• Carmel High School Community Service



    Carmel Unified Board Policy states that 60 hours of community service is required for graduation from Carmel High School.


    15 hours completed for each year you attend Carmel High.


    The number of hours required for the Class of 2024 is prorated to exclude a service requirement for the 20-21 school year, resulting in a graduation requirement of 45.0 hours.


    Important Tips:

    • Do not wait until your senior year to start your Community Service.


    • Doing unpaid work for a business (even a family business or doctor’s office) is not Community Service.


    • Choose to do your community service in a field that interests you, i.e., Music, Theater, Environment, etc.


    • Many community service opportunities are listed in the bulletin. However, there are many other organizations that need student volunteers. You will need to reach out to local organizations and civic groups to find most of your service opportunities.


    • Not all volunteer work for religious organizations meets the CHS definition of community service. Activities that take place during a normal worship service (i.e., ushering, singing in the choir, playing music, or providing altar service) are not considered to be high school community service. However, performing activities for the community outside of actual religious services, such as feeding the homeless, fundraising for a food bank, or providing childcare, is considered acceptable community service.


    • Being a camp counselor for a summer camp run by a non-profit or civic group (scouts, city recreation, sports center etc.) is acceptable service. However, many “for profit” camps (businesses) incorrectly offer service hours to unpaid counselors. Please check with the Community Service Coordinator before committing to a camp.


    • Freshmen will earn service hours participating in the Empty Bowls Project in the Spring.


    • Service Clubs are a great way to make a connection on the CHS campus and a good way to earn service hours.


    To download a fillable Community Service Form click here 


    The President’s Service Award:

    This award is based on age group and hours served in the community in a 12 month period. 

     The 12-month period for Carmel High students begins April 1st of each year and ends March 31st. 

     Students must apply to receive the award. The application period is March 5th through April 5th, and is announced in the Daily Bulletin.


    Teens up through 15 years of age earn a Bronze award for 50 hours of service, a silver award for 75 hours and a gold award for 100 hours or more.

     Students 16 and older earn a bronze award for 100 hours, a silver award for 175 hours and a gold award for 250 or more hours of service in a 12month period.



    Hours by Award




    Teens (11–15)

    50 – 74

    75 – 99

    100 +

    Young Adults (16-25)

    100 – 174

    175 – 249

    250 +


    To download a fillable Community Service Form click here 


    Note on Community Service for Religious Organizations

    Not all non-paid volunteer work for religious organizations meets the Carmel High School definition of community service. Activities that take place during a normal worship service (i.e. ushering, singing in the choir, playing music, or providing altar service) are not considered to be high school community service.

    However, performing activities for the community with a group outside of actual religious services, such as feeding the homeless, fundraising for a food bank, or providing childcare, can be considered acceptable community service. If you have questions regarding whether an activity for or with your religious  group qualifies as community service email Diana Vita at dvita@carmelunified.org



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    Community Service Opportunities
    Please see the Daily Bulletin for upcoming short term and one time service opportunities.
    For a list of local non-profit organizations click this link: Monterey Counrty non-profit-organizations
    Local Organizations needing high school volunteers:
    MEarth / Hilton Bialek Habitat - weekly volunteer opportunities.Mearthcarmel.org

    Carmel Youth Baseball - in Carmel and Carmel Valley

    Carmel Valley Branch Library - in Carmel Valley Village needs volunteers for the After School Homework Center. Student volunteers assist the Homework Center Coordinator and library staff with providing resources and guidance to elementary, middle, and high school students for completing homework.  The library’s Homework Center operates Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-6:00pm, and Fridays 3:00-5:00pm. Contact Eddy Hamelin at 831-659-2377 or email hamelinep@co.monterey.ca.us for more information or for a volunteer application.

