• Each student is required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours per year
• The official Silver Cord calendar year runs from June 1- May 31.
• Hours are credited by 15 minute intervals, with a limit of eight hours per day.
• Students have 30 days from the date of service to record hours with their respective Community School Coordinator.
• Ongoing or reoccurring opportunities are to be submitted monthly within 30 days of the last date of service.
• No credit will be given for hours that are submitted six months or more after the last day of service.
• It is each student’s responsibility to check their online account to view their total hours and hours that are approved/denied by their Community School Coordinator.
• Students must document all service opportunities via the Silver Cord online system. If you do not have access to the internet, contact (link) your Community School Coordinator.
• Seniors must submit all requests for credit no later than May 1st.
• All service opportunities must be pre-approved before a request for credit can be submitted.
• All of the service opportunities posted on the Silver Cord webpages are already pre-approved and can be found on the online application’s drop-down menu when submitting credit for an activity.
• Service activities must meet a clear need for a nonprofit (501c3) or government agency. [Examples include but are not limited to: schools, local or state governments, church, parks, charity programs, community events or community organizations. Exemptions: senior living communities, nursing homes and child care centers.]
• Volunteer projects / activities must be supervised by an adult who is employed by the service organization or is an established volunteer recognized by the organization. Family members and/or fellow students are not eligible to serve as the supervisor or verify volunteer hours.
• Students may receive volunteer hours for helping at religious institutions as long as those hours do not include participation in a religious service.
• Service activities should be considered “above and beyond” one’s usual scope of involvement with the agency.
• Court-ordered Community Service.
• Service provided directly to a for-profit institution or organization.
• Service / time for which you are being financially reimbursed or compensated in any manner.
• Travel time to and from the service site / activity.
• Sleeping or personal recreation time during service hours.
• Hours completed during class time unless sanctioned/approved by school administration. Student aides receiving credit are not allowed to count this as service time.
• Service provided in conjunction with an academic course or other school-based organization or group [For example: National Honor Society, Ambassadors, athletic/music/academic cubs or programs, sports team managing and/or training, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities]
• Service hours used to satisfy a requirement/obligation for any agency, program or organization of which you are a member.
Any questions or concerns regarding acceptable service activities should be directed to your Community School Coordinator.