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What counts as service hours?

Volunteering Time: Any project or service that benefits the community and is performed on your own free will and without pay.  Examples include tutoring children, visiting with elderly, picking up trash in the community, or serving meals at a soup kitchen. Time spent in planning or preparation of the service can be counted as service hours.

Donating/Collecting food or goods: When documenting hours, count the time spent gathering the goods and transporting them to the site (not the quantity of goods collected).

Service Learning: Those who participate in a service learning course/activity are to document their hours spent in direct service with the community (i.e., working at a Retirement Home to teach financial skills), not their time spent in the classroom planning the activity.

What does not count for Service Hours?

  • Any event that is used to promote student organizations for the purpose of gaining new members.
  • Projects in which the organization receives monetary compensation for services and keeps the money for the organization.
  • Projects that are or promote ideas against federal, state or local laws.

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