Community Service

  • For the 2023-2024 school and moving forward, we have updated our community service qualifications and the amount of hours needed for graduation. Please take a look at the list of ways you can earn community service hours. Also, take a look to see where you can volunteer if your looking for some ideas!   

  • Webutuck High School
    Community Service Qualifications 

    What is the definition of Community Service? 
    Community service is a non-paying job performed by one person or a group of people for the benefit of their community or its institutions.

    What is community service and why is it important?
    Community Service Helps Connect to the Community. Giving back and assisting others is the basis of community service. Thus, it teaches us how important it is to help the ones in need, the ones who are less fortunate than us.

    What are the goals of community service?
    To foster a sense of belonging and togetherness among individuals within the community who are in the vicinity.  To nurture and apply the knowledge, skills and practice of civic values within each individual.

    As a high school student, you are required to do Community Service hours over the 4 years you are in school. Hours from JNHS and NHS can be used as well. We are taking hours from 8th grade, so if you have hours from then, hand them in. 
    Not everything that you volunteer for counts towards your community service hours. Below is a list of what qualifies you to have done community service and what does not qualify as community service. 

    Graduating class hours breakdown:
    Class of 2024 - 20 hours 
    Class of 2025 - 30 hours
    Class of 2026 - 40 hours

    *Any class after 2026 will need to complete 40 hours of community service




    What Qualifies as Community Service

    What is NOT considered Community Service

    Volunteering at a hospital, shelter, the Red Cross, a food pantry, the SPCA, your Church or at a nursing home 

    Peer tutoring or translating after school hours and under supervision

    Volunteering at school events or activities outside of normal school hours as long as it does not benefit you by helping your graduating class.

    Community and school fundraising if it does not benefit the student as an individual or their graduating class.

    Participate in a charity event such as Relay 4 Life, Race for the Cure, Run to Feed the Hungry

    Girl/Boy Scout community service projects and activities

    School campus or park beautification/improvements as long as they are under supervision and after school hours 

    Fundraisers that benefit the individual (e.g. earning financial credit to be applied at a future club event) 

    If you are being paid to do any sort of volunteer work for neighbors, friends, family.

    Internship that you are being compensated for

    Donations to local charities or shelters

    If you are unsure if something qualifies for community service, please feel free to ask!