Community service

Fostering a culture of civic engagement is a core value of the Baruch Honors Program. Students volunteer their time and energy to organizations whose mission is to serve and strengthen the community. Engagement in community service broadens and deepens students’ understanding of the complex social and economic realities of American society. It strengthens their understanding of  citizenship in a democratic society.

Program Objectives
Finding Service Opportunities
Community Service Guidelines
Recognized Organizations
Approval Process
Reflection Questions
Due Date/Penalties


Program Objectives

  • Support students in becoming active citizens within their respective communities
  • Expose students to the wide array of service opportunities
  • Engage students in longer-term relationships with organizations, where it becomes possible to understand the impact on the work conducted
  • Foster reflective learning about one’s self and the society within which one lives

Finding Services Opportunities

      *COVID-19 update: Honors staff have compiled a list of virtual offerings in order to assist you in finding an activity.


Community Service Guidelines

Effective Fall 2020, Baruch Honors students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours each year for the first three years. Students may complete the service requirement earlier, if desired. (Previously, Baruch Honors students completed 15 hours per year.) Community service hours may now roll forward to another year, i.e., students may exceed the minimum 10 hours per academic year. With this flexibility, students will no longer receive a waiver of community service for studying abroad, since students will have greater flexibility to complete service prior to traveling.

Seniors are required to submit all paperwork by the deadline in order to be eligible for Honors (Macaulay or Baruch Honors) designations on the diploma.  If you are graduating early in fall, your Community Service for the fall semester must be submitted by the last day of fall classes.

Community Service may be performed at any time during the year, including the winter and summer sessions, but must be submitted by the deadline.

Review the guideline details here. 


Recognized Organizations

  • Service outside the Baruch community must be performed at nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies such as health, education, environmental, arts, social welfare, and housing organizations. Volunteering at religious organizations will be recognized with the exception of participation in religious services.
  • Student participation in Baruch chartered student clubs and organizations are essential to the vitality of the College.  All students participating in student club/organization sponsored community service activities must document their hours of service. Students may not meet the requirement by holding an elected or a paid position in a student club or organization. Examples of campus activities in which students have been involved include Conversation Partners.

Approval Process

Effective Fall 2014, Honors Advisors will accept and approve community service electronically, only.

Preapproval for community service is required of First-Year Scholars as part of the First-Year Seminar (FYS).   All other scholars are encouraged to speak with their advisors to confirm the eligibility of a particular volunteer activity within an organization and to create a meaningful experience aligned with the honors program mission.

  • Macaulay Honors Scholars will submit the Macaulay Verification of Community Service Form to document community service hoursThe form must be completed and signed by your volunteer supervisor, before it is scanned/emailed to your advisor.  In addition, MHC students must include a reflective essay responding to the questions below as a MS Word or PDF attachment, to their advisor for each volunteer experience completed. Your advisor is responsible for approving the service and notifying you of approval.
  • Baruch Scholars and Provost Scholars will submit the Baruch Honors Program Verification of Community Service Form to document community service hours.  The form must be printed and signed by your volunteer supervisor, before it is scanned/emailed to your advisor.   In addition, scholars must include a reflective essay responding to the questions below as a MS Word or PDF attachment, to their respective advisor for each volunteer experience completed. Advisors are responsible for approving the service and notifying you of approval.  The form is also available under Forms on this website.

Reflection Questions

All scholars are required to submit a reflection for each service they participate in that responds to the following questions:

  1. What did you learn about yourself? The following prompts may help you respond to this question: Was there an instance when you had to move beyond your comfort zone? Did this experience challenge assumptions and/or stereotypes you may have had? How did you relate to the population served? What did you learn about the people around you (population served, staff, fellow volunteers, etc.)?
  2. What is the mission of the organization and how does it connect to the larger political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shape American society?  Can you think of any alternative solutions for addressing the needs this organization serves?
  3. Explain whether you would engage in this community service again.  How has this experience influenced how you will engage in your next service project?

Due Date/Penalties

May 1st is the due date for all scholars to complete, document, and submit their community service hours. Seniors who are graduating early in fall are required to submit 8 hours of Community Service for the fall semester by the last day of fall classes.

Scholars who do not complete community service lose first-day, priority registration privileges through placement of an Honors Program (HP) stop on their academic record. Graduating seniors must have all co-curricular documentation completed by the deadline in order to be eligible for honors (Macaulay and/or Baruch Honors) designations on your diploma.

You can submit the required documentation to your honors adviser prior to May 1st,  if you have already completed your service hours .


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