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Community Service FAQ

Do I need to do community service hours to graduate?

No, it is not necessary to do volunteer work to receive a NMHS diploma.

 

What are the reasons why I should volunteer?

  • Gain valuable life experiences and skills
  • Great way to meet new people
  • Colleges love seeing what you do on your free time!

Keep in mind that colleges do not want to see a list of the clubs or organizations you were involved in.  They want to see REAL examples of what you dedicated your time and energy to.

  • There are scholarships for students who do volunteer work

 

How can I find out where I can do volunteer work?

  • Ask your local church, former preschool or elementary school, local hospitals, city offices and/or community agencies (League of Volunteers, East Bay Regional Parks, etc,) to see what opportunities are available
  • On campus check out school clubs that do community service, such as Interact, Environmental Club, M.E.CH.A. Club, Peer Tutorial, etc…
  • Ask your parents if their job sites are looking for volunteers.

 

Before you volunteer ask yourself:

How much time can you commit and what kinds or skill/talents you do have?  What do you want to LEARN from this experience?  Will this experience help me prepare for my career goal???

 

How do I keep track of my community service hours?

  • You are responsible for keeping track of where you volunteer and how many hours you work
  • At the end of your service ask your supervisor to give you a letter with the following information:
    1. Name of Non-profit agency and address
    2. Hours worked (unpaid work only)
    3. Duties you provided
    4. Supervisor name and phone number