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Community Service and Philanthropy Guidelines

The Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership and Service (LJB Center) is charged to oversee the recording of community service hours. In order to ensure that students are completing intentional community service hours, we have created the following guidelines. We recognize that there may be situations where it is difficult to determine whether or not an activity meets the requirements to be classified as service, and we encourage students to email leadandserve@fsmail.bradley.edu with any questions or concerns.

These regulations will apply to all service hours submissions received on or after August 26th, 2019 regardless of when the service hours were performed.

General Requirements

  • All Community Service should be unpaid and address or bring awareness to a social issue in the larger community.
  • The recipient of the service should be the community either directly (working with community members, indirectly (working with agencies that help the community: 501c3 organizations), or non-directly (helping a non-profit with their operations).
  • All community service hours must be submitted for approval on Braves Volunteer.
  • Hour submissions MUST be submitted within 4 weeks of the service project
  • Submissions must include a detailed description of the service performed as well as an email address of a verification contact.
  • Students cannot count time spent on activities for which they received compensation as community service hours. A free meal, t-shirt, or place to stay do not count as compensation.
  • All philanthropic efforts must be recorded on Braves Volunteer on the “Philanthropy Reporting Form.” Any donations given should be recorded.
  • There are both on and off-campus opportunities for service hours, and students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service projects.
  • Activities that generally do not count as community service include:
    • Philanthropy (exceptions listed under Philanthropy)
    • Student club/organization activities
    • Religious Organizations (exceptions listed under Religious Organizations)
    • Work for which you receive compensation
    • Work done for family, friends, or for-profit businesses

On-Campus

  • On-campus service is a service that directly benefits Bradley University and is not considered “community service”.
  • Examples of on-campus service include but are not limited to:
    • Hours spent working in a research lab
    • Late Night BU
    • Serving as an ambassador for your college (ex. STAR, Student Aide)
    • On-campus events such as Family Weekend, Student Activities Fair, Siblings weekend, etc.
    • Holding a leadership position
  • There are a few exceptions such as:
    • Volunteering to help with Move-In
    • BU Clean Up Crew trash collection

Off-Campus Service

  • Off-campus service is a service that benefits entities other than Bradley University such as non-profit organizations, local schools, community members, etc.
  • Examples of off-campus service include but are not limited to:
    • Volunteering at the humane society
    • Serving as a reading buddy at an elementary school
    • Volunteering at a food bank
    • Visiting the actively aging at a nursing home
    • Building a house with Habitat for Humanity
    • Service on Saturday
  • Off-campus service is not limited to the Peoria community. Service hours can be completed all across the country and even internationally.
  • Please note that time spent traveling to and from the service location cannot be counted as service hours.
  • Service that does not qualify would would include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Babysitting family or friends, helping a for-profit organization, observation hours, and performing

Philanthropy

  • Philanthropy is the act of donating or raising money and differs from community service. In order to earn community service hours, a student must give time rather than funds
  • Participating in or attending a philanthropy event does not count as service. Examples of what cannot be counted are:
    • A charity run/walk
    • Relay for Life
    • Up Til Dawn
    • Philanthropy events hosted by a fraternity or sorority
    • Purchasing a T-shirt
    • Tabling
  • There are a few exceptions such as:
    • Time spent performing an essential function can be counted as community service (ex. handing out water during a race, crowd management, checking people in, etc.)
    • With approval from the LJB Center, time spent planning/organizing a philanthropy event tied to a social justice issue can be counted as community service. Students wishing to receive community service hours under this exception must include a detailed description of all activities completed and the amount of time spent on each activity. A decision will then be made based off of the detailed description.

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • Time spent on activities that only benefit the membership of an organization cannot be counted as community service hours. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Attending/leading any meetings
    • Preparing materials such as agendas or flyers
    • Marketing for your organization
  • Time spent on activities that benefit a wider population can be counted as community service hours. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Hosting an event that is open to all of campus and/or the community for the benefit of the community in regards to a social issue
    • Performing an off-campus group service project
    • Creating/promoting educational materials that address a humanitarian issue

Religious Organizations

  • Time spent on activities that only benefit the membership of a religious organization cannot be counted as community service hours. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Working with youth groups
    • Acting as a host or greeter
    • Creating religious materials
    • Fundraising for a religious organization
  • Time spent serving with a religious organization on activities that benefit a wider population can be counted as service hours (ex. serving dinner to hungry members of the community through your church).

Service-Learning Courses and Internships

  • Students may count service hours that are completed outside of the classroom in conjunction with a service-learning course.
  • Unpaid internships completed at a 501(c)(3) can be counted as community service, even if they are a required component of a student’s coursework
  • Time spent shadowing without performing a task cannot be counted as community service hours.

Summer Camps

  • Unpaid hours completed while working for a summer camp can be counted as community service. Students cannot include time spent sleeping, eating, showering, etc. unless they were on-call.
  • Being an adult leader for a group that attends camp or providing religious instruction cannot be counted as community service.

Civic Engagement

  • Time spent promoting or campaigning for a political candidate/party/ideal can be counted as community service hours.
  • Voter registration drives can be counted as community service

Blood Drives

  • Donating or attempting to donate blood counts as one community service hour. Double blood donation can count as two hours of service.
  • Assisting with the functioning or marketing of a blood drive can be counted as community service.

Students that have questions about where their hours fall may contact the Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership and Service by email (leadandserve@fsmail.bradley.edu). In the event that your hours are denied and you believe that those hours should have been approved, you may contact the LJB Center. The LJB Center reserves the right to approve/deny hours at the office's discretion and to change the above guidelines as needed.

Examples of Social Issues

  • Afterschool Programs, Tutoring and/or Mentoring
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community and Civic Engagement
  • Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Support
  • Disaster and Emergency Services
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Employment Services
  • Environment/Animal Advocacy
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Family Support
  • Financial Stability
  • Food and Basic Needs
  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing and Shelter Services
  • Legal Services and Advocacy
  • Mental Health and Behavioral Services
  • Physical/Emotional Abuse Support
  • Senior Services
  • Veterans Services