Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do Service?
Because it’s awesome! You have many talents and skills that organizations need, so why not share your greatness with others? Through service, not only do local organizations benefit from your volunteer hours, YOU DO TOO. Student volunteers gain work related skills, explore potential careers, and learn about themselves and their communities.
What Counts as Service?
Service is work that is done voluntary (unpaid) for the benefit of others through a non-profit or public sector organization. There are four types of service:
- Direct – such as working one-on-one as a tutor
- Indirect – such as fundraising for a cause or organizing a food pantry
- Awareness—such as educating preschool students about recycling
- Advocacy—such as writing letters to local government official on behalf of an issue
All types of service counts!
ETHS (as a publicly funded organizations) does not give service credit for volunteer work that is religious in nature (religion classes, religious services, etc) or supportive of a particular political candidate or party. We recognize that these are worthwhile experiences, but they don’t count as service at ETHS.
How Do I Get Involved in Service?
Stop by the Community Service Office in W201/the Hub! We have many resources to help you find the right volunteer opportunity or start your own service project. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities page, updated weekly. Ask your friends, family, places of worship for ideas too.
How Do I Track or Log My Service Hours?
Service verification forms help you (and us) keep track of all the volunteer hours you put in! Service verification forms allow us to record your volunteer history on an official school service transcript. Verification forms can be found under Documents, on the Community Service information table in the Hub, and in the Community Service Office.
Can I Get My Family and Friends Involved?
Definitely! Service with others is a wonderful way to build team unity and have fun. Check with a local organization if they accept large groups or would be willing to take on more than one volunteer.