The Serve to Save (S2S) Volunteer Program was created so people can give of their time and service out of a heart of gratefulness rather than to offset a potential charge to their accounts. Volunteer hours help the school with stewardship of its overall resources and lowers operational costs.
Families who receive any of the following types of financial assistance will be required to give time and service hours to the school each year: FACTS need-based financial assistance, Cougar Family Scholarships, Commitment to Excellence or Influence for Life Scholarships, and/or Clergy Discounts.
This program provides a great opportunity to plug-in and become an active part of the LCS community! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get involved:
- Help Build A Community of Service! Time and Service must equal at least 20 hours per enrolled student per year, with a cap of 40 hours per family. What a great way to get involved in the LCS community, by serving together!
- Be Generous! Families can donate hours worked within the S2S Program to other families to help them meet their requirement. The number of donated hours received may not exceed 50% of annual required hours. (For example, if a family is required to work 40 hours, they may receive up to, but not more than, 20 hours from other families as a donation.)
- Don’t miss out! Failure to complete the requirements of the program may result in the loss of financial aid in subsequent years. There is no buy-out option for the S2S Program. Families must fulfill the required hours with actual time and service.
- Complete background check form. You will need to print the form and turn it into the Elementary Office.
- Evaluate/choose available volunteer opportunities. The Upcoming S2S Opportunities calendar below shows just a partial list of the opportunities you can sign up for. Please contact Julie Fischer with questions about how to serve.
- Review and Abide by the Volunteer Code of Conduct.
- Schedule volunteer opportunities directly with Julie Fischer. Make sure to confirm date, time, location and responsibilities.
- Serve scheduled hours. (Smile and enjoy the experience!)
- Contact Julie Fischer at email@example.com or (517) 438-8821 with completed hours in order to receive credit.
- Athletics (Timekeeper, tickets, chains, concessions, football laundry, scoreboard)
- Auction (Setup, tear down, grade coordinators, event assistance)
- Before/After School Care
- Book Fair
- Box Top Store (Coordinator, store assistant)
- Bus Driver
- Chapel Speaker
- Connector Moms (Coordinator, connector mom)
- Family & Friends Day (Van driver, photographer)
- Homecoming (Bake sale, face painting, shirt sales, etc.)
- High School or Middle School Retreat (various roles)
- International Host Family
- Library Assistant
- Test Proctoring (MAPS, Exams)
- Parent Advisory Board
- Picture Day/Retakes
- Plant Sale
- Power Plus Group Leader
- Recess Help (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten)
- Science Olympiad (Coordinator, Coach)
- Drama Department (Painting, set building, costume design, etc.)
- TRIP (various roles)
- Other duties listed in weekly S2S Email Newsletter
Below are the requirements for volunteer conduct:
- All volunteers must complete a background check before serving any hours
- Please be reliable! Because each job is important and needs to be completed, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you are unable to serve at the designated time.
Recording Volunteer Hours
- All volunteer hours must be recorded. Please make sure to sign in and out each time you volunteer. Sign in is normally recorded in the elementary office. You can also send your start and end times to our program coordinator via email.
- Volunteers must wear a Visitor’s Name Tag at all times. You can obtain a name tag in the Elementary Office.
- Please make sure to dress appropriately and modestly as an example to students.
- Your conduct should provide for and reinforce the safety and well-being of all students. You are a role model for the students and should dress and act appropriately.
- Working with students is always confidential. Please keep your observations on a professional level. A volunteer will not divulge information to which he or she may have access, such as grades or discipline issues.
What are the guidelines/expectations of the S2S Program?
- Every family receiving merit-based or need-based financial aid will be required to give 20 hours per enrolled student per year to the S2S program with a cap of 40 hours per family. Failure to complete the requirements of the program may result in the loss of financial aid in subsequent years.
Why do we have the S2S Program?
- The Serve to Save (S2S) Program was created so people can give of their time and service out of a heart of gratefulness rather than to offset a potential charge to their accounts.
How do I find opportunities to meet my S2S requirements?
- There are 3 main ways for you to find volunteer opportunities
- The S2S Upcoming Opportunities Calendar is a great place to start. It will give you ideas to explore.
- We will send out weekly emails to highlight current volunteer opportunities. Many events take place at LCS that require volunteers (athletics, auction, drama productions, etc.). Volunteer opportunities will be communicated as they arise.
- You can contact Julie Fischer, the S2S Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 438-8821.
How do I receive credit for volunteer hours that I have served?
- All service hours MUST be turned into Julie Fischer at email@example.com, (517) 438-8821 or by signing in and out of the S2S Volunteer Folder in the Elementary Office in order to receive credit.
When are hours recorded?
- Served volunteer hours are input at least once a week into Renweb. These hours can be viewed on Renweb under Family Information. Click on the volunteer name and then the service hours tab.
Are my children allowed to serve for S2S credit?
- S2S hours should be served by adults 18 and older that have already graduated high school.
Are my children allowed to be with me as I serve my S2S hours?
- Children are not allowed to accompany S2S volunteers while they are serving.
Can someone else serve my hours for me?
- Grandparents or other immediate family members that are 18 years of age or older may serve the requirement for the family if designated by the parent or legal guardian and approved via the background check process by LCS Administration in advance of the service performed.
If I’m not part of the program can I still volunteer my time?
- Absolutely! Involvement from parents is critical in our mission to provide the greatest academic and spiritual training for our students.
Can I donate hours to other families?
- Up to 50% of the required hours that a family is required to serve can be donated. For example, if a family is required to serve 40 hours, then up to 20 hours can be donated to them.
Upcoming S2S Opportunities
The calendar below shows the upcoming service opportunities in our S2S program. Opportunities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so opportunities shown may not be available. Email or call Julie Fischer with questions or to volunteer. Her direct line is (517) 438-8821. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.