slips are in order to keep our students safe if necessary, but would like to have each house plan a service opportunity that can be done on campus. 

Examples of this include shoe box ministry, making blankets, and making rosaries. House families are encouraged to serve together, with the help of the Director of Christian Service Learning. The goal is to help students become people of life-long service.

The Freshman in each house will be introduced to Christian Service by being plunged into the world of Christian Service their first semester at Notre Dame Prep. They will serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized through various nonprofit organizations during one day first semester. Students are required to make up any missed class work according to academic guidelines for the day they miss school to serve others.

Each house will be responsible for one donation drive or money drive during their particular month. The drive must be for a particular nonprofit organization that directly helps those in dire need.


Fr. Kurt Perera
Campus Chaplain
(480) 634.8337

Sr. Yolanda Mendoza
Campus Minister
(480) 634.8241

Shelley Dinges
Christian Service Learning Coordinator
(480) 634.8391

Mary Lou Lachvayder
Director of House System
Theology Dept. Chair
(480) 634.8336

Jackie Moucheron
Assistant to Center of Mission and Ministry
(480) 634.8388


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