The Paramount Unified School District believes that community service plays an important role in education. This type of service connects students to their community and promotes the value of making a contribution to a broader cause. Paramount Unified School District will continue to support this experience with the presentation of a Community Service Cord at graduation.
What is the purpose of the community service?
The purpose of Community service is to provide students the opportunity to have a positive impact on our local community. Volunteer work for high school students can be a life-changing experience, one that allows teens to expand their horizons and foster meaningful relationships. Students are also able to build their resume and skills, which they can include in their college and scholarship applications/interviews.
What qualifies as community service?
Community service opportunities are posted on Schoology.
How do I prove my community service hours?
Students must complete a Community Service Learning Log for each organization he/she volunteers at. A supervisor's signature is required on each form. The parent of a student may not sign as the supervisor. Verification forms are located in the Counseling Office. Forms must be submitted at the end of each month and are to be turned into the Counseling Office. Hours earned over summer should be turned in at the beginning of the school year in August, no later than August 31st. The deadline for submitting community service hours is May 1st of each school year. Seniors, however, must have their requirement completed by the end of their first semester of senior year.
Community Service Graduation Cord
Students who have earned 100 hours or more of service will be awarded with a purple cord they are able to wear during the graduation ceremony.
Explore Volunteer Options
City of Paramount:
STAR After school Program. Become an elementary or middle school volunteer and assist schools with their after school events. Pick up an application in the Counseling Office and submit to the Recreation Office, located at 15300 Downey Ave. Paramount, CA 90723 or contact Recreation Department at 562-220-2121.
Become a tutor for The Paramount Petroleum Community Learning Center at Spane Park. Application is required. You can pick up application at the site located on 14400 Gundry Ave. For more information call 562-220-2250.
Application and interview required. Pick up application at 16254 Colorado Ave., or call
Compton Initiative—Just Do It:
Compton Initiative is a long-term commitment to bring restoration and hope to the community of Compton. Community clean up days are posted online. Sign up online at www.justdogood.org or call 562-817-0822
City of Downey:
- Trying to find a way to give back to your community?
- Looking to receive volunteer hours required for school?
- Want to gain skills and leadership experience?
If you answered yes to any of those questions and you are at least in middle school, then the Volunteer Program is for you! The opportunities are endless within City Hall's various departments such as: Planning, Engineering, Human Resources, Fire Prevention, and Finance. You could also be assigned to work at the youth programs at various park sites, city wide special events, summer day camps, or an ASPIRE Afterschool site. There is a $15 entry fee and/or $10 renewal fee each year and occasional meetings throughout the year. Please read the Volunteer Interest Form for additional requirements. Information or questions please call (562) 904-8145 or (562) 904-7238.
High School Students are able to participate as Volunteers at ASPIRE program sites (School sites include: Ward, Williams, Alameda, Price, Lewis, Unsworth, Gauldin, Carpenter, Old River, Stauffer, Griffiths, or Sussman), assist at City Hall, Summer Day Camps as a C.I.T., Safe Place to Play and Let's Go Play Programs, and/or all city-wide special events.
Visit website for orientation dates and Volunteer Interest form: www.downeyca.org/services/cs/volunteer.asp
PATHWAYS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Meg Fisch if you have any questions. She can be reached at 562-531-3031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Habitat for Humanity- www.habitatla.org
The Salvation Army- www.salvationarmyusa.org
City of Bellflower- www.bellflower.org/resources/community/volunteer.asp
City of Long Beach- www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation/volunteer_opportunities.asp
Aquarium of the Pacific- www.aquariumofpacific.org/volunteer
Special Olympics- www.specialolympics.org
Volunteer Match- www.volunteermatch.org