Service Learning

Instructor: Mrs. A. Sosely

Service Learning

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 
~Winston Churchill 

Reminder: All  summer service hours will be due on Friday, September 25th, to Mrs. Sosely. Please see her with any questions ro concerns you may have.
Mission Statement 

Bernards High School recognizes the need to develop, in all students, a sense of social responsibility, in addition to a commitment to their academic and co-curricular endeavors. By providing students with numerous opportunities for service to local and global communities, we believe that we will help students to achieve their full potential as active and productive members of society.

Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete 10 hours of service each year for a total of 40 hours to graduate .  Each year that the hours meet the requirement an "S" for satisfactory will appear on his/her transcript.  If the hours are not completed a "U" for unsatisfactory will appear.

Students can complete more than 10 hours a year. However, the hours do not roll from year to year.  Therefore, a minimum of 10 hours must be submitted each year in compliance with the new guidelines and by the established deadlines.  If a student does not meet the 10 hour requirement, the following year the student must complete 20 hours in order to maintain an "S" for satisfactory on his/her transcripts.  Please see the full policy in the student handbook.

Last Friday in September: Documentation of service performed in the summer is due.

Friday before first semester exams begin: Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due.

Second Friday in June: Documentation of service performed during the second semester is due.

** If  you would like for your volunteer organization to be added to the Suggested List,  please contact me  via email- .

Helpful Websites:

Teen Life:
Volunteer Match:


Check out our NEW Service Directory, which has a comprehensive list of cooperating organizations we partner with to offer service opportunities to our students. Click HERE




Sunday, October 13, 2019 

2121 Larger Cross Road, Gladstone NJ

Family friendly event celebrating Autumn in the country with Clydesdale's, goats, games, pumpkin painting, fly fishing demos, music, food, nature education demos, community art project and more. It takes many volunteers and all of our staff to make this event run smoothly. We’d love to have your help!

There are 4 hour shifts throughout the day starting at 8:30am and ending at 6:00pm
Help for a few hours or all day.
Please be certain of your availability before signing up!

We need help directing cars into the lot, painting pumpkins with little ones, face painting, helping with games and building scarecrows. We also need help setting up, decorating and with take down. 

Event volunteers will be given a t-shirt to wear and keep.
Please bring a refillable water bottle.
Snacks provided all day long.
To get the full list of volunteer positions and shift times,

or email Trish at

The Bernardsville Library Foundation is hosting a Wine & Beer Tasting at the United States Equestrian Academy (1040 Pottersville Rd, Gladstone, NJ 07934) to support our library.  If interested in volunteering at the event, please e-mail your interest to: 


On Saturday, 10/12, the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church is looking for volunteers to unload their pumpkins for their pumpkin patch from 4- 6 p.m. All interested students can see Ms. Sosely for details and/or contact information.

Consider volunteering through the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, as they are currently in need of students to volunteer their time to support the homeless families  in our neighborhoods. While there are a range of ways in which you can assist, please do not hesitate to call them directly for more information: 908-704-1920.


Looking to get involved? Interested in serving your community and helping to save lives? If so, consider volunteering for the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department.  There are many ways in which to volunteer.  If interested, please do not hesitate to see Ms. Sosely for contact information.

23rd ANNUAL Hunger Walk 2019

October 20th @ 1 p.m.

Walk starts at the 
Community Soup Kitchen

Family-friendly event celebrating Autumn in the country with hay rides, music, games, vendors and food.

Calling all volunteers! The annual fair is approaching and they are in need of students to help throughout the day in order for the event to run smoothly.
There are many different shifts to choose from, including set-up, face painting, recycle tent, directing cars, making scarecrows, take down and more! 
Help for a few hours or all day. Please sign up now!
Volunteers will receive a RHA t-shirt to wear during the event. 
Snacks provided all day long.
For more information: email Trish at

Interfaith Hospitality Network- Holiday Cookie Bake-Off- December 7th, 2018

Are you interested in entering your favorite holiday cookie for IHNSC's Holiday Bake-Off? You can bake cookies and help families gain independence! It's easy to enter:

1. Bake 3 dozen of your favorite cookies at home.
2. Drop off your cookies, along with the official entry form of $10 on Friday, December 7th, between noon and 5 p.m ,at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Somerville. One dozen will be judged; the other 2 dozen will be sold at Saturday's bake sale.
3. Preliminary judging takes place Friday evening and the top 5 bakers in each category will be notified by 8 p.m. on December 7th. Final judging will take place on Saturday, December 8th at Williams- Sonoma, Commons Mall, Bridgewater.

Questions? Visit or call 908-707-1921.

Volunteers for the Friends of the
Bridgewater Library Book Sale! 
Book Donation Support: September 6 - 10  
Responsibilities include sorting books, lifting and transporting
boxes of books weighing up to 40 lbs. Light refreshments will be provided.
Available Shifts:
Thursday 9/6
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.1:00 - 5:00 p.m., and 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9/7 & Saturday 9/8
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9/9
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 Monday 9/10
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Book Sale Support: October 24 & 29 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to lifting and transporting
boxes weighing up to 40 lbs., moving tables, and boxing books for storage.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Available Shifts:
Wednesday 10/24
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday 10/29
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Friends of the Bridgewater Library representative
Ronald Wass at (908) 963-5719 or


Click HERE to find out more information about volunteering for Community in Crisis.

