SLVMS COMMMUNITY SERVICE
Community Service is NOT required
SLVMS students are responsible for 30 hours of Community Service over a period of three years.
Community Service hours will not be tied to a grade.
Students will receive a gold emblem on their 8th Grade Advancement Certificate
and will be recognized at the Advancement Ceremony.
Turn in your completed community service hours form to the office.
Download, print and use this form to let us know about your great work!!!
What is Community Service?
“At the core of citizenship is
the willingness to contribute to the common good.
When young people are asked to channel their
idealism and energy into helping others and solving problems, they build
respect for themselves and attachments to others.”
William T. Grant
Community Service means young
people engaged in service programs that are improving the living conditions in
It means young people
protecting natural resources, caring for the elderly, tutoring at-risk
youngsters, working in homeless shelters, and volunteering their time and
efforts for many other worthy endeavors.
At San Lorenzo Valley Middle
School, students can
earn a gold emblem on their Advancement Certificate by doing 10 hours of
Community Service for each year they attend the SLVMS.
Community Service answers two of
society’s critical needs:
The need for young people to gain practical
experience, self-esteem, discipline, responsibility, and a sense of
belonging to a community.
The need of each community to help fill a range of
valuable public and human services.
Fifty Community Service Ideas
- Volunteer to tutor elementary school
- Collect money for a good cause.
- Help cook and/or serve a meal at
- Volunteer to help at a Special
- Get your marital arts or dance class
to give a demonstration at a nursing home.
- Serve as a coach for a youth sports
- Clean up trash along a river or in a
- Make "I Care" kits with
combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. for homeless people.
- Work in a concession stand to raise
money for a good cause.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.
- Help neighbors paint and repair their
- Collect aluminum cans and donate the
money to a favorite charity.
- Alter and repair clothes for the
needy, elderly and homeless.
- Volunteer to clean up trash at a
community event or county fair.
- Collect old stuffed animals and
dolls, clean them up, repair them and donate them.
- Raid your closet and attic to find
toys and clothes to donate to a homeless shelter.
- Take photos during an event and
donate them to the event organizers.
- Donate art supplies to kids in a
- Plant a commemorative tree to honor
- Contact Habitat for Humanity to see
how you can support them
- Clean up a vacant lot.
- Bring toys to children in the cancer
ward of a hospital.
- Clean a neighbor's yard who can not
do it themselves.
- Collect supplies for persons who have
been in a fire or natural disaster.
- Pack and hand out food at a food
- Volunteer to be a museum guide.
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter
or soup kitchen.
- Design a campaign to promote
tolerance and understanding of differences.
- Volunteer as a counselor at local
- Volunteer to do office work at a
local non-profit agency.
- Set up a web page for a non-profit
- Contact a local tree farm about
donating a Christmas tree to a nursing home, homeless shelter or needy
- Ring the bell for Salvation Army
during the holidays.
- Make birthday cards for the elderly.
- Run or walk in a charity race with
- Read a book to a younger kid a blind
person or an older neighbor.
- Make get well cards for people in
hospitals and convalescent homes.
- Collect unused make-up, perfume and
cosmetics for a center for abused women..
- Conduct an Easter Egg Hunt for needy
- Write a kids' book author and ask
them to donate signed copies, auction the books off and donate the money
to local library.
- Volunteer to help at charity
- Collect old clothes and donate them
for a dress-up area at a daycare.
- Practice random acts of kindness.
- Paint over graffiti.
- Hold a used book sale and donate the
- Encourage the school cafeteria to
donate left over food to local homeless shelters.
- Tutor students who are learning
English as a second language.
- Invite local police officers to
present a drug awareness or bike safety assembly.
- Collect school supplies to give to
kids who need them.
- Collect children's books for the