Community Service & Service Learning

  • Welcome to the Shorecrest High School Community Service program

    Community Service Graduation Requirement for all Classes

    Si a usted o a su padre de familia o tutor legal le interesaría recibir cualquier información de las siguientes en su primer idioma, por favor consulte al Orientador Académico. Si llama a la oficina de Orientación al 206.393.4296, pueden devolverle la llamada usando un intérprete.

          Shoreline School District prepares students for success in post-secondary education, gainful employment, productive citizenship and help them to develop the skills for lifelong learning. To that end, all Shoreline high school students are required to complete and record a total of 40 hours of community service by the end of their high school career.

         Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least 10 hours per year, ideally completing 40 hours by the end of their junior year. This leaves time for completing the High School and Beyond Plan during senior year. Use forms available in the College & Career Center - and in the documents library here - to get credit for your volunteerism. Students who arrive after fall of their freshman year may have their requirement pro-rated. Hours can be earned to the quarter-hour. 

          There are two large notebooks in Shorecrest's College & Career Center. Both are filled with with long-term volunteer ideas. Scroll down for short-term volunteer events and community service opportunities - or consider making your own service opportunity via a non-profit organization. Use your own creativity and ambition!

           Please go to the bottom of this page for information about how to use forms and which hours are eligible. 

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    May 2020

    Important: If you find your own projects, they must be state-registered 501-c 3 non-profit organizations.         This means schools and faith organizations (churches, mosques, temples) qualify. 


    Rally for Hopelink! Shorecrest junior Ian Prosser is organizing a food drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at Shoreline Center’s west-side parking lot, 18560 1st Ave N.E. Drop off your food items, but stay in your vehicles and volunteers will do the rest. All food collected will be delivered to Hopelink’s Kirkland Distribution Center. Hopelink is collecting only nine item types at this time: Mac & Cheese; Peanut Butter; Cereal; Instant Oatmeal (box with packets); Canned Tuna or Ham; canned Chili or Stew; canned fruit; canned vegetables and canned beans. Want to volunteer? Volunteering is limited to high school students or adults only. Sign up at

    Shift 1 is from 7-10 a.m. Shift 2 is from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Community Service hours will be awarded. Teen volunteers MUST bring a community service form signed by a parent or guardian, and handed in to the volunteer check-in table upon arrival. The Signup Genius link, Shorecrest Community Service form and Hopelink flyer can be found on the Shoreline PTA Council website,

    PLEASE NOTE: Event organizers will follow strict social distancing guidelines: gloves and masks are required. A limited number of masks, and gloves will be available if needed.  

    Hunger Intervention Program: Join a “packing party” to make sure healthy weekend meal bags go home to local elementary school kids. HIP AmeriCorp hosts packing parties the first Thursday of each month (3:15-4:45 p.m.)  and third Wednesday of each month (5-6:30 p.m.) at Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 N.E. 123rdSt., in the fellowship hall. Details: Frankie Beach, 206.538.6567,

    Ballard Food Bank: Apply online at least two weeks before you plan to volunteer. Shifts are available Mondays and Thursday, 8 a.m.-7p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m, at 5130 Leary Ave. N.W., Seattle, 206.789.7800. Download a volunteer application and email your completed application to Once we complete the background check, we will call you and schedule a time for you to volunteer. are open hours for volunteers:
    The most needed times are from 1-7:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Food bank is operating as a drive-through and home deliveries. No clients enter the building. 

    Blood Drives: Support BloodworksNW and earn at least 2.25 volunteer hours by donating blood. Blood Centers require parent permission forms for all first-time 16- and 17-year-old donors. Photo ID required. Details: 800.398.7888 or

    Edmonds Food Bank: Set up, serve customers, and/or clean up during new Monday schedule, 2-7 p.m., at Edmonds Food Bank, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds. Minimum two-hour shift required; customer service shifts from 4-6 p.m. Teen volunteers 14 or older need parent permission to volunteer. Details/registration: Lindsay Hogan, 631.827.3876. lindsayh@edmondsumc.org

    North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank: Help us feed our North Seattle neighbors at food bank distributions, Thursdays (4-7 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) in Lake City, south of Fred Meyer. All volunteers are required to fill out an application; those under 18 need parental permission. If interested, please contact: Lara, 206.367.3477 - 

    all Tutor Spots postponed

    **POSTPONED**Ridgecrest Elementary:

    • Polaris/Arabella Homework Club:

    Meets Thursdays, 3:15-4 p.m. at Polaris community space by the main office.

    Students who speak languages other than English especially welcome.


    • ELL Homework Club:

    Meets Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. at Ridgecrest.

    Grades 1-2 meet in Ms. Bender’s class; grades 3-6 meet in Ms. Witzel’s class.

    Help with reading, homework and playing math games.


    • Student Leadership Team: 

    Meets Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. at Ridgecrest.

    Mentor leaders in grades 5-6 in Room 301.


    Lake Forest Park Elementary:

    • 5th grade Homework Club:

    Meets Thursdays, through the end of March, 3:30-4:40 p.m.

    Help 5th graders with a range of subjects in Riley Kreutzer’s classroom.



