Silver Cord Guidelines

  • The official Silver Cord calendar year runs from June 1-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.
  • Students have 30 days from last date of service to record hours.
  • Ongoing opportunities are to be submitted monthly within 30 days of the last date of service that month. Hours are to be reported 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
  • It is each student’s responsibility to check their online account to view their status and messages from the Silver Cord coordinator.
  • Students must document all service opportunities via the Silver Cord online system.
  • Seniors must submit all requests for credit no later than May 1. Failure to do so will result in not receiving the Silver Cord award at Senior Honors Night.
  • All service opportunities must be preapproved before a request for credit can be submitted. All of the service opportunities posted on the Silver Cord webpages are already preapproved and can be found on the online application’s drop-down menu when submitting credit for an activity.

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 VHS/VSW sport team managing or training, service work for a group as part of your membership obligation, rehearsing, working from home, and walking/running/dancing/sleeping in a marathon or fundraiser. (VHS Dance Marathon is exempt.)
  • 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, and altar service.
  • 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 hours cannot be earned to satisfy a class requirement or obligation for an agency, program, or organization of which you are a member.