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 Reminder

The deadline for community service awards consideration for grades 9, 10 and 11 is May 7, 2019; the deadline for seniors is May 14, 2019. You must have at least 25 hours in the current school year to be considered for an 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. 



The Pearl River Public Library’s Book Buddy Program is looking for volunteer students in grades 9-12 to be a Book Buddy during the summer.  Please see flyer for details and contact information.


Community service opportunity for grades 9-12:  The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County 4-H Program is partnering with the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA) for a pilot study to shed new light on the impacts of intergenerational programs. The “Build a Community Legacy Together” program provides a great opportunity for local high school students grades 9-12 to interview elders (ages 65+) about their advice for living. During the process of learning to interview and then interviewing elders, you will be able to develop specific skill sets that will be useful to you in the future, such as interviewing, research, and communication skills.  This program offers an opportunity to earn community service hours during the April Spring Break.  Click here for more information.


Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey's White Plains and New City District Offices are now accepting applications from high school seniors.  Please see flyer for more information.


Orangetown Beautification Project - Town of Orangetown is looking for volunteers to participate in the "Orangetown Beautification Project."  Volunteer service projects can include, but are not limited to, outdoor activities such as raking leaves for senior and disabled property owners, property cleanup and simple decorative landscaping.  Please see letter for more details.


i9 Sports helps kids to succeed in life through sports.  They offer a variety of sports leagues and programs throughout Rockland County.  i9 Sports is currently looking for volunteer high school students, who are willing to assist with the game day operations at their various venues in Rockland County.  They are looking for volunteers to assist in the following capacities:

  • Game Day Operations Assistant - is responsible for helping to provide an experience beyond the game. The primary function of this role is to greet customers, assist staff and management as needed.
  • Volunteer helper -  is organized, arrives on time to each session, can work alongside a i9 Sports instructor or volunteer coach to handle a group of up to 10 young children and communicates well with i9 Sports director, etc. Professional -- neat in appearance, friendly and courteous with staff, parents, and director, and is self-assured. Enthusiastic and Fun -- enjoys using imagination and having fun with young kids, by being goofy and connecting with kids.

For the safety of the children all volunteers must also pass a background check. There is no greater feeling than leading a group of young children in youth sports. We'll provide each volunteer with a coach shirt and whistle. All volunteers for this program are required to wear khaki pants, coaches shirt and whistle each week. At the end of each season, we will provide a letter on company letterhead outlining the volunteer's hours and duties. This is a great opportunity to obtain volunteer hours while doing something fun and exciting.  All applicants must email their completed questionnaire to    


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.  Please see letter for details and contact information.


 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

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 can "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 Carol Galione at or call 845-634-4974.