Service Learning

Promoting service within our community

Langley High School is committed to promoting service within our community. Participation with service organizations has been proven to reduce stress, create a sense of community, foster relationships, and promote self-esteem and a sense of pride by contributing a meaningful impact on someone or something beyond yourself. Accordingly, each student is encouraged to engage in at least 40 hours of service during his/her high school career (10 hours per year); students earning 50 or more hours may be eligible for the Civic Seal. 

The Fundamentals

High school students may accumulate service hours leading to special recognition at graduation (i.e., service learning cord or Virginia diploma seal of excellence in civics).  In order for students to earn a Service Learning Cord students should complete 10 service hours per year for a total of 40 hours.   In order for students to earn a Civics Seal, Students may choose to complete 50+ hours to qualify for the Virginia Board of Education diploma seal for excellence in civics education. See Virginia Department of Education for criteria.  Please note that individual honor societies may have their own criteria for what constitute approved service hours.

Tracking Service Hours

You can manually track your hours utilizing the forms found on the Service Learning Application which are available in the Student Services Department and in the Main Office.  You can also track your service hours on your Family Connections page through x2VOL. 

Saxon Service

In an effort to connect students with organizations so that they engage in on-going support of an organization and not just “one-off” volunteering opportunities, LHS schedules Saxon Service on the first and third Thursday of the month during the intervention period of the school day. 

Sept 21 Oct 5 Oct 19 Nov 2 Nov 16 Dec 7 Jan 18 Feb 1 Feb 15 March 1 March 15 April 5 April 19

Participating Service Organizations

This year, Langley students are participating in 12 different activities which benefit the homeless in our area, active duty military, children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, poverty and hunger around the globe, children with disabilities, and animal shelters. 

Columbia Baptist Food Pantry http://www.columbiabaptist.org/foodpantry/ Alternative House https://thealternativehouse.org

Special Olympics http://specialolympicsva.org Lift Me Up! http://liftmeup.org  Children’s Science Ctr http://childsci.org  SHARE http://www.shareofmclean.org/programs/furniture/

Volunteer Fairfax http://www.volunteerfairfax.org Lewinsville Presbyterian Church http://www.lewinsville.org/mission-service-for-youth/  Vinson Hall http://www.vinsonhall.org 

Upcoming Events

Special Olympics Virginia —basketball tournaments Sunday, February 25 Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following: referees (knowledge of basketball is preferred), team check-in, sideline refs, score runners and setup. They can also be Unified Partners - playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities - or fans cheering in the stands.  For more information, visit http://specialolympicsva.org/volunteer Training for all tournaments is required. Episcopal HS Tournament Site (Alexandria) Holmes MS Tournament Site (Alexandria) South Lakes Tournament Site (Reston)   

International Night Churchill Road Elementary School Friday, March 2 Churchill Road Elem. School is  hosting their International Night on March 2 and would love to have Langley students come to help on that evening with set up and clean up.  For more information, please contact principal, Mr. Hutzel 

The American Association of University Women-STEMtastics 2018 Saturday, March 10 NOVA Annandale Campus Volunteers are needed to help with STEMtastics 2018, a half-day workshop to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM careers, will be held on Saturday March 10, 2018, at the NOVA Annandale Campus.  Volunteer tasks include assisting workshop presenters in the classroom, helping presenters carry supplies to and from their cars, helping to unload morning snacks, putting up signs, guiding students on campus, and taking photographs.  If you are interested please contact Kim Weirick, Student Volunteer Coordinator, at kimweirick@yahoo.com to sign up for your time and task preferences.

Baskets and Bunnies Event and Egg Hunt March 31 Burke Lake Park Spring has sprung at Burke Lake Park! Join us for the second annual Baskets and Bunnies Event and Egg Hunts, March 31, 2018. We are seeking volunteers to help with a variety of jobs, see the list below. Volunteer opportunities will include: Assisting in arts and crafts, Costumes – dress in costumes and greet the patrons, Monitor the moon bounce,  Assisting at the train, carousel, wagon, and mini-golf stations, Assisting with check-in (checking roster and passing out pre-registration packets), Assist in decorating, Egg Hunt coordinators, and more!  Click here sign up 

15th Annual Nature Center 5K and Run Saturday, April 14 Walker Nature Center  11450 Glade Drive Reston, VA  20191 Join us for the 15th Annual Nature Center 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Walker Nature Center in Reston, VA. This rolling and beautiful 5K course is run on paved paths and woodchipped trails through forested parkland and neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed. Contact habrock@reston.org or call 703-435-7986. Click here to volunteer   

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup April 14 The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people’s interest and passion for the environment and community action. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and generates momentum for change.  

Ongoing Opportunities

Sweet Virginia is kicking-off the new 2017 season! We are lucky to have the support of our wonderful volunteers. Please join us as we continue to share the joy of sunflowers throughout the community. We couldn’t do it without YOU! http://sweetvirginia.org/involved/  

Life Me Up! 9700 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls  Volunteers are needed for classes at Lift Me Up! to assist with grooming and tacking horses for therapeutic riding lessons and also with horse leading and side-walking during the lessons. While horse experience is an asset, it is not required. On-the-job training is provided. Please go to the Volunteer Page at Lift Me Up or contact Jackie Collins.

