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  • Community Service Resource Manual

    “Paws for a Cause”

    2019 - 2020

    -- Ben Franklin

    You tell me and I forget. You teach me and I remember. You involve me and I learn.”

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    TABLE of CONTENTS Community Service Program ............................................................................................................. 3 What and Why is Community Service ............................................................................................... 4 What is NOT Accepted........................................................................................................................ 5 Requirements ...................................................................................................................................... 6 Steps for Completing the Community Service Requirement .......................................................... 7 Reflection Project ............................................................................................................................... 8 How Do you Serve

    Fairmont Group Service Projects ............................................................................................. 9 Individual Service .................................................................................................................... 10 Get involved! Fairmont Service Clubs ................................................................................... 12 Summer Service Opportunities .............................................................................................. 13 Fairmont Preparatory Academy Placement Areas ............................................................... 14 Ways to Help ............................................................................................................................ 16

    Listings of possible Volunteer Organizations & Agencies

    Children/Youth ......................................................................................................................... 18 Environment ............................................................................................................................. 19 Health/Medical ......................................................................................................................... 20 Hunger/Homelessness ........................................................................................................... 21 Libraries ................................................................................................................................... 22 Miscellaneous .......................................................................................................................... 24 Non-profit Agencies/Organizations ....................................................................................... 25 Senior Services ........................................................................................................................ 27

    Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Volunteering .................................................................................. 28 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) ............................................................................................. 29 Community Service Quiz .................................................................................................................. 32 High School Community Service Form ........................................................................................... 33

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    Community Service Program Overview

    Purpose The purpose of this program is to help our students to become “exemplary citizens of a global society”. A strong service program will not only help us to create students of character – it will also help our students in the following ways:

    Work Experience – Volunteer work is an excellent way for a young person to explore fields of interest, learn important workplace skills, and gain experience that will benefit them in college and beyond.

    College Acceptance – Many colleges look at community service as one of their determining factors for acceptance. In fact, the UC system suggests that students complete community service during high school.

    Promote School Community – Group service projects are great opportunities for students from different social groups to get to know one another outside of the classroom.

    Program Components

    1. Director of Community Service Mrs. Kunkle is the Director of Community Service. Her duties include:

    To promote the community service program to students, faculty, and parents. To provide service opportunities to students. To collect, review, and track student service hours. To promote the service program to the non-profit community.

    2. Service Requirement Each Direct Entry student to the Preparatory Academy is required to complete 20 hours of community service for each year of enrollment. Each International Foundation Year and Foundation Program student is to complete 10 hours for each year of enrollment in the International Foundation Center.

    The culmination of each student's service years will be in the creation of a reflective project detailing the services rendered and the subsequent lessons learned from these experiences. See page 8 for details.

    3. Student Outcomes: Students will be provided the opportunity to:

    Bridge varied ethnic, socio-economic, and generational backgrounds Gain self-reliance, self-respect, and confidence while developing a positive self-esteem Learn values and more fundamentals to American democracy Experience connections between academic and real life situations Develop life skills that apply to personal life, professional life, and possible future careers Analyze their experiences via reflective writing and work collaboratively with members of the community.

    3. Individual Service Opportunities In this manual, you will find many different organizations with contact information for which you can perform community service hours. In addition, we publish at least one service opportunity for students in the weekly e-newsletter. If you would like more personalized assistance, we are more than happy to work individually with families to find appropriate service opportunities for students based on their interests and abilities. Students are not limited to the hours published in this book – they may serve at any non-profit organization.

    4. Group Service Opportunities Each month we offer an opportunity for Fairmont students to come together and serve their community as a group. Group service opportunities vary from month to month, and include:

    Beach clean-ups Preparing or serving meals to less fortunate Cheering at walks and runs

    Tutoring younger children Packing and sorting donations And much, much more

    5. Service Clubs We have many service clubs in existence. Please see Page 9 for further information or visit Mrs. Kunkle in room 28.

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    What is Community Service?

    The Fairmont Preparatory Academy (FPA) Community Service Program helps guide students to develop, plan, carry

    out, and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Community Service helps young people

    build skills for family, career, and community roles and encourages young people to develop the positive character traits

    of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

    Examples of community service projects include (but are not limited to):

    Cleaning a park through Adopt-a-Park

    Participating in on-campus drives by donating much needed items including clothes,

    hygiene products (toothpaste, tooth brush, soap, etc…), food, blankets, etc.

    Getting involved with Action Partnership or Boys & Girls Club

    Reading to the elderly in nursing homes

    Volunteering at hospitals (must be 16+ years of age)

    Helping out at a local public library

    Tutoring developmentally disabled children for free.

    Community service that engages youth is often called youth service. It is a methodology that is

    simultaneously employed to strengthen young peoples' senses of civic engagement and nationalism, as well as assist

    them in meeting educational, developmental, and social goals. Young people throughout the country are receiving

    outstanding community service awards from the United States for their accomplishments. For more information on

    awards visit the Presidential Service Award website.

    Why is Community Service important for my student?

    In cases of community service among youth, it is often a requirement for a student to advance to the next grade level or

    graduate from high school to perform a certain number of hours of service. This is the case for Fairmont’s Preparatory


    Community Service is used by college-bound high school seniors as a way of attracting colleges to accept them. There

    is no general amount of hours colleges are looking for when it comes to community service. However, they do look for

    them. Some colleges also require their own students to volunteer a specific number of hours to graduate and get a


    Not only is community service beneficial for the community, but it benefits the student as well. Service learning is the

    deliberate connection of community service to stated learning goals. A common misconception among educators, youth

    workers, and young people is the notion that service learning can be assigned. Several experts attest to the necessity of

    engaging youth in deliberating, planning, implementing, and reflecting on their community service, thereby sustaining

    high quality service learning. This is intended to make community service an effective learning tool.

    To help other people To feel good about oneself To keep active in my spare time To gain work experience To do something fun with friends

    To enhance my college applications and resume To have variety in my life To meet interesting people To make a difference in my community and the



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    What is not Accepted for Community Service Hours:

    Examples of community service hours that will not be accepted include (but are not limited to):

    Babysitting family members or friends

    Teach/babysitting at church

    Tutoring (some forms of tutoring are accepted; see Mrs. Kunkle for pre-approval)

    Fairmont service – working/volunteer at any Fairmont campus

    Helping a teacher or organization on campus set up an event/activity

    Serving as a teacher’s assistant (TA) at school or church

    Online class from any non-profit (501c3)

    Missing school to complete hours (example: working at a polling place, working school blood drives, etc…)

    Any activity in which the student receives payment

    See the FAQ section at the back of this manual for detailed information or contact Mrs. Kunkle at [email protected] or visit her in room 28

    What is Accepted for Community Service Hours:

    Examples of community service hours that will be accepted include (but are not limited to):

    Pre-approved hours by the Community Service Coordinator (hours may be pre-approved by email or in person).

