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 .   


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that recent changes have taken place regarding service requirements for BHS students. Click here for Dr. Neigel's full letter regarding specific requirments for service

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- [email protected] .

Helpful Websites:

Teen Life:
Volunteer Match:

Check out our Service Directory for a full list of cooperating organizations that work with our volunteers. Click here for the full compilation.



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





CiC often holds one-time community service projects that educate students on substance use and then engage in an activity that either help our efforts or serve others in need. Below are some opportunities for students to participate in and help guide them in picking a track to follow for their community service projects.

  • Attend YLC meetings to help curate content and information to help spread awareness of our One Clear Path (OCP) campaign
  • Join a workgroup focusing on a specific substance (vaping, marijuana, alcohol, opioids) to research and create messaging for specific events
  • Be a Hub Club Mentor. Be trained to become a mentor to middle school students to educate them on substance use, help design an age-appropriate activity, and attend Hub Club to deliver education
  • Assist CiC in community wide events like Charter Day, Prescription Drop Off Days, Bernardsville National Night Out
  • Participate in YLC community service events that further our healthful message and educate students on substance use and recovery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maria Izzo, Youth Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected] or 908-801-4028.

Safe+Sound Somerset is pleased to announce our Summer Webinar Series for teens this July: "Teens Acting Against Dating Violence." Incoming high school students can attend up to 3 sessions in July for a total of 4.5 community service hours (we recommend all for the full effect). . Sign up early!
Did you know that 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence, or that almost 7% of high school students will be sexually assaulted? This can be a scary in a world that already feels so violent. The good news is that there are ways to recognize abuse and get help for yourself or your friends, and steps you can take to prevent violence. During our 3 workshops, you can anonymously ask questions and talk about these topics in a judgment-free zone. Education is a necessary part of stopping violence! Teens who attend the sessions will earn up to 4.5 hours of community service from Safe+Sound Somerset, Somerset County's leading domestic and sexual violence services organization.
Click here for more information!


The 2022 NJ Special Olympics Summer Games are back and in person! 
The mission of the NJ Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic–type sports for children and adults with intellectual disability. Participating in this program provides the athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 
ShopRite is a founding partner that has sent volunteers for over three decades. While the pandemic caused a temporary hiatus, we are excited to announce that the 2022 games will resume in person at The College of New Jersey on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th, providing the opportunity to restore the personal connectedness and extraordinary feeling of the games. 
We invite Associates, Leaders, and their Family & Friends to volunteer for a weekend that is fun and rewarding. Join us for one day or the entire weekend (Saturday & Sunday) as we support the summer games within the food tent and Olympic village. 
New this year! 
Our volunteer registration form in now electronic! Complete your volunteer registration with ease. 
Be sure to include your family and friends, as well. Please email Ms.Sosely, by May 3rd, if you are interested and she can facilitate help with registration. 
Key Reminders: 
· Event Dates: (Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th). 
· Complete your volunteer registration form by May 4, 2022. 
· Family & Friends are welcome to join 
· Do not forget to add your T-shirt size (Adult & Child sizes are available) 
· Community Service hours are available in 4hr & 8hr increments 
We can't wait to see you there...come out and make a difference!

The VNA is looking for volunteers to assist with sorting items for their annual sale. Help will be needd on April 1st, from 9 a.m- 3 p.m, or any amount of time you can spend on that day. For more information, please contact Patricia at 908-432-4186.

THe Headwaters clean-up will take place on April 23rd, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. If interested in volunteering, please email [email protected]

Calling all holiday gift-wappers!
One Day only at The House, 19 Rt.202
Basking Ridge, NJ
Sunday- Dec 19
9:00- 4 :00 p.m.
For more nformation, please contact [email protected]

HUNGER WALK- October 24th 2021

Volunteer to participate in NJ's Hunger Walk by signing up below:


Bridges Center, in Summit, is currently collecting  toiletries and canned food donations to help assist those in need during this pandemic. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit the Bridges website at
W: E: [email protected] P: 908-273-0176


Color cheerful drawings for senior citizens, trrops oversees or anyone else in need of a smile!                    E: [email protected]



Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is a non-profit (501(c)3), non-sectarian social service agency that has served the tri-county area since 1980.  The mission of JFS is “to preserve and strengthen the quality of individual, family and community life based on Jewish values.” Clients of JFS are from all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


For the past several years, we have been expanding our use of volunteers to improve the lives of older adults and others in the community and have developed several volunteer opportunities we thought ideal for students seeking meaningful community service hours.


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.



                    Volunteers Needed!                         

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 [email protected] today.


 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 [email protected], as well, to get more information about membership.