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.

Current Community Service Opportunities

SVMS 8th Grade Dance needs students to help paint glow in the dark artwork on the hands of the students. This will be a fun way to earn some hours! The dance will be held on Fri, 6/2 from 7 - 10:00 at SVHS. To sign-up, contact Kerry at

Save Our Shores Beach Clean-Up is happening every couple of weeks  on Saturday mornings. The commitment is usually 1.5 hours. Currently they have clean-ups scheduled for 6/3, 6/10 & 6/17. Check this link for new dates listed for July & August and to sign-up.

Friends of the Library Book Sale needs student helpers! You would help with keeping the books neat, cashiering, helping people to their car with their books and boxing up books at the end of the day. Event will be held at the SV Library, 251 Kings Village Rd. Sat, 6/10 from 10am - 5pm You can either work a portion of the day or all day. Contact Sheryl to sign up

Santa Cruz Metro ROADEO & Co Picnic needs help with attending games booths, concession stands, rodeo course, serving food and more. You will receive a catered lunch and a free t-shirt. The event will be on Sat, 7/22 from 8am - 4:30 You can help with partial or then entire day. Event will be held at the Metro Operations Yard, 1200 River St in Santa Cruz. Contact Donna Bauer to sign up

Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival is looking for help with set-up, parking attendant, greeting festival goers, handing out brochures, kidzone, giving breaks to artists, take down signage, take down tents, etc. Help is needed Fri 8/18, Sat 8/19 & Sun 8/20. Shifts are 4 hours but you can choose to work all day if you prefer. For more information or 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 events are held the 4th Thursday of every month 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

Vine Hill Life Lab needs help with their garden. Your tasks would include tidying, sprucing, weeding, laying down mulch, and various other jobs. You can schedule this around your availability. Contact Marina at

The Safe Schools Project a program of the Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County needs help with their LGBTQIA+ graduation celebration planning. You will help determine the theme, keynote speaker, goodie bag contents and more. You will meet 1 hour per week from March - June. To learn more or sign up, contact Brain Hanaway at or 831-427-4004

Queer Trans & Allied Student Summit of the Central Coast - Fall 2023 needs students to help with the Summit Planning Committee. You will help pick the summits theme, input on goodie bags, organize workshops for students, help choose a keynote speaker and more! Your help is needed August - October for 1 hour per week. Contact Brian Hanaway at or 831-427-4004 or fill out this google doc to get started

♦ 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

♦ 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

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



Students can earn up to 15 hours of community service through Career Exploration. They can choose to explore through career interviews, site visits/tours, job shadows, and internships.

Career Exploration Program