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Volunteering the UA Way

Union Academy and volunteering go hand in hand. 

When new students arrive, we ask parents to sign a Partnership Agreement. This agreement asks parents to contribute a minimum of six hours a month, or 60 hours per year. Demonstrating respect for this contract is a clear requirement of Union Academy’s original charter. We're proud to say that our families quickly complete that 60-hour goal every year - and many contribute more than 60 hours! Our family atmosphere and amazing parents create a warm, inviting, and productive volunteer environment.
 

Looking to get involved? This is the page you'll want to bookmark! 

Family Volunteering

How does the word get out?

Emails with volunteering opportunities are sent out from our Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Watkins. If you feel you are not receiving the emails, please email her (awatkins@unionacademy.org).
 

How do I report my hours?

Parents: Families will use the MobileServe application to log volunteer hours. Scroll down on this page to find out more about the MobileServe app, including how to download it and how to set up your account. All parent volunteer hours for the school year must be submitted by the last day of June.
  

I want to brag when I hit my 60!

Got you covered! You'll be recognized in the newsletter and also receive a free car magnet to proudly display. 

High School Community Service Guidelines

Union Academy is dedicated to strong community relationships and awareness, both locally and globally. We want everyone associated with our school to feel a sense of community. We believe that our students will be much better prepared for life and become better contributing citizens by participating in community service and learning at every grade level.

 

Students will complete at least 10 service hours each year with community organizations. The remainder of the required hours may also be completed at a community organization OR in meaningful volunteer service. All hours for 9th-11th grade students must be submitted by the last day of school to be counted. 12th grade students must submit their hours at an earlier date and will be notified yearly of their submission deadline. All 105 hours must be completed in order to participate in graduation. Students who double the required number of service hours (210+) will be recognized at graduation.

 

2019-20 Community Service Reflection Form

 

Guidelines/Expectations

Hours

  • 9th grade: At least 15 service-learning hours
    • Minimum of 10 hours of community-based service with a non-profit organization NOT associated with Union Academy
    • Minimum of 5 hours of other volunteer service  
  • 10th, 11th, 12th grade: At least 30 service-learning hours per year
    • Minimum of 10 hours of community-based service with a non-profit organization NOT associated with Union Academy
    • Minimum of 20 hours of other volunteer service
  • Students are required to complete a written yearly reflection before receiving credit for their hours for the year.
  • NO DOUBLED HOURS WILL BE AWARDED.
    • Because recognition is given to individuals who reach two times the required service hours and also to the student who completes the most volunteer service, it is unfair to give double hours.
    • If you are offered double hours, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.  This practice has been discontinued and requests will not be honored.

Methods

  • Set up a Mobileserve account
    • See instructions below.
  • Enter your hours
    • You can begin recording hours for the next school year beginning the day after graduation.
  • Be Timely
    • Enter your hours as soon as possible.  This allows time for supervisors to certify your volunteer work.
  • Be Trustworthy
    • You are responsible for reporting only the hours that you actually spend volunteering.
  • Be specific and detailed in your “Story” of your volunteer work
    • Although you don’t have to write a paragraph, include specific tasks (in bullet form if you like) and specific dates.
  • Name a supervisor
    • You must ALWAYS name a supervisor on your Mobileserve entries.
      • A parent may NOT be the supervisor for his/her own child. If your parent is the supervisor of a volunteer organization, please use an alternative adult (superior or assistant) as your supervisor.
  • Include the supervisor’s e-mail
    • Volunteer entries without an email address will not be certified
      • An email is sent out to the supervisor. When the supervisor returns the email with a signature, the volunteer work is certified and counted toward your total.
      • Note: The returned signature must match the supervisor.
  • Review your hours
    • From time to time check in on your hours. Approved hours will be indicated with a green check.
    • Follow up on unapproved hours in a timely manner
  • Complete your Reflection Form
    • You must reflect on your experience for the 10 hours served with community-based organizations and your overall volunteer experience.
      • Only one reflection form is required even if you served at more than one organization.
      • If the reflection form is NOT completed, your hours will NOT be counted.

General Guidelines

  • Have a willingness to work
    • Showing up is only part of volunteering. Be engaged and active during your volunteer time.
  • Limit phone use while volunteering
    • Be engaged and attentive to the job at hand.
  • Have a positive attitude
    • Remember, we are a school of character--be a good representative.
  • Don’t Forget your CARROT PI(E)
    • Compassion
    • Adaptability
    • Respect
    • Responsibility
    • Optimism
    • Trustworthiness
    • Perseverance
    • Initiative
    • Everyday!  
  • Every time you volunteer, you represent UA. You can be the one who makes an impact on someone’s day--make it a positive one!

Community-based hours

  • You can earn your community-based hours at non-profits NOT associated with Union Academy.

Volunteering at a place of worship

  • Participation in a religious service does not count as volunteer hours; however, providing a service within the organization that is not a part of the services may be considered.
    • Babysitting/nursery at the facility so that others may attend the service may be counted as volunteer hours.
    • Collecting offerings or singing in a service would not be counted.
    • Community service organized by a place of worship for another organization should be recorded as service to the other organization-
      • Ex. Your Church Youth Group goes to help at Operation Christmas Child. Record this as volunteering for Operation Christmas Child.  
    • When in doubt, get clarification from the Volunteer Coordinator.

Babysitting or pet-sitting

  • Babysitting or pet-sitting/fostering does not count as volunteering except under the following conditions:
    • Babysitting counts when it is done without pay for an organization such as a church nursery, or Turning Point.

Volunteering with UAA or the UA Foundation

  • Great! Your hours will count toward the “other” category.  Although both are non-profit organizations, they are not considered part of the community-based service because they are part of Union Academy. One of the goals of the community service requirement is to make a difference in the larger community beyond our school.

Mission trips or other overnight volunteer service

  • Mission trips/overnight volunteering will be counted at a maximum of 8 hours per day.
    • Unlike parent volunteering, travel and sleeping time are not counted for mission trips.
    • If you are truly doing volunteer work longer than 8 hours per day, please provide a detailed and specific explanation, including times and dates, and have the supervisor verify.
 

Log Volunteer and Service Hours: MobileServeMobileServe App

MobileServe is available as a mobile app in the App store and Google Play and can be used on most smartphones and tablets. If you’d rather not use the mobile app, you can create and manage your MobileServe account from your home computer or any internet-connected device.

Not only is it easier for you to log your hours with MobileServe, but it will also provide UA with more accurate reporting, quick stats, and searchable reports.

All FAMILY and STAFF hours for 2018-19 need to be logged by June 30, 2019. 

Families and UA staff can start logging hours for the 2019-20 school year beginning July 1. Click on the links below to find out how to set up your MobileServe account.

Students can begin logging hours in MobileServe for 2019-20 on June 7.

MobileServe Codes for students:

  • Class of 2023: 50914A.
  • Class of 2022: FC0E36
  • Class of 2021: 1D522A
  • Class of 2020: 8D1368
 

Click here for more details on MobileServe and how it works.