As Christians, we are called to live as Jesus lived. One important way we do this is by serving those in need. Through volunteering, students develop a strengthened sense of social responsibility, form relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, and witness first-hand the impact their efforts make in the community.
Students assist more than 100 non-profit organizations each school year, dedicating 60,000+ hours to serving others. By the time a student graduates, she will have given at least 205 hours of service. Many students perform far more the required number, and some outstanding volunteers are often rewarded with additional scholarship funds when they apply to college. Eighth graders are required to serve 25 hours a year, and freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to serve 45 hours a year.
Your time is valuable – to others and to you! When volunteering, choose organizations that interest you. Love animals? Help out at a local shelter. Enjoy being outside? Work at a park. People person? Consider volunteering with the elderly or special needs children. You can also obtain service hours through clubs. (MCA's clubs often have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.)
Make the most of your time! View our list of non-profits for ideas, do your research, and find the right activity for you.
- Brown Foundation Outstanding Community Service grant recipient
- 174 Presidential Service Awards
- 61,923 student service hours volunteered
- Over 100 community organizations served
Questions about Community Service?
PATHS and Service Learning Coordinator