Service Learning

Register for the NAHS Service Learning Remind by texting @NAHSSL to 81010.  
You'll receive notifications on upcoming events as they are made aware to me.
  1. What is Service Learning

  2. Four Steps for Success for Service Learning

        I.   Read the Guidelines
        II.  Approval of the Opportunity by Mr. McNichols (If not already on the pre-approval list below)
        III. Document/Log Your Hours
        IV. Submit your verification/log sheet to Mr. McNichols in F-201
  3. Guidelines

  4. Approval Info/Service Learning Proposal Form

  • Required for opportunities NOT on the pre-approved list below.
                Note: There are two type of opportunities available for Service Learning: 
a.Those ON the pre-approved list below.  These activities may be completed immediately by contacting the person indicated at that opportunity.  No pre-approval form is needed for these opportunities.
b.Those NOT ON the pre-approved list that you know about that need to be approved by Mr. McNichols PRIOR to completing any hours.  COMPLETING HOURS WITHOUT APPROVAL MY RESULT IN THE HOURS NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  1. Sponsor Verification/ Hours Log Sheet

Pre-Approved Immediate/Upcoming Opportunities

  • On-Going Opportunity: City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Tree Planting Program. Through this program, we will host tree planting events in city parks, to be held on Saturdays during fall and spring. Generally, these events run from 9:30am-1:30pm. Events will be listed at the link below. At this same link, an account can be created, where you can then sign up for individual events and be alerted when new events are created.  Jim Palus, and I serve as the tree planting coordinator
  • NAHS Key Club
  • Columbus Metro Library's Friends of the Library program, Reading Buddies. The program uses staff, volunteers and volunteens to read with children in K-3rd grade, one-on-one, to help build reading skills in preparation for the 3rd Grade Reading Assessment. The more volunteers that we have, the more students we can help. If your schedule allows, please consider volunteering for this program. Following is a message from Sue Wolford, CML Volunteer Manager, on how to sign up:

Pre-Approved On-Going Opportunities/Organizations

The opportunities at the organizations listed below are pre-approved and you can begin them immediately by contacting the person listed at that opportunity.

AT New Albany High School

  • NAHS students: The New Student Network is looking for student ambassadors to meet new students who move to New Albany during the summer, volunteer at the New Student Orientation at the beginning of the school year, and give tours to new students. If you are interested, please sign up through this survey: or email
  • NAHS Key Club
  • Various on-going opportunities are available through:
    • Mrs. Dildine, Mrs. Venne, Mr. Falk, Mr. Lemberg, Ms. Horton, Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Galbreath (in the winter)-See them for more details.
    • Peer Buddies Contact Daphne Hess via email or via phone 519-6468 (Posted 9/9/08)

Outside of New Albany High School

Central Ohio Service Learning Search Engines

  • LifeTown is a simulated “village” that serves to bridge the gap between classroom instruction and real life learning that often exists for students with special needs.  We have recently moved to a brand new building and the "village" located at 6220 East Dublin Granville Road in the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center.  The heart of LifeTown is the volunteers. Volunteers role-play to serve as the librarian, pet shop owner, safety officer, banker, manicurist, etc. when school groups visit. Volunteering at LifeTown is fun, easy and highly rewarding.  Each shift runs from 10am to noon and there is other planning and projects that can be done by your students at other times.  You can visit LifeTown on the web at Contact: Cheryl Sher, 614.774.3403
  • FIRSTLINK - FIRSTLINK's Mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of life in the greater Columbus community by mobilizing volunteers and connecting people to critical community resources. The FIRSTLINK directory is the most comprehensive resource of service providers in Central Ohio. They also provide many other services too numerous to mention here. Looking for service opportunities in Columbus? Check the FIRSTLINK website.
  • UGIVE.ORG is a non-profit organization on a mission to catalyze, excite and empower the next generation of volunteers.  We make philanthropy relevant to students, guiding them to give their time and talents to build communities. Our goal is to create LIFE-LONG GIVERS! FREE access to volunteer opportunities for ALL types of causes that meet their own interests and schedules - all UGIVE posted opportunities are with 501(c)3 nonprofits or schools. FREE online verified service resume to use for school requirements and college apps. Opportunity to earn National Jefferson Awards and "Hall of Fame" school status. Priceless opportunity to connect with like-minded students to serve and change the world!