Vinson Hall McLean, VA Vinson Hall Retirement Community is a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community supported by Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation here in McLean. Volunteers are needed to assist residents with varying tasks including, moving boxes or organizing shelves that are out of reach or teaching basic computer operations to residents wishing to learn. Volunteers are also needed to care for the beautiful gardens, trees, plants, and flowers that surround Vinson Hall Retirement Community. For more information visit Vinson Hall Retirement Community.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm BookShop Volunteers are needed to help sort, price and clean the bookstore Wed- Sat from noon to 7 pm. Contact volunteers if you’d like to help!

Children’s Science Center Youth Volunteer Opportunities
 The Children’s Science Center offers our youth several different opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills. Depending on your age, interest, and time available to volunteer, there are a variety of options.http://childsci.org/get-involved/volunteer/youth/

SHARE Furniture Program Volunteers are needed to join our moving crews on Saturday mornings. The workload is not overly strenuous, as we do not accept major appliances, large entertainment centers etc. as these items do not fit into the housing units we typically serve. Volunteers are typically asked to come out one Saturday per month. For more information contact Stew Lingley at slingley@aol.com  to arrange a no-obligation trial run.  For information about Share, please visit our web site at www.shareofmclean.org/furniture.

Humane Society of Fairfax County We have many volunteer activities in which young adults can participate in to help the animals and the Humane Society of Fairfax County: http://hsfc.org/support/volunteer/young-adults/

Food For Others https://www.foodforothers.org/volunteer/ and you can sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1587381/false#!1587381/false/false The warehouse is open to volunteers from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Alternative House Youth Council The Youth Advisory Council comprises local high school volunteers who help Alternative House extend the reach of its programs and services to the young people in the region. The Council serves as a forum during which members share the challenges and issues they and their peers face and use these experiences as a basis for developing, refining, and effectively applying constructive changes to Alternative House's programs, policies, and procedures. Alternative House is looking for high school students to serve on the Alternative House Youth Council. Applications are ongoing and more information can be found here.

Fairfax County Storm Drain Education Volunteers  Storm drain labeling is an effective, low-cost method of educating residents about water quality problems in our streams, lakes, rivers and the Bay. NVSWCD is currently recruiting volunteers to conduct storm drain labeling projects. These projects have three main components. First, volunteers find a location and obtain approval from the civic or homeowners' association. Second, there is a community education component. Finally, there is the labeling component.  https://goo.gl/SXGbpN

Anacostia Watershed Society Individual and group volunteer opportunities throughout the fall http://www.anacostiaws.org/get-involved/volunteer-stewardship

Volunteer Fairfax Directory of Youth Service Opportunities http://bit.ly/1UvMnlm

Updated list of Nonprofits and Fairfax County Agencies Includes information about how students can volunteer, where opportunities are posted, and contact information for volunteer coordinators.
http://bit.ly/1XzOFVU

MentorPrize 
Interested in making a difference in someone’s life? MentorPrize is looking for high school students who’d like to mentor at-risk and/or disadvantaged youth in the Northern Virginia area. As a mentor, you will tutor elementary or middle school students and provide them with the support necessary to achieve. For more information, please see our website www.mentorprize.org and fill out an online application. A representative from MentorPrize will then help you to find a mentoring opportunity that is right for you. If you would like to learn more please contact Deborah Boedicker (d.boedicker@mentorprize.org).

Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery Volunteers are needed to help run the Wild Plant Nursery, which is this region’s largest local-ecotype native-plant propagation program. On field sites, volunteers help restore degraded forest and meadow, replant stream buffers, and, increasingly, help collect field information. For more information, visit http://www.earthsangha.org/act/vol.html

Columbia Baptist Church Food Pantry 3245 Glen Carlyn Rd., Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041 The pantry is open every Saturday and looking for volunteers to serve in the pantry 9-12pm (you don’t have to stay the whole time) to weigh, shelve and pack food and serve families who come for assistance. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, contact BetsyPankey@aol.com or visit http://www.columbiabaptist.org/foodpantry

Columbia Baptist Church Gardens 301 N. Washington Street, Falls Church Columbia Baptist maintains four gardens to provide fresh nutritious vegetables and herbs to the food pantry clients and uses the produce in nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations for the food pantry clients. Volunteers are need to assist in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. For more information, contact Georgi Hall, http://www.gardens@columbiabaptist.org

Cornerstones (formerly known as Reston Interfaith, Inc.) 11484 Washington Plaza West, #120,Reston, VA 20190 With more and more people experiencing economic and social stress, our volunteers make it possible to meet the needs of families and individuals every step of the way. From serving food at the shelter to tutoring students. For more information, visit http://www.cornerstonesva.org/volunteer/

Volunteer Solutions Volunteers are needed for meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in our community. Some examples of current volunteer needs are musicians, art class leaders, bingo callers, and social visitors. For more information go to www.volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
 P.O. Box 50037
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 295-DOGS at area Petsmart locations. Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation is looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to help with our weekend adoption events at various pet supply stores in the DC Metro Area. These events occur on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, exact dates and times can be found on our website at www.lostdogrescue.org under Adoptions & Events. Duties include walking dogs in and outside of the store (or just sitting too), giving basic information about the dogs to interested customers, and giving information on LDCRF adoption procedures to such people. Minimum age of 14, with 14-16 yr olds requiring parental/guardian supervision at all times during the adoption events.