Reviewing the following guidelines will help students understand the requirements of earning their Silver Cord.
- 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.
- 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 service.
- It is each student’s responsibility to check their online account to view their status and messages from the Silver Cord coordinator. Messages will appear as blue links on the student’s dashboard.
- Students must document 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 will result in not receiving the Silver Cord award at Senior Honors Night.
- All of the service opportunities posted on the Silver Cord webpage have already been approved and will be listed (along with all prior preapproved activities) in the drop-down menu for the student to choose from when submitting their hours for credit online. If a service opportunity is not on the list, the activity must be preapproved before a request for credit can be submitted. Preapproved request can be filled out through the student’s online account.
Still have questions about the Silver Cord Volunteer program?
Take a few minutes to read the Silver Cord Student Manual.
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, day care center, or community event. Please Note: If the 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, baby-sitting 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 drama, instrumental, or vocal rehearsals or performances, sports 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 while 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 as part of an extra curricular or co-curricular expectation.