You’ll have a greater chance for a successful, enjoyable service experience if you follow these tips:
1. Try to pick a service opportunity in a field that really interests you.
2. Please, do NOT have your parents call an agency for you. You’re old enough that you should try to do this for yourself. The agency you contact will appreciate it, and you’ll make a better first impression. If you need guidance, Mrs. Lee is available to help you during Advisory or before/after school.
3. When calling to make your appointment to work at an agency, please speak clearly—don’t mumble.
4. During your first phone or email contact, be sure to state your name and your school. Tell them you’re interested in working for them as part of your Community Service requirement. Be sure to get all the relevant information, such as where to go, what time to arrive, what to wear, job description, etc. Write the info down.
5. On the day you do your service, be sure to:
- Show up on time!
- Dress appropriately for the job.
- Find your supervisor and introduce yourself.
- Offer a firm handshake, and SMILE!
- Speak clearly—don’t mumble.
- Make eye contact.
- Listen attentively to their instructions, and ask questions if necessary.
- Work diligently for the entire time you’re scheduled to be there.
- Smile, and be friendly to your fellow volunteers and to those whom you are serving.
- DO NOT TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE OR TEXT YOUR FRIENDS!
- Don’t leave without informing your supervisor.
- Before you leave, thank your supervisor for the opportunity, and request that he/she SIGN YOUR DOCUMENTION FORM!
6. Turn in your completed and signed documentation to Mrs. Lee as soon as possible after you complete your service.
7. Make note of the Community Service due date, and turn in your documentation on time.
8. Didn’t get your service done on time? Take responsibility for your actions, and deal maturely with the consequences.