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Community Service

What is the community service requirement?

Starting with the class of 2021, there is no longer a community service requirement in order to graduate from Estancia High School.  We do however, strongly encourage students to participate in meaningful community service opportunities, especially if they are related to future career interests.  Students can include these community service activities on their college applications and/or use them towards their Experiential Learning Project (Senior Project) hours.

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). 

Community service ideas

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:

*Volunteer at a hospital if you are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

*Join the Explorers program through Costa Mesa Police Department if you are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

* Help at a local elementary school or middle school if you are interested in pursuing a career in education.  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.

Community Service Forms & Resource Guides