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Community Service Hours

Steps to Successful Volunteering

  • Aim to complete 25 hours of community service or paid work hours each year of high school to have the 100 hours needed for the Bright Futures Academic Scholarship.
  • Service hours for Bright Futures will count starting the summer before 9th grade. Any hours completed before that time will not count towards the Bright Futures Scholarship.
  • Community service hours are not a requirement to graduate high school but can be helpful to students in discovering careers of interest, demonstrating leadership skills for resumes and scholarships, and most importantly, giving back to their community.
  • Community service projects should benefit the entire community. This means that community service for events such as dances, carnivals, festivals, summer programs, etc. must be open to everyone, including those outside of a neighborhood or organization, and not require payment to participate in the event.
  • Service completed must be done under the supervision of a staff member who is not related to the student and at a service location outside of the student’s home. For example, fostering animals, hosting a foreign exchange student, or turning in supplies, canned goods, etc. to claim hours are not eligible activities.

*Bright Futures Community Service Form–Complete & submit to your school designee, along with your hours or paystubs. Required for all Bright Futures Service Hours completed on August 16, 2021 or after.

*Click here to see the memo sent to all families of 9th-12th grade students regarding the new acceptance of paid work hours completed July 1, 2022 and after for the Bright Futures Scholarship.*

  • For students submitting hours from a non-profit organization outside of the school, students should also provide a letter on the non-profit organization’s letterhead which details the student’s service hours, activities, dates and supervisor signature.
  • Students completing activities that are not in accordance with St. Johns County Service Hours Guidelines, per the St. Johns County School District Bright Futures Community Service Hours Form (linked above), will not have those hours added to their transcript for the Bright Futures Scholarship, but students can add those hours to their resume for college/job/internship applications or other scholarships.
  • If the student is unsure whether the service activity meets St. Johns County School District requirements, the student should check with their school counselor or school community service hours designee before completing the hours.

Need ideas for earning Community Service Hours?
Check out the links below!

Care Connect Volunteers
Click on “Attention Student! Find volunteer opportunities for teenagers”

Care Connect Food Delivery Volunteers

Jax Symphony Volunteers

Small Lives Matter Kitten Rescue
if volunteering happens at the shelter
Virtual Service Hours Opportunities

Meals on Wheels

American Red Cross

United Way


Hugs Across the County – Sign up to volunteer here.
Opportunities include sorting clothes donations, food, and more.
Email [email protected] or call 904-580-4847 with questions.



From the district office….”Donations and the donation form that was used in the 20-21 school year will no longer be accepted for service hours.  This was a temporary provision when no in-person volunteer opportunities were available for students.”