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Volunteer Service Information

Volunteer Service Information

While not a requirement, volunteering is a great experience for Edmonds Woodway high school students for many reasons. It is a way to give back to the Edmonds greater community, learn new skills, explore career interests, and develop references for job applications. Volunteering can also help students make a difference in the world and develop a sense of civic responsibility.
Here are some of the benefits of volunteering for high school students:
  • Scholarship Eligibility. Volunteering is an eligibility element for most scholarships. Community service organizations reward students who give back to their community in the form of scholarship money

  • Gain new skills and experience. Volunteering can help students learn new skills, such as teamwork, leadership, communication, and problem-solving. It can also give students experience in different fields, such as healthcare, education, and social services.

  • Career Exploration. Volunteering is a great way to explore different career interests and see what it is like to work in a particular field. It can also help students network with professionals and learn about different career paths.

  • Networking references. Volunteering can help students develop references for job applications and college applications. Employers and admissions officers value volunteer experience because it shows that students are responsible, hardworking, and committed to their community.

  • Make a difference in the world. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the world and help others. It can also help students develop a sense of civic responsibility and social justice.

If you are a high school student, you are encouraged to consider volunteering. It is a rewarding experience that can benefit both you and your community.

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Edmonds-Woodway High School Volunteering for School Credit

Volunteering is not required for graduation. However, when pre-approved, students can receive academic credit by participating in the Volunteering for School Credit program. Students must submit documentation before beginning their service. Participation is restricted to non-profit, charity, school, or church organizations.
To Get Started
Review and Complete: Edmonds Woodway High School Volunteering for School Credit
  • Before you start volunteering, come to the Career Center to receive a Community Service Application Form packet.

  •  If you need help finding volunteer opportunities, there is an extensive list available in the Career Center. 

  • Obtain signatures from the volunteer supervisor and your guardian, then return the form to the Career Center for approval.  

  • After fulfilling at least 90 hours of service, ask your supervisor to complete the included evaluation and return the complete packet to the Career Center to be submitted for credit.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to:
* Give back to your community
* Learn new skills
* Explore career interests
* Develop references for job applications
* Make a difference in the world
Do I have to get pre-approval from the Career Center to volunteer if I’m not requesting credit?
No. Pre-approval is only required in order to receive credit, and you must complete a minimum of 90 hours of service to receive any credit. Volunteering less than 90 hours is still a valuable experience and will enrich your resume and your life.


What types of organizations will be "approved" volunteer sites?
Non-profit organizations are groups of people who work together to help others without making money for themselves. Schools and churches are also considered non-profit organizations. Volunteering at non-profits is a great way for high school students to learn new skills, explore career interests, and make a difference in their community. However, volunteering at a store or for a family member or friend is not considered volunteer work for the EWHS recognition program. 
Can I complete 90 hours of service by volunteering with more than one organization?
Yes! Just make sure to complete the volunteer paperwork for each separate organization.


Is there a certain time frame in which I have to complete my 90 hours?
No, you can work on your hours throughout your high school career. However, once you complete 90 hours, you will need to turn in the documentation packet within 30 days.
How much credit can I earn/how many hours can I submit for credit?
90 volunteer hours = .5 credit. Students are eligible to receive a maximum of 2.0 credits. You will submit your documentation, and credit will be awarded after every 90 hours.


Where can I get ideas about where I can do volunteer work locally?
The Career Center and Volunteer Match are great resources for finding volunteer opportunities.

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Local Volunteer Opportunities for Edmonds Woodway High School Students

Food Assistance
  • Concern for Neighbors Food Bank (Mondays)
  • Lifelong AIDS Alliance (food delivery drivers)
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital Edmonds
  • Sno-King Youth Club (youth sport referees)
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Youth United
  • Sno-isle Library
For more information:
  • Visit the Career Center at Edmonds Woodway High School

Note: Some organizations have age requirements for volunteers. Be sure to check before you apply.