Student Service Learning (SSL)  

 

Our current SSL coordinator is Mrs. Diane Loulou.  She can be reached in the English Lab # 202, however the preferred method of contact is her email:  Diane_M_Loulou@mcpsmd.org

                                                            

Verification forms are available in the main office and on the MCPS website. Please visit the MCPS website for FAQ, forms and other information:

 

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/

 

Hours that are earned from the pre-approved list (http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/student-service-learning-ssl) require an activity verification formIf the activity you wish to perform service for is not on this list, then you need to fill out a Service Learning Request Form (560-50) (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/560-50.pdf) prior to performing the activity.  Failure to do so may prevent you from being credited for service performed.

 

SYSTEMWIDE SSL AWARD TIMELINES:

  • September 30, 2016:
    Documentation of service performed from June 3, 2016 through the summer is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
  • January 6, 2017:
    Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
  • June 2, 2017:
    Documentation of all service performed during the second semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.

 

 Due to spring break the deadline has been modified*

  • April 6, 2017:
    Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.

 

SSL Opportunities

Student Volunteers—Earn SSL Hours!  * Donation Drive on Saturday, May 13 from 10AM – 1PM  

A Damascus PTSA fundraiser 

We are collecting household goods, books and clothes and need student volunteers! The location is the Damascus H.S. Student Parking Lot and the work is loading the truck with the donations.

Contact Mrs. Alison Petersen, 410 -804-8742, alpeters@allegisgroup.com 

 

 Summer SSL Opportunity:

Volunteers Needed for Rockwell Elementary School Summer Lending Library

June 27—August 17

Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Lois P. Rockwell ES

24555 Cutsail Drive

Damascus, MD 20872

 

Student volunteers will help elementary school students browse and borrow books for summer reading and supervise a weekly prize drawing to recognize the borrowers. Email Mrs. Hinkelman at Jennifer_l_hinkelman@mcpsmd.org for more information.

 

DAMASCUS LIBRARY SUMMER READING VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

 

Damascus Library is seeking friendly High School students to help with the children’s and teen Summer Reading events. Student Service Learning Program hours will be earned. Damascus Library is located at 9701 Main Street, Damascus MD 20872.

When: During weekly events from June 19 through August 31, 2017.

Duties: Volunteers assist library staff with events for children and teens ages 3-17; tasks include auditorium/meeting room chair and table set-up and clean-up, ticket-taking, crowd control, materials preparation, assisting children and teens with crafts and experiments, and overseeing LEGO and DUPLO programs.

Qualifications: You should be an energetic, polite, patient, articulate high school student (aged 13-up and finished 8th grade) who can commit to a regular weekly schedule throughout the summer; you should be able to follow directions, turn off your cell phone, have a good sense of humor and enjoy working with young children, teens, and their families.  Enthusiasm for Harry Potter Cosplay required for 3 events. 

Application: Interested teens should visit Damascus Library to complete an application before May 22 to facilitate scheduling; parent signature required. Call Damascus Library at 240-773-9444 for more information; any staff member can help you. 

  

 New opportunity to earn SSL hours.  The Harwood House Thrift Shop in Damascus is looking for students with good computer skills and a desire to help others less fortunate than themselves.  Your skills are needed to help list donated items on eBay or Craig’s List.  Skills involve cleaning and inspecting items, taking photos, listing items online and responding to questions from prospective buyers.  The Harwood House is open Tuesdays from 8:30 – 2:00 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00.  If interested, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Bradley at (240)988-1064.  To get information about this and other SSL opportunities check out the DHS website and the SSL bulletin board in the English hallway 

 


Sports Plus is an organization that offers year-round, uniquely structured, co-ed sports and social programs for verbal children able to follow multi-step directions between the ages of 5 and 14 with mild to moderate autistic spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.  Both indoor and outdoor programs are offered.  Volunteers assist coaches with activities, help with set-up and clean-up, and most of all, provide encouragement to the athletes.  Expertise in a particular sport is NOT required, but enthusiasm is. More details can be found at www.playsportsplus.org.   If interested in any of the following activities, please contact Diane Golden at golden4@comcast.net, and let her know how often you would like to volunteer.  And if you want to volunteer with a friend, let her know so you can be scheduled together.  Please only sign up for days you know you can commit to. 

