The Varsity Letter in Community Service Program
United Way of Snohomish County is partnering with local high schools to recognize students who have made an exceptional commitment to community service (145 volunteer hours in a calendar year). This is a new program in Snohomish County for the 2012-13 school year. To find out if your high school is offering varsity letters in community service, contact Amy Franklin, Youth Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.374.5526.
2013-14 School Year Application Materials
Benefits of Varsity Letters in Community Service (VLCS)
Set and achieve a challenging goal for volunteering! You can list your VLCS as a unique and outstanding achievement in your college, scholarship, and job applications. Unlike national awards for volunteering, your VLCS is connected to your high school, just like a varsity letter for athletics, academics or music.
Requirements and Qualifications
United Way of Snohomish County uses the same requirements as the model VLCS program at United Way of Pierce County.
- Complete the VLCS 2013-14 Application in full, and submit on or before April 1, 2014
- Be a student in grades 9-12 in a Snohomish County school offering the Varsity Letter in Community Service
- Complete at least 145 hours of community service (which cannot include hours used to fulfill graduation or class credit requirements) between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014
- Complete at least 50 of the 145 hours of community service in non-school-related volunteering opportunities (i.e. 50 hours should be at a nonprofit or civic service setting)
- Participate in at least one school-related activity (no hours requirement)
- All volunteer activities must be verifiable (United Way verifies 100% of submitted volunteer hours)
- Meet the 2.0 GPA requirement
Detailed guidelines for the VLCS can be found in the VLCS application and Frequently Asked Questions, which can be downloaded above. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Franklin, Youth United Coordinator, email@example.com or 425.374.5526.
Participating High Schools
The following school districts have elected to offer the VLCS. Any Snohomish County school is eligible to join the program.
- Everett School District
- Granite Falls School District
- Lake Stevens School District
- Lakewood School District
- Marysville School District
- Monroe School District
- Snohomish School District
- Stanwood School District
Bring the Varsity Letter in Community Service to your school
Recognize your outstanding student-volunteers for their contributions to your school and community! This program is administered by United Way of Snohomish County at no cost to schools.
Download a PDF with more information for schools on The Varsity Letter in Community Service Program.