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Red Knight Volunteer Corps

Students at Benilde-St. Margaret's are encouraged to stretch their knowledge of the world by meeting new people, engaging in activities and projects they might not normally consider, and seeing how a mature faith experience involves service, commitment, and intellectual understanding.

The Red Knight Volunteer Corps (RKVC) is a cornerstone program at BSM where student volunteers work in the local community positively impacting the lives of others. By participating in RKVC, students gain an comprehension of service, social justice, and the three charisms at the heart of BSM.

RKVC experiences range from working in hospitals and nursing homes to helping children with special needs. Students have an opportunity to participate in RKVC each year, understanding that as an applicant for this experience, the following attitudes and expectations are essential to being a Red Knight Volunteer.

Student Expectations

  • a demonstrated interest in service work
  • a willingness to develop leadership skills
  • an understanding that although service opportunities will be provided through the Service Coordinator, participants are also responsible to seek out their own service opportunities within their own communities
  • a willingness to accept, be sensitive to, and learn about people and cultures different from their own
  • a commitment to attend all group meetings and participate in projects
  • a commitment to meeting the basic hours of service requirement
  • a willingness to take responsibility for filling out proper paperwork to keep track of hours of service for documentation on transcripts

Time Commitment for Senior High Students

  • Participation in a minimum of four service activities is required per semester
  • Required to attend at least 6 of the 8 first semester meetings and at least 5 of the 6 second semester meetings.
  • If a student has an excused absence from school, she/he must simply notify Ms. Meagher.
  • Follow-through with commitments to service is essential. As such, a student who fails to show up at a service event for which she/he had signed up without contacting the site in advance of their absence, will be dismissed from the RKVC.

Time Commitment for Junior High Students

  • Participation in a minimum of two service activities is required per semester either through RKVC or on your own
  • Additionally, students are required to attend homeroom meetings.
  • RKVC members will receive invitations from signupgenius.com as events become available. Students will use signupgenius to sign up for events, and retrieve all pertinent information and will follow a link on it to access the required permission slip available from the RKVC web site. Permission slips are due about one week before the event to the RKVC cart.

*Servant-leadership option: As a substitute for a non-RKVC service event, students may elect to host a non-RKVC student from BSM at an RKVC-posted service event. Students should speak with Ms. Meagher directly before signing up as such.

Parent/Guardian Expectations

  • a willingness to provide transportation and supervision for your child when necessary
  • a willingness to support/help your child seek out their own volunteer opportunities, other than those provided by the school
  • a willingness to help with the documentation of service hours for the co-curricular transcript