ACHS Community Service Program

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    COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT

     

     

    Dear Amherst Central High School Students,

     

    Amherst Central High School has a proud tradition of helping students become well-rounded and prepared to take on the challenges of life after high school. One way that this is accomplished is through the successful completion of the required ACHS Community Service hours, prior to graduation. This is an excellent opportunity to foster personal development, while contributing to the community where we live.

     

    This service must be provided without any monetary compensation, or as part of any other service requirements. The guidelines contained on this document are designed to help you make your community service experience both meaningful and successful. There are several key components to your ACHS Community Service project:

     

    1. Community Service Cards - Prior to completing any Community Service hours, you must have a counselor or administrator sign a ACHS Community Service Card, which outlines an overview of your anticipated sites and experience. All service locations must be pre-approved. A list of potential experience locations has been provided in addition to any service locations you may source on your own. ACHS Community Service Cards can be found on the school website link, in the Attendance Office, or in Student Services. You must have prior approval before doing any community service hours or risk that they may not be counted.

     

    1. Completion of Hours - Students are required to complete 20 hours total over the course of three years. The entire twenty (20) hours of community service can be done with at most three (3) agencies. In addition, pre-approved school based service opportunities may be made available throughout the year. Students may begin their community service hours beginning in the summer of their 10th grade year, and through 11th and 12th grade. All service hours must be completed by May 1st of your senior year.

     

    1. Exit Interview - Once your Community Service hours are fully completed, you should schedule an appointment for an Exit Interview with one of our building administrators (Mr. Pigeon, Mr. Lawniczak, or Mrs. Ables). During this Exit Interview, you will be asked to answer a few questions about your experience(s).

     

    Please remember that you cannot participate in graduation without successfully completing your 20 hours ACHS Community Service Requirement. You should view your Community Service as a commitment, which is critical for your success. It is important to maintain communication with the community service coordinator, located in Student Services, throughout the process. Please see the coordinator if you have questions or difficulties. When you combine good communication with respectful and responsible behavior, you ensure that your community service experience will be beneficial to everyone involved. Good luck with this worthwhile endeavor!

     

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

     

    Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library

    4622 Main St/839-0700

    Erie County SPCA

    Harlem Rd - West Seneca/87507360

    American Red Cross - Erie County

    1-800-272-4543

    United Way

    Buffalo & Erie

    City Mission

    100 E. Tupper - Buffalo/854-8181

    Habitat for Humanity

    213-2000

    St. Vincent de Paul Society

    1298 Main St - Buffalo/882-3360

    Salvation Army Retail Stores

    1089 Niagara Falls Blvd/831-9275

    Goodwill Industries

    153 Division - Buffalo/854-3494

    Amherst YES (Youth Engaged in Service)

    1615 Amherst Manor Dr. 716-631-7210    

     

    ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITIES

     

    YMCA

    Friends of the Night People

    Nursing Homes

    Hospitals

    Roswell Park

    American Cancer Society

    Meals on Wheels

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    Buffalo Historical Society

    Buffalo Museum of Science

    Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: History Museum

    Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo & Erie

    Amherst Senior Center

    Harlem Road Community Center

    SABAH

    Make-a-Wish Foundation

    Benedict House

    Gloria J. Parks Community Center

    After School Programs

    Senior Citizens Homes

    Variety Club

    Veteran’s Hospital

    People Inc.

    Cantalician Center

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