Christian Service


Christian Service Program

The Christian Service component at Donovan Catholic offers all students at every grade level the opportunity to share their gifts in a dynamic service program. This program provides many events for all members of the school community to deepen their understanding and commitment to Jesus and His message of compassion, service and love.

Donovan Catholic students are required to meet the following minimum Christian Service Hours Requirements in order to graduate. (These hours have been adjusted due to some restrictions due to Covid-19.)

  • 6 hours of Christian Service completed during freshmen year
  • 10 hours of Christian Service completed during sophomore year
  • 10 hours of Christian Service completed during junior year
  • 10 hours of Christian Service completed during senior year

We utilize the x2vol website where each student can track his/her own service hours. Ongoing service opportunities are also listed on this website.

Students that exceed 100 hours of service in a given school year are eligible to receive a bronze service award; excess of 175 hours a silver service award and in excess of 250 hours a gold service award.


Christian Service Opportunities:

Big Brother Big Sister Program

The program is the first-ever in Ocean County.  It was started by the students of Monsignor Donovan High School in order to provide the students of Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights with positive role models.

Requirements to participate:  application and interview by the staff of this agency.

Clean Ocean Action/ Beach Sweep

Students join forces in being environmental leaders in their community, cleaning our local beaches and planting dune grass.

Crop Walk

Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness to help provide clean water and combat hunger locally as well as globally.

Challenger Baseball, Chariot Riders and Tops Soccer

Students assist the physically and mentally disabled by teaching them simple baseball, horseback riding and soccer skills.

Habitat for Humanity

Our school-based chapter that assists with building homes for local needy families.  Students also work in the Re-Sale Store, which is owned and operated by North Ocean Habitat for Humanity to provide funding for building materials. Students provide support to this organization by volunteering and/or participating in their annual bike ride to raise money.

Relay for Life

Raise awareness and financial support for the American Cancer Society.

S.A.I.L.  (Service and Achievement in the Library)

Students help with children’s programs as well as assist staff in all library departments.

Teacher's Aides for St. Joseph's Parish Religious Education Academy

Students teach and assist the youth of our parish to learn about our faith.

Breast Cancer Walk

Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Alzheimer’s Walk

Students and faculty walk to raise monies and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research.

Seeds of Service(SOS) 

Groups of volunteers from religion classes visit SOS, located on the grounds of Visitation Church in Brick. We do various jobs while we are there each week, such as stocking the resale shop, prepping and uploading items for online sales, maintaining the grounds and gardens and unloading deliveries of donations. This is a great “hands-on” service experience for students in their religion class.

Semper Five (5K) Run

Students and faculty walk to Students to benefit the U.S, Marine Corps and the MARSOC Foundation.


St. Joseph Food Pantry

Students and faculty walk to Students to benefit the U.S, Marine Corps and the MARSOC Foundation.We support the Parish Food Pantry in a variety of ways, from collecting non-perishable food items, to sorting incoming donations and stocking the pantry shelves.


In addition, many individual sports teams and clubs (NHS, Student Council, Operation Smile and others) do additional service works, collections and raise awareness for local and national non-profit organizations.

Contact Information

711 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
Tel. 732.349.8801
Fax. 732.349.8956

Mission Statement

The high school community of Donovan Catholic educates its students to live their faith, respect and serve others in a global society, and pursue academic excellence in a college preparatory environment.

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