Community Service

Two female students ringing Salvation Army bells

Community service is an important part of Horizon Honors. Service to others and character-building lessons help students develop social excellence. When students participate in community service projects, their world view becomes challenged and diversified.

The Student Councils, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Key Club and athletics teams organize students in community outreach, charity drives and a variety of projects throughout the Valley.

High School students are required to complete 40 hours of community service each school year. If you are interested, contact the person noted below or go to that website, and volunteer when your schedule permits! Everyone is different, it is important to something you enjoy and makes you feel good.

Community Service Timecard


Check the Horizon Honors Middle School Eblasts and the Horizon Honors High School Eblasts for short term community service opportunities and new volunteer events.

People Helping People:
Feed My Starving Children Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization committed to feeding starving children. Children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries throughout the world. Students under 18 require parent participation.
Special Olympics Special Olympics volunteers help to provide year-round sports training, athletic competition, and fundraising events for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Teen Lifeline Are you at least 15 years old? Do you want to be a connection of hope to a fellow teen in crisis? Then consider volunteering and becoming a Peer Counselor with Teen Lifeline! Peer Counselors staff the hotline from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm every day! They receive a minimum of 72 hours of training prior to taking calls. All Peer Counselors are always supervised by a Master’s level Clinician.
Birthday Bash Help facilitate monthly birthday parties for children at the homeless shelter. Students under 16 need parent participation.
Maggie’s Thrift Weekly thrift sorting opportunity found on . Students under 16 need parent participation.
St. Vincent de Paul Students 16 and up can help in the dining room, loading dock, and at the thrift store. Students younger than 16 can help with “Hearts and Hands Day” which is once per month. Search under for information on “Hearts and Hands Day” opportunities.
Salvation Army
Jewish Community Center
Back to School Clothing Drive Founded in 1967, Back to School Clothing Drive provides fundamental items to high-need children throughout Arizona. Through our three programs we help more than 25,000 children from 260+ schools in 40 school districts. These programs help break down barriers to early childhood school success, build self-esteem and self-confidence, and ultimately confident, strong students ready to learn, achieve, and advance. Contact Karl Gentles, executive director, 602.256.9408.
Family Promise Helping families become self-sufficient through housing and support. Serve dinner, eat with families, and play games with kids. Contact Mark Farley @ [email protected]
Mountain Park Community Church Food Pantry Collect and donate non-perishable foods. Sort and pack food boxes for families in need. Contact Barb Leclerc @ [email protected]
Phoenix Rescue Mission Students ages 16-17 require parent participation. Students 18 and up may volunteer on their own. Prepare and serve meals, work with kids at Changing Lives Center, assemble toiletries packages, participate in street outreach and summer relief drive.
Sojourner Center Domestic violence shelter for women and children. 90 min orientation
UMOM New Day Center Provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing, and supportive services. Students under 18 must have parent participation.
Paz de Cristo Meal service, food boxes, hygiene distribution to needy people of the valley. Volunteers under 16 require parent participation. Call to sign up (480)464-2370.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Sorting and packing food boxes for needy people of the valley. Volunteers under 16 require parent participation.
Ronald McDonald House A welcoming “home away from home” for families with children facing medical challenges, providing an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage.
Meals On Wheels Deliver food to the elderly, decorate placemats, assemble care packages and more! When on the web site click on MOW Volunteer Opportunities for Families & Youth Groups to get more information.
Homeward Bound Transitional housing and comprehensive social services for families with children fleeing domestic violence and/or homelessness. Student volunteers ages 16 and up. Revitalize a home, sort and organize donations, read to and play with children, and much more.
Without Walls Christian Center/ Manna Food Bank Help with food packaging for needy families in the valley. Serve food to the homeless at Thanksgiving.
Angela’s Treasures Volunteer at the resale boutique which benefits single parents and teachers job skills in retail and customer relations.
Pecos Senior Center Volunteer ages 15 and up may volunteer to serve the seniors of our area. A food handler’s license is required.
Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee Numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year including the Ahwatukee Easter parade, Bikes for Tykes, Festival of Lights, and many more!
Save the Family This organization helps family overcome homelessness, and move towards self-sufficiency. Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, Adult supervision required for many opportunities.
Tempe Action Tempe Community Action Agency is a nonprofit social service organization that helps families and individuals.
Packages from Home Package items to be distributed to American Soldiers stationed overseas.
All For Good Whether you're a nonprofit or just on a mission to do good, All for Good is a free resource for rallying others to your cause.
Mountain Park Senior Living   Call (480) 893-1200. If you want to sign up you will need to see Mrs. Duet to arrange an event, time and date to pre-sign up! All activities must be signed up for ahead of time, so that Mountain Park Senior Living knows you are coming! All volunteers must sign in upon arrival, out when done. Some of the activities we could help with would be:
Game Night (2 to 3 helpers) Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6 p.m. ( games could include: dice, dominos, LRC, cards, pictionary). Sept. 10th There is a new Bunco Group starting up (3 to 5 helpers needed). You would be helping count the dice and follow along with the game. Music - this could be designed by you and your group! Singing, guitar, solo, duet, (there is a piano) You would be performing during dinner Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. Dinner begins at 4 p.m., arrival for set up by 3:45 p.m. Nails (3-4 helpers) Monday or Wednesday once a month from 3 to 4 p.m. You would be painting and filing finger nails for ladies. All supplies will be provided! Activity - Organize a very simple craft or art project, demonstrate and help (supplies will be provided) Decorate the community! Make fun decorations and decorate for seasons or holidays!
