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Student Service Learning

SSL CoordinatorMs. Evan Anderson

SSL Office: Counseling Department

Office Phone number: 301-610-8057



Important Links:

MCPS Student Service Learning Home Page.

MCPS SSL Guidebooks  

(English, Español, Français, Amharic, Việt Nam, and 한국어 Versions)   

SSL Flowchart  

SSL Opportunities Already Pre-Approved - This is a SEARCH ENGINE set up by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC). Only those organizations with the graduation cap (mortar board) icon have been approved by MCPS. Before starting with an organization, please check with this site. Any student needing assistance with searches may stop by to see Ms. Anderson before school, during lunch, or after school.  
 Montgomery County Volunteer Center

SSL Forms: 

SSL Pre-Approval Form [Form 560-50] 

SSL Activity Verification [Form 560-51]

Important Dates:

Service Completed During…

Deadline to Turn in Hours

The summer

Recommended by: September 27th, 2019

Accepted until: June 5th, 2020

1st Semester

Recommended by: January 3rd. 2020

Accepted UntilJune 5th, 2020

2nd Semester

 June 5th, 2020


Senior Hours/Awards

Deadline to Turn in Hours

Certificate of Meritorious Service Award (260+ hours)

 April 3rd, 2020

SSL requirement completed for graduation

 May 1st, 2020

Student Service Learning Opportunities 

Looking for ways to earn SSL Hours? You can get volunteer opportunities delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing to the Montgomery County's Volunteer Center's monthly email newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2cm3UjY and get notices of last-minute volunteer needs in your Facebook feed by liking the Volunteer Center's page at http://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountyVolunteerCenter/

New Opportunities

Upcoming SSL Opportunities – Oct/Nov 2019

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” ~Muhammad Ali
Here are some of the many current MCPS SSL Opportunities available on
Let’s show our unity as a community!







Video Production

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media

Learn to combine video production and activism! Classes take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at various libraries.


Sept 23-Dec 13

Montgomery County

Haunted Trail at Little Bennett

Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

Help make Little Bennett Campground’s Haunted Trail the spookiest place in the woods!


Oct 5-
Nov 2


Selfless Saturday

Generosity: Global

Use the power of generosity to positively impact people, by providing access to showers, food and clothing!


Oct 12

Nov 9


Trunk or Treat Canned Food Drive

Leaders Institute

Assist with welcoming, set-up, unloading, decorating, manning game stations, dispensing candy, etc.!


Oct 31

Silver Spring

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 

Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

Volunteers will help with setting up tables, supervising lawn games, and helping kids with craft activities!


Nov 2


Volunteer Tutors

Family Services, Inc

Tutor small groups of students in a variety of school subjects with the Linkages to Learning program!




After-School Program Tutor

Project Access

Help school-aged children with their math, science, and reading skills!



Silver Spring

Ongoing  Opportunities

 VisArts at Rockville - VisArts is a non-profit contemporary art gallery in Rockville Town Square always looking for new volunteers! Volunteers monitor the galleries and assist visitors. Earn SSL Hours os VisArts tuition credit.

CLICK HERE for more information and to sign-up.

  Family Services, Inc. is looking for student volunteers! CLICK HERE for specifics on upcoming events and information on how to register!

Interfaith Works Clothing Center (IWCC) in Rockville is the perfect place to complete SSL hours. Volunteers have the opportunity to complete hours quickly and hassle free. At Interfaith Works Clothing Center volunteers sort and organize clothing, greet donors, assist clients while shopping and other tasks that help the staff keep the IWCC tidy and safe for all. You can volunteer: Tuesday - Friday from 9 - 4:30 and Saturdays from 9 - 2. All volunteers must be over the age of 14.

To get started volunteering at IWCC, students can complete an online volunteer application on Interfaith Works’ website. If you have questions about volunteering at Interfaith Works Clothing Center please feel free to contact Rachel Sanborn at rsanborn@iworksmc.org or 240 – 641 – 6305.

 Montgomery County Parks - Montgomery Parks offers hundreds of Student Service Learning approved volunteer opportunities. Click Here to search for opportunities and apply online. 

 Rockville Mentoring Program - become a Mentor and earn SSL hours! Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding - Circle of Hope serves children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities helping them improve their lives through therapeutic horseback riding. 

Volunteers needed to assist during therapy sessions. There is no experience necessary and free training will be provided prior to beginning volunteer work. Volunteers are also needed to with with fundraising and social media. 

Click  HERE for more information and to sign up!

  KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), Greater DC  

Click here for information about volunteer opportunities and how to sign up!

i9 Sports, a Rockville-based youth sports organization which leagues and clinics for in sports, including flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball for kids ages 3 to 14. Looking for a high school students to assist with the after-school and weekend programs at nearby schools. Qualifications: Dependable students who have a good attitude! 