    Fairmont Prep Academy service clubs (with approval from the Director of Community Service)

    Pages 18 – 27 of this manual

    www.volunteermatch.org (please print opportunity from site as proof)

    www.oneoc.org (please print opportunity from site as proof)

    www.anaheimvolunteer.com (please print opportunity from site as proof)

    It is recommended that service projects/hours be pre-approved by the Director of Community Service before

    the service begins. Simply pick up a high school community service form, describe in detail on the form what

    the project is, and then get the pre-approval signature. Students who do not get pre-approval for service

    projects/hours take the risk of their hours not begin accepted.

    The main purpose of Fairmont’s community service requirement is to help our students to become exemplary

    citizens of a global society.

    mailto:[email protected]://www.volunteermatch.org/http://www.oneoc.org/http://www.anaheimvolunteer.com/

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    The Requirement

    The Community Service graduation requirement consists of the following:

    1) 20 hours of service per year of attendance at Fairmont Preparatory Academy. This comes to a total of 80 hours for high school. If a student transfers to the Prep, they are responsible only for the hours corresponding to their grades of attendance. Likewise, current Prep students (19-20) are responsible for completing the following hours for graduation/promotion These hours can be completed in a number of ways. Students have the option of completing all required hours in one summer, spreading it out over their years at Fairmont (20 hours per year), or any combination they choose. The hours can be earned through participation in Fairmont-sponsored group service projects or by doing individual service projects. One-half of the requirement must be completed within the United States. This resource manual is full of resources for pursuing individual service opportunities.

    2) Students must submit a reflection project upon completion of their hours. 12th grade students must submit their completed Community Service hours prior to Spring Break, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, for documentation. The reflection project must be submitted to the Director of Community Service by Tuesday, April 21, 2020. This component provides a means for the students to look back at their experiences and contemplate thoughts and feelings as it relates to helping others. See the reflection project guidelines on page 8 of this resource manual. Implemented June 20, 2016 – For 12th grade students only: All but 20 hours of the community service requirement must be completed by Tuesday, January 14, 2020. This was created so seniors don’t struggling second semester to fulfill this portion of the graduation requirement. The remaining 20 hours are due by Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and the reflection project is due after Spring Break on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

    Current Grade level # of required hours

    Senior 80 hours

    Junior 60 hours

    Sophomore 40 hours

    Freshman 20 hours

    International Foundation Year & Foundation Program 10 hours

    “If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap.

    If you want happiness for a day – go fishing.

    If you want happiness for a month – get married.

    If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune.

    If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.”

    -Chinese Proverb

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    Steps for Completing the Community Service Requirement The following procedures are to be followed by the student in order to successfully fulfill the community service requirement:

    1). Community Service Resource Manual: All information outlining the Community Service program and requirements are

    available on the Fairmont website at www.fairmontprepacademy.com, listed under the Campus Life tab. Via the resource

    manual students may look up information on how to locate acceptable agencies from which students may choose and all

    documentation procedures. This information is shared with parents/guardians/homestays and printed copies are available on


    2). Selecting an Agency/Organization: Community service is work performed with a non-profit organization for which you

    receive no pay. Organizations should be selected from materials printed by the school or via the Community Service bulletin

    board located outside room 29, the school website – www.fairmontprepacademy.com under the Campus Life tab, or by

    email/visit Mrs. Kunkle, Director of Community Service – [email protected] Community service performed for

    family members, for-profit businesses, or private individuals will not count toward the community service requirement. When

    a student is unsure of a community service opportunity, he/she should check with the Director of Community Service prior to

    the beginning of the project.

    3). Contacting the Agency/Organization: Students are responsible for contacting the agency to determine days and times to

    perform the service. See the “Individual Service” section on page 10 or visit Mrs. Kunkle for further assistance.

    4). Community Service Verification Form: Students are responsible to complete the top half of the form Community Service

    Verification form. At the end of the service activity, the bottom half of the form is to be filled out and signed by the

    individual/volunteer manager who supervised the student. Students choosing to serve their hours for the same organization

    over a long period of time should use only one form. Community Service forms need to be turned in within a month of

    completing the service. The white copy is for the Director of Community Service and once verified and accepted the yellow

    copy will be given to the student for his/her records.

    5). Miscellaneous:

    Students may use as many forms as necessary to complete the required hours of community service. The service may be performed anytime during the year, outside the regular school hours, including summer, winter,

    and spring vacations.

    One-half of the requirement must be completed within the United States. Any student who has a personal problem relative to this requirement should contact the Director of Community


    Requests for an itemized list of completed hours may be made with the Director of Community Service via email at [email protected] or students may view their community service projects and total number of hours in

    the “Official Notes” section of Blackbaud.

    6). Awards: Student that go above and beyond the minimum 80 hour requirement are eligible for awards. For eligibility

    requirements please contact the Director of Community Service - [email protected]

    Presidential Service Award: Domestic students completing 100+ hours or more within one year are eligible for this award. Congressional Award: Domestic students looking for an opportunity to earn a challenging certificate and medal. End of Year Award: One senior who has completed 150+ hours within their high school years at the Prep.

    http://www.fairmontprepacademy.com/http://www.fairmontprepacademy.com/mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]s.comhttps://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/http://www.congressionalaward.org/

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    Community Service Reflection Project Overview of Reflection Options

    In order to help students capitalize on their work and assist them in analyzing and synthesizing their service experience, students are required to complete a Reflection Project. This project can take one of two forms: (1) a written Reflection Paper, or (2) a Portfolio Project.

    1. 500-750 word essay in MLA format 2. 3-5 minute video documentary 3. 15-25 slide PowerPoint Presentation 4. 15-25 page Scrapbook 5. Other (anything other than above must be pre-approved by CS Coordinator)

    Choose and complete either the Reflection Paper or Portfolio as described below:

    This project allows you an opportunity to reflect on your community service work. You are encouraged to write about your personal reaction to your overall experience, but should concentrate on the service experience. When completing your project, you should address the following questions:

    How did the experience(s) affect you?

    Did you learn anything about yourself?

    Did you learn something about others in your community?

    Did you learn something about an issue or agency that is particularly interesting or new to you?

    Was your experience everything you expected? If not, why?

    What were the negative and positive aspects of your volunteer experience?

    What types of benefits (academic, personal, professional) did you gain?

    Do you feel you had an affect on a person, group of people, or problem in our community? How and why?

    Is there anything you would change about your service work experience?

    What impact will this experience have on your future, including career choices?

