Community Service for Graduation
For the Class of 2021, the Renton School Board will waive the Community Service Graduation Requirement due to the global pandemic, COVID-19.
Students are required to complete 20 hours of community service as part of their high school graduation requirements.
- Community service hours are typically completed outside of school time. Additionally, the work must be voluntary in nature and not tied to any class credit or pay.
- It is recommended that the community service be related to the student’s career exploration or to a cause about which the student feels passionate.
- Written requests for waivers shall be addressed to the Principal and will be granted when appropriate, in accordance with Procedure 2414P.
Superintendent’s Certificate of Merit
A Certificate of Merit will be issued to high school students meeting the requirements below. This recognition is designed to honor those students who demonstrate a deep commitment to serving their community by going far above and beyond the graduation requirement for community service. Community service hours may be accumulated annually or throughout the high school career. Students will keep a written log and hours must be verifiable.
- A bronze-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 80-99 hours of community service.
- A silver-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 100-119 hours of community service.
- A gold-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 120+ hours of community service.
RHS Career Center - Additional Opportunities and Resources
Renton SD Volunteer Opportunities: Various websites supported by the Renton School District.
cOMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
(Virtual or with Social Distancing)
● Northwest Harvest: Individual or group opportunities to help provide access to nutritious food for all. Individual volunteers who are between 9 and 15 years old must have a parent or guardian volunteer alongside them.
● Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC): Volunteer to foster an animal. Must be 18 years or older or have parent/guardian sign off.
● El Centro de La Raza: Remote and on-site opportunities for individuals, groups, and English or Spanish speakers.
● Catholic Community Services: Variety of opportunities that will work with your schedule.
● LibriVox: volunteers read and record chapters of books, in any language, and make them available for free on the Internet.
● Mary’s Place: Opportunities to volunteer with social distancing or virtually such as recording yourself (audio or video) reading a children’s book in any language.
● Teens Give: Volunteer to tutor children virtually.
● Letters Against Depression: Write a hand-written letter to help lift spirits of those with depression.
● Zooniverse: Virtually assist professional researchers on a variety of topics. You don't need any specialized training or background to take part. You can do as much or as little as you would like. Opportunities include volunteering on a project to transcribe, identify, classify, etc.
● Amnesty Decoders: Volunteers help researchers sift through pictures, information, and documents. You don't need any specialized training or background to take part. You can do as much or as little as you would like. If you are under 18 years old, you must have a parent/guardian give permission to share your personal information.
● National Archives: Contribute to the National Archives Catalog and help improve the accessibility of historical documents by tagging, transcribing and adding comments to records.
● eBird: Help scientists understand bird populations where you live by tracking the birds you find at home.
Volunteer Search Engines
● Points of Light : Resource list of volunteer search engines and virtual volunteering opportunities. Scroll down the website to see opportunities regarding archives and genealogy, disaster and maps, general skills, health, well-being, and empowerment, literacy, mentoring and tutoring, science, technology, and engineering, etc.
● JustServe: Connects volunteers to opportunities they might be interested in. There are COVID-19 opportunities and possibilities to volunteer from home/remotely.
● Volunteer Match: Multiple social distancing and virtual opportunities. Utilize location, on-location/virtual, and more filters features to broaden or narrow your results. Opportunities can include helping senior citizens with gardening, chores, and groceries, group craft projects to assist veterans, community gardening, environmental restoration of state parks, etc.
● United Way of King County: Multiple remote and social distance opportunities including supply drives, COVID-19 response, etc.
● City of Renton: Opportunities to volunteer in the City of Renton. Includes one-time and on-going events, group park projects, etc.
● AARP Create the Good Volunteer Search: Multiple on-location and from home/remote opportunities. Enter location, keywords for issues you are interested in e.g. hunger, and select/deselect ‘Show only Home/Remote opportunities’ to narrow or broaden your results.
● Salvation Army Renton Rotary: Many opportunities at or near Renton including helping with the food pantry, cooking and serving meals, etc.