Community Service

Community Service

The Importance of Experiential Learning and Community Service Work

Regardless of where you want to attend college and what you’d like to study, you should seriously consider getting involved in some community service work – both in high school and  then in college as well!  I’m not talking about the type of community service work you do to satisfy a requirement or to pad your resume.  I’m talking about finding something that matters to you and then devoting your time and talent to it.  Many of us get sucked into the performance trap of doing the right things for the wrong reasons.  To avoid this, spend some time really thinking about the different causes that matter to you and figure out the why ….. why do they matter? Be intentional. Once you’ve done that, find an organization to work with either formally or informally and commit to it in a substantive way.  It doesn’t have to be a massive time commitment, but it should be sincere and it should be consistent. Click here for the complete article.

Current Opportunities

Cornerstone of Hope

Cornerstone of Hope is looking for students volunteers.  If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Galland, at 216-524-4673.

Cornerstone of Hope Gala

Cornerstone of Hope in Independence needs students to help load and unload a truck to transport items for our Gala fundraiser as well as to reset our conference center.
Check out the details below, and sign up today!
Meet at Cornerstone of Hope at 7am to load items onto truck. Students who drive will then follow truck to Embassy Suites in Independence to unload the truck and carry items into the hotel. Students who do not have cars will remain at Cornerstone to assist in cleaning and resetting the conference center.
Donuts & Hot Chocolate Included!

Meet at Embassy Suites in Independence at 1pm to load items onto truck. Students who drive will then  follow truck back to Cornerstone of Hope to unload the truck and carry items to store in our facility. Students who do not drive can meet at 2pm at Cornerstone of Hope to assist with unloading and organizing.
Pizza & Pop Included!
or CALL KATHIE at 216.524.4673

Cuyahoga Public Library

The Cuyahoga Public Library is looking for volunteers for their 1-2-3 Read program and their Homework Centers. If you are interested, please go to:

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve is looking for student volunteers. If you are interested contact Dionne Sims at 216-383-5745 or  For additional information click here.

Kid's Book Bank

Kid's Book Bank is bringing hundreds of thousands of free children's books to Cleveland. They are looking for volunteers to sort and box books. Sign up at or contact Judy Payne

PSR Volunteers

Student volunteers are needed to help teach PSR (Parish School of Religion) classes to students with special needs at St. Michael's in Independence.The classes are on Monday evenings, 6:15 to 7:30, starting Oct 1st.  Helping would consist of reading lessons with a student (usually one on one) and then going over the questions at the end of the chapter. If interested, contact Kathy Davenport at 216-328-1256.

Train Show/PTO Volunteers Needed

If you are looking for community service hours, please consider volunteering on Saturday, March 2nd!!!  The High School PTO will be hosting concessions for The Train Show and the Independence Field House. Assistance is needed from 8 am until 4:00 pm to run the concessions. Please contact Ellen Zizis at 216-636-7496 if you are interested in volunteering.

University Hospital Summer Youth Volunteer Program

The Summer Youth Volunteer Program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center empowers youth with leadership and communication skills and provides exposure to health careers. Participants range in age from 15 – 18 years of age and volunteer a total of ten weeks during June, July and August. Volunteers usually provide 4 service hours one day per week. Evening and weekend placements are limited.

Interested students must attend an informational session with a parent or guardian and submit an online application and reference letter. Please visit our web site at

Young Life Capernaum Club

Are you interested in helping younger students and earning service hours? If so, you can volunteer to be a buddy with the Young Life Capernaum Club. The club meets one a month. Contact Christine Boyle at or 216-544-0570.

Zoo Crew

The Cleveland Zoo is currently looking for teens for our teen program, Zoo Crew. The students will need to complete the application & 2 reference forms (one from a science teacher & one from a non-related adult) by the deadline of March 1, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Students can find information about Zoo Crew (along with an on-line application), on the Zoo's website:

Community Service Requirements

1. All high school students are required to complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of service learning toward graduation. Follow the guidelines below to earn service hours:
a. Hours cannot be performed for family, relatives, or profit-making organizations.
b. Hours will be given only for service for which a student is not paid. Hours cannot be given for doing a job that is normally a paid position and choosing not to be paid.
c. If the activity or agency is posted on the bulletin board, website, or in the community service booklet and meets all of these guidelines the activity is automatically approved by the community service coordinator.
d. Students must provide their own transportation to and from their community service site(s).
e. Service hours can only be earned after school, on weekends, during summer vacation, and any other scheduled days off of school.
2. Ninth grade students may begin accumulating their community service hours the day after school ends.
3. Students must complete all 40 hours to participate in Senior Project and to attend Prom their senior year.
4. Community Service hours are due MAY 1ST of each student’s senior year.
5. Students are expected to uphold the integrity and good name of I.H.S. by conducting themselves with courtesy and concern for all persons involved, by wearing clothing that is appropriate to the activity and by following the student regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook.
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