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Community Service

Please refer to the Paly Community Service Guidelines, which contains specific information on what volunteer hours count and what hours do not count towards Paly Community Service.

Welcome! We want to clarify the process and tools used for tracking Community Service at Paly and verifying hours for the Presidents Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). HelperHelper is the only online application used to track community service hours. Using this tool as well as performing community service at Paly is completely voluntary - there is not a Community Service graduation requirement although individual classes may require some form of community service. By using HelperHelper and submitting valid community service hours for a Presidents Volunteer Service Award, a student confirms they have read the Paly Community Service page on paly.net, understand the Paly Community Service process and guidelines, and agree to follow them. HelperHelper entries that do not adhere to the process nor meet the guidelines will be deleted from HelperHelper with a brief note to the student explaining why. Students may re-enter the deleted community service activity into HelperHelper with the corrected information that aligns with the process, procedures, and guidelines. All community service hours must be entered on HelperHelper (HH). If you need help with accessing your HH account, please contact Karla Larson.

Important Announcements

Fall 2022 President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)/Transcript Hours

SENIORS ONLY (Class of 2023): The deadline for submitting your request for transcript hours and/or a Fall 2020 PVSA is Friday, September 16.  NO LATE REQUESTS will be accepted.  Please complete the following Google form to submit your request:

Senior Google Form

Transcript hours (Seniors)

If you have accumulated 100+ Paly community service hours on HelperHelper (HH) from 9th grade to present, these hours will automatically be recorded on your transcript.  If you DO NOT want your hours to appear on your transcript, please email Karla Larson, by September 16, 2022 with the subject line of "Transcript hours OPT OUT".

Juniors (Class of 2024)/Sophomores (Class of 2025):  The deadline for submitting your request for a Fall 2022 PVSA is September 29.  NO LATE REQUESTS will be accepted. Please complete the appropriate Google form to submit your request:

Junior Google Form (live on September 13th)

Sophomore Google Form (live on September 13th)

Freshmen (Class of 2026): The HelperHelper accounts for freshmen have been activated and a message has been sent to school (@pausd.us) email accounts directly from HelperHelper. This email includes instructions on how to access and get started with HelperHelper.  Once the HelperHelper account is activated, freshmen can enter their volunteer hours that were performed starting June 3, 2022.  

The deadline for submitting your request for a Fall 2022 PVSA is September 29. NO LATE REQUESTS will be accepted. Please complete the following Google form to submit your request:

Freshmen Google Form (live on September 13th)

Looking for community service opportunities? Check out the Service Fair slideshow from the Paly/Gunn Service Fair 2020.