    • Turning Point:

    Tutor 2nd-6th graders from ethnically and economically diverse backgrounds.

    Meets Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, 3:15-5:15 p.m., through May, at 1315 N. 160th St., Shoreline.

    Volunteers can tutor one, two, or all three days.


    • *POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.* Homework Factory at Ballinger Homes:

    Shorecrest tutors and mentors needed to help kindergartners-8th graders with homework, and help lead science experiments, arts and crafts, outdoor games and cooking projects.

    Especially popular: students who speak a language other than English and those who like math and science.

    Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6 p.m., and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays (flexible shifts), at Ballinger Homes Community Room, 2200 N.E. 201st Place, Shoreline.

    Contact: Nora Ortiz, or 206.631.8835.



    TEMPORARILY closed. Seattle Children’s Hospital Shoreline Bargain Boutique: Work the sales floor at this Shoreline Aurora Square thrift shop, benefiting patient care. Must be 16 or older. Saturdays and/or Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 15835 Westminster Way N. Details: Patti Bolton, 206.448.7609. 

    **POSTPONED UNTIL AT LEAST Memorial Day** POPY’S Café: Set up tables, serve and clean up after meals at weekly Wednesday dinners for neighbors in need, 3-8 p.m., at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 N.E. 20th Ave., near Goodwill in Shoreline. BONUS: Free dinner! Co-hosted by YMCA. RSVP/Details: Dallas Wood,, 206.569.7008.

    **POSTPONED UNTIL AT LEAST Memorial Day** Ronald Commons Cafe': Set up tables, serve and clean-up after meals at weekly dinners for neighbors in need, 3-8 p.m., Thursdays, at Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline. Bonus: Free dinner! Details: Dallas Wood,, 206.569.7008.

    North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank: Help us feed our North Seattle neighbors at food bank distributions, Thursdays (4-7 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) in Lake City, south of Fred Meyer. All volunteers are required to fill out an application; those under 18 need parental permission. If interested, please contact: Lara, 206.367.3477 -

    TEMPORARILY closed. Deseret Industries: Flexible shifts, Mondays-Saturdays, at Shoreline thrift store, 17935 Aurora Ave. N. Help organize and arrange donated items for sale to benefit non-profit group. RSVP/Details: 206.542.9447.

     In Snohomish County: Westgate Chapel Food Bank - Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,  22901 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425-775-2776; Edmonds Food Bank - Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.; United Methodist Church 828 Casper St., Edmonds, 425-778-5833; Lynnwood Food Bank - Wednesdays 1:30-6:30 p.m.; 5320 176th St SW, Lynnwood, 425-745-1635; Mountlake Terrace Food Bank, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., 4700 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, 425-778-7227.

    Ginger's Pet Rescue: For 102 ways you can help a dog in need, check out this north Seattle shelter and rescue organization with an office at 14419 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite No. 251, Seattle, - and events and opportunities throughout the area. Email 

    Homeward Pet Adoption Shelter: Care for cats, dogs and/or facilities at this Woodinville adoption center. Some roles required volunteers be at least 16 years old.

    Shoreline Parks: Dig in the dirt, remove invasive plants and learn more about native plants at any of six parks in Shoreline. Grab your iPod with a friend or come solo and volunteer alongside City of Shoreline, Washington Native Plant Society, King Conservation District teams at: Twin Ponds Park (North):

    Twin Ponds Park (South)

    Shoreview Park:

    Boeing Creek:

    Hamlin Park: or

    Brugger’s Bog: At 25th Avenue NE and NE 205th Street in Ballinger Neighborhood. or


    Crafting: Are you someone who does knitting? crochet? quilting? sewing? These organizations are happy to accept your handiwork in the form of hats, scarves, socks and quilts. Track the time it took for you to make each item to earn community service hours through:

    ON hold at least through Memorial Day: Green Seattle: Like outdoor projects? Check out Green Seattle for year-round weekend events through the year. city. 

    ON HOLD at least through Memorial Day: Washington Trails Association: One-day work parties hosted Tuesdays-Sundays, year-round in the Puget Sound area. We also have regularly scheduled work parties at a variety of 185 trails around the state in northwest and southwest Washington, the Olympics and Spokane areas. Summer is the best time to be outdoors. No experience necessary; basic trail maintenance instruction provided. Bonus: great hiking! Find a trail work party >>

    ON hold at least through June 22: Shoreline branch of King County Library: Various tasks year-round, including Study Time Volunteers. See list of needs at:

    ON hold. Call for details. Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation: Improve and protect the city's natural areas and parks through scheduled events including trail building and plant control. For details and events - typically on Saturdays. Details: Mamie Bolender,, 206.364.4410; or Linda Holman, 206.362.5441. 


