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Silver Cord Program

The Silver Cord program is an opportunity for students to be recognized for completing 200 hours of community service during their four years of high school. It is the intent of the Silver Cord program that hours be in direct service to others in need through local community service agencies and other outreach opportunities. Silver Cord hours must meet a clearly defined need for an agency, charity program, church, political agency, social service, group or community event.  In order for hours to be honored, the student may not receive payment or credit for their services and they may not be completed during their regular school day. 

Service NOT recognized: School activities such as selling merchandise, homecoming events, music or athletic practices, work or babysitting for one’s family or any other family, participation in self-improvement workshops and clinics or service which is part of an academic, court-ordered, or disciplinary requirement. Service must be performed through a non-profit (501c3) agency or affiliated organization. Generally, activities that are part of a West High team, club, activity or course will not be counted toward Silver Cord hours. Seniors who complete the required hours of service will be honored at the Senior Recognition Assembly and will wear a silver cord at graduation. 

Silver Cord hours will be documented electronically. 


Please contact Brittany McConnell if you have any questions


Current Openings

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Garner Color Run Volunteers

Join the 2nd Annual Garner Color Run for PBIS initiatives on Saturday, April 13th at 1:00pm! We are in need of volunteers to help set up, work the color stations, hand out water, and provide crossing guard and traffic directions. **(All Crossing Guards positions are in residential areas)

Set up will begin at 11:00am, we ask other volunteers to arrive by 12:00pm to prepare ahead of the run starting at 1:00pm. Please bring your cell phone for ease of communication during the event. Also plan to remain at the event until all runners have finished.

In case of rain, Sunday April 14th has been set as a rain date.

Sign up

Old Capitol Open Volunteers

Comprised of over 40 Ultimate frisbee teams in both the men's and women's college division. Volunteers are asked to help with day of logistics such as setting up fields, replenishing water stations, score reporting, and other tasks.

When: March 30 - 31

Where: Tuma Soccer Complex in Marion, IA

Sign up or visit the website

Day of Service Project

We're on a mission to bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the Iowa Afterschool Alliance.The Youth Board will be led entirely by youth. From March to September 2024, members will convene monthly to develop a Day of Service project for September 11th. These meetings will be conducted virtually via zoom.

Make a Difference: Plan, develop, and lead a statewide Day of Service.

  • Connect: Forge friendships with like-minded youth statewide.
  • Level Up: Develop leadership skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Receive 10hrs of Silver Cord hours and Letter of Recommendation. 
  • $250 Scholarship opportunity. 

Youth Service Board Application