Our Community Service Learning Program reinforces the gifts of a Marianist education, encouraging students to realize that they have the power to shape their communities.
The Riordan community focuses on a different social issue each month. We have two blood drives each school year, an AIDS Penny Drive, a Food Drive in November, and a Toy Drive in December. Some of our Spring events include supporting Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, and participating in an immersion home rebuilding trip to New Orleans.
Christian Community Service Learning Requirement
Students are required to complete a total of 100 hours of community service before graduating, which includes a minimum of 50 SHED hours. “SHED” refers to community service completed directly with the Sick, Homeless, Elderly, and Disabled. These are communities that are sometimes underserved and forgotten, so it is our calling as a Catholic Marianist school to reach out to these communities in the Archbishop Riordan family spirit. Given this community need, all CCSL requirements can be met by completing only SHED service.
Please see this document that lists required hours by division, a list of SHED suggested sites, and definition of Support hours.
Recording Community Service Hours
All service hours must be documented by both the student and supervisor at the service organization.
- Students should coordinate with their service supervisor to fill out the Christian Community Service Learning Report Form* that gives a detailed overview of the work performed and evaluation from the supervisor.
- Students must attach their completed and signed CCSL report form through their x2VOL Log In—an online CCSL record and verification system. Please see this x2VOL Cheat Sheet for detailed instructions.
*It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that this form is completed, signed by the verifying supervisor, and promptly turned in to Campus Ministry; failure to do so will result in not receiving credit for the service hours performed.
Our immersion programs serve as examples of strength in following Jesus’ message to reach out to the poor and marginalized in our society. The impact is evident in the enthusiasm and dedication that participating students, faculty, and staff members show while on the trip, and the renewed hope they exhibit upon their return.
New Orleans Immersion
Since 2016, Riordan has sent a group of 10-12 students over Spring Break to participate in helping to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Dolores Mission Immersion
The Dolores Mission Immersion program was introduced in 2015 and takes place at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.
- West Coast Walk for Life
- Rosary Rally
- Interfaith Shelter Walk
- Out of Darkness Walk