Service Hours

Every Mercyhurst Preparatory School graduate will have completed at least 100 hours of service in the community. The 25 service hours will be due no later than March 31. 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

Service Requirements

Your service may be done for any non-profit organization whose mission coheres with our Catholic Mercy identity. Students are required to complete 70% of their total hours doing the 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 non-profit.  A non-profit has tax-free status and has an IRS 501(c)(3) number.  Non-profits usually fall into one of the following groups:  arts, culture, humanities; education; environment; health; human services; hunger and homelessness; international, foreign affairs; social welfare and advocacy; religion related; charities; programs for aging people; and community or school athletic programs.

You may not count service projects done as a course requirement. 

Please see the student handbook for a more detailed description of service requirements.

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:

You may not count service projects done as a class requirement.  You may not be excused from school to do your service.

Helping a family member is not community service unless there are extraordinary circumstances. This must be approved BEFORE you begin the service.

Babysitting for an individual family is NOT community service.

Volunteering to work without pay for a regular business (i.e. dentist office, auto dealership, bank, retail stores, hair salons etc.) cannot be counted as community service for any reason.

You must complete all sections of this form and follow the service requirements to receive a passing grade for service.  PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY IN INK If your paper is unreadable, it will not be accepted.