 

 

 

Current volunteer opportunities:

 

American Legion Post 171 in Damascus – Looking for a few students willing to help out with Kitchen Duties on a regular basis (not just a one-time thing) on the first and/or third Thursday of each month during the school year.  There are two shifts available:  4:00pm-7:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm.  You can work one or both Thursdays, and you can work one or both shift times.  If interested, please contact Mrs. Sefcik at Donna.Sefcik@mcsservices.com

    

Montgomery Parks – hundreds of Student Service Learning approved volunteer opportunities – many dates and locations – Special Events, Cleanups, Outdoor Activities – If interested, go to www.MontgomeryParks.org/SSL to look for opportunities.  You can also email Lynn.Vismara@MontgomeryParks.org, or call at 301-495-2504. 

 

Montgomery Parks – Natural surface trail work project – To see scheduled dates and locations and to sign up, visit www.ParksVolunteers.org and click on “Search & Apply”, then “Trails”, then “Trail Workdays.” 

 

Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding – Ongoing dates/times - When you volunteer you are able to work with horses, receive free training, make a difference in someone’s life, plan events and fundraisers.  If you would like to learn more, visit www.chtr.org.  If you are ready to volunteer or have questions, e-mail Volunteer@CHTR.org.   

 

Montgomery County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service – This organization offers opportunities for training as Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians.  Candidates would join a local volunteer fire & rescue department, all training and uniforms are free.  These positions offer training in responsibility, discipline and are a springboard to a career in the Fire & Rescue Service, as well as offering great experiences for students considering careers in medicine, nursing, or health related fields.  Jr. Members (16-18 years old) have an amazing opportunity to develop leadership skills and make a REAL difference in their community.  Jr. Members work side-by-side regular members on emergency calls and provide rescue and fire suppression services. Some participating stations are Damascus, Laytonsville, Germantown, Hyattstown, as well as many others.  For more information, contact Rick Tappan at 301-424-1297, rtappan@mcvfra.org, or e-mail www.joinfirerescue.com

 

 

DAMASCUS COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER (DCRC) SSL OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Damascus Rec Center has several SSL opportunities coming up: 

     

 

Club Adventure After School Program – 3:00pm to 6:00pm (12:00pm to 6:00pm on half days).  Volunteers will assist with teaching sports, games, arts, crafts, and assisting the current staff in mentoring children 5 to 12 years old.  If interested, please contact Linda Panagoulis at 240-777-6935 or Linda.Panagoulis@montgomerycountymd.gov.  


Adopt the children’s garden at the Damascus Community Recreation Center.  You can also help with the water schedule and crop rotations.  If interested, please contact Linda Panagoulis as soon as possible at Linda.Panagoulis@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-6935 or 240-777-6930. DCRC is looking for volunteers to start in September to work with Club REC from 3:00-6:00 Monday through Friday.   

    If you are interested, please contact Linda Panagoulis at 240-777-6930 or email her at Linda.Panagoulis@montgomerycountymd.gov 

 

Damascus Rec Center is looking for volunteers who are talented in art.  SSL hours will be available for your talents. 

Please contact Linda Panagoulis at 240-777-6935 or Linda.Panagoulis@montgomerycountymd.gov  for more information.

 

 

 VisArts in Rockville has various opportunities for students to earn Student Service Learning hours.  They are a non-profit arts organization based in Rockville dedicated to engaging the community in the arts and they are always looking for volunteers.  Please see Mrs. Henry in Room 243 for a volunteer application which has the requirements and various positions they are offering, 

 

 Scholarship money for earning SSL Hours:  Check out the following link for any opportunities.     

http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/service.phtml

 

If you’re looking for an SSL opportunity close to Damascus, please check out the following pre-approved organizations on the SSL website for more details (https://volunteer.truist.com/mcvc/org/dir-y-1.html.  As you can see, there are many SSL opportunities close to home, but you are not limited to just these.  Remember, if it’s not on the pre-approved list, you must submit form 560-50 for approval before starting your student service learning hours.  Any questions, see Mrs. Henry in Room 243, or e-mail her at Liz_A_Henry@mcpsmd.org. 