New Albany, Central Ohio & Beyond

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross Volunteer Form or call 253-2740 ext.2355
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • #23 Columbus Metoropolitan Library-New Albany Branch.  Interested students should go to the New Albany Library and ask for Erica 645-2275
  • CML-New Albany Library, Homework Help Center.  In our Homework Help Center, we offer K-12 students a place to do homework Monday-Friday from 3-6pm.  We also have computers, school supplies, and staff and volunteers available to assist with school assignments.  I am currently seeking motivated high school students (ages 16 and up) who would like to help out once a week in the center.  This would be a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are looking for an additional community service opportunity.  We see a wide range of students in the center, from younger students who need a “Reading Buddy” to middle school students who have questions about math assignments or need someone to help them study for a test.  If you are interested, you can fill out the library’s online application: or contact Cate Daily at for more information.

  • Children's Hospital Teen Volunteer Program
  • Children's Hospital TWIG Program
  • Circle of Friends-Run for the Rainbow 5K Run/Walk & Kid's Fun Run in New Albany
  • Columbus Recreation & Parks, includes Inniswoods
  • Diabetes Association
  • Downs Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, contact:
  • Habitat for Humanity-Helps provide housing for those who've never owned a home.  Contact Mr. Mitchell
  • Habitat for Humanity Restore-3140 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224,, (614) RESTORE (737-8673),, Map and Directions
  • Helping Horses Help Kids
  • Humane Society
  • Jerseys of Hope-Non-profit organization committed to inspiring a sense of community and well-being in hospitals through the donation of new and gently used athletic jerseys to be worn by patients rooting for their favorite team.  Contact, go to, or contact 614-668-3088.  You can drop off jerseys at 7061 Bowermoss Dr, New Albany, OH 43054
  • LifeTown is a simulated “village” that serves to bridge the gap between classroom instruction and real life learning that often exists for students with special needs.  We have recently moved to a brand new building and the "village" located at 6220 East Dublin Granville Road in the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center.  The heart of LifeTown is the volunteers. Volunteers role-play to serve as the librarian, pet shop owner, safety officer, banker, manicurist, etc. when school groups visit. Volunteering at LifeTown is fun, easy and highly rewarding.  Each shift runs from 10am to noon and there is other planning and projects that can be done by your students at other times.  You can visit LifeTown on the web at Contact: Cheryl Sher, 614.774.3403
  • LifeCare Alliance-LifeCare Alliance, Central Ohio's premier Meals-on-Wheels provider for thirty years, continues to serve older adults and the chronically ill residents of Franklin and Madison counties 365 days a year. In addition to Meals-on-Wheels, LifeCare Alliance provides visiting nurses, nurse practitioner, dietitians, wellness center, community senior centers homemakers and home health aides.
  • Make A Wish Foundation
  • MAP Furniture Bank - The MAP (Material Assistance Providers) Furniture Bank is a nonprofit organization providing free furniture and household appliances to Central Ohio families living in empty houses. The Furniture Bank exists entirely through the generous contributions of money, furniture and time from individuals, corporations, charitable foundations and area social service agency partners. The MAP Furniture Bank is located at 118 S. Yale Avenue in Columbus, Ohio (43222). To inquire about how to volunteer for or contribute to this worthy program, phone (614) 272-9544 or e-mail:
  • Mid-Ohio Food Bank
  • New Albany Chamber of Commerce
  • New Albany Art Council
  • NAHS athletic department needs volunteers for clerical tasks.  Please contact Mrs. Ferguson for details. Email Mrs. Ferguson or Call - 413-8325
  • #27: New Albany Chamber, 220 Market Street, Suite 204,New Albany, Ohio  43054 (Located within walking distance from the High School). Seeks students willing to work on projects to earn Community service hours.

    School Year Office Hours, 3-5 p.m. after school, Work on projects in the chamber office.

    Summer Office Hours, Work on projects Mon thru Fri., Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Email your interest to: or call 855-4400

