Many students in the Methacton School District are currently performing service in their community and school. The Community Service Program was created as a way to reward students who are making a difference and being active in our society.
- Students receive .25 credit for every 30 hours of documented service.
- There is no limit to the number of hours or credit each year.
- Community service credits can be used for elective credits for graduation, but cannot replace the minimum number of credits required for a student to take during a six day cycle.
- Hours are cumulative.
*************************************************************************************************************Upcoming OpportunitiesNew February 11, 2020
- Community Log Sheets and Summary forms need to be turned into the student's school counselor upon completion. Forms should be handed in for every 30 hours of completed service. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Below is a community Service opportunity, for any service minded high school student. Feel free to volunteer on your own, or connect with a friend and serve together.
Skyview is hosting a Fun A Thon is
on Friday, February 21st
for 5th and 6th grade students,
from 3:15 to 7 pm at Skyview.
If you are able to volunteer for just a couple of hours during that time stretch, we would appreciate your time. Of course, if your are able to stay for the duration, we would be happy to have you.
If you bring paperwork to the event, you can get a signature for up to 4 community service hours.
The Skyview students will be rotating through stations including
open gym, quiet time to read, crafting, and organized games.
There will also be food served in the cafeteria.
If you are willing to assist, in any of the stations, and/or support the parent volunteers manage the event,
please contact Mrs. Smith at AmyCagsSmith@gmail.com
New January 7, 2020
Volunteer Leadership Opportunity: For Pete’s Sake** is hosting a Youth Leadership Conference on February 22nd from 10-3pm at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA. Registration is FREE and the students will receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks. The students will all receive five hours of service for participating in this conference.
Students will hear from For Pete’s Sake Founder and CEO, Marci Schankweiler (Mount Saint Joseph Academy Alumna), as she discusses topics such as leadership, public speaking and what it takes to turn your dreams into a reality. Next, the students will hear from a panelist of young professionals who will discuss how and why they chose to volunteer their time at different charities and why giving back to others is so important to them. The panelists will include Cameron Cook (an oncology nurse at Penn and Methacton High School Alumni), Makala Ashmar (an FPS Traveler who is battling cancer at the age of 28) and Gabrielle Curione (a business professional and Villa Joseph Marie High School Alumna). Finally, the students will break off into smaller groups facilitated by young professionals, and the students will be given a scenario where they must plan out a successful fundraiser for an organization. Attached is a flyer with more information.
Here is the link to register https://takeabreakfromcancer.org/fps-youth-leadership-conference/
** For Pete’s Sake is a volunteer organization that assists families with cancer respite. By participating in this program, there is no commitment to volunteer for this organization.
November 12, 2019
Elmwood Park Zoo Volunteer Opportunities
The teen education volunteer program, starts up in the early spring. For that program, teens make a minimum one-year commitment of 7 hours of service per month here in the zoo. They mainly interact with our guests and assist the education department sharing information about our animals in order to inspire our guests to take action for conservation! They assist us with Giraffe and Bison feeding with the public, and this year they will be assisting with our new contact yard with our goats. If you would like more info about that opportunity, please let me know!
For more detail, below is the run down on short term volunteering at Elmwood Park Zoo:
Volunteers for special events are accepted as singles or small groups, as long as all volunteers are over the age of 14. Volunteering for events at Elmwood can be especially fun with a club, a small group of friends or group of coworkers, and is encouraged! Share the opportunity with friends or family who may also be interested in volunteering, and you help the zoo fulfill our needs!
For those wondering what volunteers do for us, Harvest Fest or Wild Lights can involve helping guests with making enrichment and/or crafts for our animals, running educational games, handing out prizes, assisting photo opportunities managing props, supervising a bonfire with s'mores making, and many other tasks. If any of the above sound interesting then consider signing up for an afternoon or even several!
*** Zoo parking during busy events RUNS OUT! You are welcome to park in free street parking spots nearby or down Harding Blvd. The best thing to do is give yourself 20 to 30 extra minutes for finding parking!