    **Where appropriate, students are also encouraged to note references. You may cite any of the following that are relevant to your service work and your project: Agency brochures or material; newspapers or magazines articles; other published material such as videos. You may also use quotes from agency supervisors or people you served through your volunteer work. Please indicate references with appropriate citations.

    If you have any questions please discuss them with the community service coordinator in advance.

    Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

    - Saint Francis of Assisi

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    How do I serve??? What do I do? Where do I go?

    Group Service Projects

    1) Every month Fairmont offers at least one group service project. These projects include sorting and packing food, sorting clothing and toys, cheering walkers/runners at non-profit 5k runs, beautifying local parks and beaches, caring for the sick and elderly, and serving food to the homeless at local shelters. Hours for participation in these projects are automatically added to the student’s file as long as the student turns in a permission slip and shows up to the project. Monthly group service project information is provided in the weekly e-newsletter, the Fairmont Prep Community Service Facebook page, is emailed to students via their Fairmont email account, and is also promoted on campus with flyers and morning announcements

    To participate in the group service projects, students need to:

    Read the weekly e-newsletter, listen to the morning announcements, and/or visit Mrs. Kunkle’s office to find out what project(s) are being offered each month.

    At the beginning of each semester, students are given the semesters list of projects in their homeroom class.

    Choose a service project of interest.

    Pick up the permission slip for the corresponding project (sometimes there are more than one a month) from the Director of Community Service office, room 28.

    After the permission slip has been signed by the parent/guardian/host, return it to the Director of Community Service by the deadline. (Note: Without a signed permission slip, students will NOT be able to attend the service project.)

    An confirmation email will be sent to those students who have turned in a permission slip the Thursday before the service project.

    Show-up the day and time of the service project, serve the community, and HAVE FUN!!!!! (Note: Students must arrive on time and stay for the entire project to receive full credit).

    Parents/guardians/hosta must drop off and pick up their student on time.

    Students may not leave with another student unless the parents/guardians/host have provided a written note.

    If students have turned in a permission slip and attended the project, hours will automatically be input and added to your file.

    “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

    - Stephen Grellet

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    Individual Service To volunteer individually, students need to:

    Use this resource manual, talk with the Director Community Service, or perform individual research in order to find a project.

    o Assess your interests and time by asking the following questions: What are some things I enjoy doing? What would I like to learn to do better? What is an activity I have never done but I have always wanted to do? Where do I like to be: Indoors? Outdoors? Close to home? Far away? Do I prefer to be: With people? On my own? What kind of people do I like to be with: Old? Youth? Like me? Different from me? Am I more comfortable with: Groups? Individuals? How will I get to a volunteer opportunity: Car? Bike? Bus? Get a ride? When am I available to volunteer: After school? Evenings? Weekends? Do I want an on-going or a one-time volunteer opportunity? What do I want to gain from volunteering? What are three problems, in my community or elsewhere, that need solutions?

    Research the different types of issues and agencies/organizations in your community: o Look at the Community Service bulletin located across from room 29, the school website –

    www.fairmontprepacademy.com under Campus Life - Community Service, Facebook (Fairmont Prep Community Service), or visit the Director of Community Service in room 28 for the following service areas:

    Children/Youth Disabled Environmental Health/Medical Hunger/Homelessness Seniors Miscellaneous/Special Interest

    Contact the agency of interest and find out about current service opportunities and requirements for volunteering (i.e. Saturdays only; must be 16 to volunteer; parent permission required, minimum 12-month commitment, etc.).

    o Ask for the volunteer coordinator/manager. Express your interest in volunteering and ask for more information regarding the opportunity. Some agencies/organization will have an application to be completed.

    o It is helpful to schedule an appointment and visit the agency/organization to get a feel for the place and the people. It is important that you arrive on time for the appointment. If you are unable to keep the appointment or are running late make sure to contact the agency/organization and let them know.

    When visiting the agency/organization make sure to ask the following questions:

    What does your agency do?

    What kind of services do you provide and how do you provide them?

    What sort of things do you want volunteers to do?

    What kinds of task will I be doing?

    Are there job descriptions for the opportunity?

    What type of initial and ongoing training is provided?

    When (days, hours) do you need volunteers?

    Do you require volunteers to commit for a certain length of time (once, 3 months, 1 year, etc…)


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    Make your decision. If you are unsure about volunteering there, tell them you would like to think about it and get back to them. Be sure to let them know either way (yes or no) as soon as you have made your decision.

    o If you know that you do not want to volunteer with the agency/organization, it is alright to be honest and say so. Example: (“Thank you very much for talking with me, but this is not quite the kind of volunteer opportunity I had in mind.”)

    o It is important to give yourself time to explore a variety of opportunities with different agencies/organizations. While one particular opportunity may not be ideal for you, dozens of others may better meet your needs and expectations.

    If unsure about whether the service project will be approved for service hours, it is highly recommended that students get approval before volunteering. By getting a pre-approval signature on the community service verification form, the hours for the service project are guaranteed. For approval please see the Director of Community Service or send an email to [email protected] Make sure you have completed the top half of the verification form and know what tasks you will be completing.

    Students/parents/guardians should take the community service verification form with them to the service placement. The contact person or supervisor for that day must completely fill out the rest of the community service form. Except for the “Community Service FPA Administrative Use”. This is for the Director of Community Service’s use.

    Once the hours are completed, the community service verification form must be turned in for logging and tracking purposes. You are welcome to turn in the form to the front desk; however, it is recommended to physically place the form in the Director of Community Service’s possession.

    Once the project is completed and the hours are turned in, they will be logged and kept in your file. You may view logged hours in MyBackPack, by clicking on the students photo.

    Students/parents are free to verify the logging of the hours by either emailing the Director Community Service at [email protected] or looking at the students “Official Notes” section of Blackbaud to see specific hours.

    “I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”

    - Edward Hale Keller)

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]

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    Get involved! Fairmont Service Clubs

    Getting involved in a service club on campus is an excellent way to gain community service hours while making new friends and developing valuable leadership skills. Joining a club is easy and there are several ways to do it. You can:

    Go to the Club Rush at the beginning of each semester. You can learn more about service clubs, ask questions, and sign up for clubs of interest to you.

    Email Mrs. Joslyn Awa, Director of Student Services, at [email protected] for a list of clubs. Most listings include contact information for the advisor and president as well as regular meeting times.

    Stop by Mrs. Awa’s office anytime and ask about clubs. She can put you in touch with the president or take your contact information and have him/her contact you.

    Create your own service club! See Mrs. Awa to get started making your idea a reality at the Prep in the coming semester.

    Some service clubs are free and some have membership dues. Some meet weekly and others only for special events. A few (such as the National Honors Society) are by invitation only. Contact Mrs. Awa anytime if you want to learn more about service or any other clubs or if you want to start one of your own.

