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St. Stephen's Episcopal School - 1950
Community Service Coordinators
Flag Football with Marbridge House

St. Stephen's hosted the flag football team from Marbridge House, an Austin group home for mentally challenged adults on August 13th. The Marbridge players ranged in age from early 20's to 58, and they arrived with their coach and Marbridge House staff, full of enthusiasm and ready to play. Click here to read more.
TAKE 10 CPR TRAINING

Watch the Take 10 CPR Video by film instructor David Fabelo


On Friday, April 26, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School student leaders hosted and facilitated TAKE10 CPR training for students in conjunction with Take Heart Austin and cardiologist Dr. Robert Wozniak. Led by senior Annie Nordhauser, students developed the idea and planned the event with a goal of training at least 95 percent of St. Stephen's students in compression only CPR.

Twenty-five St. Stephen’s students volunteered to become student trainers for the school, and time was set aside for the student body to be trained during the different lunch periods last Friday.

“We are very impressed with the enthusiasm, creativity and initiative demonstrated by these students,” said Louis Gonzales, TAKE10 program manager. "The students, particularly Annie, have really spearheaded this effort with Dr. Wozniak’s guidance. Take Heart Austin has supported the students with our TAKE10 CPR program, preparing their trainers and loaning equipment, but they have done most of the work.” 

Read more about the CPR training at St. Stephen's.

Spartans Donate Time and Effort at El Buen Samaritano

St. Stephen’s students volunteered in April at El Buen Samaritano. Around 1000 people participated in Your Health Your Family Day--health screenings, appointments at the El Buen clinic, doctor talks, healthy cooking demos, garden tours. Outdoor activities included Zumba classes and rock wall climbing. St. Stephen’s students were stationed at the various activity spots and were helpful with setting up, taking down and keeping everything moving smoothly.

"It is really great to have had such a showing of students and I hope we can do lots more next year! We are really aiming to have more service learning opportunities so they can understand more about why places like El Buen exist. For example, the health fair started at 9 and we had one woman who came at 4 am to be sure she could get a health screening. Volunteering is a lot more meaningful when you meet the people and hear their stories."  – Lisie Sillers, El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission


Boarders at El Buen Samaritano
In April 2013, a group of dedicated boarding students from St. Stephen’s have given up their free time spending Monday evenings doing community service work at El Buen Samaritano here in Austin.  Read the article by Spanish Faculty, Philip Doig.
Service Learning at St. Stephen’s
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, community service is an essential aspect of our education. Our service program encourages students to think beyond their own needs, to develop a passion for service, and to inspire one another. We pursue service as a way of life and recognize the world’s challenges as opportunities for commitment to change, improvement, and growth. As a school community, service is our way of applying what we teach and learn in the classroom to make a positive difference in our world.
Upcoming Service Activities

SETTLEMENT HOME OF AUSTIN ANNUAL GARAGE SALE

Settlement Home of Austin is a nonprofit residential treatment facility for young girls ages 7-18 years. The girls are most often removed from their homes due to severe neglect or abuse.

The Settlement Home is debt free in part because of a group of elderly women and men's efforts to host an Annual Garage Sale at the Palmer Events Center. Many of these organizers are in their 60's, 70's and 80's. A large number are WWII vets and their wives. These elderly bodies are in great need of strong, enthusiastic young adults. There are many tasks large and small in which you can earn community service hours. 

TOPS SOCCER
Volunteers are needed for TOPS Soccer which is a soccer program for kids with special needs. Registration is open and everyone who volunteers must be registered, so if you're interested, check out:

Practices will be on Sundays from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Forest Trail Elementary in Westlake.

Questions? Contact Sean Murphy at sean.murphy@srsre.com.
Ongoing Service Activities
A GREAT RESOURCE
UT has a search device that allows you to put in your age, the type of volunteer work you are interested in, zip code, etc. etc. and it then provides you with a list of opportunities in the area. Check out the following link to get started:

IDEAS FOR VOLUNTEER WORK
Note: Volunteering for one of the organizations listed below does not guarantee that your service hours will count at St. Stephen's. It always depends upon whether the service you perform fulfills our guidelines (which depends on the specific task or work you do and who benefits from it).
Middle School Community Service
Grades 6-8: Students participate in four hours of a community-service project. Students and their advisors decide each year on a beneficial project that serves the Austin community.
Upper School Community Service
At St. Stephen's Episcopal School, community service is an essential aspect of our education. Our service program encourages students to think beyond their own needs, to develop a passion for service, and to inspire one another. We pursue service as a way of life and recognize the world’s challenges as opportunities for commitment to change, improvement, and growth. As a school community, service is our way of applying what we teach and learn in the classroom to make a positive difference in our world.

Requirements for Community Service
Grades 9-12: Students need to complete a minimum of twelve community service hours. In order for service hours to be recognized by St. Stephen's, volunteer work must meet the following standards:
  • If you have a question about what does and does not count, or would like to appeal for an exception, please contact Rhonda Williford or Mike Wallens for clarification before you do the work. If you complete a project without checking with Ms. Williford or The Rev. Fitzgerald, and the community service committee deems it inappropriate for receiving credit, you will not receive credit for the project.
  • Whenever you volunteer, you need to fill out an accountability form on-line in order to begin to receive credit for your hours. Please log on to Omnia and use the appropriate link to "Record hours." Before your hours will be recognized, St. Stephen's must receive an e-mail verification from the supervisor of your project. Please plan to provide your supervisor with the necessary link to the "verification e-mail" address. Cards with this address will be available in the pink folder in the crossroads. Please make sure you record your hours whether or not a faculty member was the supervisor! The faculty member will "verify" your hours, but you must still "record" them.
  • Lastly, hours must be turned in and verified in the term in which they were earned. Hours turned in past the posted deadlines will not be counted.
"VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT PAID – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." - Anonymous
ORGANIZATIONS
ABC/CEDEN

EL BUEN SAMARITANO NEEDS YOUR HELP!

FLOW

GIRLS GIVING GRANTS

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL

LEARNING ALLY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

MARBRIDGE

MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES

NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HELPLINE

SETTLEMENT HOME

TEENS GIVING IT BACK

TEXAS ONCOLOGY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

THOUGHTFUL HOUSE EQUESTRIANS

TREEFOLKS

WALKING TREE

WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL

YELLOW BIKE PROJECT
FAQ's About Entering Hours
Q. Can I just submit a letter from the organization where I volunteered instead of having them e-mail you?
A. Yes, but it must be on official stationery from that organization.

Q. If I volunteered over a period of time for the same organization do I have to enter in seperate dates?
A. No, just enter in the last date of service and make sure you enter the information in the term in which you worked.

Q. If my hours aren't verified right away should I assume they won't be accepted?
A. No, there is a delay in entering hours and their verification. If the work you did follows all the specified guidelines your work will eventually be verified. If you are nervous about whether or not hours will be accepted, you should check with Fr. Mike or Ms. Williford BEFORE you even do the project.