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Service Hours

MAKE IT COUNT!

If you are already partnering with a community agency or organization and are providing service, TELL US ABOUT IT! Please record your service hours by entering them into your personal or your group or organization's CatLife account. Let us know about the great partnership you have formed with the community! WHY?! We want to be able to celebrate all the amazing ways in which all our students are engaged with the community. YOU are making a tremendous impact, and if we can begin to gather an accurate record of all the service you do, we can share and celebrate, and open new doors!

WHICH HOURS DO YOU RECORD IN CATLIFE?
Hands-on Community Service, Philanthropy, & Organization service hours - THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT!

Direct community service is characterized by action (hands-on service) that meets a community-identified need for the benefit of underserved individuals, groups, or organizations and projects focused on issues that benefit the common good. Community service improves the quality of life for community residents and helps to solve public problems related to such issues as child care, youth development, literacy, education, social services, health and wellness, safety, transportation, crime prevention, recreation, rural development, or neighborhood and community improvement.
ONLY COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS ARE TO BE RECORDED IN CATLIFE (See below for philanthropy hours).

NOT IN CATLIFE : Philanthropy/Fund Raising generally refers to activities related to securing donations to benefit and support an organization, group or agency that is dedicated to helping those in need (i.e. St. Jude’s, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, etc.). For example, participating in a walk-a-thon, dance-thon, collecting donations, or selling tickets to raise funds for the Red Cross to aid flood victims, are philanthropic activities.
PLEASE DO NOT record your philanthropy/fundraising hours and/or your organizational service hours in CatLife as it will invalidate all posted service hours!

Philanthropy/fundraising and organization service hours must be captured by your organization through other means of your choice.

Examples of Philanthropy and fundraising activities :

  • pancake breakfast to benefit Amnesty International
  • participating in Relay for Life to raise funds for The American Cancer Society
  • setting up tables and chairs for agency fundraising dinner

Example of organization service hours :

  • tabling or fundraising for your club

Both community service and philanthropy are excellent opportunities to positively impact the community and beyond. For the sake of “tracking” or “capturing” service hours, however, they are tracked or counted differently, so please be sure to enter them appropriately. If you are not sure, PLEASE ASK!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vernette Doty at vdoty@ucmerced.edu.