Volunteer Service Requirements
20 Hours – Grade 12 (Class of 2023 – 40hrs total to graduate)
15 Hours – Grade 11 (Class of 2024 – 45hrs total to graduate)
10 Hours – Grade 10 (Class of 2025 – 50hrs total to graduate)
5 Hours – Grade 9 (Class of 2026 – 50hrs to graduate)
Students attending Curtis High School are required to complete volunteer service with an approved non-profit (501c3) organization, as part of their CHS graduation requirement, each school year. It is important for students to give back and learn the value of helping those in need.
Volunteer service also helps students in the following ways:
Looks great on resumes and job applications
Is often a determining factor for college and scholarship applications.
Can be an excellent networking opportunity for future career goals.
The following are examples of APPROVED volunteer service activities:
Healthcare related non-profits (i.e. American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network)
Senior Centers/Assisted Living Non-Profits
Non-Profit Animal Services (i.e. Tacoma Humane Society, Animal Shelters)
Food Banks and Pantries (i.e. FISH, UP Families Unlimited Network)
Non-Profit Environmental Agencies (i.e. CHIPin!, Puget Creek Restoration Society, MetroParks)
Mission Trip – A maximum of 15 hours per day will be approved which benefits a community. You may ONLY include the hours during the mission trip, if it is during school breaks and/or summer. (Travel time does not count.)
Youth Camp Counselor – A maximum of 15 hours per day will be approved. You may ONLY include the hours during the camp, if it is during school breaks and/or summer.
6th Grade Camp Counselors can only count a maximum of 30 hours. High school students cannot count the hours of school they missed to attend camp. (The 30 hours includes the 6 hours of mandatory training beforehand)
Mentoring/Tutoring a younger child, in a lower level school, through a non-profit organization (i.e. Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, Junior High School, Intermediate School, Primary School, etc.)
Youth Sports Coach – Lower level school sports and non-profit community sports groups
CHS Clubs - Hours directly related to supporting a non-profit organization. Cannot include club meetings, or any club activities not supporting non-profit organizations.
If a student participates with their church/religious organization, only activities directly related to benefiting an external community and/or non-profit organization will be approved. (i.e. church-run food bank; food drive)
All volunteer service must be completed outside of a student's regular school day.
The following are examples of NOT APPROVED volunteer service activities:
Travel time will not be approved.
Activities only benefitting members of a club/church/religious organization will not be approved. (For example, the following are NOT APPROVED activities: church nursery; usher; church choir and band; cleaning up after church service; fundraising for the club/church/religious organization.)
Students working for free with a business or profitable organization is considered a job shadow/internship and NOT volunteer service.
High school sports managers’ and statisticians’ hours do NOT count.
High school performance hours do NOT count. (i.e. band, orchestra, pep band, theater)
Volunteering for a political campaign for an individual activity or for-profit does NOT count.
All volunteer/community service hours must be entered in Xello no later than April 30th each school year.
Pierce County Library
The Virtual Teen Council meets 2 times a week, on Monday and Thursday afternoons, to hang out, play games, plan fun events and work on library projects.
Open to youth ages 13-19 and volunteer service hours are available for participation.
To register go to piercecountylibrary.org and click on the Calendar Tab, then click on the next Monday or Thursday.
If you have questions, email: email@example.com
United way of pierce county
A collective of young people changing the world. You can join a youth-led movement for good.
Learn more by clicking HERE
Nourish Food Bank
Nourish Pierce County is the largest network of food banks in the county, that depends on many volunteers.
Must be 14yrs or older
Able to stand for stand for 3hrs and lift 25lbs.
Pass background check
For more info and to Register visit nourishpc.org/volunteer/
St. Vincent de Paul (Tacoma-Pierce County)
St. Vincent de Paul provides financial, material, and spiritual assistance and support programs.
Sorting merchandise in Production, Retail sales and listing product in our e-Commerce department.
Students can volunteer Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am – 5:30 pm in shifts of 2 hours up to a total of 6.
Visit svdptacoma.org for more information
chi franciscan health (pierce county)
The volunteers at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health are instrumental in helping us to fulfill our mission of providing quality, compassionate health care. Each year, our team of volunteers gives more than 100,000 hours of loyal service in 100 different areas—from nursing units and gift shops, to improvement efforts and special events.
Volunteers must be 16 years old.
Volunteer at St. Joseph Medical Center
United Way of pierce county
No matter what experience or time you have to give, putting your skills to use will make a significant impact in your community, and you’ll feel great from the experience.
Talk to a Volunteer Engagement Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info visit the website HERE
YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties
Join a community of individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors. Every hour you contribute provides children and adults the support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure.
Click HERE for more info.
Multicare volunteer services
MultiCare asks that volunteers make a 100-hour commitment. This requires that you volunteer approximately four hours per week for six months.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to apply. For emergency departments and other critical care areas, the minimum age is 18.
The onboarding process for new volunteers can take up to one month. We follow a very detailed process to ensure a safe and healthy environment for you, our patients and our visitors.
MultiCare will conduct a criminal background check on all volunteer applicants. MultiCare cannot accommodate court-ordered community service.
Volunteers will honor MultiCare’s Values: Respect, Integrity, Stewardship, Excellence, Collaboration and Kindness.
Click HERE for more info and to sign up
F.U.N.- Families Unlimited Network
Located in our very on city of University Place
Minimum age requirement, or adult supervision
Always looking for volunteers to help out with the Food Bank on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:30 - Noon, and from Noon - 2:30, and Saturdays 8:30 to noon. Also looking for volunteers to help with food pickups from local grocery stores Monday - Saturday from 8:30 - Noon. Give them a call at 253-460-3134 if you would like to help!
Volunteer Form and more info can be found HERE
Habitat for humanity- tacoma/pierce county
Minimum age requirement of 16.
New Volunteer Orientation is the first step.
Visit the website HERE for more info
Tacoma & Pierce County- Visit HERE for more info
16 years of age or older.
Must be able to get to our shelter location in Tacoma for volunteer shifts. We do not offer remote volunteer opportunities at this time.
Able to make a minimum commitment of 6 hours per month for at least 6 months.
Able to squat, bend, twist, lift, or stand for long periods of time when working directly with the animals.
A people person, as well as an animal person.
Committed to creating a compassionate community for not only animals but also for the people that love them.
Volunteers needed for many positions
Help with distribution to Little Free libraries (Community Outreach)
Call 253-627-5405 for more info
Copy of their covid-19 card
Pierce Conservation Habitat Stewardship
Learn how YOU can create and restore wildlife habitat in Pierce County at our habitat steward training. No prior experience necessary, just the desire to get outdoors.
Pierce Conservation District Habitat Stewardship has sites all across Pierce County, but the closest site for Curtis Vikings is Whittier Park in Fircrest!
Whittier park sits next to the Leach Creek headwaters, which flows into Chambers Creek and then into Puget Sound.
Learn more and apply: https://piercecd.org/528/Habitat-Stewardship
Calendar of events:
Curran apple orchard
U.P. Historical Society