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Community Service

Why Community Service?

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Why Community Service?

Community service is an integral part of the Nevada Promise Scholarship experience; participating in community service and other forms of civic engagement has long proven to develop college students’ knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in their communities. Being civically engaged can contribute to students’ sense of purpose, academic success, and post-graduation career trajectory – all aspects of student development that the Nevada Promise Scholarship seeks to support.

What Counts as Community Service?

Community service is time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization.  The community should benefit from the work you do.  Community service must be performed immediately preceding the academic year for which you wish to receive a Nevada Promise Scholarship.

Sample categories of eligible community service:

  • Advocacy
  • Arts, Culture & Sport
  • Education
  • Environmental Issues
  • Health Services
  • Vulnerable Populations

To satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Nevada Promise Scholarship, community service performed must not:

  • Result in compensation, payment, or remuneration of any kind of the student.
  • Directly benefit a member of the family of the applicant or student.
  • Include paid or unpaid internships.
  • Include donation of money or items as community service.
  • Include participation in fund-raising events but may include volunteering to assist in the administration of the event.
  • Include religious proselytizing or persuasion.

Submission Deadlines

Promise StatusDeadlinesService RequirementsTimeframe of Completion


(current high school seniors)

May 1

8 hours

June 1, 2023 – May 1, 2024


(current CSN students)

January 1

8 hours

June 1, 2023- January 1, 2024


May 1

8 hours

January 1, 2024 - May 1, 2024

Reminder: You must provide your CSN NSHE ID number when submitting completed community service hours.

Note: All community service submissions will be reviewed for compliance before applying the activity to the student record.  The Nevada Promise team will notify the students if their service activity does not fall within the guidelines of the Nevada Promise Scholarship.

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Community Service Reporting Instructions

To report Community Service hours, complete the Nevada Promise Community Service Form.  Before submitting your hours, review the information above for community service eligibility requirements.  Any applicant who knowingly submits false or misleading information is ineligible to receive the Nevada Promise Scholarship

Reporting TaskPurposeDescription

Documentation for Student Records

For use in verifying service hours, if needed.

Note: If the organization provides an electronic method of tracking service hours, a signature or additional form of documentation is not needed.

Students must document their community service hours; in the event of an audit you may be asked to provide copies of signed timesheets.

If the volunteer site does not provide a way to track your service hours, print this template for your records:

Nevada Promise Volunteer Timesheet.

Note: To fill in the fields without having to sign in, download the form and open the document in Adobe Reader.

  • Locate and click on "..." at the top right corner of the screen. (next the the "?" and "Sign In".
  • Click on "Download this file"

Nevada Promise Community Service Form Submission

For official submission of service hours for Nevada Promise requirements.

Report completed community service hours using the CSN Nevada Promise Scholarship Community Service Form on or before the deadline to receive credit.

  • The form will allow you to review your entry before you submit it.
  • We recommend you save a copy of the form before you submit it for your records.

It is your responsibility to maintain copies of all online submissions.  Contact Us.

Community Service Organizations & Opportunities

Service Organizations

We have provided a list of local community organizations for students in our Volunteer Contact List below. Students are encouraged to explore these organizations and contact them directly to inquire about any available community service opportunities.

We have also provided some date-specific community service opportunities through our Events and Activities Calendar and students are encouraged to review these opportunities and sign up.

Events and Activities Calendar

Disclaimer: The inclusion of an organization in our web materials and on the attached documents does not indicate endorsement by CSN of the organization’s mission, practices, view, or information included in the organization’s linked websites.  CSN cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for any conditions, hazards, or risks for any related personal injuries or property damage arising directly or indirectly from an individual’s participation in activities of these organizations.

If you have other community service opportunities not listed on our provided web materials, please contact us.  These lists are not inclusive, you may volunteer at other organizations as long as they fit the criteria.

Virtual Service Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with one of these organizations please reach out to them directly. You can find more information by clicking on the link to each organization's website. You may volunteer with organizations that are not listed below as long as they follow the guidelines presented on this website.

Note: Many of the virtual organizations do not track your participation hours, rather the projects you completed.  It will be your responsibility to track the amount of time you spend volunteering. We encourage you to take screenshots/pictures of the times you log in to these websites to volunteer should we request this documentation to verify your hours.  In addition, you may not have a traditional supervisor as you would with in-person volunteering.  In this case, you may add the Nevada Promise Team contact information in lieu of on-site supervisors. Email or call our office to arrange for virtual supervision.


Description of Activity

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas

(Email is preferred -Contact Us link will send an email to the organization directly)

Cheer our families up with a colorfully decorated Caring Card! We love to include Caring Cards in the bags of goodies we give to families visiting our Family Room at Sunrise Children's Hospital, or attach them to bags of cookies for our families.  Plus, we love to hand them out with cute toys we give to the children who visit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.  This activity is designed to be completed offsite.  Just purchase a packet of 3x5 index cards, download our Caring Cards Decorating Guidelines, and begin to decorate!

Opportunity Village

(scroll to the bottom for Virtual Volunteer Opportunities)

Social Media Advocacy; Fundraising Campaigns; Research Opportunities;  
Share an OV story; Card decorating

* Application is required prior to completing service hours.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY)

Click on “How You Can Help Remotely” for more information.

Virtual activities include the E-Notes of Encouragement and NPHY Translators (document translation).

*NPHY Translators must complete an interest form to get started.

Read audiobooks for the Free Public Domain.

*Must register an account on their forum to get started.

Smithsonian Digital Transcription Volunteers

Introduction to the Transcription Center

Volunteer to transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite learning.

*Must sign up for a volunteer account to get started.

Translators Without Borders

Volunteer Page

Opportunity for students fluent in at least one more language than their native language. Help translate important documents to increase accessibility around the world.

*Application is required prior to completing service hours.

Volunteer Match

Must create an account prior to completing service hours.



Volunteer Page

Must create an account to volunteer.

Intercultural Volunteering

Embark on a transformative journey with Acquaint. As a volunteer, you can:
  • Connect and learn from people worldwide
  • Champion global empathy and understanding
  • Combat stereotypes, prejudice, and hate
  • Enhance your intercultural competence
  • Hone your communication skills
  • Elevate your collaborative potential
  • Practice language skills (Conversational English currently required)
  • Boost your career prospects with global volunteer experience
  • Meet service learning or community service requirements