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SSL for Nonprofit and Government Organizations

Overview - Student Service Learning Approval

The Volunteer Center works in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to show on our website organizations and volunteer opportunities that have been preapproved by MCPS for Student Service Learning (SSL).  Qualified organizations must register with the Volunteer Center and follow the steps set forth by MCPS to gain preapproval.

Please review the guidelines from MCPS on SSL Approval.

Faith-based Organizations: Download form with details on guidelines for religious organizations and the kinds of secular activities that can count for SSL hours.

See SSL Guidelines for Community Organizations - What does it mean to say an organization is approved for SSL by MCPS?

Requirements from MCPS to Register as SSL Preapproved Organization and Keep SSL Approval

  1. Register with the Volunteer Center by creating account on website.
  2. Attend an  Orientation when you initially register, and then at least once every three years to keep your SSL approved status.
  3. Two forms must be submitted to Montgomery County Public Schools on an annual basis to remain in compliance:  
    -- a signed  MCPS Student Service Learning Organization Responsibility and Assurance Document. A new copy must be signed and submitted annually. 
    -- a Certificate of Insurance indicating General Liability Coverage. An updated version must be submitted annually. 
    Forms can be brought to the orientation or 
    Email scanned documents to:
    Or mail to:
    Jennifer Herman
    Montgomery County Public Schools
    Student Service Learning Office
    850 Hungerford Drive, Suite 211
    Rockville, MD 20850
  4. Keep active Organization posted on our website:
    • Organization - Website requires annual login for updates in order for organization account to remain active and showing as SSL approved. 
    • SSL Volunteer Opportunities - If you are actively recruiting volunteers, post opportunities and be sure to click on the "clusters" field to select "Request SSL Preapproval".

The SSL Coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools reviews every organization and volunteer opportunity requesting SSL Approval. While the Volunteer Center will approve your volunteer information to show on our website to the public, you will get a second notification once the organization is approved by MCPS for SSL. Check the website to see if opportunities are approved.

Have other questions about SSL for students, parents and nonprofits?