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Community Service

What is the community service requirement?

Students must serve a minimum of 40 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation from Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.  Students may accumulate more than 10 hours per year.  Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year. 

 

What is the purpose of the community service requirement?

The purpose of the community service program is to provide all N-MUSD high school students the opportunity to have a positive impact on our local community while learning that service to others is an on-going part of life. 

It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.  Students may accumulate more than 10 hours each year.  Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year. 

 

What qualifies as community service?

  • Community service hours must be completed at a non-profit organization.
  • A student may volunteer for a single organization or at a variety of organizations.
  • Students are encouraged to complete their hours in areas related to their personal interests.
  • Paid experiences do not qualify.
  • Working without pay at your job or for a family business does not qualify.
  • Court ordered community service will be accepted for up to 20 hours of the required 40 hours.
  • Students can earn a maximum of 20 hours through a sport.
  • Students cannot earn hours for donating items or money...only their time. 
  • When a student transfers from one N-MUSD school to another, the community service hours will be forwarded to the receiving school.
  • The community service requirement will be prorated for students transferring into an N-MUSD high school (5 hours per semester of attendance). 

 

How do I prove my community service hours?

Students must complete a Community Service Verification Form for each organization he/she volunteers at.  A supervisor's signature is required on each form.  The parent of a student may not sign as the supervisor.  Verification forms are located in the main office and Counseling Office as well as on our website.  Forms must be submitted within one month of the date of service and are to be turned into the Counseling Office.  Hours earned over summer should be turned in at the beginning of the school year in September.   The deadline for submitting community service hours is June 1st of each school year. 

Community service ideas

The Newport Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation holds a beach clean-up on the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteers meet on the Huntington Beach side of the Santa Ana River at 9 a.m. and clean the beach until 11 a.m.  Volunteers under the age of 18 need to bring a signed waiver to help.  For more information about their next beach clean-up and to download a waiver form, please visit  http://newportbeach.surfrider.org/beach-cleanups/

 

Working Wardrobes Thrift Shop is in need of volunteers Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Working Wardrobes has helped more than 70,000 men, women, veterans, and young adults overcome difficult challenges such as alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, homelessness, and catastrophic illness.  Volunteers would help with customer service, sales and cleaning.  Working Wardrobes is located at 803 W. 19th Street in Costa Mesa.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jewiano Turner at (949) 629-2697 or via email at jewianot@workingwardrobes.org.

 

Volunteer at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach.  Visit the ENC volunteer webpage for more information.  http://encenter.org/volunteer-enc/students/.

 

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, located at 720 West 19th Street in Costa Mesa, is always in need of volunteers to help with serving and preparing meals and cleaning up after meals.  Help is needed Monday through Friday from  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Help is also needed on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, wear closed toe shows, cannot wear tank tops, and must have long hair pulled back.  For more information, please call (949) 548-5561 extension 201.  

 

Other ways to earn community service hours:

* Help at a local elementary school or middle school.  Contact one of your previous teachers to see if they need help in their classrooms after school, help at parent evenings, and fall and spring festivals.

* Volunteer at the Costa Mesa Libraries.  Go to the library and ask if help is needed.

* Volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA or SOY.  Visit the organizations or call to see if help is needed.

* Volunteer at your church.  Help during church events and fundraisers or serve as a youth group leader. 

* Volunteer at a senior citizens center.

Questions?

Questions regarding Community Service?  Please contact Miss Chamberlin, Assistant Principal, at (949) 515-6551 or jchamberlin@nmusd.us

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