Service Hours

Every Mercyhurst Preparatory School graduate will have completed at least 100 hours of service in the community. Annually, a minimum of 25 service hours must be completed no later than March 31. Service for the upcoming school year may begin on April 1 and be entered into X2VOL at that point. Doing appropriate service, properly entering in the hours to the student’s X2VOL (Naviance) account, and having all necessary verification information will ensure that a student earns a passing grade. Questions about service can be sent by e-mail to or by calling the Community Service Coordinator, Hannah Tatar, at 814.824.2476.

Service Requirements

Your service may be done for any nonprofit organization whose mission coheres with our Catholic Mercy identity. Students are required to complete at least 70% of their total hours doing service that directly encounters or interacts with human beings. This can include advocacy work for human rights organizations. These interactions include service relating to the Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy or directly relating to the Critical Concerns** of the Sisters of Mercy. The remaining 30% of their hours may be completed at any registered nonprofit.  A nonprofit has tax-free status and has an IRS 501(c)(3) number.  Nonprofits usually fall into one of the following groups: arts, culture, and humanities; education; environment; health; human services; hunger and homelessness; international, foreign affairs; social justice and advocacy; religious/faith-based organizations; charities; programs for aging people; and community or school athletic programs.

Service projects done as a class requirement, while encouraged, will not be considered for community service hours.  Likewise, you may not be excused from school to do your service, as attendance in school is paramount to success.

We always encourage students to help a family member in any way, but please know that those hours will not be considered for community service unless there are extraordinary circumstances, approved prior to the service.

Babysitting for an individual family or working without pay for a regular business will not be considered as community service for any reason.

Public participation in onstage/court/field events such as theatre productions and athletic or gaming contests outside of school can be very enriching, but in those situations, where your attendance is required by your participation in the activity, please know that the hours will not be counted as service hours. Any questions about what constitutes public participation in these events can be directed to the service coordinator, and should be approved prior to the event.

Looking for service opportunities? This local Erie website has information on non-profit organizations and their need for volunteer help. The Get Connected website is a great place to find the perfect service project for you in Erie:


* There are two traditional categories for works of mercy:

  • Corporal Works of Mercy
    • Feed the hungry
    • Give drink to the thirsty
    • Shelter the homeless
    • Visit the sick and the imprisoned
    • Bury the dead
  • Spiritual Works of Mercy
    • Counseling the doubtful
    • Instructing the ignorant
    • Admonishing the sinner
    • Comforting the sorrowful
    • Forgiving injuries
    • Bearing wrongs patiently
    • Praying for the living and the dead

** There are five Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy:

  • Immigration
  • Anti-racism
  • Women
  • Nonviolence
  • Earth