    High School Service Clubs:

    Here are a few service clubs: Food Served Here – Purpose: To feed the homeless youth of Anaheim and to help make their lives better. Key Club - Purpose: A means of providing community service opportunities in order to build character and develop leadership, we hereby establish the Fairmont Preparatory Academy Key Club. Red Cross Club - Purpose: The Red Cross Club aims to make the world a better place. The objective is to raise awareness of human health as well as raise money to help the needy who need physical aid. UNICEF –

    Purpose: To work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity. .

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Summer Service Opportunities:

    The summer is a GREAT time to earn service hours and engage more deeply in a field of interest.

    Domestic Volunteer Programs:

    Civic Leadership Institute Website: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/cep/ Phone: 847-467-2572

    The Civic Leadership Institute offers service-learning courses for high-achieving students entering grades 7-12. Courses

    are three weeks in length and they combine a rigorous academic program with community service and an opportunity to

    explore a new city. Students will be introduced to social and political issues affecting our society today such as urban

    poverty, health care and homelessness. Programs are affiliated with the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in San

    Francisco and Baltimore and the Center for Talent Development (CTD) in Chicago. Prices range from $2,500-$3,500.

    Student Conservation Association Website: http://www.thesca.org/ Phone: 603-543-1700

    SCA conservation crews are open to students age 15-19. As an SCA crew member, you will build hiking trails, protect

    threatened habitats, sleep under the stars and connect to the land in ways you never thought possible. The work you do

    will endure, making an important difference in our national parks. There’s work to be done in all 50 states—in forests,

    on beaches, at fisheries and volcanoes. There is no trip fee, but you are responsible for your own travel expenses and

    supplies. Projects are generally a month in length. Applications are due March 15, so visit the web-site and apply as

    soon as possible if you are interested!

    International Volunteer Programs:

    Rustic Pathways

    http://www.rusticpathways.com/ Phone: 800-321-4353

    Rustic Pathways offers travel programs for high school students, families, groups and college

    students. Summer programs are available for students from 12 years of age. Rustic Pathways

    also offers scheduled family adventures and customized family trips, as well as organized overseas

    programs for school, universities, groups, and clubs of all kinds. The company runs programs year round to Australia,

    New Zealand, The Fiji Islands, Tanzania, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, China, India, Peru, Costa Rica,

    Panama, Nicaragua, Mongolia, Transylvania Mongolia and the United States. Rustic Pathways summer programs are

    suitable for most students. Trips cost $2500-$5000.

    Putney Student Services

    Website: http://www.goputney.com/ Phone 802-387-5000

    Putney Student Services offer 4-week programs where participants immerse themselves in programs in developing

    countries and disadvantaged communities working to improve schools or hospitals, construct or repair housing, run

    enrichment programs for children, and much more. Working alongside people from the host country, students build

    friendships and learn new skills. Locations include Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Grenad, Vietnam,

    Brazil, Alaska, Hawaii, and India and trips cost $5000-$7000.

    Volunteer for Peace

    http://www.vfp.org Phone: 802-259-2759

    Volunteer for Peace (VFP) is a non-profit organization that places volunteers in “work camps” throughout

    the world. In these camps, students will work to restore the environment, teach English or build houses.

    The age requirement for most of the programs is 14–18 with a program cost of $500 plus travel expenses

    and equipment.

    I did not find the world desolate when I entered it. My fathers planted for me before I

    arrived, so I plant for those who come after me. - Talmud


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    Fairmont Preparatory Academy Service Program Placement Areas

    Below are the ten (10) Placement Areas in which students may volunteer to get their service hours at Fairmont Preparatory Academy. Listed under each general placement area are specific agencies acceptable for that type of service. Students volunteering at an organization/agency in any of these areas should feel secure that the hours will be acceptable. Should the student, for any reason, be in doubt, he/she should see the Community Service Coordinator for clarification.

    Animal Care Placements

    Animal Adoption Agencies

    Animal Shelters

    Animal Therapy

    Civic/Cultural Placements

    Campaign Staffing

    Community-Based Functions

    Non-Profit Theater Performances

    Disability Placements

    Facilities for the Blind

    Facilities for the Deaf

    Homes, Centers, and Schools for the Disabled

    Special Olympics

    Educational Placements

    Learning Centers


    Library Reading Programs

    Tutoring Programs

    Environmental Placements

    Beach Clean-ups with non-profit organization

    Community Beautification/Restoration Programs

    Graffiti Removal with city program

    Recycling Programs

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    Fundraising Placements

    Jog-a-thons (i.e. OC Marathon)

    Walk-a-thons (i.e. CHOC Walk, AIDS Walk)

    Medical Placements

    Health Centers


    Medical Centers

    Rehabilitation Centers

    Ronald McDonald Houses

    Poverty Placements

    Clothing/Food Drive Distribution with non-profit organization

    Habitat for Humanity

    Homeless Shelters

    Soup Kitchens

    Senior Services

    Nursing Homes

    Retirement Homes

    Senior Centers

    Youth Placements

    Boys and Girls Clubs

    Boy Scouts of America

    City/Park Recreation Programs

    Coaching Youth Sports Teams

    Girl Scouts of America


    YMCA Programs

    "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can seriously help another without helping himself."

    ~Charles Dudley Warner

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    WAYS to HELP

    Getting involved in your community starts with the "little" things. Review this list of 36 ways to help and make efforts

    to accomplish a few each week. A little “you” goes a long way.

    1. Offer to take an elderly neighbor to a medical


    2. Recycle

    3. Start a community garden

    4. Become CPR certified

    5. Play kickball with neighborhood kids

    6. Join a Service Club

    7. Adopt a pet

    8. Visit sick kids at a hospital

    9. Donate good-condition toys, clothing and household


    10. Write messages to soldiers overseas

    11. Donate goods to support the troops

    12. Donate blood

    13. Turn everyday moments with a child into teachable


    14. Support businesses that care about the community

    15. Write thank you notes to those that help the

    community and hand deliver them

    16. Ask a senior citizen to tell you about their


    17. Visit a nursing home and talk to someone with no


    18. Tape a children’s book and deliver it to a sick child

    19. Donate gently used books to a daycare center

    20. Agree to be an organ donor on your driver’s license

    21. Plant a tree

    22. Plant extra rows of vegetables in your garden and

    share them with friends

    23. Donate new shoes and socks to shelters

    24. Donate an instrument to a school music program

    25. Organize a fund raising event such as a drink stand,

    car wash, or yard sale and donate the proceeds to a


    26. Leave your newspaper behind in a public place for

    the next person to read

    27. Leave a nice note about your waiter on the back of

    the bill

    28. Get to school/work a little early and leave a piece of

    29. Bake something as a family and take it to a

    neighborhood or family in need

    30. Wear a ribbon or bracelet to show support of a


    31. Educate yourself on issues you care about

    32. Play an instrument or sing for hospice patients

    33. Donate new or gently used baby supplies

    34. Add a banner ad or widget to your personal

    webpage to raise awareness or funds for a cause you

    believe in

    35. Participate in a local walk/run for a cause

    36. Promote worthwhile events and festivals by word of


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    Volunteer Agencies & Organizations

