By Michael angelo Tan
There are numerous activities that are offered by clubs for community service hours around campus. Students are required to complete community service with a total of forty hours in order to graduate and receive certain honors. If one obtains more than the required hours, they will receive special recognition at the graduation ceremony. Clubs that offer opportunities for volunteer hours include Key Club, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Interact, and many more.
The president of the Key Club, Senior Isaiah Lara, stated, “The importance of community service is to ensure that students are well adapted to a wide variety of future activities, while still benefiting the community.” Community service does not only allow students to collect hours towards the requirement, but it also gives students the opportunity to give back to their community. Lara adds on, “One can get in contact to get community service hours by reaching out to any local business with a 501c [non-profit organization], so any local elementary school, middle school, even just by simply talking to one of the counselors at Chaparral.” A 501c organization is any corporation, unincorporated association or any other type of organization exempt from federal income tax.
One alternate way to receive hours is to offer help at various elementary schools, such as Nicolas Valley Elementary School (NVES) or Ysabel Barnett Elementary School (BES). Often, these schools hold events such as fall festivals or other after-school events that require student or adult help. Some of these events require one to run food booths, help set up for an activity booth, or supervise younger kids. BES is going to be running a harvest festival today, giving high school students the opportunity to volunteer for community service hours.
Upcoming events that students can partake in to obtain their required hours are the Canned Food Drive, the Temecula Quilt show, and many more. On campus clubs such as Key Club provide a various amount of ways to give back to the community. Recently, Key Club participated in the Temecula Quilt show, where students helped set up and aid in the show for approximately eight hours. Another upcoming event that students may be interested in is the canned food drive organized by Key Club, which is taking place from October 11 up until the first week of November. During the canned food drive, students can compete against other and the event can turn into a competition between classes on campus. For every five cans students bring in, they can receive one hour of community service with a maximum amount of up to twenty hours. The canned food drive takes place during the students’ third period class and results in a prize for the winning class or tied classes.
Students continue to look for different events in the community to make the world a better place; community service is not only to gain hours towards graduation, but to meet new people, make an impact on the community, and help others through the form of following rules or leading a group. By volunteering for these activities, it helps one build several key skills such as one’s communication, leadership skills, and decision-making skills. If one is desperately in need of community service hours, it is recommended that they join multiple clubs and speak to different club advisors for more information.