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Youth Volunteer Guide

The Youth Volunteer Guide is a detailed description of youth and Teen Volunteer opportunities throughout Orange County by OneOc.  Use this great resource to help you find the right place to volunteer!


It is located in the locker below.

Community Service Forms and Newsletters

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The Crossing Church is Looking for Volunteers!

The Crossing Church is looking for volunteers!  Call Jorge Moscoso, Facilities Manager at 949.764.1637 or email at

Volunteer Now! Lots of non-profits are looking for volunteers!

The Girls Inc. Literacy Program is looking for Costa Mesa High School students to volunteer as Literary Assistants to elementary students. You must attend a volunteer orientation.  The next volunteer orientation is March 31st 5:15-6:15pm.For more information on the program, please visit:  For interested students, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator--Ashley Cashdollar at or our Volunteer Specialist--Jessica Ross at

CMHS student volunteers are needed at SOCO for the non-profit Ripple Kids for Sunday, March 29th, from 9:00-2:00. We need at least 20 volunteers.  Sign-up with Mrs. Vanessa Hatch in the Community Service Office.

Fairview Developmental Center is offering it’s Jr. Volunteer program again this summer for teens 14 years and up in need of their community service hours.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their time, talents, and energy in the service of the developmentally disabled persons living at Fairview.  Those who are willing to volunteer will gain much in return. The Jr. Volunteer positions are mainly in office settings, but we do have limited opportunities to assist in direct care of our clients in classroom settings and during special programs. Volunteers can earn about 20 hours a week.  For more information and to sign -up please contact Wendy Hemminger, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Hemminger, or 714-957-5188. Please note: all volunteers will need to have a TB skin test before placement.  We offer them free of charge here at FDC or they are welcome to have their own doctor provide it.  Students who are 18 or older will also need a Live Scan fingerprint background check, also provided by FDC.



WE will be hosing a teen CERT Academy at CMHS on May 1, 2 & 3! Get 20 hours and learn how to be a first responder in an emergency!

Are You Ready To...

  • Learn about the hazards in your area?
  • Help others in the event of a disaster?
  • Be a leader in your school?

Teen CERT members answer, "Yes!" and here is why: Teen CERT training teaches you readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your community. Newly learned leadership skills empower you to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering yourself or others. You'll be equipped with skills that last a lifetime.

Are you ready?

The Teen CERT Academy will be held May 1, 2 and 3. The hours are Fri -3:00-7 and Sat 9-4 and Sun 9-4 at Costa Mesa. 20 hours of Community Service is offered if students complete the entire weekend or attend another session to make up the missed sessions (before the end of school year). This is great for you resume as well!  See Mrs. Vanessa Hatch for more information.

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Community Service - Do you have your 40 hours completed?

What is the community service requirement?

Students must serve a minimum of 40 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation from Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.  Students may accumulate more than 10 hours per year.  Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year. 


What is the purpose of the community service requirement?

The purpose of the community service program is to provide all N-MUSD high school students the opportunity to have a positive impact on our local community while learning that service to others is an on-going part of life. 

It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.  Students may acculumate more than 10 hours each year.  Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year. 


What qualifies as community service?

  • Community service hours must be completed at a non-profit organization.
  • A student may volunteer for a single organization or at a variety of organizations.
  • Students are encouraged to complete their hours in areas related to their personal interests.
  • Paid experiences do not qualify.
  • Working without pay at your job or for a family business does not qualify.
  • Court ordered community service will be accepted for up to 20 hours of the required 40 hours.
  • Students can earn a maximum of 20 hours through a sport.
  • Students cannot earn hours for donating items or money...only their time. 
  • When a student transfers from one N-MUSD school to another, the community service hours will be forwarded to the receiving school.
  • The community service requirement will be prorated for students transferring into an N-MUSD high school (5 hours per semester of attendance). 


How do I prove my community service hours?

Students must complete a Community Service Verification Form for each organization he/she volunteers at.  A supervisor's signature is required on each form.  The parent of a student may not sign as the supervisor.  Verification forms are located in the Counseling Office as well as on our website. 

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The March Community Service Opportunities is here!

Hello Mustangs!


This is a great time of year to volunteer! We have some great opportunities to volunteer!  Check out the March Volunteer Opportunities in the locker on the right hand side.

Check out the City of Costa Mesa - Recreation Leaders in Training and help at one of the many elementary after school programs. There are lots of opportunities!

Remember Seniors, get those hours done during the holidays!  You need 40 hours by May 1st to graduate!  We recommend that you complete your hours as soon as possible!



-Please remember that all hours must be completed at a NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

-Turn your forms in 30 days after the date of completion

-40 hours TOTAL to graduate

Contact info.

Mrs. Vanessa Hatch