Varsity Letter in Community Service
Each year, United Way of Pierce County partners with Pierce County schools to recognize and reward students for their volunteer efforts in the community. For more information, please contact Bethany Opstedal at (253) 597-6685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-2014 STUDENT APPLICATION
You can also see an example of a completed application.
Students who volunteer 145 hours or more of service in a year can earn a school varsity letter, the same as those earned by athletes and musicians. Applicants must meet all requirements and guidelines.
Full list of Requirements and Guidelines
It is very important to us to honor students committed to helping their community and we rely on you to be honest on your applications. We verify 100 percent of the hours you submit with your application to maintain the integrity of the program. If, after review, our committee finds that you have intentionally misrepresented volunteer work, you will be disqualified from this recognition program.
If your volunteer supervisor would like to bypass the verification process and provide you with a signed letter, this may also be accepted but it must meet the following criteria. The letter MUST be on organization letterhead, include your name, the number of hours and a description of your service with a timeline for the service. It must provide your supervisors name and title as well as his/her signature. The letter must only include volunteer work from the timeframe April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. An example of a verification letter can be viewed here.
Deadline for application is April 1, 2014. Complete application must be received April 1, 2014 to be accepted.
For this award, submit materials to:
Attn: Letter in Community Service
C/O United Way of Pierce County
PO BOX 2215
Tacoma, WA 98401
You may hand deliver your application to our offices at 1501 Pacific Ave, 4th Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402. Please note that our offices are generally open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We recommend that you call in advance to ensure someone will be available to accept your application.
There is a $15 administration fee associated with earning the Varsity Letter in Community Service. This fee covers part of the cost to administer the program. It does not cover the cost of the letter. Scholarships are available by simply selecting this option on the application. Remember, this documentation will come in handy when you start applying for scholarships, jobs and college! There is even a scholarship associated with this award available for seniors to apply to. Please see our scholarship section for more information.
A student who qualifies for the Varsity Letter in Community Service, will receive a certificate and a community service scroll patch if he/she is a first time recipient or a bar if this is the second, third or fourth year earning the award. These are currently free of charge.
There are three levels of the award. Please review the criteria below for receiving your bronze, silver or gold award. Your certificate will indicate which level you earn but the rest of your award remains the same.
Bronze: Complete 145 to 174 hours
Silver: Complete 175 to 249 hours
Gold: Complete 250 hours or more
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU APPLY
After you apply, we will notify you that we have received your application by email. If you have not heard from us by April 9th, please call 253-597-6685 to ensure that your application was received.
During the month of April, we will be contacting your volunteer advisor/supervisors to verify your community service for each opportunity. Please make sure to let them know that you have applied and they will be contacted in April by a United Way of Pierce County volunteer.
If you have received a letter in community service, you will be notified by United Way of Pierce County by May 2014. You will be sent a formal invitation via email and mail to an awards ceremony where Varsity Letters will be awarded. The event is tentatively scheduled for May 2014 and location is TBD. If we have questions regarding your application, we will contact you sooner. Prompt replies from you will allow us to process your application quickly and are appreciated. If we are unable to reach you we will be unable to process your application.
For those recipients unable to attend the event, your awards will be available for pick-up at United Way of Pierce County's office until November 1, 2014. After this date, awards will no longer be available. United Way is located at 1501 Pacific Ave in Tacoma.
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