Community Service

  • Manhasset High School has three community service programs:

    1. Senior Year Graduation Requirement (supervised by Mrs. Steindam in the Social Studies department)

    2. Presidential Volunteer Service Award (supervised by Mrs. Steindam in the Social Studies department)

    3. Service and Citizenship Award (supervised by the Counseling department)

    There are many volunteer opportunities available.  There are links on the left side of this page for Current Volunteer Opportunities and for Volunteer Organizations and Resources. In addition, you can find appropriate volunteer opportunities at the following student-managed database:

    1.  Senior Year Graduation Requirement:

    Community Service is a Manhasset High School graduation requirement.  Students must meet the minimum 15 hour requirement for community service during their senior year in order to receive their diploma.  Students can complete their hours over the summer at the end of junior year and/or during the senior school year with approved non-profit charitable organizations. All senior community service hours and related paperwork are due by April 15, 2019. Seniors must submit their validation forms and essay directly to Ms. Steindam in room 056 to avoid any problems with this important graduation requirement.  Validation forms and essay guidelines are posted at the bottom of this page. All hours must get final approval from Ms. Steindam to determine if it fulfills the community service graduation requirement.  Only volunteer work with an appropriate non-profit charitable organization is acceptable to meet the community service graduation requirement.


    Beginning with the class of 2018, up to 5 hours of this graduation requirement for senior year can be fulfilled by participating in  pre-approved extra-curricular special eventssponsored by MHS organizations. (i.e., CASA speaker series, volunteering with honor society inductions, school clubs’ speaker series, etc.) Students who have already completed 100 hours of service through the Presidential Volunteer Service Award can choose to meet this graduation requirement for all 15 hours by participating in the pre-approved special events noted above.

    For any questions concerning this important graduation requirement please contact Ms. Mara Steindam, District Coordinator of Social Studies at 267-7576 or via email


    2. Presidential Volunteer Service Award: 

    High School students are eligible to apply for this award through Mrs. Steindam. Students must track their volunteer hours each calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31.) To earn this award, students age 15 and younger must accumulate at least 50 hours for the year while students age 16 and older need a minimum of 100 hours per year. This outside award is administered by Points of Light.

    Award Eligibility: The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group:

    Teens: Age 11-15 (Note: we only certify hours for high school students as part of our high school community service program)

    Young Adults: Individual Age 16-25

    Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria Bronze Level:

    Teens: 50 to 74 hours

    Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours

    Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria Silver Level:

    Teens: 75 to 99 hours

    Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours

    Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria Gold Level:

    Teens: 100 hours or more

    Young Adults: 250 hours or more

    For more information see the Directions and Information at the bottom of this webpage. 
    Students must document their 2018 volunteer hours using the forms available below. Students may begin submitting 2018 forms in October 2018 and must personally meet with Mrs. Steindam in room 056 to review. Final submission for 2018 hours is January 31, 2019.  Award certificates become available in April or May 2019.
    3.  Service and Citizenship Award
    This award, overseen by the Counseling department, is granted to seniors who have completed a minimum of 85 community service hours during grades 9-11.  All of these hours must be with non-profit organizations and validation forms must be submitted to the Counseling department upon completion of the work. Validation forms are posted at the bottom of this page. 
    Community Service Fair: October 24, 2018, 10:00 am-1:00 pm in main hallway. Students can stop by during lunch or a free period to learn about volunteer opportunities.
     Community Service Fair Oct. 26, 2016