Individuals see a need for each of us to give back
to the community something of ourselves. Our
mission is to connect students with the community
in volunteer service.
of Student Volunteer Program
the Barrington High School, School Improvement Planning
Committee formed an "Action Team" to study
volunteer service among Barrington High School Students. The
team surveyed over 300 BHS students, representing all
grade levels, gathered information from 20 local high
schools, and evaluated active programs at 9 schools.
As a result of the study, the team came to believe even more strongly
in the value of voluntary community service and the need to develop a
structure within the school that would encourage and facilitate student
A proposal was made to establish a community service program and employ
a coordinator to promote student volunteerism. The proposal has
been enthusiastically supported by the community and Community Unit School
District 220 and a community service coordinator is at Barrington High
School, Monday through Friday, when school is in session.
The students of Barrington High School have responded enthusiastically
to this volunteer program and BHS enjoys the rewards of a very successful
Benefits for Students
to give of themselves to their community
with a diversity of people
satisfaction from helping others
college and job profile
hours = 1 credit hour (maximum)
hours = 1/2 credit hour
30 hours = 1/4 credit hour
Hours are accumulated
over 4 years.
Pass/Fail grade is not a part of grade point average.
Colleges and future employers, when
making their selections, recognize and look favorably
upon community service as an important extra curricular
Benefits for Community and Business
the community's future by engaging our youth
to produce a growing social conscience in young
citizens develop an increased sense of "community" and
youth facilitate projects for service organizations.
employed in useful activities evolve into productive
with other business people
for company charities
think everyone should do their part to help their
school and community."
didn't realize that volunteering could be so
made me feel valuable. It felt great to
help someone else."
opportunity helped me make a decision about my
future. I think that I might pursue a career
in the health care field."
experience was very positive. I was treated
as an adult instead of just a kid."
realize how fortunate I am to have such a great
family and a nice place to live."
sure are a lot of people who volunteer in this
you for providing the enthusiastic, cooperative
and competent Community Connections volunteers. Credit
should be given for attitude and efficiency."
about a win-win situation."
for providing such a worthwhile opportunity for
our Barrington youth."
with young adults to promote volunteer community
service is both admirable and mutually beneficial."
students were very energetic and helpful. Our
work was made much easier by their presence and
willingness to help."
give them the opportunity and they're willing
additional information contact: Jill
Bauer Program Coordinator