    ON hold. Email for details. Ronald McDonald House near Seattle Children's Hospital: Participate in a games night or clean-up day; host a movie night; make a family meal, or organize a "necessities" drive for this home-away-from-home for families whose children are patients at Seattle Children's in Laurelhurst off Sand Point Way. Details:

    Northwest Hospital & Medical Center: Have you ever had to wait while a loved one has surgery? Have you ever gotten lost on your way to treatment or another area of the hospital? Have you ever been hospitalized? Then you know how it feels.  By volunteering your time, you help make Northwest Hospital a friendlier, more welcoming place to everyone who steps foot on our campus. Volunteers 15 years or older are encourage to apply. Volunteers should be willing to work 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of four months. Most volunteers work Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but some volunteers are needed evenings and weekends.  Details:

    University of Washington Medical Center Escort Volunteer: Provide patient transport to appointments; deliver lab specimens; delivery patient flowers and mail; greeting patients and visitors; and other tasks as requested. Prerequisite commitment: one month with 16 hours. Overall commitment: three months with at least four hours per week. Details: Cynnie Foss, 206.598.4218. 

    Swedish Edmonds Junior Volunteer: Participants work in admitting, the information desks, in the Gift Shop, in patient care areas or in the emergency department. Must be at least 14 years old, and able to commit to at least one four-hour shift each week for at least one quarter. After submitting paperwork, an interview is required. Questions? Call the Volunteer Services Office at 425-640-4341, Mondayy-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    American Red Cross: Start a Red Cross Club to help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Details: Questions?

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    How do I use Community Service forms?

    Find the new one-size-fits-all form on the bulletin board in Shorecrest's College & Career Center. Each time you have a new organization that you volunteer with, you need a new form. (The form can also be downloaded from within a student's account on their Naviance home page.)  

    Remember to turn the form in when you have: 

    • completed 40 hours of cumulative service over four years 
    • OR when your form is full and you need a new form
    • OR by the end-of-year community service collection date (May 31, 2020 for 9th, 10th and 11th graders). FORMS STUDENTS WERE UNABLE TO TURN IN during Spring 2020 will be accepted in fall 2020. 

    Short- and long-term forms from previous years are still accepted, but are being phased out.

    Why should I volunteer? 

    • It  makes a difference in someone's life - and lets you feel GOOD about it!
    • This gives back to your community - which gives to you.
    • It allows you to investigate a career -  and discover new talents and skills.
    • Not only can get get "on-the-job" training - but it might lead to a paid job.
    • It looks really good on college, job and scholarship applications.
    • HAVE FUN!  Be a part of something bigger and better!

     What qualifies as community service? 

    • Service performed at a Non-Profit (501c (3))
    • Must be supervised by an adult (over 21)
    • Hours must be earned outside of academic class time (lunch is ok -  but no other time during the school day)
      • A non-profit is an organization that typically provides a service to the community for small to zero fee.  Employees are paid, however services to those they serve are usually free.  Some examples of non-profits are Libraries, Schools, Food Bank and Shelters. Volunteering to file papers at a local business does not count; neither does helping a neighbor - unless it is directly arranged by a non-profit. 
      • A good way to know if an organization if a non-profit to check their website address.  If it ends with a (.org or .edu or .gov) it is most likely a non-profit.
      • Still uncertain? Ask Mrs. Monson or call the organization.

     What does NOT count as community service?

    • Fundraising - exceptions apply. Please see Mrs. Monson about details. Most Spree and scBoosters activities are permitted with advanced approval.
    • Religious Activities - proselytizing, reading Bible verses, teaching Sunday School, being an acolyte, or participating in church choirs. However, helping with social, child-care or business functions at a religious facility is okay.
    • Paid Service of any kind.
    • School service during the academic day. Projects must be completed outside of class and approved by administration in advance.
    • Hours that are required for a grade or project or hours required by the courts will NOT be counted toward your graduation requirement. 
    • Hours needed for National Honor Society cannot be used for Community Service. Sorry: no double-dipping!
    • Freshman in Class of 2023: Hours that you have volunteered before September 2019 will NOT be eligible to count toward your community service graduation requirement. 

    Reduced Hour Requirement for New Students' Entry to Shoreline

    Students who enter Shorecrest after the first semester of their sophomore year will have a reduced service requirement, pro-rated by five hours or less for every quarter.

    When and How Can I Volunteer?

    Summer is a great time to volunteer because your time is a bit more flexible and many organizations host events. Other non-profit organizations need volunteers throughout the year. You may volunteer during the day (non-school time), evenings, weekends and breaks. Make sure you find an organization or event that interests you. Contact them and find out if the volunteer opportunity that they need to fill is a good fit for you.

     **Please note: if you volunteer at an overnight camp, your working hours apply; sleeping hours do not count.

    Where should I start?  

    • Find a non-profit organization that you are interested in giving your time to.
    • Visit Shorecrest's College & Career Center Community Service bulletin board, notebooks or scroll down this webpage for places, events and groups seeking volunteers. 
    • Get a copy of a 2019-20 Community Service form in the College & Career Center, or download it from the Naviance home page, or SC College & Career documents library.
    • Fill out the forms completely and get all required signatures.
    • Submit your completed forms to the orange box in Shorecrest's College & Career Center.

    Where can I get Community Service Forms?

    Follow the "yellow arrow" in the middle of the College & Career Center bulletin board, or download a copy from your "welcome" page on Naviance - found in the documents library on the right side.  

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