Community Service

COMMUNITY SERVICE– A REQUIREMENT FOR THE HSMSE DIPLOMA HSMSE encourages students to maximize their academic potential and further prepare students for life.  Fulfilling the 200 hour community service requirement is a way to encourage them to build social skills, create a sense of responsibility to their community, and help promote the development of their individual strengths.

DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
“The voluntary action of an individual or group of individuals without pay.”

OBJECTIVES
Great projects are designed to meet specific objectives. (Think about the ones that you want to meet.)
Through this community service experience, students will be able to:

  • Engage in the valuable work of helping others.
  • Practice life skills such as organizing, problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Increase communication skills.
  • Build teamwork, cooperation and diversity skills
  • Develop self-confidence and a sense of empowerment that comes from reaching out and helping others.
  • Practice good citizenship by making a difference in the community.
  • Gain experience in the work world.

EXAMPLES/INFORMATION
TeenLife – Pages of Community Service Opportunities
http://schools.nyc.gov/community/sis/communityservice/default.htm
http://feedingamerica.org/
http://www.yvca.org/
http://www.kidsface.org/
http://www.voicesofyouth.org/
http://www.nycservice.org/#s
http://www.habitatnyc.org/

  • Form a childcare group in your community.
  • Donate time or money to your local Red Cross.
  • Collect baby equipment and supplies for new parents with limited resources.
  • Fill a laundry basket with household items for a relocated homeless family.
  • Help build a Habitat for Humanity home for a family living in a low-income situation.
  • Give your time to a younger child – plan a Harry Potter or other book-themed party at the local library.
  • Have a garage sale and donate the money you earn to a charity.
  • Hold a rally to encourage more young people to be involved in their communities.
  • Organize a give center where those who cannot afford gifts can get clothes, toys and other items. This is a place where people can find gifts to give to other people.
  • Participate in a “walk a kid home from school” program.
  • Participate in a violence prevention project in your area.
  • Lead a bingo game for nursing home residents.
  • Repair and donate toys to a shelter. ? Organize a mitten, hat and scarf drive.
  • Volunteer for a cause you believe in.
  • Collect, repair and donate used bikes to a community agency. ? Walk dogs from the local animal shelter.
  • Collect blankets for a local shelter.
  • Trick or treat for canned goods and donate the collected items to a local charity.
  • Help serve dinner at a shelter.
  • Teach tobacco use prevention activities at an after-school program.
  • Collect pet food for an animal shelter.
  • Collect and process items for disaster relief
  • Have a bake sale and donate the proceeds to a children’s hospital.
  • Coordinate a homework huddle for kids who need schoolwork help.
  • Volunteer at a daycare center.

All hours must be recorded. Please hand in a letter from the organization on their letterhead with a description of the service you performed and how many hours you completed.  Include a contact person on the letter. Keep a copy for your records. Please hand in hours to Ms. Ortiz in room B20.

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