WHAT is community service?

Community service is a non-paying job performed by a student for the benefit of the community or its institutions.

WHY do community service?

Engaging in community service provides students with the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Community service enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most.

The only graduation requirements for community service are the hours completed through Living Skills.  There are other classes that may assign community service as part of their coursework.

Service events

President’s Volunteer Service Award, Fall submission period: September date TBD

Service Fair:  Fall date TBD

Service Day: Spring date TBD

Tracking volunteer hours

Track volunteer hours using HelperHelper App

Download HelperHelper from App Store, Google Play or use Helper Helper website (https://app.helperhelper.com)

Login using school email address (username).  Contact Karla Larson (klarson@pausd.org) for password.

Submit volunteer hours.  Be sure to include the activity coordinator’s name and current email address and cell phone number.  Verification email/text automatically sent to coordinator for approval of hours.

TIP: Enter volunteer hours as they are earned.

President’s Service Volunteer Award

President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)
This is a civil award issued to recognize individuals that achieve a certain number of volunteer hours within a 12-month period.  Although there are multiple levels of this national award, Paly will only award the PVSA at the following levels:

    Teen (<16 yrs old)
    Gold Award –– 100+ hours
    Young Adult (>16 yrs old)
    Bronze Award – 100 - 174 hours
    Silver Award – 175 – 249 hours
    Gold Award – 250+ hours

Recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

Students may be awarded multiple President’s Volunteer Service Awards during their time at Paly.

Submission periods for the President’s Service Volunteer Award requests are accepted twice per year, once in the fall semester and again in the spring semester.  These submission periods will be announced via Schoology and posted on this website.