Silver Cord Volunteer Service Program

The Silver Cord program is a distinguished award available to high school students with the purpose of recognizing their out of school volunteer efforts. Program participation is voluntary for all Loyalsock High School students. Students who complete the required 100 volunteer service hours will be recognized at their graduation by wearing a silver cord with their cap and gown and with special mention in the Commencement program.

 

Requirements

Silver Cord participation will be monitored by the program coordinator.  Students must complete a Pre-Approval Form to begin documentation of each qualifying volunteer activity.

Guidelines for Program

 

  1. Identify a volunteer activity and complete a Pre-Approval Form prior to the start of the activity.  This completed form must be discussed with the program coordinator AND the volunteer site supervisor to whom the students will be responsible during the volunteer service. This form will be kept on file with the program coordinator.
  1. Upon completion of the volunteer activity, the student must provide the program coordinator with a completed Silver Cord Completion Form also located on this webpage. This form will be kept on file with the program coordinator. The student will also record the successful completion of the volunteer activity on the Silver Cord Log maintained by the student.
  1. Students are required to successfully complete and document the required hours by the end of their high school career. Senior students who accumulate the required hours of volunteer service by May 4th of their senior year will be eligible to wear the Silver Cord at Commencement and be identified as a Silver Cord recipient.
  1. Hours approved and earned over the summer can be used to complete the hourly requirement. Documentation for summer programming can be completed prior to the end of school or by the program coordinator during the summer.

 

Silver Cord Volunteer Hours

Silver Cord volunteer hours must provide a service or meet a need within the following categories:

  • Community Agency
  • Church or Religious Organization
  • School or Educational Agency
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Nonprofit Charity Organization
  • Community Events Planning
  • Non-Relative Senior Citizen Assistance

Examples of Acceptable Volunteer Activities

Examples of acceptable volunteer service include:

  • SPCA-related
  • Loyalsock Township Parks/Recreation-related
  • Relay for Life
  • After-school peer tutoring
  • Nursing home or senior center
  • Church projects
  • Assisting with elderly in their homes
  • Improving community or school property
  • Assisting at community blood drives
  • Working for a political or government office, etc.

Examples of Unacceptable Volunteer Activities


The following are examples of volunteer activities which are not accepted as Silver Cord activities:

  • For a relative
  • For pay or compensation of any kind
  • Doing chores at home
  • Court ordered community service
  • Activities

 

Silver Cord Volunteer Service Resources 

Remember that you MUST complete the Pre-Approval Form AND Completion Form for EACH Volunteer Activity.