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GUSD Community Service Requirements

Beginning with the graduating class of 2014, high school students in the Gilroy Unified School District must complete a minimum of 80 hours of community service. In order to graduate, all GUSD students will fulfill a minimum of 80 hours of Community Service, no later than May 1 of their senior year. Students must earn ten hours in at least two of the following categories:

  • Senior Citizens
  • Young Children 
  • Disabled Citizens
  • School Related 
  • The Environment
  • The Homeless 
  • Literacy
  • Animal Care 
  • Promoting Health and Physical Fitness 
  • Promoting the Arts and Culture 

To document community service hours, students should:

  • Take the GUSD time sheet with them to the community service activity.
  • Fill out the form completely
  • Make sure the supervisor at the Community Service activity signs off on the hours
  • Sign the timesheet
  • Have the parent sign the timesheet
  • Make a copy of the time sheet for his or her records
  • Return the form directly to the Community Service Coordinator.

Students will receive a GUSD Community Service pamphlet, a complete list of requirements, and a time sheet for recording service hours when entering high school in GUSD. Community Service is a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions.  Community Service is defined as volunteer service for an approved nonprofit agency

Community Service Forms

GUSD Board Policy

Gilroy Unified School District’s community service requirement for graduating high school seniors first began with the class of 2014.  The Board of Education instituted this graudation requirement in an effort to instill our students with the value of community involvement and service to others.  It aligns with the Board's goal to provide students the opportunity to practice effective leadership (GUSD BOE Goal #6). 

The Board of Trustees of the Gilroy Unified School District believes that when students are given the opportunity to work on pressing community problems or address the needs of different segments of our population, they contribute positively to the quality of life in our community.  Every student in the district is required to perform a minimum of 80 hours of community service in order to graduate.

Students who double this requirement, earning 160 hours or more, are honored at their graduation ceremonies with a special cord to wear along with their cap and gown.  With the success of the program over the last several years, the district now honors the top 5% of students who earned the most community service hours from the graduating class of each high school site at a special board recognition.  Students must have earned at least 160 hours to qualify for this honor.  For volunteer opportunities and more information on community service, visit the individual school websites

Contacting an Organization

  1. Decide what area of service interests you.
  2. Research the organizations in the area that fit with your interests. Get to know a little bit about what their mission is. Who is the contact person?
  3. Make a phone call:
  • Introduce yourself, explain that you are interested in volunteering.
  • Ask : Are there any opportunities available for you? Do I need to have a parent with me? Do I need a permission slip? Where exactly do I report and to whom do I report?
  • Say THANK YOU.
  1. If you need to leave a message make sure you speak slowly and clearly. Leave your full name, your contact number, and the reason why you were calling.

Community Service Coordinators

Gretchen Yoder-Schrock

GECA Griffin

Rebecca Plaza

Gilroy High School

Lauren Mantani

Mt. Madonna High School

Carmina Salgado