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Community Service Guidelines

 

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                             How to Document Community Service

 

Please provide the following:

1.     Who did the community service?

2.     What service was performed?

3.     When and where it occurred?

4.     Number of hours completed

5.     Signature of supervisor

 

Community Service at School:  Please use your school's community service form

Community Service outside the school:  Please have the information on company / business letterhead

 

What are the requirements for community service?

  • Students must perform volunteer services on their own time, which can include lunch breaks and after school.
  • Fundraising for non-profit organizations or charities is acceptable.
  • Service may be volunteered to the school and/or the community.
  • Service may be performed for profit-making organizations ONLY if they are institutions like hospitals or nursing homes.
  • Volunteer work for a religious or political organization will ONLY count as volunteer hours if, for example, your church youth group helps with the Special Olympics or the political organization promotes non-partisan activities, such as voter registration.
  • Vacation Bible School and working in the church nursery are acceptable.

 

What does NOT count towards community service?

  • Service rendered as a prerequisite for employment.
  • Service performed for a student's family, neighbors, or friends or for profit-making organizations.
  • Attendance at self-improvement workshops, conferences, or competitions.
  • Service performed a s result of disciplinary action taken by the school or courts.
  • Participation in Varsity or Junior Varsity athletics, or regularly scheduled band or chorus performances.
  • Common activities such as acolyte, altar server, lay reader, church choir and clerical work for religious organizations.
  • Babysitting
  • Any paid service
  • Volunteer service work involving academic requirements for a class

 

*The above criteria will not cover all circumstances.  If a question exists regarding the acceptance of an activity for volunteer service, the student's school counselor should approve the service prior to the student's participation.

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