Community Service

As Christians, we are called to live as Jesus lived. One important way we do this is by serving those in need. Through volunteering, students develop a strengthened sense of social responsibility, form relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, and witness first-hand the impact their efforts make in the community.

Students assist more than 100 non-profit organizations each school year, dedicating 60,000+ hours to serving others. By the time a student graduates, she will have given at least 205 hours of service. Many students perform far more the required number, and some outstanding volunteers are often rewarded with additional scholarship funds when they apply to college. Eighth graders are required to serve 25 hours a year, and freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to serve 45 hours a year.

Habitat for Humanity

Video by Sophia McKean '22

Mount Carmel Academy celebrated 25 years of volunteering for the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) in the 2021-22 school year. Over the years, more than 3,700 MCA students have dedicated approximately 29,000 hours to building homes, painting interiors and exteriors, and more.

"The impact of Mt. Carmel’s dedication cannot be measured only in homes built or volunteer hours. Both for the students and for the partner families, the students’ hard work has an impact that lasts for a lifetime. NOAHH is proud to be a long-time partner with Mt. Carmel and looks forward to many more." - New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity 


Find What Moves You

Your time is valuable – to others and to you! When volunteering, choose organizations that interest you. Love animals? Help out at a local shelter.  Enjoy being outside? Work at a park. People person? Consider volunteering with the elderly or special needs children. You can also obtain service hours through clubs. (MCA's clubs often have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.)

Make the most of your time! View our list of non-profits for ideas, do your research, and find the right activity for you.

Places to Volunteer

Looking for places to volunteer? Below is a suggested, but not comprehensive, list to consider when choosing a community service location.

Service in 2022-23

  • Brown Foundation Outstanding Community Service grant recipient
  • 138 Sisters of Mount Carmel Service Awards
  • 65,052 student service hours volunteered
  • Over 100 community organizations served

Questions about Community Service?

Please contact
Suzy Donaldson
PATHS and Service Learning Coordinator


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