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.
- 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 30th.
Students must apply to receive the award. The application period is March 15th through April 15th, 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
50 – 74
75 – 99
Young Adults (16-25)
100 – 174
175 – 249
- Resources for Service projects:
- Get the Clean Swell app and record trash pick-up and beach cleanup for service hours
- Collegetransitions - Virtual volunteer opportunities for high school students
- Collegevine - Online community service for high schoolers
- Grownandflown - Virtual volunteer opportunities for teens
To download a fillable Community Service Form click here
Students if you have done community service that is not recorded in aeries, please email your completed service forms to Mrs. Vita at firstname.lastname@example.org. To check your recorded hours in aeries: Click on the page tab “Other” then click on “Activities and Awards” and all your recorded hours will show.
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 email@example.comCommunity Service OpportunitiesPlease 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-organizationsLocal Organizations needing high school volunteers:MEarth / Hilton Bialek Habitat - weekly volunteer opportunities. Contact Sarah Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com for more information or for a volunteer application.Harrison Memorial Library - in CarmelVolunteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or an application for Volunteer Service.Cachagua CenterWe have opportunities for special projects or ongoing service of 1-2 hours per week.Contact: Vicki Briesacker 659-5202 or email@example.comReturn of The Natives, Restoration Education ProjectA 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/watershedFood 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!
- 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Robles (831) 758-1523 | email@example.comMonterey Peninsula Regional Park DistrictVolunteers 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 YMCAYMCA of the Monterey PeninsulaVolunteers 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgLilian Pineda, Sport Supervisor (831) 373-4167 email@example.comPhil Houston, Sport Supervisor (831) 373-4167 firstname.lastname@example.orgMY Museum - Montery County Youth MuseumVolunteers 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) 649-6444CHOMP - Community Hospital of the Monterey PeninsulaCommunity Hospital Auxiliary – Junior CategoryFor information: Call (831) 625- 4555 or visit www.chomp.org/volunteer_opportunitiesMeals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula7700 Jewell Ave, Pacific Gove, CAThey need: Drivers, Office Volunteers, Meal Servers and Kitchen HelpersFor information: Call (831) 375- 4454 or visit www.mowmp.orgSPCA – Monterey CountyThey 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 volunteerAnimal Friends Rescue ProjectVolunteer opportunities – download volunteer application from website and mail it to: P.O. Box 5108, Pacific Grove 93950For information: Call (831) 333- 0722 or visit http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/Monterey Bay AquariumNeeds student guides. Orientation and time commitment required.For information: visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/. Click on volunteerYWCA – Monterey County457 Webster St, Monterey CA 93940For information: Call (831) 583- 1025 or visit http://www.ywca.org/ (click sign up to volunteer)Habitat for Humanity – Monterey CountyP.O. box 742, Seaside, CA 93955For information: Call (831) 422-4828 or visit http://www.habitatmonterey.org/American Red Cross – Carmel ChapterFor Information: Call (831) 624-6921 or visit http://www.arccarmel.org/Dorothy's Kitchen – SalinasHelp prepare meals to feed the homeless.For Information: Call (831) 757-3838 or visit http://www.dorothysplace.org/Community Partnership for YouthFor Information: Call (831) 394-4279 or email respect.cpy.orgCalifornia State Parks- Monterey Historic ParkContact: email@example.com or call (831) 649-7136Youth Music MontereyFor Information: Call (831) 375-1992 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: Paul Stanfield T: (408) 392-0170 Email: email@example.com