  • #26: New Albany Parks: Seeking seasonal part time help for the New Albany Plain Local Joint Parks.  Job duties include drag and line baseball fields, paint soccer, lacrosse, football fields, handling of some trash, and assisting with other projects. Contact Dave Wharton, Director at 614-939-7275
  • New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society,
    • New Albany Gardens & Care Center 5691 Thompson Rd, Columbus, OH - (614) 855-8866
    • Broadview Health Center, 5151 N Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, OH - (614) 337-1066
    • Summerville Senior Living, 5055 Thompson Rd, Columbus, OH - (614) 855-3700
  • New Albany Pet Rescue: Website or Facebook
  • Plain Township Volunteers: Township, Fire Department, Aquatic Center, etc.  If interested, contact Mary Fee
  • Ronald McDonald House- Various Special Events and on-going opportunities
  • YWCA Kids Place after school program.  There are many ways they can help through our art projects, science activities, etc  Contact Patty Parker, Site Director New Albany, 65 S Fourth St, Columbus, OH 43215 , p # 614-266-3188
  • #25:The Salvation Army Choice Food Pantries, Canned Food Drives, Coats for Columbus & Coat Collection Drives (Sept & Oct), Christmas Cheer (Dec 15-19, 2008) and After School Learning Centers (Sept-May).  Contact Jean Griffith, Volunteer Coordinator, at 614-358-2627 or
  • Special Olympics
  • Sunrise Sanctuary Animal RescueFounded in 2001 by director Mindy Mallett, Sunrise Sanctuary, Inc. is a private 16-acre animal rescue and sanctuary located in Marysville, just west of Dublin, Ohio. We are a non-profit charity (IRS# 20-0065462) who relies on your donations to care for the animals.  Sunrise provides a safe haven for over 170 abused, neglected, disabled and otherwise unwanted animals to live out the balance of their natural lives in a loving small farm setting. This is a permanent shelter for the animals providing kindness, knowledgeable care, and respect. All our animals are rescues.  Since we are a non-profit sanctuary, all animals will live out their lives in peace... with your help.
  • Village of New Albany

#16: The Columbus Recreation and Parks has many opportunities available

  1. Park/Trail One Day Cleanups
            -Any day, any time throughout the year
            -Any Columbus Recreation and Parks Department park
            -Bags & gloves provided
            -Great group community service project
            -Contact the Volunteer Office at 645-3641 or
  2. Adopt A Park/Trail
            -Miles of trails & hundreds of parks
            -Clean-ups 4 times a year
            -Bags & gloves provided
            -Great student and business group service project
            -Contact the Volunteer Office at 645-3641 or

There are other opportunities going on year long.  You can choose to work at one of the parks or a rec. center, or work at a specific event.  Special Events include Senior Olympics, Ohio Wheelchair games, Outdoor Education events, Cultural Arts events, and so on.  For an information packet, or visit their web page at  There is volunteer information on the left side of the page under Opportunities.

#17: New Albany Youth Lacrosse has requested our assistance in providing referees for the grades 3 thru 6 girls and boys lacrosse games. You will receive either $$$ or service hours for the time spent. The lacrosse coach, Scott Hamilton supports this community service - as long as you are not missing games or practice time. If you are
interested contact Dave Ferguson at 855-0314 and he will schedule you into the games on a first come first serve basis.

#20: A Tutor or Buddy is needed for students in the 2-5 elementary and the Middle School.  This would be during school hours.  If this is something you are interested in, see Ms. Mannarelli in the high school office.
#24: Junior League of Columbus is currently seeking High School Volunteers over the age of 15 to participate in several upcoming events.  The Junior League of Columbus is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Contact Joanna Neubroch External Volunteer Coordinator 614-546-9409

#28: New Albany Symphony needs student volunteers to write program notes for 4 concerts, ushers, string players to copy bowings into parts, ticket takers, etc. Contact Heather Garner 283-9658 symphony # is 323-1237 symphony e-mail is web site is
#9: Tutoring Opportunities at the Middle School High school students are needed to help with tutoring at the middle school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school 2:30-3:30 in the Middle Computer Lab Room 205. Contact Cathy Nicholson at the middle school or 413-8513

#2: WEB MASTER: The Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a non-profit, faith-based, free clinic for the adult uninsured located at 1421 Morse Road.  The Center is looking for a volunteer with web master skills to assist in promoting the program in the community.  The responsibilities of the Web Master include: Establish a web site for the free clinic, maintain data updates, coordinate the web site with the Executive Director.  Contact: Joyce Bourgault, Executive Director,, 614-778-0153 (Posted 9/4/08)

#30 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts We rely upon a small group of positive individuals to work behind the scenes to coordinate many events at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts.  Volunteers are utilized as ushers, ticket takers, greeters and more for each performance.  We also have opportunities available in the McCoy Center office that include administrative tasks, as well as internet research for marketing purposes. Dates and times are ongoing and flexible.  This opportunity will serve New Albany residents and members of surrounding central Ohio communities Contact:  Julie Kriss,, 855-3913, x276 (Posted 8/08)
#40: You may earn service learning hours by working in the after school Homework Support Center. Students are needed to help with tutoring in the Homework Support Center Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday after school in the high school library. Please contact Mrs. Dildine or Mrs. Leeman if you are interested. (Posted 3/09)

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