Community Service Info & Form
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Community service, like other outside activities, plays a role in the college admissions process because it gives a window into the personality and interests of the applicant. Most colleges like to see long-term involvement in just a few activities with leadership roles in at least one of them. Don't forget to keep track of your all your contributions and turn them into your Academic Advisor in Student Services.
Class of 2017 - 24 hours per year required
Starting with the class of 2018 - Community service hours will not be a requirement for graduation. While Monte Vista will always desire for students to learn servant leadership, the plan is to integrate service into curriculum and provide many opportunities throughout the year.
Many students already participate in community service projects with their church or an organization like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. If you're looking for other opportunities, feel free to contact one of these great organizations. Many of them work in multiple counties.
If you know of an organization or a one-time event looking for volunteers, please contact your Academic Advisor so we can get the word out.
California Rodeo Salinas (minimum 16 years old)
(831) 775-3100 or VolunteerServices@CaRodeo.com
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Cheryl Anderson - (831) 335-3183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (13-17 years old with a parent; 18 years old without)
Erin Conway - (831) 454-7202 or email@example.com
California Native Plant Society: Habitat Restoration
Linda Brodman - (831) 462-4041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Our Shores
(831) 462-5660 or email@example.com
UC Santa Cruz Aboretum (under 18 must bring parent)
American Cancer Society
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)
Dominican Hospital (minimum 16 years old)
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
Forbes Ellis - (831) 430-3045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services
Mariela - (831) 724-9100 or email@example.com
Grey Bears Foundation
Michelle - (831) 479-1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Watsonville Senior Center(831) 722-1333
Habitat for Humanity (minimum 16 years old)
(831) 469-4663 or email@example.com
Second Harvest Food Bank
Silvia Marmolejo - (831) 722-110 ext. 205 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Community
(831) 338-2128 or email@example.com
Central Coast YMCA
See website for phone numbers of Salinas, South County, Watsonville, San Benito, and Monterey YMCA branches.
City of Watsonville Parks & Community Services
Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Ron D'Alessandro - (831) 621-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Peer Court
Amelia Bonilla - (831) 466-5709
Youth N.O.W. Tutoring Center
Still can't find what you're looking for? Try these websites for additional opportunities:
Santa Cruz Public Libraries has an extensive list of local youth volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has many ongoing projects.
Volunteer Match is a search engine for community service opportunities.