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

Volunteer Child Care Needed

Student volunteers are needed on October 23rd from 6-8pm at the IMS gym.  They will be needed to watch children during a bond issue presentation.  If you are interested, contact Mr. McGuinness.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Open House

Wednesday, November 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m
Located at: Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro St. Peninsula, OH 44264

Are you interested in learning about current volunteer opportunities? Listen to current volunteers as they talk about their experiences and learn how to use your skills and talents to make a positive impact in the park. Know someone interested in learning more about volunteering? Invite them to our open house!

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

At Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad we thrive on our volunteers who are a critical part of our organization. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has been bringing the spirit of Christmas to the Akron and Cleveland areas for over 25 years. We run 42 nights from November 8th through December 21st running two trains a night. That is why we are reaching out to you! CVSR needs your help continuing the tradition of bringing the Spirit of Christmas to life . We offer multiple opportunities for your students to earn the required volunteers hours needed during your school year; as well as additional hours desired to earn CVSR volunteer perks. If you need more information or looking for training dates please contact Sherri Lemley, volunteer manager, at 234-759-0091 or at

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.

I-X Trick or Treat Street

The I-X Trick or Treat Street is looking for volunteers 16 and older to pass out candy to children at their 12 Halloween themed candy stations.  The event is October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th.  You can sign up thru a Sign-Up Genius page at
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Seeley at or call 216-265-2580

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

Middle School Intramural Football Program

Attention students with I-Privilege or study hall. Volunteers are needed to assist in running MS intramural football program.  Intramural football takes place M-TH from 10:45-12:15.  This time can be divided into two shifts.  First shift would be from 10:45-11:30 and would be working with 7th and 8th graders,  and the second shift would be working with the 5th and 6th graders from 11:30-12:15.  Help is needed keeping score, running the game clock, and officiating the games.  Four to five volunteers would be needed per game.  We typically run two games at the same time so we would need 10 high schoolers for the first session and 10 high schoolers for the second session.  The games will start in about two weeks.  Please contact Mr. Durny at if you are interested.

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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