Community Service Opportunities

Get the Facts!

 When is it required?
How can I find it?
How will it count?

We believe that community service is a vehicle through which students can facilitate a positive change in their community. This webpage will help students understand the different types of community service and the community service projects available at the high school and throughout the community. 

Community service hours are required in two areas at Ridge High School, and students who accumulate different levels of service hours are recognized at the end of the school year.

See below for a description of each.
 

Required Community Service


US History Social Studies Course Requirement SY 2017-18:

All students in US History (
Themes, CP, Honors and sophomores in AP US History) must complete 25 hours of community service.

  • Click HERE for a letter detailing this course requirement.
  • Community Service organizations NOT included the "List of Approved Organizations for the American History Community Service Requirement" require prior approval of the teach or administration. Click HERE for the list of approved organizations.
  • Click HERE for the Community Service Reflection Assignment.
  • Click HERE for the Community Service log.
  • Click HERE for the online approval form, to be completed if your service organization is NOT on the above list of approved organizations.
  • Click HERE for the Community Service To Do List

    National Honor Society Community Service Requirement:

       

    The National Honor Society values service to one's school and community. During the selection process, students must demonstrate to the selection committee three distinction sustained activities - community service is an excellent idea. Once chosen as a NHS member, students are required to commit to volunteer at a charitable, non-profit organization for twelve hours or more and volunteer in supporting three different school functions such as back-to-school night, graduation, the various theater plays, dance performances, and music concerts.

    Optional Community Service

        Community Service (Optional):

    You can make a difference!  This RHS Community Service Program is an optional program in which students can volunteer their time while helping to strengthen their community.  The deadline to report any qualifying community service hours performed during the 2017-2018 school year (period covering May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018) is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Please click  HERE to view the RHS Community Service Recognition Criteria and to receive a Service Record Form

         

    Ridge High School Community Service Award


    Approved Organizations for "American History" Community Service Requirements

    Additional Examples of Community Service Organizations where Students Volunteered at for "OPTIONAL" requirements as well as for some American History requirements.  (IMPORTANT:Some of these organizations may not be approved organizations for the "American History" requirements.)

     

    Community Service Opportunities & Contact Information

    Short-Term Opportunities 

    Somerset County Park Commission Dept of Theraputic Rec

    Volunteers Needed - Bright View Warren Assisted Living

    Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center - Hunger Walk


    Ongoing Opportunities:

    Cornerstone Family Programs' Junior Board
    Cornerstone Family Junior Board Application

    Click HERE to volunteer at Matheny Medical and Educational Center

    Volunteers are needed to assist with local events raising awareness for Room To Read.  It is a global 501(c)3 organization providing education and literacy training for millions of impoverished children in Africa and Asia.
    Click HERE for more info.

    Contact Information for Local Community Service Opportunities:  Are you looking to help the community? Would you like to volunteer some of your time? Attached please find a listing of organizations that prior Ridge High students have volunteered at.  Click HERE for the listing.

    One 2 One Mentoring Program:
    Click HERE for more info.

    Special Ed Mentoring Program - Peer Mentors Wanted:  Special services is looking for student volunteers to help teach social and leisure skills to students with autism during lunch or after school.  Please see Ms Linda Valera for details.  Click HERE for more info.

    Local History Service Information:  Do you like local history? Here's a great way to become involved in working with other teens from around the Somerset Hills area and build friendships, share ideas, and increase your knowledge of history in your community.  It's your history.... help preserve it!  Click HERE for more info.

    SHARE Teen Volunteer:  SHARE in Africa (www.shareinafrica.org) is a charity founded by Shannon McNamara (2011 RHS graduate) to promote education for girls.  Since 2008 RHS students have volunteered hundreds of hours with SHARE.   Click HERE for more info. 

    Bernards Township Faculty Projects

    Any Bernards Township staff who through classroom or club activities has a community service opportunity, we encourage you to consider sponsoring a community service project.  For more information please click HERE to view additional details and please click HERE to obtain a Community Service Opportunity Approval Form.