Community Service

Community Service is a graduation requirement for all SVHS students.

The minimum commitment is 40 hours over four years for an average of 10 hours per year. Students who have not been at SVHS for the full four years need only to complete community service hours for the years they have attended SVHS. Community Service hours must be completed by May 1st of the Senior year.

Service projects and activities are often a transforming element for the individual student as they have the potential to nurture and mold the global citizen. Service involves interaction such as the building of links with individuals or groups in the community. The community may be the school, the local district, or it may exist on national and international levels, such as undertaking projects of assistance in a developing country. Service activities should not only involve doing things for others but also doing things with others and developing a real commitment to them. The relationship should, therefore, show respect for the dignity and self-respect of others.

Community Service hours must be documented by completing the Community Service Agreement and Reflection Form (on the back). The Agreement must be signed by the supervisor of the activity, and the Agreement and Reflection Form must be on file in the Office of the Registrar. 

Note:  Some service programs require training prior to being able to enter into service.  Training hours will not be applied to the Community Service graduation requirement.

Career Exploration Program

Current Community Service Opportunities

Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Stewardship is celebrating TEENS for the month of February. Every Saturday in February they are hosting an event where students help with trail maintenance and at the end of the shift you will be rewarded with free pizza and gift tokens for Penny Ice Creamery. Sat, 2/4 9am - 1pm. Wilder Ranch sign up Sat, 2/11 9am - 1pm. University Connector Trail sign up Sat, 2/18 9am - 1pm. Cotoni-Coast Dairies sign up Sat, 2/25 9am - 1pm. DeLaveaga Park sign up

SVEF Casino Night needs helpers for set-up, tickets, coat check and clean-up. Sign up times vary between 4:30pm and 12:00 midnight. Event will be held at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 370 Kings Village Rd. Sat, 2/11 To sign up click here

Autism Family Network is once again starting up their monthly bowling events and they need helpers to assist special needs individuals on how to bowl. The bowling event is 2/23 and will meet the 4th Thursday of every month thereafter from 3:30 - 5:30 at the Boardwalk Bowl: 115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz. For more information or to sign up, contact Elisabet at 818-4121 or

Scotts Valley Friends of the Library is having a children & young adult book sale on Sat, 3/18 from 10am-3pm Help is needed for any part or all of those hours. Your job will include straightening books, calculating totals and boxing up any remaining books at the end of the day. Contact Sheryl Andersen to sign up or 831-345-0348 call/text

  Homework Club Vine Hill needs high school students to help 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders with homework. Volunteers are needed Mondays & Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 in Mrs. Bright's room, P8 and on Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 in Ms. Blue's room, P1. To sign up, contact

♦ YMCA Camp Campbell is looking for responsible high schoolers to volunteer to be a cabin leader while developing their leadership skills, earning community service hours, and helping create a memorable educational experience for 5th and 6th graders. Volunteers commit to Monday through Thursday. See Amy Paul Paul for weeks. To sign up or to get more information, contact Manager of Volunteer Services at 

♦ Santa Cruz Public Library system needs help at their Felton branch. You would be part of the North County Advisory Council for Teens (ACT). Your duties would include advise and assist the library staff, implement teen services & programming. You would also assist with library programs and events. Your commitment would be the second Sunday of every month 2-4pm at the Felton Library 6121 Gushee St. For more information contact Ivan at 831-427-7700 x7752 or

Beach Clean-Up is happening every couple of weeks Saturday mornings. The commitment is usually 1.5 hours. Contact Lucy at 831-226-9575 or to find out when and which beach they will be at.

♦ Canham Horse Farm Rescue is looking for students to help with their horses that have been rescued from abuse, neglect or from the wild. They're creating a program called "Horses Helping Humans" and would like to invite the community to their facility to take part. These events require improvements be made to their facility that you can also help with. Please contact Janet if interested at or text her at 831-359-6224 

♦ Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz are looking for students to help with their ongoing projects. MBOSC are offering regular weekday drop-in trailwork hours typically Tuesday through Friday and you can attend for as little or as long as you'd like. Please just RSVP so they know how many volunteers to expect. MBOSC provides all tools and equipment along with guidance from staff. For more information visit or contact Emma at

♦ Vine Hill School is looking for students to come Mondays or Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 to read with students. You will listen to them read and help them sound out words if they get stuck. For more information or to sign up, contact MacKenzie Keller

SVHS Campus Beautification Seeking help for litter pick-up, light weeding. pruning, etc Contact Amy Paul in the College and Career Center

♦ Beach Beautification Third Saturday of every month Contact 462-5660 or

 Dominican Hospital Gift shop, nursing units, general office work, etc

Contact 462-7740

♦ Animal Service Authority Dog walking, kennel cleaning, playing with small caged animals, office support

Contact 454-7200

Beach Flats Food Pantry Work with Valley Vineyard Church to bag groceries for distribution in the Beach Flats Community

Contact 438-3456

Save Our Shores Beach clean-up

Contact 462-5660

♦ Second Harvest Food Bank Help organize organize and hand out supplies

Contact 706-6113

♦ Brook Knoll Elementary School Various school projects, volunteering in classrooms as teacher aids, etc. Project specific, not to exceed 15 hours

Contact Josh Wahl, Principal 423-2454

 Vine Hill Elementary School Various school projects, volunteering in classrooms as teacher aids, etc. Project specific, not to exceed 15 hours

Contact Tracey Neilsen, Principal 438-4087

♦ Scotts Valley Middle School Various school projects, volunteering in classrooms as teacher aids, etc. Project specific, not to exceed 15 hours

Contact Joe Allen, Principal 438-0610


►  You can check your Community Service hours in Synergy at the bottom of Course History.

► Pre-approved service opportunities may be found on the link to the right.

►  Community Service opportunities are posted in SVHS College & Career Center.

►  See YouthServe for community service opportunities in our county.

►  The annual SVHS Community Service Fair is held on campus every September.

►  New postings may be found on this website.


Community Service Coordinator

Amy Paul


To read more on community service policy


We have a calendar including information on community service opportunities, colleges visiting SVHS & college preview days.