Silver Cord Guidelines

  • The official Silver Cord calendar year runs from June 1 to May 31.
  • Each student needs to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year.
  • Each student must volunteer at three different non-profit organizations per year. Examples include but are not limited to: schools, local or state government, church, and community events.
  • Hours are credited by 15 minute intervals, with a limit of eight hours per day. Submitted hours should not include time for travel, breaks, meals, recreation, or sleeping.
  • Students have 30 days from last date of service to record hours.
  • Weekly or monthly volunteer commitments are to be submitted at the end of each month or within 30 days of the last date of service of that month. Dates and hours of service are to be documented in the “description of service box” located on the online submission form.
  • Hours submitted after 30 days are awarded at half credit.
  • No credit will be given for hours that are submitted six months or more after the last day of service.
  • It is each student’s responsibility to check their online account to view submissions. total number of hours and messages.  Messages from the Silver Cord Coordinator can be seen by clicking blue links on the students dashboard.
  • Students must turn in all service hours via the Silver Cord online system.
  • Seniors must submit all requests for credit no later than May 1. Failure to do so may result in not receiving the Silver Cord award at Senior Honors Night.
  • All of the service opportunities posted on the Silver Cord preapproved webpage are listed (along with all prior preapproved activities) in the drop-down “submit for credit” menu.  If a service opportunity is NOT on the list, the activity must be preapproved before service hours can be submitted. This can be done by filling out a preapproval request through the student’s online account.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Hours

  • Acceptable hours must provide a service or meet a clear need for a non-profit agency, church, school, park, senior living community, charity program, daycare center, or community event. Please Note: If student is a member of the organization, the service must be optional and not required to be accepted.
  • Accepted religious activities include, but are not limited to: participating with Sunday/Wednesday school, Vacation Bible School, confirmation class, babysitting during religious services, working on a sound crew, recording/videotaping a service, or mission trips.
  • Unacceptable hours are Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School sport team managing or training, service work for a group as part of your membership obligation, rehearsing, working from home, walking/running/dancing/sleeping in a marathon or fundraiser, confirmation service, Boy Scout Advancement, and participating in a march, rally, or walkout. Please note that Valley High School Dance Marathon is exempt from this rule.
  • Silver Cord hours may not be directly involved with rituals, services, or ceremonies of any specific religion. Examples of invalid activities include but are not limited to: singing in the choir, candle lighting, reading from religious texts, altar service, ushering, or passing out programs.
  • Hours used for confirmation or other church membership requirements cannot also be used for Silver Cord credit.
  • Silver Cord hours cannot be earned while working for a relative, neighbor, friend, country club, or working for pay or compensation of any kind.
  • Silver Cord site supervisors cannot be immediate family members.
  • Silver Cord hours cannot be earned to satisfy a class requirement or obligation for an agency, program, or organization of which you are a member.