Student volunteers account for 15-20 percent of the 40,000+ volunteer hours contributed to Falmouth schools each year. Our students are active in both school and community activities and we encourage all students to get involved! Once students reach high school, the VIPS program works with students to log their hours in preparation for applying to internships, college, jobs, and scholarships.
What counts as volunteer time for students?
In short, nearly anything for which the does not receive financial compensation or academic credit. This could include time spent:
-coaching or tutoring
-sports team fundraisers or community events
-assisting at camps or other teaching programs
-working on extracurricular school committees or clubs
-helping out at food pantries, shelters, libraries, historical societies, hospitals, day care/child care centers, or nonprofit organizations
-volunteering at road races or other fundraisers
-working with youth groups, church groups, PTOs, or scouting groups
-assisting a neighbor with yard work
How to get started:
Students of any age can volunteer! We can provide you with ideas and contacts for organizations locally who accept student volunteers. Please note that some organizations have age restrictions, but may accept younger students accompanied by a parent or adult volunteer.
Falmouth High School students should register with VIPS by filling out the short form on the left. Depending on where the student volunteers, there may be additional requirements, such as a CORI form or references.
Click here for a list of local organizations to contact about student volunteer opportunities.
Keeping track of volunteer hours:
It's a great idea to keep track of your volunteering contributions. Once in high school, students should submit their hours to the VIPS office. This can be done online using our Volunteer Hours Log or using an actual form, available just outside the VIPS office on the bulletin board. Some students submit their hours after each event or activity, while others submit periodically. It's totally up to the student volunteer. Also, it's never too late to submit volunteer hours! For high school students, any volunteer or community service time--starting with the summer before freshman year--can be submitted right up until graduation.