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.
The deadline for community service awards consideration for grades 9, 10 and 11 is May 5, 2020; the deadline for seniors is May 12, 2020. You must have at least 25 hours in the current school year to be considered for an award.
Community Service Announcement
Pearl River High School is now using an online tracking and reporting system for all service hours called x2VOL that is accessible through Naviance Student. This system eliminates the need for paper forms and centralizes the information. X2VOL allows students to enter their service hours online at any time, as well as check and register for volunteer opportunities, receive reminders about the opportunities and print a service hour log that can be used as a reference for college applications and the National Honor Society.
Current hours have been transferred to the new system for those who have completed services. From this point on, all service hours need to be entered into the x2VOL system through Naviance Student. Paper forms should no longer be submitted to the Guidance Office. The students must register as soon as possible. Please follow the instructions or click on the links below for a step-by-step tutorial and video.
First you must log in to your Naviance account. If you do not know your Naviance login credentials, please ask your counselor for help.
- Click on the x2VOL Link under “Resources” on the left-hand side of your home screen in Naviance Student.
- If you are asked to put in your Last Name and Student ID Number, please do so.
- Complete your x2VOL profile the first time you access x2VOL.
- Start logging your hours in x2VOL!
Here is a video on how to register and sign in to x2VOL via Naviance:
You can find step-by-step instructions on how to log in hours through x2VOL here:
If you have any questions or need any help please contact the Guidance Department at (845) 620-3811.
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.
Elves Needed for 1st Annual 2019 Santa's Workshop – Santa’s Workshop is a section of Gentle Giant Brewing Company in Pearl River that will allow children and adults to build DIY toys and ornaments during the month of December on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm until Christmas Eve. The space will have enough room to write letters of well wishes this holiday season. On Christmas Eve, all of the letters and toys will be gathered up and will be donated to the children and adults who are currently receiving treatment for cancer-related illnesses at the Hope Lodge in New York City. Volunteers are needed to staff the workshop and assist all well wishers in building small toys and ornaments. Please see flyer for details and contact information.
Pearl River Alumni Volunteer Ambulance Corp is looking for volunteers age 16 and over. Community service credit offered. If interested please contact Pamela Brown-Thompson at (845) 735-4400.
Youth for Hospice (YFH) is part of United Hospice of Rockland’s youth volunteer program coordinated by local high school students. Its mission is to create fundraising events that benefit United Hospice of Rockland (UHR), to help at UHR special events and to volunteer in the office, all while earning community service hours. Volunteers meet to strategize and implement fundraisers that would help UHR raise much needed funds while also raising awareness about Hospice care in the community. Youth for Hospice fundraising efforts have also directly benefited the Healing Hearts Group, a support group for children who have lost a family member. In the 2019-2020 school year, United Hospice of Rockland will hold meetings on our premises for students in your district who are interested in serving the community. Please click here for contact information. Application forms and position descriptions available here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 goodsamhosp.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or 845.920.8442. Also, please check their website for more information: http://www.hitor.org/
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.org. Contact Carol Galione at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-634-4974.