    Harrison Memorial Library - in Carmel
    Volunteers needed to help during the school year.  Easy tasks great for after school hours. Contact Pat at 624-4664 at the Park Branch Library or email psand@ci.carmel.ca.us  for more information or an application for Volunteer Service.
    Cachagua Center
    We have opportunities for special projects or ongoing service of 1-2 hours per week.
    Contact: Vicki Briesacker  659-5202 or vbriesacker@carmelunified.org
    Return of The Natives, Restoration Education Project
    A project of the Watershed Institute, CSUMB
    "Bringing Nature Closer to People  and People Closer to Nature Through Hands On participation In restoring Habitats."
    Get more information and project dates at csumb.edu/watershed 
    Food Bank of Monterey County 815 West Market Street, Salinas CA 93901At the Food Bank for Monterey County, volunteers are indispensable in our efforts to provide food assistance. Every year, volunteers donate more than 40,000 hours of labor. This gift of time and effort saves us dollars that can be for programs.

    This support enabled us to distribute 7 million pounds of food. Join us!

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Warehouse Distribution
    • Saturday Food Sorts
    • Events & Fundraising
    • Office Assistance
    • The Emergency Food Assistance Program Distribution
    • The Family Market Distribution
    • Board of Directors & Committees

    For more information on Volunteering contact:

    Sandra Nunez at (831) 758-1523 | snunez@food4hungry.org
    Stephanie Robles (831) 758-1523 | srobles@food4hungry.org

    Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
    Volunteers needed  for projects such as building trails, laying irrigation, planting and restoring native habitats. Most projects are 2.5- 4hrs in length. Excellent projects for group or clubs so get a group together and help the park district.
    Contact: Debbie Wyatt             T: (831) 659-6065     or visit  www.mprpd.org
    Central Coast YMCA
    YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula
    Volunteers needed: Soccer Refs, Basketball Refs, Score Keepers, Basketball Coaches and Assistant Coaches, Lacrosse Score Keepers and Time Keepers.
    Contact: Chip Harris, Program Director        T: (831) 373-4167       Email: charris@ymcacentralcoast.org
                 Lilian Pineda, Sport Supervisor           (831) 373-4167                 lpineda@ymcacentralcoast.org 
                 Phil Houston, Sport Supervisor           (831) 373-4167                 phouston@ymcacentralcoast.org
    MY Museum - Montery County Youth Museum
    Volunteers needed to answer questions about exhibits, greet school groups, assist guests and answer phones. Student volunteers must be 16 or older.
    Contact: Kelly Lepai, Associate Director    T: (831) 649-6444    
    CHOMP - Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
    Community Hospital Auxiliary – Junior Category
    For information: Call (831) 625- 4555 or visit www.chomp.org/volunteer_opportunities
    Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula
    7700 Jewell Ave, Pacific Gove, CA
    They need: Drivers, Office Volunteers, Meal Servers and Kitchen Helpers
    For information: Call (831) 375- 4454 or visit www.mowmp.org
    SPCA – Monterey County
    They need all types of volunteers including animal companions.
    For information: Call (831) 422- 4721 ext. 223 or visit www.spcamc.org and click on volunteers – how to become a volunteer
    Animal Friends Rescue Project
    Volunteer opportunities – download volunteer application from website and mail it to: P.O. Box 5108, Pacific Grove 93950
    For information: Call (831) 333- 0722 or visit http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Needs student guides. Orientation and time commitment required.
    For information: visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/. Click on volunteer
    YWCA – Monterey County
    457 Webster St, Monterey CA 93940
    For information: Call (831) 583- 1025 or visit http://www.ywca.org/ (click sign up to volunteer)
    Habitat for Humanity – Monterey County
    P.O. box 742, Seaside, CA 93955
    For information: Call (831) 422-4828 or visit http://www.habitatmonterey.org/
    American Red Cross – Carmel Chapter
    For Information: Call (831) 624-6921 or visit http://www.arccarmel.org/
    Dorothy's Kitchen – Salinas
    Help prepare meals to feed the homeless.
    For Information: Call (831) 757-3838 or visit http://www.dorothysplace.org/
    Community Partnership for Youth
    For Information: Call (831) 394-4279 or email respect.cpy.org
    California State Parks- Monterey Historic Park
    Contact: jklein@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 649-7136
    Youth Music Monterey
    For Information: Call (831) 375-1992 or email info@youthmusicmonterey.org
    Contact: Paul Stanfield    T: (408) 392-0170      Email: pauls@sonc.org
Last Modified on March 4, 2024