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    CHILDREN/YOUTH Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Anaheim Family YMCA

    240 S Euclid St.

    Anaheim, CA 92802

    (714) 635-9622 ext. 1613


    Volunteer Opportunities: Interact and work with children

    Anaheim Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)



    Volunteer Opportunities: soccer referee

    Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

    14131 Yorba St. #200

    Tustin, CA 92780

    Volunteer Opportunities: Please call for more


    Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim

    311 East Broadway

    Anaheim, CA 92805

    (714) 491-3617


    Volunteer Opportunities: Interact and work with children in the areas of educational assistance and

    public safety.

    Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park

    7758 Knott Ave.

    Buena Park, CA 90620

    (714) 522-7259


    Volunteer Opportunities: Recreational

    Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove

    10540 Chapman Avenue

    Garden Grove, CA 92840



    Volunteer Opportunities: Recreational

    Boys & Girls Club of Stanton

    11050 Cedar Street

    Stanton, California 90680

    (714) 891-0740


    Volunteer Opportunities: Recreational

    GOALS – ABC Community

    2176 W. Alameda Ave.

    Anaheim, CA 92801



    Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring and playing with children.

    Human Options

    5540 Trabuco Rd., Ste. 100

    Irvine, CA 92620


    Email. [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring and playing with children.


    1902 W. Chestnut Ave.

    Santa Ana, CA 92703


    Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring

    Think Together


    E-mail: [email protected]

    Phone Number: (714) 543-3807 ext. 204

    Volunteer Opportunities: Work with at-risk

    youth through mentoring and tutoring

    http://www.anaheimymca.org/http://www.bgchv.com/http://www.boysgirlsclubbuenapark.org/http://www.bgcgg.org/https://www.goals.org/abc-communitymailto:[email protected]://www.thinktogether.org/mailto:[email protected]

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    ENVIRONMENT Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Adopt-a-Park Program



    email: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Cleaning up the lakes,

    beaches and parks of California.

    Anaheim Parks, Recreation & Community


    200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 433

    Anaheim, CA 92805



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Clearing House: Oak

    Canyon Nature Center, Kids for Parks program,

    Meals on Wheels, tree planting, graffiti removal,


    Coast Keepers

    (714) 850-1965


    Volunteer Opportunities: Clean the beach.

    Earth Resource Foundation



    Volunteer Opportunities: Beach clean-ups, water

    quality research projects and native plant


    Environmental Nature Center (ENC)



    Volunteer Opportunities: Grounds maintenance,

    gardening, office duties, craft projects, birthday


    Fullerton Arboretum

    1900 Associated Road

    Fullerton, CA 92831



    Volunteer Opportunities: Landscaping

    Harbors, Beaches, & Parks of OC

    1 Irvine Park Road

    Orange, CA 92862



    Volunteer Opportunities: Maintenance

    Placentia Parks & Recreation

    401 E. Chapman Ave.

    Placentia, CA 92870



    Volunteer Opportunities: Recreational

    Shadetree Partnership, Inc.



    Volunteer Opportunities: Water, weed, stake,

    prune, fertilize and replant plants. Take inventory

    and perform general nursery functions.

    Surfrider Foundation, South OC Chapter

    P.O. Box 865

    San Clemente, CA 92672



    e-mail: [email protected]

    http://www.ocparks.com/mailto:[email protected]://www.anaheim.net/mailto:[email protected]://+17148501965/https://www.coastkeeper.org/http://www.earthresource.org/http://www.encenter.org/http://arboretum.fullerton.edu/http://www.ocparks.com/adoptaparkhttp://www.placentia.org/http://www.shadetreepartnership.org/http://www.surfrider.org/southorangecountymailto:[email protected]

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    HEALTH/MEDICAL Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County

    17771 Cowan, Suite 200

    Irvine, CA 92614



    Volunteer Opportunities: Help with committees,

    events, information tables/health fairs, art therapy

    projects, general office work

    American Cancer Society

    1940 E Deere Ave # 100

    Santa Ana, CA



    Volunteer Opportunities: Help promote the different

    health fair events throughout the year, such as, Teens

    Kick Ash Program and Relay for Life Program.

    American Red Cross Blood Services

    600 Park Center Drive

    Santa Ana, CA



    Volunteer Opportunities: Help with registration

    during blood drives. Free training, volunteers do not

    touch blood!

    Anaheim Regional Hospital

    1111 W. La Palma Ave.

    Anaheim, CA 92801



    Volunteer Opportunities: Clerical

    CHOC Hospital

    455 S. Main St.

    Orange, CA 92868

    (714) 558-2462


    Volunteer Opportunities: Child life: playrooms,

    waiting rooms, school rooms. There are many others

    via the website.

    Garden Grove Hospital

    12601 Garden Grove Blvd.

    Garden Grove, CA 92843


    Volunteer Opportunities: Students should contact the

    volunteer manager for further information.

    Hoag Hospital

    One Hoag Drive, P.O. Box 6100

    Newport Beach, CA 92658-6100

    949-764-HOAG (4624)

    Volunteer Opportunities: Students should contact the

    volunteer manager for further information.

    St. Joseph Hospital

    1100 West Stewart Drive

    Orange, CA 92868-3891

    (714) 771-8000


    Email: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Patient support, errands, gift

    shops, and much more

    UCI Medical Center

    101 The City Drive South

    Orange, CA 92868-3298

    (714) 534-0547


    Volunteer Opportunities: Clerical


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    HUNGER/HOMELESSNESS Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Action Partnership

    11870 Monarch Street

    Garden Grove, California 92841

    714- 897-6670

    Volunteer Opportunities: Packing food boxes

    that are distributed to the hungry in Orange County

    Catholic Worker

    316 South Cypress Avenue,

    Santa Ana, CA 92701


    Volunteer Opportunities: End of the month can

    use more help with feeding the poor, interacting

    with children, and various other opportunities.

    Mary’s Kitchen

    517 West Struck Avenue

    Orange, CA 92867-5521



    Volunteer Opportunities: Sorting clothes,

    preparing meals and serving to the


    Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter

    1963 Wallace Avenue

    Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3424

    (949) 631-7213


    Volunteer Opportunities: Feeding the poor;

    mentoring/tutoring youth

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

    8014 Marine Way

    Irvine, CA 92618

    (949) 653-2900

    Volunteer Opportunities: Food labeling and

    sorting for distribution to needy families.

