Community Service Hour Guidelines
Community and Campus Service Hours: Definitions
Community service hours are hours spent during the academic year in work which directly benefits either (1) people experiencing poverty, discrimination, abuse, poor health, old age, and/or physical-mental limitations or (2) the protection of animals or the environment for which an individual does not receive financial compensation. Community service hours are noted on a student's LVC Job Center Profile as Bronze (30 hours), Silver (60 hours) or Gold (100 hours plus residential project).
Campus service hours are hours spent in work which benefits the people, animals and environment of the Lebanon Valley College community. Campus service hours are noted on a student's LVC Job Center Profile in the following classes: 30-50 hours, 51-80 hours, 81-120 hours.
Community Service Hours: Guidelines
- Coordination of fundraising activities for non-profit organizations and services performed for day care centers, retirement homes, animal hospitals, or nature parks will count as volunteer service hours.
- Rehearsal, practice and participation in performances (dance, theatre, music) will count as service hours if the production is created specifically to address identified community service needs as defined above and if the student and/or organization does not receive substantial financial benefit from the production. Theater productions as fund-raisers for non-profits receive 1/4 credit for verified rehearsal and other non-performance hours plus 100% hours of performance time. (See limitations, below.)
- In general, hours spent coaching youth sports count as service hours.
- Services performed on staff at non-profit athletic or music camps for no financial compensation will count as community service hours, as well as hours on long-distance service projects. (See limitations, below.)
- Hours of child care performed without financial compensation will count as volunteer service hours.
- Involvement in service projects of for-profit businesses that address a community service need will result in justifiable community service hours.
Limitations on Community Service Hours
- In general, service rendered directly to a for-profit organization will not count as service hours.
- Service hours must be completed during the academic year (August 15 - May 15) with the exception of service projects supervised by LVC faculty and/or staff.
- Volunteer work done solely to promote a particular religious or political point of view such as proselytizing or campaigning for a party candidate does not count as volunteer service hours.
- For performances (dance, theatre, music), individuals will receive service hours for the time of the actual performances only. Hours are not awarded for rehearsal, set-up, or travel.
- All youth group or church activities must be service to a community in order to receive credit.
- In all cases, volunteers receive a maximum of 8 hours credit for any 24-hour period of service, and a maximum of 45 hours credit for any 7-day period. Time for travel to and from a service site or time sleeping overnight at a service site does not earn service credit.
- Individuals who serve as volunteer firefighters or ambulance drivers receive 1/4 credit for any shifts done at the station. Volunteers will receive 100% credit for all calls to which they respond.
- Volunteers involved in an academic course with a service-learning component may receive service credit for their work, depending on how the service is incorporated into the course objectives. However, because students are not allowed to receive both academic and service credit for academic service-learning activities, the staff of the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism will work closely with individual faculty members to establish what credit can be given to students in a course with a service-learning component.
- Participation in self-improvement workshops, clinics, conferences or conventions will count for community service hours only if workshops, clinics, etc. have a specific service component.
Campus Service Hours: Guidelines
- Qualified hours serve campus-wide needs without financial compensation.
- Approved projects are listed in a database maintained by the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism.
- Examples of acceptable service include note-taking for the Office of Student Disabilities, certain committee work, or special assistance with designated programs.
Limitations on Campus Service Hours
Activity serving the interests of an individual or student organization or athletic team, or participation in most extracurricular activities (e.g., a theatrical production, holding office in Student Government) ordinarily does not count for campus service hours.
Final approval of all service hours will be determined by the College Chaplain and /or administrators at the College. If you have questions regarding the applicability of hours spent on a particular service project to the LVC Community Service Awards, please contact Chaplain Fullmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.