Community Service

Hello and welcome to the MLHS Service Project website.

At MLHS, we believe students need to be prepared to live as engaged, global citizens. One major component of all US History 1 courses is the MLHS Service Hours project. Specifically, 10th-grade students are required to complete fifteen hours of volunteer work. (SCROLL DOWN FOR SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES.)

To demonstrate your completion of the program, students will (1) collect verification forms and (2) write a short reflection piece. Although students will be graded on their work, this project is to be completed on each student's own time outside of direct teacher supervision.

To earn full credit for the project, the following must be submitted:

1. A reflection must be written and it can be based on any of the topics outlined in this GoogleDoc.

2. A "Service verification form" for each activity should be completed & signed by an adult supervisor. REMINDER: Get the form before each activity & have the form completed at the time of each activity. This practice will avoid confusion at the end of the year. This form is available to you virtually here, but we also have copies in the MLHS main office. 

3. The service activity must be performed during this current year, beginning in summer 2021. I will also be sending updates and opportunities to this site periodically and I will email the entire 10th grade of any updates as well.

4. Updates will be listed below as they come up.

Community Service

Current Opportunities

Type 1 Willpower Turkey Trot
Type 1 Willpower ( is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to raising funds to support cure-focused research and the empowerment of children living with type 1 diabetes.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving morning at the Mountain Lakes Club.  We have opportunities for pre-race and race-day activities.  The direct link to sign up is If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].  

Medical Needs Foundation Spirit 5K
Volunteers are needed for the Medical Needs Foundation Spirit 5k on 10/31. Service hours will be given to volunteers and also 2 hours will be given to any student who participates in the event. Please reach out to Sharon Wendler [email protected] to volunteer or for more information.

Project Readiness Tech Help!
Project Readiness is a great new local organization that supports needy students through school supply drives and free counseling services for students seeking financial assistance for college. They are looking for volunteers, especially those with technical skills who can help build their donor database!  If you are interested, please reach out to their organizers at [email protected].  

 Ongoing Opportunities

Denville String Band Looking for Members
The Denville String Band is a local concert and marching band that has been around for over 60 years. The band marches in parades and plays concerts all around the region. This volunteer opportunity can be used for sophomore service hours.
There are 2 requirements:
1. Volunteers Must be able to play competently one of their instruments. Our instruments are saxophones (all varieties), clarinets, strummed banjos, guitars, accordion, string bass, drums. No need to be an expert, but not a beginner either. No brass instruments like trumpets or trombones. Competently means able to read music, play in various keys, and play at a brisk tempo.
2. Be available on Monday evenings for rehearsals and jobs. Most concerts are Monday nights 7:30-8:30 somewhere nearby. Rehearsals are Monday nights from 7:30-9:00 PM on nights when the band does not have a gig. Rehearsals take place at their Band House in Denville at 10 Station Rd. No need to attend every rehearsal, but it is encouraged to rehearse with the band before a concert or parade.Candidates have to be able to get to the Band House for rehearsals. For concerts and parades transportation from the Band House is provided.The website is
To sign up or ask any questions please contact Andrew Bulfer at [email protected]

The Big Brothers/Sisters Program is looking for students who can chip in on every other Monday from 3:30-4:30 Boonton at John Hill elementary school. For dates and the application click on this FORM. You can also contact Big Brothers/Sisters at this email, [email protected]

 Makerspace Volunteers
The Mountain Lakes Public Library is looking for students who can assist with the Makerspace program.If you are interested please contact the Mountain Lakes Library Director, Mrs. Jennifer Lynch.

Bridges Outreach, Summit
Bridges provides food, clothing and other necessities to the homeless in Newark, Irvington, and Summit. High School students can join The Bridges Teens Tackle Homelessness Committee.
W: E: [email protected] P: 908-273-0176

Color A Smile, Morristown
“Color cheerful drawings for senior citizens, troops overseas, & anyone else in need of a smile.”
W: E: [email protected] P: 973-540-9222

Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center Inc., Morristown
The Center provides warm meals free of charge to anyone seeking nourishment.
W: E: [email protected] P: 973-267-0709

Interfaith Food Pantry, Morris Plains
Provides food to Morris County residents in need.
W: E: [email protected] P: 973-538-8049

Morris County Park Commission, Multiple locations
There are many different volunteer opportunities within the Morris County Park Commission.
W: P: 973-326-7600

Morris Habitat for Humanity, Randolph
Students ages 12-18 can join Youth United for fundraising and leadership opportunities. W: P: 973-891-1934

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, East Hanover
The perfect volunteer opportunity for animal lovers! The Volunteer Program consists of Junior Volunteers (ages 10-15) and volunteer options for ages 16 and up.
W: E: [email protected] P: (973) 386-0590

Red Cross, Multiple Locations
The American Red Cross youth programs provide young adults with meaningful opportunities to learn and to serve their communities. Students ages 13-17 must fill out the New Jersey Region Youth Volunteer Application.Fairfield Chapter: (973) 797-3300 Summit Chapter: (908) 273-2076 E:

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Ground Force volunteering for students 14 and up who love being outdoors. Volunteers ages 12-13 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.
W: [email protected]     
P: 908-273-8787 ext. 1313

Saint Clare’s Health System, Denville
Volunteers are matched with different opportunities based on interest and the hospitals’ needs.
W: P: 973-625-6010

United Way of Morris County, Morristown
Provides volunteer opportunities for youth in Northern New Jersey.
W: P: 973-993-1160

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