Community Service

Upcoming Event:

Monday, April 23rd – Service Day
Make a difference in your community at Paly's Annual Service Day and earn community service hours! Whether you enjoy getting to know senior citizens, preparing care packages, or caring for the environment, Service Day has something for everyone.
To sign up:


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.

Transcript Hours
Volunteer hours earned by a student after promotion from the day after 8th grade promotion until the fall of senior year will be reported on a student’s transcript.  The student must perform a minimum of 100 hours of service during this time period.

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.

HOW do you…?
…Track volunteer hours using HelperHelper App

  • Download HelperHelper from App Store, Google Play or use Helper Helper website (
  • Login using school email address (username).  Contact Karla Larson ( 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.

…Submit hours for President’s Service Volunteer Award
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. 

Community Service Opportunities:



Ongoing Opportunities:
…coming soon.

    Email Karla Larson,


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