Volunteer Service Information

Volunteer Service Information

 
 
 
EWHS and the Edmonds School District do not have a Volunteer Service requirement for graduation. However, students may choose to participate in one of our three Volunteer recognition programs outlined below: The Presidential Volunteer Service Award; United Way's Varsity Letter in Community Service and/or Volunteering for School Credit.
 
Keep track of your hours: Volunteer Time Log 
 
 
 
 3 Volunteer Recognition Opportunities:
 
 
1) The Edmonds School District and the United Way of Snohomish County are partnering to offer the Varsity Letter in Community Service program to high school students, in order to reward students who make an outstanding commitment to volunteerism. Students must volunteer 145 hours between April 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018. they must also meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0. For more information visit the United Way website: www.uwsc.org/varsityletter.php. Applications are due online April 1, 2018. $15 fee. 
 
 
2)EWHS is now a participating organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award!
This is a Presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers. Students who have volunteered as few as 100 hours over the year (April 1 through March 31)are eligible for the award! Applications are available in the Career Center. Log your volunteer hours with a supervisor signature.

Awards applications are due annually (Due by April 13th for 2018) to Mrs. Lipscomb. Awards are issued in June. 

 

 

3) Students can receive .5 elective credit for completion of 90 hours of community service. Service hours can accrue throughout high school. However, Students must receive pre-approval for community service activities. Hours only count if they are completed with a non-profit or charity, school or church. Volunteer hours completed for your neighbor or for a local business do NOT count. Please see Mrs. Lipscomb in the Career Center for pre-approval, and a volunteer instruction packet. If it is summer,please email Mrs. Lipscomb with the place you plan to volunteer and your supervisor's name and contact information for pre-approval.
 

FAQ's- Volunteering for School Credit:

Q: Why should I volunteer?
A: Volunteering is an important part of being a great citizen in your community, both at EWHS and in the Edmonds and the greater global community. Volunteer service is also becoming increasingly important in the college admissions process, where admissions officers now review applications holistically and want to see that there are indications that students will continue to make positive contributions, this time on the college campus community. Volunteering is also a great way to develop references for job applications. And volunteering can help you explore careers of interest!

 

Q: Do I have to get approval from the Career Center to volunteer even if I don't need credit? 
A: No! The Volunteer program at EWHS is no longer required for graduation, but it is encouraged because volunteer service is very valuable for students and is a great learning experience. Students can volunteer on their own without school involvement. However, for students who would like to earn credit for their volunteer work that they can use towards the completion of their high school graduation credit requirements, they must follow the procedure for pre-approval and submit the appropriate paperwork found in the Career Center.
 
Q: What types of organizations will be "approved" volunteer sites?
A: Generally, an approved volunteer site is a non-profit organization. Schools and churches are non-profit organizations. Volunteering at a store or for a family member or friend is NOT considered volunteer work for the EWHS recognition program. Organizations must be registered non-profits or charities to receive approval.

 

Q: Can I complete 90 hours of service by volunteering with more than one organization?
A: Absolutely! Just make sure to complete the volunteer paperwork for each organization for which you volunteer.

 

Q:  Is there a certain time frame in which I have to complete my 90 hours?
A: No, if you volunteer for the SAME organization the entire time, you can continue to work on your hours throughout your high school career. But if you complete your volunteer service at a certain location, you should complete all the paperwork for that particular volunteer experience and turn it in within 30 days of completing your hours with that organization.

 

Q: Where can I get ideas about where I can do volunteer work locally?
A: In the Career Center!!!
 
 
 
 
 

 


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