    Serving People in Need (SPIN)

    151 Kalmus Drive, H-2

    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Phone: (714) 751-1101

    Email: [email protected]

    Web: http://www.spinoc.org

    Volunteer Opportunities: Feeding the poor

    Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

    720 West 19th Street

    Costa Mesa, CA 92627

    (949) 548-8861

    Volunteer Opportunities: Serve and prepare

    meals. Monday – Friday 9a.m – 5p.m., Saturday &

    Sunday 8 a.m.-2p.m.

    Southwest Community Center

    1601 West 2nd Street

    Santa Ana, CA 92703-3618

    (714) 543-8933

    Volunteer Opportunities: Serving the poor.

    http://www.maryskitchen.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.spinoc.org/

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    LIBRARIES Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Anaheim Central Library

    500 W. Broadway

    Anaheim, CA 92805


    Volunteer Opportunities: Shelve books in

    children’s area, craft projects, participate in puppet


    Brea Branch Library

    #1 Civic Center Cir.

    Brea, CA 92821-5784



    Volunteer Opportunities: Shelve books in

    children’s area, craft projects, participate in puppet

    shows, Summer Reading Program, create flyers

    and signs for upcoming events.

    Chino Branch Library

    13180 Central Ave.

    Chino, CA 91710-4125



    Volunteer Opportunities: shelving to sorting

    books, from story time to computer training, from

    tutoring in our literacy program to assisting with

    children's programming

    Costa Mesa Branch Library

    1855 Park Avenue

    Costa Mesa, CA 92627


    Volunteer Opportunities: Book covering and

    Mending, Special Events & Projects, Children’s

    Programs, Computer Help

    Cypress Branch Library

    5331 Orange Avenue

    Cypress, CA 90630-2985



    Volunteer Opportunities: Shelving books and

    assisting with arts and crafts projects.

    Garden Grove Branch Library

    11200 Stanford Ave.

    Garden Grove, CA 92840


    Volunteer Opportunities: Shelving books and

    straightening shelves and tables.

    Heritage Park Regional Branch Library

    14361 Yale Avenue

    Irvine, CA 92604-1901

    (949) 936-4040

    Volunteer Opportunities: General volunteers will

    shelve and clean books and bookshelves. Summer

    Reading Program Volunteers will assist in

    registration, decorations, nametags and crafts.

    Huntington Beach Central Library

    7111 Talbert Avenue

    Huntington Beach, CA 92648



    Volunteer Opportunities: Assist staff with

    shelving books, assisting patrons to find materials

    and checking materials in and out. Assist students

    with homework.

    Irvine – Heritage Park Regional Library

    14361 Yale Avenue

    Irvine, CA. 92604


    Volunteer Opportunities: Please call for more



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    LIBRARIES Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    La Habra Branch Library

    221 E La Habra Blvd

    La Habra, CA 90631



    Volunteer Opportunities: shelve and pull books

    and prepare arts and crafts projects.

    Summer Reading Program volunteers will assist

    with the reading program through June, July and


    Newport Beach Public Library

    1000 Avocado Avenue

    Newport Beach, CA 92660



    Volunteer Opportunities: Pease call for more


    Orange Public Library

    407 East Chapman Avenue

    Orange, CA 92866-1509

    (714) 288-2400


    Volunteer Opportunities: Help prepare for

    events, shelve and label books and assist with the

    Summer Reading Program.

    Placentia Library District

    411 East Chapman Avenue

    Placentia, CA 92870-6101



    Volunteer Opportunities: Computer help, shelve

    books, tutor in the bookstore.

    Santa Ana Public Library

    26 Civic Center Plaza

    Santa Ana, CA 92701


    Volunteer Opportunities: Cleaning, shelving, and

    straightening library materials. Filing, typing, and

    inputting data. Friends of the Library Book Sales.

    Processing library materials. Assisting with

    children's programs.

    Tustin Library

    345 E. Main Street

    Tustin, CA 92780

    (714) 544-7725

    Volunteer Opportunities: Computer help, shelve

    books, tutor in the bookstore.


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    MISCELLANEOUS Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Boy Scout of America/Council 39/OC

    1211 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana, CA 92705

    Phones: (714) 546-4990, (714) 546-8558


    Volunteer Opportunities: The mission of the Boy

    Scouts of America is to prepare young people to

    make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes

    by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath

    and Law.

    City of Anaheim Police Department

    425 S. Harbor Blvd.

    Anaheim, CA 92805

    Non-emergency phone: (714) 765-1900


    Volunteer Opportunity: Help with explorer

    program, do traffic control, events, office work and


    Discovery Science Center

    2500 N. Main Street

    Santa Ana, CA 92705



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Recreation, Office


    Extra Hands for ALS

    (949) 362-2869


    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Child Care,

    Landscaping, Household Assistance

    Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo

    1801 East Chestnut Avenue

    Santa Ana, CA 92701

    (714) 836-4000


    Volunteer Opportunity: Help with different

    events throughout the year

    Girl Scouts of America



    [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Girl Scouting builds

    girls of courage, confidence, and character, who

    make the world a better place.

    Giving Children Hope

    8332 Commonwealth Ave.

    Buena Park, CA 90621


    Volunteer Opportunities: Sorting canned food

    and medical supplies for distribution to countries

    in disaster

    J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

    26284 Oso Road

    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675



    Volunteer Opportunities: Maintenance

    Special Olympics of OC

    2080 N. Tustin #B

    Santa Ana, CA 92705



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Recreational Working Wardrobes Development

    3030 Pullman Street

    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Phone: (714) 210-2460

    Fax: (714) 434-2870

    Email: [email protected] Volunteer Opportunities: Office duties, sorting and tagging donations, etc…

    http://www.ocbsa.org/http://www.anaheim.net/http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=ArHELYb9b74cVUFj_N0xQkGKNcIF/SIG=112o5m1n7/**http%3A/www.discoverycube.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.extrahands.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.santaanazoo.org/http://www.girlscouts.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.sheacenter.org/http://www.sosc.org/orangecounty.htmlmailto:[email protected]:[email protected]

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    Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Aids Services Foundation Orange County

    17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite J

    Irvine, CA 92614



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work, Program


    American Heart Association

    4600 Campus Drive

    Irvine, CA 92612



    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work, Program


    Arthritis Foundation

    17155 Newhope Street

    Fountain Valley, CA 92708



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work

    Canning Hunger

    407 W. Imperial Hwy., Suite H-313

    Brea, CA 92821



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Human Services

    Goodwill Industries

    410 N. Fairview Street

    Santa Ana, CA 92703



    Volunteer opportunities: Office Work

    Habitat for Humanity



    Volunteer Opportunities: Prepare and serve

    lunch at a construction site, work in the ReStore, or

    organize a variety of fundraising events.

