O'Dea High School

Christian Service Learning

Christian Service Learning (CSL) connects O’Dea’s classroom curriculum with community issues and needs. CSL engages students in projects that serve the community and put faith in action.

Three Components of Service Learning: Preparation, Service, & Reflection

Students prepare for their service by learning about the issues of concern and developing an action plan for service. Classroom teachers enable students to analyze and make sense of their experience through research, discussion, journaling, and presentation.

Service Learning Outcomes
  • Enhance student learning by joining the Social Theory of Catholic Social Teaching with experience and action.
  • Meet needs in the community through direct and indirect service that is meaningful.
  • Enable students to help others, give of themselves, and enter into caring relationship with others.
  • Give students the opportunity to do important and necessary work
  • Increase the civic skills of students
  • Assist agencies to serve their clients and benefit from having a relationship with O’Dea gentlemen
  • Provide opportunities for cross-cultural experiences for students
  • Help students learn how to get things done
  • Impact local issues and needs
Service Learning Requirements
  • 25 hours per school year between the first day of summer and May 1st of the following year
  • Additional hours may go towards House points but may not rollover to the following year
Approved Service Activities
  • Any service activity with non-profit community organizations
  • Classroom projects that are tied to curriculum and meet a community need and have been pre-approved by the Service Learning Coordinator
  • After school projects that meet a community need and have been pre-approved by the Service Learning Coordinator
  • All hours to be logged through logging into Family Connections and clicking x2vol
Service Learning Opportunities

Kaiser Permanente Washington
Volunteers at the KPWA- Capitol Hill Medical Campus are an essential part of the patient experience team. Volunteers provide direct hands on service by assisting medical departments with daily tasks, transporting patients, and ensuring that patients’ immediate needs are met.

In addition to being the patient’s first point-of-contact, volunteers explore the different specialty departments on campus such as Out-patient Surgery, CHIPS-Hospital Unit, Radiology, Oncology, PT/OT, etc. Kaiser Permanente is looking for students with an interest in the health care field and can commit to volunteering once a week. They know student schedules can get busy, so are very flexible and can accommodate most requests.

Check out their website for more details on volunteer opportunities. Please email their Volunteer Program Coordinator Jeannette Flodin if you are interested.

Cathedral Kitchen
Help serve food right across the street after school to people in need. Contact Teddi Callahan if you are interested.

Help support youth in Foster Care. Contact Megan Meyer if you are interested.

Bloodworks Northwest
Work the recovery table, support blood donors, and help save lives. Contact Jaclyn Ng if you are interested.

St. Vincent De Paul
Reach out to those in need in the various services of SVDP. Contact Meghan Gescher if you are interested.

Skyline Retirement Home
This retirement home is within walking distance from O’Dea. Be a compassionate companion for the elderly, play games, visit, and listen. Contact Jesse Fish  if you are interested.

Seattle Public Library
Get involved as a learning buddy at the Library. Contact Summer Hayes if you are interested.

Westside Baby
Support mothers and babies in need. Contact Mari Litzenberger if you are interested.

Catholic Community Services– 
Respond to those who reach out to the Catholic Church for aid in a wide variety of ways. Contact Eden Amital if you are interested.