50-Hour Award

50 Hours of Service—Program Requirements

As part of MCC's 50th anniversary celebration, the Office of Service Learning is offering a challenge to actively engage in our communities by serving for 50 hours in places that are meaningful to each of us. This award is open to students, faculty, and staff at MCC. We know the spirit of volunteering comes from within. But we’d still like to recognize your effort, so a new 50-Hour Award will be given to student, staff, and faculty who complete at least 50 hours of community service/volunteering during 2017. You’ll receive a certificate and commemorative gift at our celebration in December.

Where to Volunteer

Your service can be in or outside McHenry County. Opportunities range from helping out at animal shelters to providing senior companionship, to archiving photos at the Historical Society. There is no shortage of needs in our region! Come talk to us (A124) or email Leslie Krebs.

You can also contact the Volunteer Center of McHenry County, which is a clearinghouse of volunteers needs in the county. For more information, visit www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org, call 815-344-GIVE (4483), or email info@volunteercentermchenrycounty.org.


  • Record your hours by downloading and filling in this log. Either print it and fill it in by hand or save a copy to your computer and type in the fields. Then print it when you have completed your hours.
  • You must be supervised by an adult who is employed by the organization or is an established volunteer who is recognized by the organization. Family members and/or fellow students cannot act as the supervisor nor can they verify volunteer hours.
  • You may receive volunteer hours for helping at religious institutions for projects such as mission trips, a community wide back to school fair or another type of service-oriented activity that encourages public involvement or people in need. Attending religious services, teaching religion classes, or serving in typical religious positions (singing in choir, ushering, being the minister, etc.) are not eligible types of activities.
  • You may receive hours for serving on a non-profit board or committee.
  • Your volunteer work may be done in or out of the county.

Hours toward the 50-Hour Award may not be:

  • With an organization that you belong to which receives any type of compensation for the volunteer work
  • Reported to satisfy a scholarship requirement
  • Court-ordered community service
  • Rendered directly to a for-profit institution or organization
  • Supportive of a political campaign
  • Awarded for any in kind or monetary donations of any type including food drives, toy collections, etc.
  • More than eight hours in one day
  • Travel time to and from activity
  • Sleeping or personal recreation hours during volunteer service time
  • Completed during time you’re scheduled to be in class or at work

Know Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

  • You are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects favorably upon the MCC Community and to model good citizenship in any community.
  • MCC students, staff and faculty are expected to demonstrate qualities of morality, integrity, honesty, civility, honor and respect.
  • MCC may initiate disciplinary action and impose sanctions against any student found responsible for committing, attempting to commit, or intentionally assisting in the commission of any of the prohibited forms of conduct listed in the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Submitting false information regarding completed volunteer hours is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.