Contact Jon Siegel at: jon.siegel@i9sports.com or 202-251-1448

Rockville High School Pipe Band - We've been a bagpipe and drumming band open to students in 5th-12th grade for over 50 years! The band is called the Rockville High School Pipe Band but you do not need to attend Rockville High School to join - all are welcome.  Band performances can provide all required SSL hours and there are generous college scholarships available across the United States for piping and drumming. For more information, visit our website: www.rhspipeband.org.

 InterplayCompany Band is a musical organization whose members have mild to moderate cognitive disabilities. They are approved by MCPS for SSL hours and are seeking volunteers to work as with the members in varying capacities. BANDAIDE volunteers must be at least 16 years old, have a reasonable degree of music education (formal, self-taught, or otherwise), and be able to commit to a year of Monday night rehearsals (6:30-8:00pm) and three concerts per year. Musical volunteers play in the traditional band that accompanies the interPLAYcompany Band. It is welcome and encouraged for individuals to participate in both capacities if desired. Also welcome are guest performers and writers of original music. Visit their website athttp://www.interplayband.org/ to find out more information about the organization, call the music line at 301-229-0829 or email Paula Moore (paularmoore@comcast.net). 

 Homework Helpers – Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR)

Help children in grades 1 - 8 with their homework while their parents participate in ESOL classes. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm or 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Spring semester is March through June.  Volunteer one night each week or both evenings.  Contact Andrea Kempner-Wink, Director of Community Outreach at (301) 637-0172.  www.cmrocks.org

 Basketball Skill Development Trainers – Maryland Basketball Academy

Volunteers would assist MBA coaches by reinforcing skill development concepts.  Essentially the volunteer would help their coaches.  Volunteers would attend practices and training sessions and support head coaches by supporting messaging and helping to give instruction to individual players. General knowledge of basketball is required.  Volunteers should enjoy helping players improve and want to help them.  Contact Andrew Meringoff, President at (703) 677-1818. www.marylandbasketballacademy.org

 Theatre Company Volunteer – Unexpected Stage Company

Unexpected Stage Company offers various opportunities for volunteers to become involved, ranging from working with props and costumes to ushering to marketing/development research, depending upon the volunteer's interest and experience.  Contact Rachel Stroud-Goodrich at (718) 490-7042.  www.unexpectedstage.org

Swim Helper – Gudelsky Swin Program

Work with physically impaired adults and children on a one-on-one basis in the indoor pool, teaching swimming or supervising water exercise.  The program runs from September to May, on Saturday mornings.  Two sessions:  10:30 to 11:15am and 11:30 to 12:15pm.  Knowledge needed: basic swimming ability, willingness to help others, ability to follow direction from water therapy instructor and program coordinators.  For additional information contact Melanie & Herbert Dubin at (301) 622-1780 or check out their website at www.jccgw.org.

Stepping Stones Shelter

 Volunteer at the Stepping Stones Shelter! CLICK HERE for volunteer opportunities.

 The Tutoring Program of the Chinese American Parents and Students Association.

Serve as tutors to help other students, including new immigrants, with their homework and adapting to the American society. The program provides tutoring services every Saturday during regular school year (September to May).  Opportunity is for 7th - 12th grade students, with an unweighted GPA of at least 3.2 and a most recent or average English grade of B or better. Contact Aldrin Leung at (240) 505-6988 for more information. www.capsa-mc.org

Tutors needed for the Latino Student Fund! - The Latino Student Fund runs a Tutoring Program to help Pre K-12th grade Latino students of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area improve their academic skills. Students are paired up with a tutor that will work with them on homework and building their foundation of knowledge, focusing on math and language arts skills. The one-on-one nature of the program allows students and tutors to establish a strong relationship, which benefits the students in an academic and mentoring capacity.

Website: www.latinostudentfund.org

Flying Squirrel Animal Care Taker - Brookside Nature Center has a program that teach residents about Montgomery County's Flying Squirrel population!  To keep the little guys happy and on a schedule, adult volunteers are needed to feed them every night.  They are looking for someone that can commit to a once a week feeding, for a year. There are people to fill in for vacations and emergencies, but they really need someone that is reliable and enjoys nature, animals and being outdoors at dusk! Training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Website:  www.parksvolunteers.org

Advocacy/Legal Aide Volunteer - Hearing Loss Association of American is in need of someone with a legal background to assist the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. The ideal person would have experience in laws concerning the disabled and some experience advocating for the disabled. Computer experience is required. Mostly research, writing and reading.

Website:  www.hearingloss.org

Join the American Red Cross Youth Team - Open to volunteers, ages 13-18, to volunteer with the American Red Cross in a group of their peers. Help with a variety of projects such as safety education programs, blood drives, making crafts with seniors, fundraisers, and helping with collection drives.

Website:  www.redcross.org

Volunteer with the Montgomery County Library! CLICK HERE for opportunities!