Service Learning

Instructor: Mrs. A. Sosely

Service Learning

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 
~Winston Churchill 

Reminder: All  summer service hours will be due on Friday, September 25th, to Mrs. Sosely. Please see her with any questions ro concerns you may have.
Mission Statement 

Bernards High School recognizes the need to develop, in all students, a sense of social responsibility, in addition to a commitment to their academic and co-curricular endeavors. By providing students with numerous opportunities for service to local and global communities, we believe that we will help students to achieve their full potential as active and productive members of society.

Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete a total of 20 hours of service.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that recent changes have taken place regarding service requirements for BHS students. Click here for Dr. Neigel's full letter regarding specific requirments for service

As you consider a focus for your service work,  here are some suggestions for you to consider, regarding populataions and service providers:


Holly Manor Nursing Home

Letters Against Isolation


Headwaters Association

4H -Somerset County

Audubon Society-

Environmental Education Center

Ending Hunger

Community Soup Kitchen

Somerset County Food Bank 

Food Bank Network of Somerset County


Habitat for Humanity

Homeless Solution

Jersey Cares

Catholic Charities

Animal Welfare

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Society

Creature Comforts

Mane Stream

Animal Alliance of New Jersey

Crossroads 4 Hope

Linus’ Blankets

American Cancer Society

Lupus Foundation

Campbell Foundation


Matheny Hospital

Camp Marcella (Developmental Disabilities Camp)


Soldier/Troop Care packages

Historical Society of Somerset Hills


Bernardsville Public Library

Clarence Dillon Public Library


Center for Contemporary Art

Bedminster Recreation Department

Somerset Hills YMCA

Last Friday in September: Documentation of service performed in the summer is due.

Friday before first semester exams begin: Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due.

Second Friday in June: Documentation of service performed during the second semester is due.

** If  you would like for your volunteer organization to be added to the Suggested List,  please contact me  via email- [email protected] .

Helpful Websites:

Teen Life:
Volunteer Match:


Click here for more information.


Click here to see more about becoming  a social skills volunteer!
Weeks of June 26th,, July 10th and July 24th.


St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has opportunities for students interested in volunteering
as Critter Camp counselors at our Madison location (575 Woodland Ave.). Critter Camps are designed to educate and inspire youth to practice a lifestyle of compassion, respect and empathy through the humane treatment of animals.  We emphasize responsible pet care and foster children’s understanding and concern for all species. St. Hubert’s hosts Critter Camps for elementary aged children (grades 4-8) and are seeking high schoolers to join our team as volunteer counselors supervising and supporting the campers.  Please note that this is not an animal handling role.  Qualifications include prior experience working with children and an enthusiastic/outgoing personality!  Duties include supervising and engaging with campers during educational presentations and games, assisting with craft activities, set up/clean up duties before and after camp each day, and ensuring a fun camp experience for all campers!  


Spring Break camp dates below.  Summer camp weeks TBD.  For summer volunteering, you must be available to volunteer the entire week.  Daily volunteer hours are approximately 8:30am-1:15pm. Please refer any interested students to our online application . Any questions can be sent to me directly.  Thank you!


  • June 26-30 (rising 5th-6th graders)
  • July 10-14 (rising 5th-6th graders)
  • July 18-21 (rising 4th graders)
  • July 25-28 (rising 4th graders)
  • July 31-Aug 4 (rising 7th-8th graders)
  • Aug 7-11 (rising 7th-8th graders)
  • July 17 (2 -90 min sessions, 1 morning, 1 afternoon time TBD, w/rising 3rd graders)
  • July 24 (2 -90 min sessions, 1 morning, 1 afternoon time TBD, w/rising 3rd graders)


Volunteer to make bracelets for the recovery community.
Thursdays, December 8th, 7-8:30 p.m
Click here for more information about registration.

Saturday, October 22, 2022
Please click here for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Adults & Students Community Service Opportunity Saturday, October 22nd Fall Fest Event (2.5 hour shifts) from 12 Noon to 5 PM 
Clean-Up To Volunteer Sign-Up On-Line by Wednesday, October 19th at or call/ email Neil Mastrobuono at (908) 212-7000, Ext. 405 or [email protected]


Color cheerful drawings for senior citizens, trrops oversees or anyone else in need of a smile!                    E: [email protected]



Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is a non-profit (501(c)3), non-sectarian social service agency that has served the tri-county area since 1980.  The mission of JFS is “to preserve and strengthen the quality of individual, family and community life based on Jewish values.” Clients of JFS are from all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


For the past several years, we have been expanding our use of volunteers to improve the lives of older adults and others in the community and have developed several volunteer opportunities we thought ideal for students seeking meaningful community service hours.


Consider volunteering through the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, as they are currently in need of students to volunteer their time to support the homeless families  in our neighborhoods. While there are a range of ways in which you can assist, please do not hesitate to call them directly for more information: 908-704-1920.


Looking to get involved? Interested in serving your community and helping to save lives? If so, consider volunteering for the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department.  There are many ways in which to volunteer.  If interested, please do not hesitate to see Ms. Sosely for contact information.




                    Volunteers Needed!                         

Will you please help us? Summer is the season when donations drop off, but the need increases, as many children who don't have access to school lunches depend on us until September.

Consider volunteering and e-mail [email protected] today.

Click here for more information

 An after-school academic support program hosted by St. Bernard’s Church, in partnership with the Somerset Hills YMCA, is seeking additional volunteers to sign up this summer before the program resumes with the fall start of classes in the Somerset Hills School District.

The program, taught by high school students and adult volunteers, is free and offers homework help, academic support and computers with internet access to area students in grades 1-8.

Adults and high school students wishing to volunteer are required to be registered as a volunteer through the YMCA, a simple and free procedure but one that can take a few weeks to process.

For high school students, the program can count toward community service hours. This is an opportunity for students to share their knowledge, gain leadership skills and give back to the community.

Additional volunteers will help ensure consistent coverage, ideally with one volunteer for every student. A larger pool of volunteers will also enable flexible scheduling so volunteers can come when available and won’t have to commit to a fixed schedule.

The program runs through the school year and is held in a classroom in St. Bernard’s Parish House on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For young elementary children who do not have homework, the emphasis is on developing reading and math skills through the use of grade-appropriate workbooks and other learning materials. Students seeking academic help can just drop in - no appointments are necessary.

The Parish House, located at 88 Claremont Road, is within walking distance of Bedwell Elementary School, Bernardsville Middle School and the Bernards High School.

St. Bernard’s launched this satellite learning initiative as part of its community outreach efforts, with a particular focus on providing resources to local Latin American residents.

For more information, contact Jessica Bruno at the YMCA, (908) 766-7898 ext. 544, or Alison Davidson at St. Bernard’s Church at (908) 766-0602.


The Bernardsville Fire Department is looking for volunteers. If interested in becoming a part of the team, visit them at the firehouse on Monday nights from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Also, you can go to [email protected], as well, to get more information about membership.