Many organizations find it difficult to function without the tireless efforts of a generous community. And, no age is too early to foster a passion for helping others. Although it is not a requirement in our high schools, community service is encouraged, and many teachers incorporate it into their curriculum. Colleges and scholarship sources love to see dedication to a worthy cause. However the real reason for committing time to a cause is stated over and over by students: they get more than they give. More and more, students want to pursue a long-term community service project. Through School-to-Career students can earn high school elective credit. To receive one-half credit, a student must document at least 72 hours of work on a project. Students must complete a training plan, weekly production reports, a term paper and score a minimum of a "meets standard" on the Career Related Learning Standards performance evaluation. Volunteer work must meet all of the following criteria set by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI): the work must be 1) for public service, religious or humanitarian purpose, 2) at the volunteer's own initiative, and 3) without any expectation of pay. If the volunteer is an employee for other purposes volunteer duties may not be the same as his/her regular work duties, and the work must be performed outside the employee's normal work hours.