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Why Community Service?

Community service is an integral part of the Nevada Promise Scholarship experience because 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

Community service performed to satisfy the eligibility requirements for participation in the Nevada Promise Scholarship Promise 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 Status


Service Requirement

Timeframe of Completion


(current high school seniors)

June 1

8 hours

June 1, 2021 – June 1, 2022


(current college students)

January 1

8 hours

June 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

June 1

8 hours

January 1, 2022 - June 1, 2022

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

Community Service

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 Task



Documentation for Student Records

For use in verifying service hours, if needed.

Students must keep documentation of their completed community service hours and in the event of an audit must provide copies of their signed timesheets.

Some volunteer sites will have a timesheet or an online registration account for each volunteer. If so, please keep a copy of the report for your records.

If your volunteer site does not provide a method of tracking your service hours, print this template for your records: Nevada Promise Volunteer Timesheet 2021-2022.

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. You are encouraged to print a copy of the form before you submit it for your records. It is your responsibility to maintain copies of all online submissions in case of a requirement audit or an appeal request.  Contact Us.

Community 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.

Organizations that offer Virtual Service Opportunities

Review the list below of organizations that provide virtual and in-person community 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.


Volunteer Website/Contact

Description of Activity

The Social Justice League

(CSN Sociology Department)

Short Essay and Poetry Competition - What does social justice mean to you?

Open to current CSN students only

Read content rules and guidelines, register as a contestant, and submit your entry here: Social Justice League Content Registration

Deadline: September 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm


1st Place: $150 Bookstore Voucher

2nd Place: $100 Bookstore Voucher

3rd Place: $75 Bookstore Voucher

For contest questions or for more information email the SJL Club Advisors: or

Topic: What does social justice mean to you?

500 word maximum

*If you are writing a short essay or poem as part of your Nevada Promise community service hours and your piece is chosen as a winner, you are NOT able to accept both the bookstore voucher and the community service hours. If your piece comes in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, we will contact you and ask you to pick the prize or the community service hours.

If you are writing a short essay or poem as part of your Nevada Promise community service hours, you will receive up to 8 hours of community service hours for a quality submission (quality decided by the judges).

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

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

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.

A free open database of volunteer opportunities. You can select in-person or virtual service activities.

Please note that you are strongly encouraged to find local community or NV state opportunities when available.