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Volunteerism Credit
for H.S. Students

Delaware high school students can earn community service credit on their transcripts for volunteering with local community service organizations, according to a release from Gov. Thomas R. Carper's office.

The relatively new and little known program allows students to earn the Delaware Volunteer Credit when they perform at least 45 hours of service per semester for two semesters.

In a news release, Gov. Carper said the state's Department of Health and Social Services is expected to receive a grant from the Corporation for National Service to fund an Americorps Fellow to specifically work with public high schools in increasing participation statewide.

Gov. Carper said the credit can give participating students a distinct advantage in future school and job hunts because colleges and employers typically seek information on a students' extra-curricular activities as well as their academic performances.

"Every day, thousands of Delawareans -- from students to seniors -- volunteer their time and talents to strengthen our neighborhoods, mentor our children, improve the environment, and respond to calls for help," said Gov. Carper. "Their dedication is invaluable to our state.

"But there is so much more we can do together. Government can not -- and should not -- try to solve all of society's problems. We're all busy, but the time we spend assisting others can pay enormous dividends in many ways. I encourage high school students from Talleyville to Selbyville to participate in the Delaware Volunteer Credit initiative and help those who need it the most."

To participate in the Delaware Volunteer Credit program, high school students and parents can contact their local schools or the state's volunteer hotline at 1-800-815-LINK.


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