Students in grades 9 through 12 must earn 10 hours of community service per year. It is possible to meet the requirement early; however, students may only earn 6 hours from one service activity at a time. (For instance, if a student works at vacation Bible school for a total of 15 hours, he or she will only be awarded 6 hours of community service. If that same student volunteers at vbs in the following summer, he or she once again will be credited with 6 hours of service.) Hillcrest encourages students to seek various opportunities to serve others throughout each school year.
For students who transfer to Hillcrest after their 9th grade year, their community service requirement is based on the number of years they attend HCS: 10 hours per year. Students may download community service forms here or pick one up in the counselor’s office; after forms are filled out, signed, and turned in, hours will be recorded in MSP. Seniors must have all of their required hours turned in before graduation in order to receive a diploma.
The best place to look for an opportunity to volunteer is in your own community; ask the leaders in your school, church, or town to offer you some suggestions. Still not sure where to serve? Below are some organizations that offer opportunities, and you can visit Volunteer Mississippi for even more.
Arthritis Foundation – MS Chapter
Baptist Children’s Village
Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital
Boys & Girls Club
Clinton Community Christian Corporation
Clinton Community Nature Center
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Genesis Food Bank
Good Samaritan Center
Hinds County Libraries
Magnolia Speech School
March of Dimes
Methodist Rehabilitation Center
Mississippi Blood Services
Mississippi Children’s Museum
Mississippi College and THINK Together
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Mississippi Museum of Art
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Old Capitol Museum
Ronald McDonald House