GHS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS PROGRAM
 
BACKGROUND
Glendale High students are encouraged to perform at least 100 hours of community service during their four years of high school.  Students who achieve this level of service and submit the appropriate forms will receive the GHS Community Service Award when they graduate.

Community service is not a graduation requirement, but it can make a big difference when students are applying for admission to colleges and trade schools, and for scholarships to pay for higher education.  It can also provide excellent work experience for students who will be entering the job market.

Community service is not a paying job; it involves helping at service organizations like hospitals, churches, libraries, the humane society, or the zoo without being paid. But community service has many other rewards, just ask anyone who has worked as a volunteer.  There’s something for everyone, whether they like working with animals, the environment, books, young children, senior citizens, scouting, the disabled, homeless persons, or whatever.  Some students try several types of community service – that's fine, too!

Provides students with opportunities to:
* Offer service to their community
* Gain work experience
* Qualify for the GHS Community Service Award at time of graduation (100 hours minimum service requirement)

 
JOIN
1. Turn in a signed Parent Permission Form to your Alpha Center (you'll have to print it from this web site and get your parents to sign it). This form is mandatory and receipt of the Senior Award may be affected if it is not turned in.

2. Volunteer at a qualifying organization and have the adult volunteer coordinator sign your Volunteer Hours Form.

3. Turn in your hours to your Grade Level Center (but keep a copy in case the original gets lost!!)

4. Parent Volunteers will verify whether working for the Organization submitted will qualify for Community Service Hours as we review your forms and notify you if it does not.
 

WHERE CAN I VOLUNTEER, WHAT ARE QUALIFYING ORGANIZATIONS?

Organizations that are qualified to receive charitable contributions are qualifying organizations for this award. These organizations can be verified at the following link: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check

You can ask an organization for a copy of their 501 (c) (3) letter authorizing their charitable status.

If you are not sure whether an organization you are interested in volunteering for will qualify, send an e-mail with pertinent information to GHSCSAP@yahoo.com and we will let you know.

Pay attention to the Daily Bulletin for Volunteer Opportunities.

Research the Internet to find organizations that are involved in activities you might be interested in

The City of Glendale's Neighborhood Services Division offers a free newsletter by e-mail listing upcoming local charitable events and community service opportunities. Click here to be added to their mailing list in 3 easy steps. Click "Community Members" when prompted in step 2.
 

FORMS
Click on the form you want to download.

Parent Permission Form (This form is mandatory and receipt of the Senior Award may be affected if it is not received).

Volunteer Hours Form (The deadline to turn in Senior hours is Mon., April 11, 2016. The deadline for all other grades is by the end of the second semester of the school year. Hours not turned in timely will not be counted for this award).

 

TOTAL SERVICE HOURS - UPDATE

All grade levels must submit their hours at the end of each semester grading period and/or no later than the last day of school.

Service Hour Totals Update:
Seniors (Class of 2015) Updated 5/7/15
Juniors (Class of 2016) Updated 3/12/15
Sophomores (Class of 2017) Updated 3/12/15
Freshmen (Class of 2018) Updated 3/12/15
Volunteer hour forms for 9th, 10th and 11th graders are due on the last day of school or they will not be counted. 

Seniors: If you have any questions about your hours please call Yuri Clingerman 818-240-1296 and/or send a message to GHSCSAP@yahoo.com.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION: How can I get the forms I need to start doing community service?
ANSWER: You may download them from this web site or request them at your Grade Level Center.

Q:  Where do I turn in my completed forms?
A:  At your Alpha Center. (During the summer, hold onto your forms and turn them in when school starts in August.)

Q:  How will I know if you received my forms and you counted the hours I volunteered?
A:  We post updates to the Student Hours Database on this web site and on the yellow bulletin board outside the cafeteria around the first of every month.  These show which hours were turned in and whether we have successfully verified the hours at the organizations where students volunteered.

Q:  Where should I go for answers to my questions about the Community Service Awards Program?
A:  Read through the information on this web site first. If you don't find the answer you need, feel free to email us at GHSCSAP@yahoo.com.

Q:  Who runs the Community Service Awards Program?
A:  The principal is in charge of the program.The Glendale High PTSA (Parent - Teacher - Student Association) oversees the day-to-day running of the program.  Parent volunteers collect the forms and verify student hours, and they work in collaboration with school staff at the Grade Level Centers.  Yes, parents do community service too, and this is theirs!

Q:  I'm a junior…how many hours of community service do I need to earn the GHS Community Service Medallion?
A:  All GHS students will need to volunteer at least 100 hours during their four years at our school in order to receive the Community Service Award at the Senior Awards Night and wear the Service Medallion at graduation. 