Take it Outside:
Graffiti Free Phoenix
Tovrea Castle Raking, weeding, watering, and trimming.
Desert Botanical Gardens You must be a DBG member and take an orientation class.There are strict volunteer time obligations.
Volunteer for Outdoor Arizona Build, repair and maintain trails; restore wildlife habitat and protect native flora and fauna. Most projects are for all ages. Some specify age requirements.
Grand Canyon Trust volunteers Protect and restore the Colorado plateau. Student under 18 need parent participation.
Sky Island Alliance Sky Island Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Action Committee of Central Chandler None Neighborhood enhancement program every Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm. Meets at 472 S. Colorado Street, Chandler at the Self Help Center. Call Dorsha Hale at 480-277-3529 for more information.
Earthwatch Institute US/International opportunities for student 15 and up. Scientific field research and education to promote understanding and action necessary for sustainable environments.
Protect-A-Park None Contact specific parks to arrange volunteer service.Cave Creek 623-465-0431 ; McDowell Mountain 480-471-0173 ; Spur Cross Ranch 480-488-6601 ; White Tank Mountains 623-935-2505 ; Estrella Mountain 623-932-3811 ;San Tan Mountain 480-655-5554 ; Usery Mountain 480-984-0032 ; Desert Outdoor Center and Lake Pleasant 602-372-7470 ext.200
Live Love Day Home improvement and neighborhood clean-ups in Chandler.
Festival of Lights Numerous volunteer oppurtunities to help with ths popular Ahwatukee event
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Volunteers must be 16 years old. 3-hour training session online. Volunteers must commit to 100 hours annually.
Hospice of the Valley Volunteers must be in high school and able to commit to two hours each week for twelve months. College credits are available as well as college scholarships. See teen volunteer program on website for full details.
Banner Health Numerous volunteer opportunities across the valley for high school students. College scholarships available.
Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital Volunteer opportunities for students ages 14 and up. Check age requirements for each type of volunteering.
American Red Cross Host a blood drive… be a blood drive volunteer.
Serve the World:
Heart to Honduras Mission trips to Honduras.
Children of Promise International Mission trips to a variety of locations around the world.
Cross Cultural Solutions International teen summer volunteer program for students ages 14-17. 1-2 weeks in Costa Rica, Ghana, and Guatemala.
Get Moving!
Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Benefits a variety of cancer and children’s organizations.
Susan G. Komen Race Benefits Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Go Dirty Girl Mud Run Benefits National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Hot Chocolate 15k Run Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities and Salt River Community Children’s Foundation.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 7th Annual Run/Walk to break the silence on ovarian cancer on Sunday December 6th at Tempe Kiwanas park. You can make a difference by forming a team, volunteering, or becoming a sponser
The Arts and Museums:
Chandler Center for the Arts Volunteer information listed under “about” category on the home page. Students 16 years and up may volunteer in a variety of positions such as ushers, ticket takers, gift store, and concessions workers. An orientation session is required.
Orpheum Theater Ambassador Ushers"
Symphony Hall Ambassador Ushers
Pioneer Living History Museum An old 1800’s town with authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. Volunteer opportunities ranging from carpentry to singing to re-enacting situations from the wild west.
Arizona Science Center Students 14 and up may volunteer for a variety of special events and ongoing activities. Check age requirements for specific opportunities.
Phoenix Public Library- Ironwood Branch Volunteer at the library shelving books. Very popular spot, so get your application turned in the day the opportunities open. Three sessions per year with applications due in April, August, and December. Stop by for information.
Animal Opportunities:
Dream Chaser Horse Rescue and Rehab Dedicated to rescuing horses at risk of slaughter from feedlots, abuse, and abandonment, as well as other animals placing them with qualified families.
Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary Dedicated to the compassionate care of companion animals. At Tranquility Trail, our mission is to rescue, shelter, rehabilitate, and find a forever home for every animal that finds its way to us. We are a no kill shelter. Under 16 requires parent attendance.Holiday Pet Festival Nov. 20-Dec.1 @ West World 12 year old minimum
Create blankets for animal shelters
Make biscuits for dogs in shelters
Paw Placement Animal Rescue Our mission is to reduce euthanasia of homeless cats and dogs through rescue, adoption, and education about responsible pet guardianship.
Lucky Paws Students under 18 require parent participation. Orientation required.
West Valley Animal Care Center Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry People work to pick up pet food, bag the food, help distribute the food, as well as work at events.
Arizona Human Society The goal of our volunteer program is to engage compassionate animal lovers – just like you! We need you to help us in our mission to safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need! Volunteer Requirements: • Must be at least 16 years of age.• Attend a volunteer orientation and training session.• Commit to volunteer at least eight hours a month for at least eight months
Volunteer Clearinghouses:
Hands On Greater Phoenix Hands On Greater Phoenix offers a calendar of 60+ diverse, high-impact, one-time community service projects each month. There are also opportunities to be a volunteer leader.
Do Something Encourages young people to create their own vision for making a difference in their community and provides them with the resources and support needed.
United Way connects to the Valley of the Sun United Way for local opportunities.
Volunteer Match This organization matches your location to your area of interest.
Just Serve Connecting volunteers with opportunities to care for others and improve our communities.

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