Fifty Hours of service for 50 years of Education

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:

Golden West College High School Preview Day
Volunteers are needed to lead campus tours for high school seniors.  It is preferred that volunteers be knowledgeable of the programs and services of the tours they are leading which are; Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Video Productions/Editing and Graphics, Audio Engineering, and the Counseling Division. Sign up at the following link:

50th ANNIVERSARY ART SHOW February 28 – March 24, 2017
Volunteers needed to sit in the gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Contact Valerie Venegas at to assist.

Project MotiVATe
This non-profit organization mentors Vietnamese-American teens by developing their academic, cultural, and social skills to achieve educational goals and personal success. They currently hold weekly Study Halls here at Golden West College every Wednesday from 6-9pm in the Student Services Annex. They are currently looking for mentors and volunteers. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.  You may also contact Maria Van at 714.403.5384 for more information.

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

Working Wardrobes

Habitat for Humanity OC

Long Beach Homeless Drop-in Center 

Veteran services

Veterans First

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