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)


    Hours for these awards are now going to be submitted electronically through 

    Passport for Good (P4G).

    P4G is available on the web as well as iOS and Android.

    All students must review the video link below for instructions on submitting community service hours through the P4G platform before an account can be set up.


    Video Link for students to set up and manage P4G accounts:

     Important Notes:

    1. Students must print out the Supervisor Letter posted at the bottom of this page to give to adult supervisors from the non profit organizations they volunteer with to get the necessary contact information.  This is the only way volunteer hours can be validated by the organizations. 
    2. Students must use their email address to set up their Passport for Good accounts.  If a non-school email address is used, student information will not get posted to the Manhasset High School account.

    For assistance with the Passport for Good Platform:

    Help Center: Technical Support:

    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 validation and reflection essay are due by April 15, 2019.

    • Seniors must submit their hours to the Class of 2019 group through the Passport for Good platform.
    • All hours submitted to Ms. Steindam prior to the launch of Passport for Good will be added to the app prior to graduation.
    • If you already submitted all of the required hours to Ms. Steindam, but not your essay, please submit your essay directly to Ms. Steindam instead of using the P4G app. Essay Guidelines are available for download at the bottom of this webpage. 

    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) in Passport for Good (P4G). Please review the video instructions posted above on how to log your hours in P4G. 

    You must join the Presidential Award group in P4G in order to submit hours for this award.

    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

    The 2018 Presidential Award submission deadline has now closed.  The 2018 award certificates will be presented in May 2019.  Students may begin submitting 2019 hours using "Passport For Good."  Final submission deadline for 2019 hours is January 31, 2020.  
    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.   

    Hours must now be submitted using the Passport for Good platform. Please review the video for instructions posted above on logging hours in Passport for Good. 

    You must join the Service and Citizenship group that corresponds to your graduating class in order to submit hours for this award.

    If you already have submitted the paper forms to the Counseling office, it will remain in your file and be counted towards this award. You do not need to enter the old hours into the P4G account. 

    For assistance with the Passport for Good Platform:

    Help Center: 

    Technical Support: 

    Community Service Fair: The annual event took place October 24, 2018. We anticpate scheduling this again for October 2019. Details will be announced here in the fall. 
     Community Service Fair Oct. 26, 2016