***No food will be provided for volunteers; however, food is available for purchase in the zoo.
***Remember that the volunteer opportunities at the zoo are mainly outside, so volunteers must always dress practically for the weather! For Wild lights, the events are outside, and at night! You will want to dress warmly in layers, hats, gloves and full winter clothing in order to volunteer! *
***The dress code for Harvest Fest is clean, un-ripped and un-shredded blue jeans and flannel shirts, with maybe a cowboy hat or straw hat. For Wild Lights, feel welcome to wear any kind of holiday gear, plus whatever will keep you warm!
To register for any of these events contact Sara Harrington firstname.lastname@example.org
New October 30, 2019
2019 – 2020 Woodland Chess Club Schedule
Chess Club will meet in the Woodland Library from 3:30 to 4:40 pm
ALL MEETINGS ARE ON THURSDAYS
Woodland Chess Club is looking for volunteers for their bi-monthly chess meetings. You may volunteer for 1 session or all of the sessions. It is up to you. Our club has 55 members that range from 2nd grade to 4th grade. Some of the responsibilities include keeping the members engaged in
their matches, some set-up and take down, assisting students in transitioning from one room to another and monitoring parent pick-up. Chess knowledge not necessary. Time commitment would be 3:00/3:15pm – 4:50pm.
For more information or to volunteer contact Mr. McDonough at DMcDonough@methacton.org or call at 610-489-5000 ext. 43410 and leave a message.
Chess Club Dates:
November 7th November 21st
December 5th December 19th (T-shirt info day)
January 9th January 23rd (Human Chess)
February 6th (Doubles Day)** February 20th (Tournament Start)
March 5th March 19th
April 2nd (Chess Fun Day Discussion) April 16th
May 7th May 21st (Chess Fun Day)
Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
The Kinney Center at St. Joseph’s University is looking for high school students to volunteer in their Transitional and Recreational Programing. Volunteers will serve as peer mentors to model age-appropriate behaviors and social skills for learners with autism and spectrum disorders (ASD). Current opportunities include Basketball and Karate on Saturdays and Transitional Skills on Tuesday evenings.Contact: https://kinneyautism.sju.edu/s/1378/kinney/interior-hybrid.aspx?sid=1378&gid=56&pgid=2800&cid=5127 or questions can directed to Matt Fullmer at email@example.com.
Brookdale Hospice Birthday TeamAre you at least 16 years old and want to make a difference in a Hospice Patient's life? Become part of a group of Brookdale Hospice Volunteers who help patients celebrate their birthdays. For more information about the program and training contact Lisa DiCerto, vounteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-337-1101. Brookdale is looking for students and parents to be involved.**************************************************************************************************************
Community Service Opportunities Updated February 2020 Organization Contact Person Phone Abington/Jefferson Hospital https://www.abingtonhealth.org/JoinOurTeam/volunteer/volunteering-at-lansdale-hospital/ Aclamo waiting for update (610) 277-2570 Arc Alliance Diane Poleck, operations manager email@example.com 610-265-4700 Brookdale Hospice Birthday Team Lisa DiCerto firstname.lastname@example.org Cradles to Crayons Christina Weinhardt email@example.com 215 -853-6183 Daily Bread dailybreadcommunityfoodpantry.org 610-489-5540 Elmwood Park Zoo Sara Harrington firstname.lastname@example.org Family Service for Montgomery County Tim O'Connell email@example.com For Pete's Sake Respite Foundation Madeleine Govia firstname.lastname@example.org 267-708-0510 John Jay Audubon Center Maggie Innes email@example.com Kinney Center for Autism Education at St. Joseph's University Matt Fullmer firstname.lastname@example.org Lower Providence Fire Company email@example.com Lower Providence Library Lisa Wablonski firstname.lastname@example.org Manna on Main email@example.com 215-855-5454 Mitzah Circle Carly Dougherty firstname.lastname@example.org Mitzah Circle Liz Cleary email@example.com National Charity League firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Wentz Farmstead Virginia Kopacki VKopacki@montcopa.org 610-584-5104 Red Buffalo Ranch email@example.com 610.489.9707 Sabastian Riding Cyndi MacFarland firstname.lastname@example.org 610-489-3741 Teen Talk Line waiting for update Variety Club Hannah Smith waiting for update Worcester Fire Company email@example.com