Christian Service Program » Service Opportunities

Service Opportunities

As a reminder, all service must be performed through a charitable organization or agency.  Any service opportunity outside of a charitable organization or agency MUST be pre-approved by the Director of Christian Service in order to qualify for Mater Dei.  

Parents/guardians should refrain from "verifying" their own student's service hours. If a parent/guardian chaperones/oversees a particular service event that their child is participating in, please contact the Director of Christian Service in advance of the service event for information on how best to complete the verification process.


Upcoming Service Opportunities:

  • Friday, June 7th - Sunday, June 9th (Various shifts available) St John the Baptist Parish "Baker Street Bash". CLICK HERE  for more information. 
  • Saturday, June 15th & Sunday June 16th California Celtic Fest needs volunteers. Email: [email protected] to volunteer or view their website for more information. Volunteering at this festival is an opportunity to participate in the hospitality the Celtic nations are known for. Volunteers get free admission and refreshments and are asked to work at least a 3-hour shift. Students will get service hours signed off and can build their network of professionals assisting with the event. California Celtic Fest will be a fun way to earn needed community service hours while benefitting the Orange County Law Enforcement Emerald Society.
  • 06/12/24 (Father’s Day) @ City of Santa Ana -the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse (10 am – 1 pm)  Volunteer tasks: interact with seniors, assist with crafts, and assist staff in facilitating the event, Meals on Wheels would like the guests to dine with our seniors, lunch is normally served from 11 am-12 pm. Sign-up with

  • 07/10/24 (Ice Cream Social) @ City of Santa Ana -the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse (10 am – 1 pm)  Volunteer tasks: interact with seniors, assist with crafts, and assist staff in facilitating the event, Meals on Wheels would like the guests to dine with our seniors, lunch is normally served from 11 am-12 pm. Sign-up with [email protected]
  • June 20-July 12 from 8:15 - 11:45 am Mon-Fri: Mater Dei Junior Monarch Program - On MDHS Campus. CLICK HERE  for more general information about the program. To volunteer please visit Mrs. Marsh in room #214 or email her at [email protected] with any questions.

Summer Opportunities (see Dates in Red) from the Organizations that were present at the May 9th Service Fair on Campus:


Ongoing Service Opportunities in the Community:

  • Someone Cares Kitchen for Direct Service Hours every day without signing up in advance (including Saturday & Sunday Mornings.)  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Dwell Food Pantry in Anaheim, CLICK HERE for more information.  The Dwelling Place Food Pantry is designed like a grocery store, where guests can participate in a shopping experience within an environment filled with hope, dignity, and beauty.  Volunteer Shifts are 2-3 Direct Service Hours and there is some evening availability.  CLICK HERE to sign up for a shift.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank to help in the warehouse, distribute food and more for Direct Service Hours CLICK HERE
  • H.I.V.E. After school Program at St. Peter Lutheran Church; 1510 N. Parton Street., Santa Ana 92706 is looking for volunteers Monday-Thursday 3:00p.m.-5:30p.m. Come for any part or all of the afternoon. Help students with homework, read with and to children, serve snacks and play for Direct Service Hours CLICK HERE for more information or Contact Laura Caraccio @ 916-832-1546 / [email protected] if interested.
  • Casa Teresa, CLICK HERE to learn more about how they serve mothers & babies in need in the city of Orange, can use volunteers on-site by  
    • providing a meal, could be lunch or dinner
    • sorting through clothing that goes into our thrift store, The Collection by Casa Teresa
    • Volunteer babysitting (because we are building trust with the residents, we ask that volunteers who would like to be babysitters commit to a consistent slot for at least 2 months and be fingerprinted. Volunteers that are 14-16 years old must have a signed release form and can only babysit with a parent or guardian who has been through our Livescan process. Volunteers that are 17 may volunteer without a parent or guardian if they have a signed release form.
    • organizing an urgent needs or clothing drive, and then dropping off the donations collected
     CLICK HERE to get started volunteering  at Casa Teresa today.
  • Beach Clean-Ups w/ Orange County Coast Keeper.  CLICK HERE to learn more and volunteer.
  • Saint Simon and Jude StayCare Afterschool Program in Huntington Beach.  They have opportunities for volunteers to provide homework help, play organized outdoor and indoor games, make crafts and more.  Contact the SSJ StayCare Director Christine Birkner @ 714-803-8778 or [email protected]
  • Thomas House Family Shelter offers a variety of ways to volunteer with their Family Shelter. CLICK HERE for more or contact Martha, Operations Manager, at [email protected]  
  • Working Wardrobes has a variety of ways for you to volunteer and help clients succeed as they interview for jobs.  CLICK HERE to get involved.
  • Heart of Jesus Retreat Center is looking for volunteers to help most Saturdays and Sundays to serve children and families alongside the Sacred Heart Sisters.  For questions or to sign up, call or text Sister Rachael at 714-743-4027. 
  • Sacred Heart Kids' Club, which is hosted by the Sacred Heart Sisters also needs volunteers, Thursdays 3-6pm.  Text/call RSVP to 714-743-4027 or email [email protected]  for more information on how to be part of this awesome club!
                           The location for both of these opportunities is less than 15 minutes from MDHS at:
                           Heart of Jesus Retreat Center: 2927 South Greenville St. Santa Ana, CA 92704  WEBSITE LINK

Additional Links for Local Organizations that offer opportunities to serve:

*Below is a :PDF of 100's of other organizations that you can reach out to for possible service opportunities