What Is Community Service & Why Is It Important?
When someone performs an action which benefits his or her community, it is known as community service. Some people associate community service with punishment, since it is often offered to small-time offenders as an alternative to fines or jail time. However, community service can also be altruistic, and it is a vital part of many small communities. Getting involved in your community makes it healthier and livelier, and numerous organizations around the world support community service activities.
Many people engage in community service because they believe that it carries rewards beyond the obvious and tangible. Clearly, engaging in things like environmental restoration and civic beautification will make your life enjoyable by making the world around you more pleasant. But community service can also help to ensure that important services like meals for the elderly and volunteer fire departments continue to run. It also helps to build a rich and supportive community of people who know each other and lend each other a hand when it is needed.
Community Service Ideas:
- Join a club specializing in community serivce (PV's Service Club)
- Mow laws or shovel driveways for neighbors or the elderly (not family)
- Volunteer at local benefit functions (fire halls, grange, VFWs)
- Lawn maintenance or cleaning for organizations such as legions, VFWs, libraries, etc.
- Work as an aide at a church Bible School
- Volunteer at a nursing home or hospital
- Umpire ballgames for local sports teams
- Volunteer with the Salvation Army at Christmastime (ringing the bell)
- Collect Toys for Tots or other local food pantries/shelters
- Collect trash and clean up neighborhood streets
- Babysit for friends, neighbors or other local families
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter
Is it Community Service?
Working for anyone in your family or extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings) does not qualify as Community Service. This would be considered helping your family.
|Mowing lawns or shoveling driveways for the elderly or those unable to do it themselves ||Shoveling grandma's driveway |
|Helping at a nursing home, adult day care center, or a church Bible School ||Working at your family’s farm or business|
|Volunteering at a benefit function at your local church or fire department ||Working at the concession stand as a part of your class duties|
|Lawn maintenance or cleaning for organizations such as Legions, VFW’s, senior citizen housing developments, cemeteries, etc. ||Mowing and pulling weeds at your aunt’s home|
|Assisting a coach with a local little league, minors or majors team or volunteer to umpire their games ||Playing on a local little league or minors team|
|Picking up trash at local parks || |
|Any activity sponsored by the Pine Valley Service Club || |
|Helping at Make a Difference Day activities || |
|Volunteering at the PV Summer Enrichment program || |
|Ringing the Salvation Army Bell at Christmas time |
|Volunteering at the local food banks |
|Reading to children at the local library |
70 hours of community service are required for graduation from Pine Valley Central. In order to ensure students meet the requirement, we recommend students acquire hours according to the chart below:
|Grade Level||# of Hours|
For students who enter Pine Valley after seventh grade, a system is in place to pro-rate hours.
Students should keep their own records of their community service hours in addition to the records already kept at the high school so they know where they stand. We also print the cumulative community service hour total on all report cards. If you don't know how many you (or your student) have, you may inquire at the Guidance Office at any time.
Please note that students should be completing the community service log sheets on their own. Adult supervisors only need to read and verify the information the student filled in and sign the form. Adult supervisors are NOT expected to be completing this paperwork on their own.
Community Service Coordinator:
Stacy Chase, High School Guidance Secretary
988-3276, ext. 4334 / Fax: 988-3139