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 in our volunteer organization database, 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!  Sometimes landing a great volunteer position involves making some phone calls and even going on some interviews, so we provide some helpful hints about phone and interview skills, too.
 
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).

2. Select an organization from the Volunteer Organization Database and call them to see if you can volunteer there.

3. Volunteer at that organization and have the volunteer coordinator sign your Volunteer Hours Form.

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

If a student wants to work somewhere that is not listed in our database, they are invited to fill out a Registration of Volunteer Site form so we can verify student service hours at the organizations where the students work.  Hours worked at organizations not listed in our database might not count toward award consideration if it is impossible to verify them, so students are encouraged to take five minutes to fill out and turn in this form. Our Volunteer Organization Database will be updated as new organizations are added so other students may work there too.
 
SIGN UP TO HEAR ABOUT SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES BY EMAIL
Just send us an e-mail by clicking on this link GHSCSAP@yahoo.com. Please include your name, age and student number in the text of the message (some service opportunities require that you be at least a certain age).

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.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Frequently Asked Questions
 

FORMS
Click on the form you want to download.

Community Service Program Guidelines

Parent Permission Form

Volunteer Hours Form (The deadline to turn in your hours is Mon., April 13, 2015)

Registration of Volunteer Site Form

Volunteer Organization Database (coming soon)

 

RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Telephone Tips
Interview Tips
Cool web sites on community service

 

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 8/28/14
Juniors (Class of 2016) Updated 8/28/14
Sophomores (Class of 2017) Updated 8/28/14
Freshmen (Class of 2018) Coming soon

Seniors: If you have any questions about your hours please call Mary Casaburi 818-246-9199.

 

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 September.)

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.