Service Program

Students of every grade level are called to follow in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice through our service program.

Opportunities to serve are constantly presented to the entire Palma community and the response is always enthusiastic, immediate, and generous. Students are not only asked to participate in group service activities such as field gleaning with Ag Against Hunger, or serving the homeless at Dorothy’s Soup Kitchen, but also encouraged to discover ways to give back that are personally meaningful.

Palma students are active all over the community as volunteers, tutors, coaches, and mentors, and have a long-standing reputation for their dedicated service to others.

Student Quotes

“I get a good feeling about myself when I know that a family gets to have food on their table tonight because of my help. I feel proud that I have done something to help those in need, and it helps me to appreciate how fortunate I am, I never take for granted the food on my table.” –Matt Alvarado ’11 (Monterey County food Bank)

“My parents initially introduced me to this opportunity, they wanted me to get my required hours out of the way as soon as possible. Before I knew it, my six-month rotation and along with it, the 60 required hours were done, but I had no intention of leaving. I have had the chance to meet some very interesting people, some of their stories I will always remember. It is not uncommon for people to wander into the shop, not needing to buy anything, but just looking for someone to listen to them in a difficult time. I feel privileged to be that person, to help at the hospital in any way I can.” –Neil Lal ’10 (Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Gift Shop)

“I’ve learned a lot about patience and a lot about responsibility. It feels good to be trusted with these kids and to be a positive influence on them. I encourage more people to look in to the program, it has been so rewarding for me!” –Weston York ’11 (Monterey County Sports Center, Volunteer)

“I love to work at the ‘Y’ because of the people. I check guests in and out, and greet them warmly. The ‘Y’ is a gathering place for the community, and I like to be a part of that.” –Stephen Guzman ’12 (Salinas YMCA)

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.”

1 Peter 4:10-11