Will you please help us? Summer is the season when donations drop off, but the need increases, as many children who don't have access to school lunches depend on us until September.

Consider volunteering and e-mail today.


The Superior Court of NJ Somerset  Vicinage is looking for youth volunteers, age 14-18 for its Juvenile Conference Committee. Youth volunteers play a crucial role on the Juvenile Conference Committee by providing their point-of-view on these matters that come before the courts.

Volunteers receive full training from a program coordinator, after which they have the opportunity to sit on a panel appointed by a Family Divison judge to hear and decide matters involving juvenile offenses. Parental consent is required of all youth volunteers. Please consider volunteering, as it would add a unique point of interest to any college application.

Interested individuals can go online to, search Volunteer Services, click on the county in which you are interested volunteering, and complete the application located on the website. If you have questions about the volunteer opportunities at the Judiciary, please contact the training coordinator and volunteer liaison directly at

Community In Crisis

Volunteer, Have Fun, Give Back! 

No such thing as a free lunch? Yes there is -- and it's from Chipotle! All H.S. students are invited to grab a friend or two and come along! Bring joy and hope to individuals suffering from substance use disorder with holiday packages you create. All materials supplied. Come help, eat, give back, smile. See you there! Questions? Email us.


Andi Williams 
Community In Crisis 


 An after-school academic support program hosted by St. Bernard’s Church, in partnership with the Somerset Hills YMCA, is seeking additional volunteers to sign up this summer before the program resumes with the fall start of classes in the Somerset Hills School District.

The program, taught by high school students and adult volunteers, is free and offers homework help, academic support and computers with internet access to area students in grades K-8.

Adults and high school students wishing to volunteer are required to be registered as a volunteer through the YMCA, a simple and free procedure but one that can take a few weeks to process.

For high school students, the program can count toward community service hours. This is an opportunity for students to share their knowledge, gain leadership skills and give back to the community.

Additional volunteers will help ensure consistent coverage, ideally with one volunteer for every student. A larger pool of volunteers will also enable flexible scheduling so volunteers can come when available and won’t have to commit to a fixed schedule.

The program runs through the school year and is held in a classroom in St. Bernard’s Parish House on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For young elementary children who do not have homework, the emphasis is on developing reading and math skills through the use of grade-appropriate workbooks and other learning materials. Students seeking academic help can just drop in - no appointments are necessary.

The Parish House, located at 88 Claremont Road, is within walking distance of Bedwell Elementary School, Bernardsville Middle School and the Bernards High School.

St. Bernard’s launched this satellite learning initiative as part of its community outreach efforts, with a particular focus on providing resources to local Latin American residents.

For more information, contact Jessica Bruno at the YMCA, (908) 766-7898 ext. 544, or Alison Davidson at St. Bernard’s Church at (908) 766-0602.


The Bernardsville Fire Department is looking for volunteers. If interested in becoming a part of the team, visit them at the firehouse on Monday nights from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Also, you can go to, as well, to get more information about membership.


Attention all students:  The YMCA and St. Bernards Church are working together to hold tutoring sessions for K-8 students at St. Bernards Church. If interested, please contact  908- 766-7898 for more information and sign-ups.


You are invited to join the 2018-2019 Tutoring & Science Program. We are looking for students (grade 8-12) and adults to serve as Math and English tutors and Science mentors to elementary students from Neighborhood House, a community social service program located in Morristown that serves a diverse population. The 2018-2019 tutoring & science program will be led by experienced teachers using an enriched curriculum.

The 2018-2019 Tutoring Program at Neighborhood House was a huge success.  We doubled the number of students to 36 and tutors to 25.  Everyone had fun and everyone learned a lot!  The second to fourth grade students who faithfully attended each Saturday morning, the tutors from surrounding high schools, the program staff at Neighborhood House -- all shared good times as the the students improved in reading and math and learned about the Scientific Method by building and testing Balloon Racers and Sinking Ships!  This year we are adding an exciting robotic Creature Challenge sponsored by Lego for the older children.  We are looking for 8 special tutors to run the 4 science teams.

The tutoring & science program meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon from September 2018 through May 2019 (not on holidays or vacations). We understand that today's student is often engaged in sports, music or other activities that make a year-long commitment on Saturday mornings extremely difficult. The tutoring program has been structured so that conflicting obligations can be resolved with the help of substitute tutors or by a family “sharing” one child.

Very few volunteer opportunities available to high school students provide a chance to make a direct positive impact on a child's life. Tutoring not only provides a valuable service to the community, it is recognized universally as a commitment to the common good.

Please ACT NOW if you are interested in serving as a tutor and/or science mentor. Call Caroline Jacobus @ 973-543-6538 or

Last year's tutors not only gained the experience and joy of helping others, but were able to use this experience to satisfy community service requirements and as part of their resume in applying to colleges


Join the team and help those with special needs.... If you have an interest in working closely with staff and other volunteers to form a successful team to support riders and their families, then we have  the opportunity for you! Volunteerism can range from 1-5 hours a week during the 6-12 week sessions throughout the year, or you may volunteer for the summer camp as well. You can go to or call Sarah at 908-439-9636 x 204 for more information.