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Service Hours/Volunteer

Family Service hours obligation

Much of the success St. Francis de Sales is attributed to parental involvement. It is both encouraged and appreciated. 

Parents are required to serve a minimum of 40 hours of service per family,  per school year. There are two categories of service hours: 1.) 20 school hours and 2.)20 festival hours. 

Those two categories are then again broken down into subcategories. Of the 20 School Hours that must be served, 4 of the 20 school hours need to be towards a scholarship event. Of the 20 Festival Hours eight (8) of those must be served in a Pre or Post Festival Committee=volunteer to work before or after the festival weekend. All SFDS families must work the remaining 12 hours during the actual festival weekend
(Always the 1st weekend in May).

 Families completing 65 hours or more a year are invited to attend the PTAC Thank you party at the end of the year, provided that the minimum number of hours in each category and subcategory have been completed. In order to be eligible for the following school year hours must be completed by the end of the school year. $100.00 will be charged for each hour not finished by the end of the school year.


Volunteer/Service Hours Opportunities

Below are examples of Service Hours Opportunities during the school year. Information about these and more  will be sent to school families via the SFDS Daily News blasts.

Sign up to volunteer:


— Harvest Festival/Chili Cook Off (October)
— St. Joseph’s Table Spaghetti Dinner (March)
—Volunteer to help serve, donate items, set up, clean up, etc.

Confetti Eggs

Volunteer to collect and/or fill confetti eggs by

Altar Server Bake Sales

Volunteer to bring baked goods (no nuts, please). Don’t forget to label your last name and your child’s name and grade.

Hot Lunch Helpers

Help serve hot lunch to our children. Hours are available M-F, from 11:15am-12:30pm. For more information contact Richard Alcala at


This committee oversees all school functions that involve food, minimal decorations and set up/clean up of function (except Spring Festival), e.g., Back To School Night, School Testing Day, Teacher’s Meetings, etc.

Library Assistants/ Book Fair Volunteers

No experience is needed! If you can read, we can use you! Contact Librarian, Michelle Swofford at

Spring Festival (May)

You can earn school hours by being on a year-long festival committee such as Silent Auction, Raffle, Publicity, Program Guide, etc. Our Festival is quite spectacular and loads of fun! This is excellent for working parents, as a great deal can be accomplished from home and on the phone! Contact: Bill Madden 818-422-4673

Walk-a-thon (November)

Lots of help needed! The Walkathon committee will send information about volunteer opportunities ahead of the event.

Yard Duty and Ice Cream Sales

Lunchtime supervision and ice cream sales is needed daily from 11:45-12:30 daily. Several people are required for these two jobs on a part-time or full-time basis. Also needed is someone to purchase the ice cream that is sold at lunchtime, on an as needed basis. Signing up for the substitute yard duty list is also very helpful. Contact: School Office (818) 784-9573

Opportunities for Charitable Giving

Class Sponsored Service Projects (details subject to change)

Please remember those in need.


We will be collecting backpacks, small duffle bags, and “comfort itmes” to be placed inside the bags. Examples of comfort items include small stuffed animals, crayons or markers, and drawing pads for younger children, plus journal notepads with pens, and toiletries for teens. The bags will be used by the social workers to help pack the child’s belongings when they have to do an “emergency removal” of a child in a bad situation. The “comfort items” will help the child as they wait in the Social Worker’s office or first arrive in a foster home. The Department of Children and Family Services steps in to protect children in situations of neglect or abuse. The backpacks and the few items inside help to make a very stressful situation a little bit easier for the child whose world is turning upside down through no fault of their own.



Toiletries for Loaves & Fishes – led by 5th Grade (more details to follow in Daily News)


Thanksgiving food for Mary Immaculate School/ Loaves & Fishes/SFV Rescue Mission – led by 7th Grade & Student Council (more details to follow Daily News)


Christmas Toy Drive for Loaves & Fishes – led by Boy Scouts (more details to follow Daily News)


New Socks & Underwear/Diapers & Wipes – led by 4th Grade (more details to follow Daily News)


Missionary Childhood Association Money Collection/ Canned Food Drive (Lent) – led by 8th Grade (more details to follow Daily News and Grapevine)Lunch Fundraiser for LA Zoo- led by 3rd Grade (more details to follow Daily News)


Lunch Fundraiser for LA Zoo- led by 3rd Grade (more details to follow Daily News)


New Socks and water for Loaves & Fishes – led by 6th Grade (more details to follow Daily News and Grapevine)

Year-round Fundraising 

SFDS Raise Right Program

Menchies on Fridays

(Ventura & Dixie Canyon location)
Go to Menchies on Fridays and earn 20% back for SFDS! If you’re stopping by, just mention SFDS at check out.

Boxtops for Education

Collect Box Tops from your pantry, your grandparents and relatives during summer vacation. Turn them into your classroom and the school office. SFDS receives a check for items you regularly use in your house. Every boxtop makes a difference!

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