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

Boo Tanical Bash

What: Our most popular family event at the Botanical Garden is the annual Boo-tanical Bash! Student (age 14+) volunteers are needed to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters; assist with crafts, activities, and games; and help pass out snacks & cider to guests. 

Volunteers receive complimentary snacks and beverages. No experience necessary! Volunteers are invited to wear a family friendly Halloween costume (nothing too scary). Event is rain or shine and held inside and out.

Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30am - 1:30pm, 1 - 5pm or 4:30 - 8:30pm
Sunday, October 21, 11:30am - 2:30pm or 2 - 5:30pm
How to Sign Up: Contact Volunteer Services or 216.707.2822 for an application.

Concession Stand Field House

The Independence High School PTO is looking for  2 volunteers to assist with Concessions at the Field House on Saturday, October 27th from 11:30 – 4:30.  Please contact Ellen Zizis at or text to 216-312-4858 for more information.

Cornerstone of Hope

Cornerstone of Hope is looking for students volunteers.  If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Galland, 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

Kurtz Brothers Celebration

Kurtz Bros is hosting a 70th year celebration on November 3, 2018 for all employees, families, customers and friends of the business.  We were hoping to have volunteers to work the following:
1.       Check-in Tables – 4 students, approx.. 2-3 hours (5pm – 7:30pm) – may/could be longer depending on what time we start check-in (event starts at 6pm)
2.       Memorabilia Table – 1-2 students, approx.. 3 hours (2-5pm) – may be longer depending on what time we finish set up
If interested, please contact Jackie Repicky at or 216-986-7016

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.

Trick or Treat Street

The I-X Center is looking for student volunteers to pass out candy at their Trick or Treat Street.  The event is Oct. 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.  For information or to sign up, go to

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.

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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