Q:  I did 10 hours of community service three years ago when I was a freshman, as part of the Guidance course. Will those hours count toward my community service award?
A:  Yes and no.  Yes, community service hours worked for the Guidance course count toward this award, but if you earned them three years ago, and never turned them in, they no longer count."

Q:  I'm a senior and for one of my college applications I need a letter on GHS letterhead stating how many hours of community service I've done in the past four years. Can you provide that?
A:  This is a question to ask your Guidance Counselor. They are your best resource for this type of correspondence related to college applications.

Q:  My uncle needs help in his bakery. Can I earn community service hours for working in his bakery if I don't get paid for it?
A:  Although volunteering your time this way to help a family member is a wonderful way to spend your time - and pick up some valuable work experience in the process - it does not qualify as community service in our program.  We only count hours volunteered at non-profit businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, daycare facilities, churches, animal rescues, schools, scouting, libraries, homeless shelters, museums, parks, and other places where SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY is the primary motivation.  Participating in marathons that raise money for charities can also be a fun way to do community service - and you can spend time with friends while doing it.  Even the time you spend donating blood at the Red Cross counts as community service, but you do have to be at least 17 to do that.

Q:  I don't see anyplace I want to do volunteer work on your list of organizations…can I find my own place to do community service?
A:  Yes, of course! Just be sure the work is UNPAID and you don't get school credit or other reimbursement for your effort, and that the organization is SERVICE-oriented, a non-profit organization.

Q:  I want to help a political candidate with her re-election campaign for community service hours. Is this okay?
A:  Yes and no…if you volunteer your time in the campaign without being paid, then it qualifies as community service in our program and we will count those hours toward your service award. However, if you will also be applying for the President's Volunteer Service Award (which requires at least 100 hours of community service in a 12-month period), they do not count hours spent working for political campaigns or on lobbying efforts toward their award.

Q:  Do community service hours worked over the summer and over holiday breaks count in the program?
A:  Yes, as long as the hours were worked after your 8th grade promotion.  For the purposes of this program, we consider you to be a Glendale High student the day after you finish 8th grade.

Q:  I did some volunteer work at an art museum over the holiday break, but I lost the form they signed that stated how many hours I worked. What should I do?
A:  Just print out another Community Service Hours form from www.GlendaleHigh.com, fill in the dates and number of hours that you worked at the museum, and ask the volunteer coordinator at the museum to sign your form.  They will probably check their volunteer records to confirm your dates of service and hours before signing the form.

Q:  I'm very busy with sports, music lessons, my schoolwork, etc. How am I supposed to find time to do community service in addition to everything else I'm already doing?
A:  Don't think of community service as another obligation to be fulfilled.  Ask students who already volunteer their time and you'll find out that community service can be both fun and rewarding.  Plan to do some volunteer work with a friend or two…plant trees on Arbor Day or help with the Rose Parade floats or walk a marathon together to raise money for cancer research. Hours spent this way will give you time with your friends while doing community service, and you'll be amazed how quickly the hours add up!

Q:  Next year I'll be filling out applications for colleges and I heard some colleges require that you do community service while you're in high school.Is this true?
A:  We are not aware of any colleges that state a requirement for community service, but it is safe to say that colleges look more favorably at students who have done volunteer work in their community.  If they compare two students who are alike in every other way but one student did community service and the other one didn't, which one do you think they'll be more likely to admit to their college?  If you look at college applications, most include a space for reporting your community service hours and describing the types of volunteer work you did during high school.  It would be a shame to have to leave those spaces blank because you didn’t do any community service in high school.

Q:  I filled out an application for a job but they told me I needed work experience. How am I supposed to get work experience if I can't get a job? My friend says community service sometimes counts as work experience...is that true?
A:  Some Glendale High students have found it easier to find a paying job when they listed their community service on job applications.  Volunteer work is often like a paying job...sometimes there's an interview, and once they accept you, you always need to show up on time and do your best.  If you do well in your community service work, there's a good chance that the volunteer coordinator where you served will be willing to give you a good recommendation when you apply for a paying job.

Q:  I volunteered at a dentist’s office for a whole year but I just found out that those hours don’t count in the Community Service Awards Program.  Is there any way to make these hours count?
A:  The good news is that you can probably include all of those hours as volunteer work when you apply to colleges; check with your counselor about that.  The rest of the news is that volunteering in a doctor’s or dentist’s office does not fit our program’s definition of COMMUNITY service.

Q:  I heard that doing community service can help you earn scholarships for college…is this true?
A:  Yes, some scholarships require that the student perform community service during high school. Others don't require it but are still favorably impressed by students who have donated many hours to their community.  When the time comes for you to apply for these scholarships, you'll be glad you took the time and effort to do volunteer work during your years at Glendale High.