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Community Service Resources

All students must complete 20 hours of community service in order to graduate.

As a graduation requirement, high school students will need to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service outside of their home and family environment. Please read the guidelines below and direct any questions to your grade level counselor office prior to starting any community service opportunity.

Community Service is work done by a person or group of people that benefits others. It is often done near the area where you live, so your own community reaps the benefits of your work. You do not get paid to perform community service, but rather you volunteer your time. A student must complete both the Community Service Hours Documentation Form and Community Services Reflection Form. Completed forms will be submitted to the high school counseling department for review. Students who lack transportation and would like to inquire about potential service opportunities at their school should contact their high school’s counseling department. School service opportunities will vary by school and may have limited availability, so please inquire early to ensure ample time for scheduling this kind of community service opportunity.

Students must fill out the Community Service Documentation and Reflection Forms for each volunteer activity. Printed and translated forms are available from the counseling office.

Approved Community Service Organizations

Students may contact an organization from the Approved Community Service Organizations List to see if the organization is accepting volunteers. Many places still need volunteer help, but students should first seek parent/guardian permission.

Community Service Ideas

With counselor and parent/guardian approval, students may volunteer in other creative ways not included in the Approved Community Service Organizations List.

Students may consider helping neighbors or others they know with yardwork including mowing, shoveling snow, raking leaves, and weeding.

Contact a local nursing home and ask to speak to the social worker or activities coordinator. Ask if you could be "pen pals" or write cards to residents in the facility. A pen pal letter can talk about who you are, where you go to school, what you are interested in, and ask if they would like to share about their life.

Get creative with other ideas and email your counselor to ensure your idea will be approved for Community Service Hours.

Online Resources

United Way of Larimer County

Each year United Way works with 60+ local agencies to coordinate, recruit, and place nearly 3,000 volunteers in more than 500 projects around Larimer County.

Current Volunteer Opportunities