Community Service


Did you know that all  sophomores, juniors and seniors are NOT required to attend school on August 16 and that only freshmen come on this day? To make up for this extra day off, we ask all 10th-12th graders to complete 6 hours of community service for an organization of their choice — a great chance for them to give back to the community and use their gifts, talents and skills in service to others. These 6 hours can be performed AT ANY TIME DURING THE SUMMER as long as it is completed by September 30, 2023.  In order to have these hours count, please make sure it meets the following criteria: 

  • Completed during the summer - June 1 through September 30, 2023. 

  • Entered online in your Naviance/x2Vol portfolio  by September 30, 2023.

  • Need help with posting your hours on x2Vol? 

  • Any student who does not have her or his summer service submitted online by 9/20/23  will be marked unexcused for August 16, 2023

Need a great idea for doing service in July? Go to x2Vol and search “Summer Institute for Authentic Learning.” This conference is being held at UAHS on July 19-20, 2023, and they are looking for volunteers! You can pick up ALL your hours at this event AND it will be easy and fun. 

All volunteer activities are subject to the UA Rules for Community Service:

  • Completed without pay.

  • Completed for someone other than a family member.

  • Completed for the school or service agency/organization. Volunteering with “for-profit” companies is not considered community service, unless you are participating in a community event sponsored by a “for-profit” company.  

  • Youth in the Booth does not count as community service, unless you have donated your pay and can produce a receipt.

  • All political activities must be non-partisan (i.e., working for the League of Women Voters or Get Out the Vote. NOT - working for a specific campaign for a candidate)

  • Extended service trips/camps can receive a maximum of 18 hours per day. This includes 6th grade camp (maximum of 48 hours for 6th grade camp).

  • Religious activities count with the exceptions of teaching or preaching.

Ideas for virtual service:   

Questions? Contact Jeanne Gogolski, Career Development/Service-learning Coordinator,  [email protected].

Suggested Resources

If you need some ideas about who to help and where to serve, check out the section called “Opportunities” in x2VOL. Don’t see anything that interests you? You can also go to Hands On Central Ohio and use their search to find other volunteer opportunities in areas like homelessness, hunger, tutoring and animal welfare to name a few. Another great website to find service opportunities is where it is easy to find locations within 5 miles of Upper Arlington. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Gogolski, Career Development/Service-learning Coordinator, at [email protected].
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