Community Service Do’s and Don’ts

Do make an impact. Don’t miss out.

Many scholarships, including Florida Lottery’s Bright Futures, require you to complete community service hours before you can even apply. The following do’s and don’ts will help you have fun while making a difference in your community.

Do take the time to find local organizations whose missions you believe in.

Don’t just go through the motions. You might miss out on the opportunity to make a difference on an issue that’s important to you.

Do talk to your guidance counselors, parents and other adults to find volunteer opportunities.

Don’t forget sites like and, which can help you find community service projects.

Do think outside the box. You could get hours for hosting a food drive or starting an anti-bullying program at your school.

Don’t be afraid to have fun. You can earn hours by playing with rescue dogs at a local shelter or reading to preschoolers at the public library.

Do consider volunteer-ing at multiple agencies or organizations.

Don’t forget to get each agency approved by your school.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
What’s required? It’s a good idea to check with your counselor to make sure you’re always up to date on any new requirements. Here are the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship volunteer service minimums as of April 2019.

Florida Academic Scholarship | 100 hours

Florida Medallion Scholarship | 75 hours

Gold Seal Vocational | 30 hours


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