Students are encouraged at all year levels to provide support to those less fortunate on a local, national and international level.
The Edmund Rice Foundation has established a global network of assisting those at the margins. St Joseph’s has a strong connection with the Edmund Rice ministries in East Africa.  All students are encouraged to live their faith by supporting a broad range of community service activities. In doing so they develop an appreciation of their own lives and see the importance of compassion.

St Joseph’s students participate in a number of Community Service programs within the local and wider communities.

These include:

  • Tutoring of children who are new arrivals in Geelong, in particular those from African countries
  • Edmund Rice Camps for disadvantaged kids and families
  • Relay for Life
  • Red Cross Blood Bank
  • Clean Up Australia
  • Project Compassion
  • MOvember, raising money for Prostate Cancer research
  • Visiting aged care facilities
  • Winter sleepout
  • Helping with cooking meals for Samaritan House
  • Working on the Geelong Outreach Van for the homeless
  • Awareness raising of various social justice issues, including the Social Justice Cage
  • Casual Dress fundraising days for various charities and projects

The biggest event on the school calendar is Edmund Rice Day, in which over $20,000 is raised by the students to support the Christian Brothers with several education and medical initiatives in East Africa.

There are a number of St Joseph's College staff who also volunteer their time or donate towards community service opportunities throughout Geelong.