    Help for Brain Injured Children

    981 Euclid

    La Habra, CA 90631



    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work, Program


    HomeAid of Orange County

    1744 Sky Park Circle, Suite 170

    Irvine, CA 92614



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work,


    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    2020 E. 1st Street, Suite 120

    Santa Ana, CA 92705


    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Human Services,

    Office Work, Special Events

    Make a Wish Foundation of

    Orange County / Inland Empire

    14232 Red Hill Ave.

    Tustin, CA 92780



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work, Human


    http://www.ocasf.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.americanheart.org/http://www.arthritis.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.canninghunger.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.ocgoodwill.org/http://www.habitatoc.org/http://www.hbic.org/http://www.homeaidoc.org/mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]://www.wishocie.org/mailto:[email protected]

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    Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    March of Dimes OC Division

    2222 Martin, Suite 155

    Irvine, CA 92612



    Volunteer Opportunities: Office Work

    Multiple Sclerosis Society of OC

    3000-C Airway Ave., Suites 100-125

    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    800-344-4867 http://www.mspacific.org/ e-mail: [email protected]

    Office Work

    National Fibromyalgia Association

    2200 N. Glassell St., Suite A

    Orange, CA 92865



    Office Work

    Orange County Burn Association

    333 The City Blvd., Suite 810

    Orange, CA 92868



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Office Work, Special Events

    Orangewood Children’s Foundation

    1575 E. 17th


    Santa Ana, CA 92705



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Children’s Services, Special Events, Office


    Parent Help USA

    330 W. Bay Street, Suite 120

    Costa Mesa, CA 92627



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Office Work, Child Care

    Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

    9272 Jeronimo Rd., Suite A-107A

    Irvine, CA 92618



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Children’s Services, Special Events

    Ronald McDonald House of OC

    383 S. Batavia St.

    Orange, CA 92868



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Human Services, Office Work,

    Special Events

    Salvation Army Corporation

    10200 Pioneer Road

    Tustin, CA 92782




    http://www.marchofdimes.com/http://www.mspacific.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.fmaware.org/http://www.ocburn.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.orangewoodfoundation.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.parenthelpusa.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.pcrf-kids.com/mailto:[email protected]://www.ronaldhouseoc.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.salvationarmyoc.org/

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    SENIOR SERVICES Volunteer organizations below are samples. Other non-profit organizations can be used for service hours.

    Acacia Adult Day Service

    11391 Acacia Parkway

    Garden Grove, CA 92840


    [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Helping with activities

    for elderly or disabled adults.

    Alta Garden Care Center

    13075 Blackbird Street

    Garden Grove, CA 92843


    Volunteer Opportunities: Room visits – singing,

    stories, general conversation, instruments a plus


    Bradford Square Retirement Center

    1180 N. Bradford Ave.

    Placentia, CA 92870


    Elderly Care

    Buena Vista Care Center

    1440 S Euclid Avenue

    Anaheim, CA 92802


    Volunteer Opportunities: Interacting with

    residents; reading stories, conversation, activities,


    Council on Aging Orange County

    1971 East 4th St # 200

    Santa Ana, CA 92705-3917

    (714) 479-0107


    Volunteer Opportunities: Help promote the

    different health fair events throughout the year,

    such as, Teens Kick Ash Program and Relay for

    Life Program.

    Cypress Gardens

    285 W. Central Ave,

    Brea, CA 92821

    (714) 672-0183

    Elder Care

    Hugs for Health

    Hug For Health Foundation

    P.O. Box 896

    Seal Beach, CA 90740



    e-mail: [email protected]

    Elder Care, Special Events

    Sea Cliff Healthcare

    18811 Florida Street

    Huntington Beach, CA 92648


    [email protected]

    Volunteer Opportunities: Play games, exercise

    groups, room visits – orientation needed

    Sunbridge for Tustin

    (714) 541-1444


    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer at Health

    Fairs, community projects and work with

    businesses for a no smoking policy.

    mailto:[email protected]://local-nursing-homes.com/nursinghomes.cfm?state=california&city=garden-grovehttp://local-nursing-homes.com/nursinghomes.cfm?zip=92843http://local-nursing-homes.com/nursinghomes.cfm?state=california&city=anaheimhttp://local-nursing-homes.com/nursinghomes.cfm?zip=92802http://www.coaoc.org/http://www.hugs4health.org/mailto:[email protected]://www.ochealthinfo.com/

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    Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Volunteering

    Do be flexible. It is rare to find the “perfect” fit right away.

    Keep an open mind – you might discover something new that

    interests you.

    Do be persistent. Volunteer coordinators are often busy, so don’t

    assume they are not interested in you if they don’t call or email you

    back right away.

    Do attend orientation meetings. Keep in mind that informed

    volunteers are the best volunteers. These meetings will help you do

    the best job possible.

    Do take necessary training classes. Ask about them before you

    decide to get involved and be prepared to learn what will be needed.

    Do be responsible. Show up on time and follow through with your

    commitments. People will be depending on you.

    Don’t expect to start at the top. You have to work hard and prove

    your worth before you are given more responsibility.

    Don’t think volunteering has to be a group effort. You can start on

    your own volunteer program and do it on your own time.

    Do expect to get plenty of personal enjoyment and satisfaction from

    your volunteer experiences.

    From Catch the Spirit! A Student’s Guide to Community Service published by The Prudential in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

    What is the Fairmont Preparatory Academy Community Service Program?

    Through the Fairmont Preparatory Academy (FPA) Community Service Program, students are provided with a structured program in which they can better understand the reality of service to others. Potentially, the Community Service Program will allow the student to experience community service in a dynamic way by actively participating in a wide variety of community service opportunities.

    Is participation required in FPA’s Community Service Program?

    Yes, participation in the Fairmont Preparatory Community Service Program is a graduation requirement.

    How many hours are required?

    Students must complete a minimum of 20 community service hours a year during their time at Fairmont Preparatory Academy. By spring break of the senior year, students should have accumulated a minimum of 80 hours. Students are encouraged to exceed the 80 hour requirement.

    When do the students perform their service? All service hours must be completed after school, on weekends, holidays, or during vacation periods. Students are NOT allowed to be absent from school to perform their service hours or perform community service hours during school hours. The only exception would be for a specific service learning project for a class project.

    What if I transfer to FPA? If a student transfers into FPA from another school the community service hours will be pro-rated. For example: If Johnnie transfers in as a 10th grader then he/she will be responsible for 60 hours rather than 80 hours.