    

Damascus:  Academy of St. Cecelia Youth Orchestra, Damascus Community Fair, Damascus Community Rec Center, Damascus Heritage Society Inc, Damascus Sports Assoc, Damascus Theater Company, Damascus United Methodist Church, Damascus Volunteer Fire Dept, First Baptist Church of Damascus, Little Hands Preschool Inc, Damascus Public Library, Montgomery United Methodist Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Thor Teams, Inc,

Clarksburg:  Baha’i Faith, Cedarbrook Community Church, Clarksburg Baseball Inc, Clarksburg Sports Assoc Inc, Clarksburg United Methodist Church, Red Wiggler Community Farm,

Laytonsville: St. Paul UM Church, Town of Laytonsville, Young Life Montgomery County

Boyds:  Boyd’s Historical Society, Boyd’s Presbyterian Church, Great and Small, King Barn Diary Mooseum, Maryland Soccer Foundation, Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Star Gazing Farm, Tutor for America Now Org

Germantown:  Black Rock Center for the Arts, Breezy Acres Ministry, Button Farm Living History Center, Capital Area Telugu Society, Capitol Polo Foundation, Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Seneca Maryland Stake, Dayspring Church Inc, DC Metro Sai Samsthan, Equipment Connections for Children, Firebirds Track Club, Germantown Historical Society, Germantown Oktoberfest, Housing Initiative Partnership, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Hope for Lives in Sierra Leone, I-270 Youth Sports Association LLC, Izaak Walton League – Rockville Chapter, Journey’s Crossing, Longview School, Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc, MCPS Student Affairs Office, Messiah Lutheran Church, Montgomery County Little League, Neelsville Presbyterian Church, Operation Second Chance, Our Lady of the Visitation, Tacy Foundation, Trinity United Methodist Church, UMAC Baseball – Upper Montgomery Athletic Club, Vietnamese American Education Assoc, Volunteer Center Montgomery County

Gaithersburg:  American Association of University Women, AMU Alumni Association, Asbury Methodist Village, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bethany Presbyterian Church (Korean School), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, Capital Region Pony Club, Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County, Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, City of Gaithersburg, Civil Air Patrol-BCC Composite Squadron, C&O Family Chess Center:  USCF Affiliate, Community Support Services Inc, Covenant United Methodist Church, CSAAC-Community Services for Autistic Adults & Children, Culture Center of T.E.C.R.O., Dwelling Place, Emory Grove United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Epworth United Methodist Church, Fairhaven United Methodist Church, Family Services, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Friendship Star Quilters, FSI Youth Services, Gaithersburg Chinese Alliance Church, Gaithersburg Chinese School, Gaithersburg Community Soup Kitchen, Gaithersburg Help, Gaithersburg Meals on Wheels, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, Gaithersburg Corvette Club, God’s Connection Transition Inc, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Goshen United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity Metro Area, Hospice Caring Inc, House with a Heart Pet Sanctuary, Humane Society of the US, Humanity TV Inc, Identity, International Cultural Center, Islamic Center of Maryland, JSS Spiritual Mission, Kehilat Shalom, Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Manna Food Center, Mercy Health Clinic, Metropolitan Ballet Theater and Academy, MOCO Multisport, Montgomery College – Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Montgomery County Board of Elections, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Mgmt & Homeland Security, Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery Village Foundation, Montgomery Village Health Care Center, Montgomery Village Sports Association-Wrestling, Muddy Branch Alliance, National Brain Tumor Society, NIST, Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Rebuilding ?Together Montgomery County, Red Raider Softball Inc, Rockville Evangelical Mission Church, Seneca Creek Community Church, Seneca Creek State Park, Shaare Torah, UCF/CYBM-Youth Development Org, Unexpected Stage Company, Washington Care Foundation, Westleigh Recreation Club, Willows Apartments, Women Who Care Ministries Inc

Mount Airy:  Damascus Road Community Church

All Areas:  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, all Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Recreation Dept.

 

Yearlong and/or ongoing opportunities:

 

Damascus Help, Inc. 

Damascus, MD 20872

www.damascushelp.org 

May 30, 2007 - Dec 31, 2017

 

Senior Nutrition Program  

Damascus, MD 20872

Sep 01, 2007 - (Ongoing)

Marilyn Mower
240-777-1064

 

As Well As:

  • Public Libraries (Damascus 240-773-9444 and Germantown 240-777-0110)
  • Montgomery County Rec Center   240-777-6870
  • Local Elementary Schools and PTA’s
  • Damascus Senior Center 240-777-6995
  • Interfaith Works 751 Twinbrook Parkway Rockville 301-424-3796

 

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