Fifty years ago, Golden West College opened its doors and 50 years later we are still committed to supporting the community we serve. As part of the 50th celebration, GWC is sponsoring a service challenge to encourage volunteer work of 50 hours within the community as well as on campus. You can participate as an individual or as part of a campus group


Eligible Service hours include hours spent in service to any unmet community need in any location, preferably within our local community, Orange County. The activity must provide a direct benefit for a non-profit entity or a group of underserved individuals. Service hours provided to labor unions, for-profit organizations, partisan political organizations, or religious activities do not qualify unless the service is provided to the community through these organizations. If service is provided to these organizations or its cause, the service hours will not count. For example, if the church is feeding the homeless, the hours spent organizing and working the event all count and can be logged.

Hours eligible towards the program start from the beginning of 2016 Fall semester through May 2017. Sign up using the form below and download the log sheet to start logging your service hours. 50-50-volunteer-hours-log-sheet-2016


Certificate Recognition Ceremony will recognize everyone who participated in the program. Those who complete fifty hours of service will receive a certificate of recognition at the ceremony signed by our college President Wes Bryan. To earn the recognition certificate and to be eligible for additional awards, 50% of volunteer hours must be on-campus and 50% of volunteer hours must be off-campus. Additional awards will also be awarded in the following categories:

  • Participant who completes their 50 hours of service first
  • Participant who completes the most service hours overall
  • The campus group that completes the most hours overall


To help you identify volunteer opportunities, we have put together a list of organizations GWC has partnered with in the past. These are just options, and you are welcome to locate your own organization to volunteer with.

On-Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

Art Gallery volunteer opportunity
January 10 – February 15
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Students interested in volunteering in the GWC Art Gallery please contact Valerie Venegas via email at

Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

Sustainability and the Environment

Back to Natives Preserve the native botany of Santiago Park Nature Preserve in Santa Ana –  

Huntington Beach Wetlands Restoring the native botany at the Magnolia Wetlands 

Social Responsibility

Habitat for Humanity OC 

Long Beach Homeless Drop in Center 

Oak View Community Clean Up

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 7:30am – 12:30pm
To sign up, stop by the Office of Student Life and Leadership (2nd floor of the Student Center) by Wed., Nov. 30 at noon.  Sign up prior to the community service project is required in order to attend.

Veteran services

Veterans First

Various organizations in the city of HB related to the environment, Arts, education, youth programs, senior services, advocacy, and more