    Can students get service hours through helping people individually? Helping a family member, friend or neighbor, who, for example, suffers from a serious illness or needs assistance with schoolwork, is NOT accepted in the FPA Service Program. This is considered a personal issue and NOT a form of community service. Service must be performed with a non-profit organization.

    What activities will count for community service hours at church? There are many activities through religious organizations that students can use to earn service-learning hours. These include: preparing and serving meals to homeless; working in shelters; clothing/food/book/toy drives; community improvements/renovations; or participating in community clean-up projects. As specified by the federal guidelines on the separation of church and state, service that is conducted for religious practice cannot be counted for community service/service-learning hours. This includes activities such as Altar services, Acolytes, choir, teaching and/or assisting in the teaching of Bible/Sunday school, and setting up for religious services.

    Is baby-sitting accepted in the Fairmont Preparatory Academy Community Service Program? No, students cannot babysit for neighbors, friends, or family for free and earn community service hours. However, if the student is providing a service that helps address a community need, such as supervising children on site during a PTA meeting or a community health meeting (such as Alcoholics Anonymous or political forum), these hours could count. The only acceptable form of childcare results from a service preformed at a non-profit facility that is publicly licensed.

    “I slept and dreamt that life was pleasure, I woke and saw that life was service, I served and discovered that service was pleasure.”

    ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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    Can my child earn service-learning hours at a licensed day care center? Yes. All child labor laws must be followed and the center must be licensed by the state of California. Students must be working directly with children to promote healthy child development. Acceptable activities may include reading to/with children, assisting with arts and crafts, supervising recreation time, completion of learning activities that provide school readiness, tutoring, etc…

    Additionally, students cannot be paid or used in place of a paid employee and the business cannot financially benefit from the student's participation (i.e., additional children cannot be brought into the day care facility because the student is present).

    Does clerical/custodial work count for community service hours? Clerical tasks may be a component of many valuable service-learning projects. However, these tasks must be done in a nonprofit organization and cannot be more than 25% of the service experience (e.g., answering phones, stuffing and labeling envelopes, collating, stapling, filing, faxing). Work that is considered custodial or janitorial cannot count as service-learning hours.

    Can my child work for my friend's business? All service-learning projects must meet a real community need. Students may be able to earn hours depending on the activity, but a business may not financially profit from the service-learning efforts of our students.

    Example: Students can serve at a senior citizen home if they are visiting with residents and assisting with recreational or other approved activities. Students cannot work for a business without being paid to earn hours, even under an internship or work study program, unless their service meets a community need such as assisting a restaurant in the planning and serving of a free dinner for the homeless.

    Can my child campaign for a political candidate/specific issue and earn community service hours? Yes, a student may complete independent service-learning activities for any political candidate or endorse any issue/cause of their own choosing without discrimination as long as it is done completely outside of the school day. All activities must be pre-approved and cannot be supervised by a teacher/advisor.

    Can my child earn service-learning hours by being a team manager? No. While team managers/assistants can be a valuable part of school athletic teams, participation as a manager or assistant does not meet the state requirements for service-learning. However, students assisting in the coaching and supervision of community-based teams (such as those run by County Recreation and Parks) may earn hours if they are not paid for their service.

    Can my child earn hours for participating in music/theatre productions? Students cannot earn hours for participating in a school performance or competition (such as the spring music concert). However, if the group is voluntarily performing in public (e.g., community parade or event, performing at a senior citizen center during the holidays) then students can earn service-learning hours for their service.

    Where can students go to do service hours? The best way to get a better understanding of the types of service acceptable is to refer to the following placement categories: Animal Care, Cultural, Disability, Educational, Elderly, Environmental, Fundraising, Fairmont-related, Medical, Political, Poverty, and Youth. Generally speaking, organizations/agencies that provide service in any of the aforementioned placement categories are acceptable to the FPA Community Service Program. If the volunteer work being considered does NOT fall under one of the aforementioned placement categories, please contact Mrs. Kunkle, the Director of Community Service, at [email protected] BEFORE beginning the service. Additionally, students are encouraged to use the check their Fairmont email, pay attention to the morning announcements, and/or visit Mrs. Kunkle in room 28.

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    How are group service hours documented? Students that participate in Fairmont’s group projects do not need to turn in a green community service form. By signing up, turning in the permission slip, and showing up the day of the project, hours are automatically input in their files. Students who have NOT turned in a permission slip are not able to attend the service project.

    How are individual service project hours tracked? Students that participate in individual service projects need to turn in a community service form. Every independent community service project must be pre-approved by the Director of Community Service PRIOR to beginning the project.

    Once the service project has been completed the student must turn in the form in order for their hours to be logged. Once the hours are logged, the form is placed in the student’s community service file. Students are welcome to verify their hours with Mrs. Kunkle. Students must have a community service form in their possession from the time they start volunteering at a particular organization/agency so the hours can be documented as they occur. To prevent a form from being returned and slowing the verification process, students should be sure to follow all directions and policies as disclosed on the document. Only original community service forms that have been correctly completed will be accepted. Form letters or

    certificates of achievement from an organization/agency are NOT accepted in lieu of the form, but a copy of the letter or certificate may be attached.

    How can the student make sure the service hours have been processed and recorded? Students may request a printout that details the number of hours they have served. This request can be made by sending an e-mail to Mrs. Kunkle at [email protected] Approximately one week should be allowed for processing, from the time a community service form is submitted, before a printout is requested.

    What is the “Reflection Project?” This component of the Community Service requirement provides a means for the student to look back at their experiences and contemplate thoughts and feelings as it relates to helping others after the required service hours have been successfully been completed. The outline for completing the reflection project is on page 6 of this book.

    “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

    - Marianne Williamson

    “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

    - Albert Pike

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    Community Service Quiz

    To help you understand the difference what is a service project and what is not considered service the following quiz will test your knowledge. Circle the correct answer! 1). Is babysitting my brother service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 2). Is helping out at the Boys & Girls Club service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 3). Is planting a tree in my backyard service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 4). Is planting a tree in a local park service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 5). Is working in my dad’s office service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 6). Is working at CHOC Hospital service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 7). Is participating on my school’s track team service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 8). Is fundraising and participating in the CHOC Walk or AIDS Walk service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 9). Is feeding the homeless at my church service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 10). Is teaching Bible study at my church service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 11). Is going to Skid Row in Los Angeles with some of my church members to feed the poor service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service 12). Is having a car wash fundraiser for my Travel Week trip service? a). YES, Service b). NOT Service Answer Key! 1). B 2). A 3). B 4). A 5). B 6). A 7). B 8). A 9). A 10). B 11). A 12). B