Community Service Requirements

Every school year, students must achieve a minimum of 10 hours of community service in order to graduate from Pearl River High School.  Students who earn 25 hours or more are eligible for a community service award.

Community Service Opportunities

For more detailed information and additional opportunities, please see the community service bulletin board in the Main Office outside Ms. Hornacek's office. 

Internship for the Office of Assemblywoman Ellen C. Jaffee - The Office of Assemblywoman Ellen C. Jaffee, Chair of the Committee on Children and Families, is currently reviewing applications for interns for the spring and summer in her district office located in Pearl River, New York.  High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.  There is also an immediate need for a Spanish-speaking intern.  Students enrolled in advanced-Spanish as well as native speakers are encouraged to apply.  Please see flyer for details and contact information.

Volunteer opportunity at the Pearl River Public Library - Are you tech savvy and are in need of community service hours?  The Pearl River Public Library is recruiting volunteers for the Teen Tech Tutors Program and for all coding programs run by John Aiello.  If interested, please contact John Aiello at 845-735-4084 x142 /

Community Service "Crafting for a Cause" - Please see Ms. Caul for more information.

Good Samaritan Hospital Volunteer Program - Good Samaritan Hospital has a junior volunteer program for students: ages 14 and older and still in high school.  Volunteers set real life experience in a professional setting while assisting patients, staff and guests.  Volunteers serve the hospital in a non-clinical manner.  If interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit and click on the Ways to Give tab where you can find information and application forms.  For questions please call the volunteer coordinator at (845) 368-5482.

Volunteers Needed - Do you love animals?  If so, please consider volunteering at the Petsmart Nanuet Cat Adoption Center.  We are looking for high school students who are interested in volunteering either for community credit or because you want to help cats find permanent homes.  Responsibilities include socializing/brushing/playing with cats as well as some light cage cleaning (changing water, straightening beds, etc.).  Volunteer days are either Saturday or Sunday.  You must be able to commit to come every week for a 2-hour time period and will be supervised.  Experience with cats is preferred.  Interacting with our cats helps them to learn to trust, gives them needed exercise and make them more easily adoptable.  It's a rewarding experience that will benefit you as much as our cats!  If interested please email Sue at

The Promenade at Blue Hill is seeking recreation staff volunteers.  This is a senior living center in Pearl River New York.  If any students are interested in working with assisted living and/or Alzheimer's and dementia residents, you can be provided with community service hours.  Please contact Lauren Dellosso with any questions.  845-735-6846

Do you love this planet?  Do you want to keep it safe for ALL life for centuries to come?  Join the Youth Sierra Club of Rockland County.  Work together with other students from the county and mentors from the Oldest Grassroots Environmental Organization.  You can make a difference (and earn community service in the process). Contact Kathy Schwarz 845-358-1074

Internship Opportunity Available - Assembly member Ellen C. Jaffee is currently looking for high school and college students to intern in her district office located in Pearl River New York.  High school students 11th grade and above and college students are encouraged to apply.  See guidance bulletin for more information.  This is not a paid internship, however interns maybe eligible for college credits and community service hours.  Please feel free to contact Rose Leandre with any questions and interest at 845-624-4601 or via email:

The Salvation Army Spring Valley Saturday Food Program - The program is staffed by volunteers - adults and youth.  The volunteers prepare the food in the kitchen at the Army headquarters in Spring Valley, put it on the truck, deliver it to about three stops in Spring Valley, then return to the kitchen for clean up.  This process hopefully produces good results for people receiving the food and creates an enjoyable sense of community among volunteer helpers.

Gardening Club - The GC meets every Tuesday at 3pm in Rm. 205. Our goal is to beautify and enrich the PR campus and other areas in the Hudson Valley by planting native, non-invasive flowers. We will be planting at various spots around the PR campus this spring as well as looking for opportunities to team up with other groups in the Hudson Valley to possibly plant native, non-invasive flowers elsewhere. We will be fundraising for these opportunities. In addition to planting flowers, volunteers are sought to design gardens, shop for supplies, help raise funds and amend soil at our planting sites. Please see Mr. Michael with any questions.

Hi Tor Volunteering Program: Students would "adopt" an animal from the Hi Tor Animal Shelter. Amy Wertheim, the contact person for this program, will meet with the students on either a Saturday or a Sunday at Hi Tor to discuss the program and what the job would entail. Students will choose an animal (or more) and take pictures of them which they will then post on social media (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) to promote adoption for the animal(s). Only 18-year-olds and above can choose a dog. Cats and other animals can be chosen by 16-year-olds and older.  Any questions can be directed to Amy Wertheim at or 845.920.8442. Also, please check their website for more information: 

Youth for Hospice is looking for high school teens in grades 9-12 to join in Youth for Hospice (YFH)! Earn community service hours and gain valuable leadership experience!  Help plan fundraising events and assist with other Hospice projects, including volunteering in the UHR office.  Think up your own ideas for helping Hospice, all new ideas are welcome!  To learn more visit the UHR website at hospiceofrockland.orgContact Sarah Henry at or call 845-634-4974.