Student Service Learning - SSL    

The Volunteer Center works in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to show organizations and volunteer opportunities that have been reviewed by MCPS and meet MCPS guidelines for SSL. Look for the graduation cap icon above indicating MCPS SSL organizations and opportunities.  For more information regarding the MCPS SSL plan and requirements, please see the  MCPS website or contact the SSL coordinator in any middle or high school.

MCPS SSL Opportunities. All opportunities that are eligible for SSL hours are tagged with the blue MCPS SSL graduation cap banner. You can try searching using multiple search filters to find SSL opportunities - enter your zip code or your age or a keyword or phrase to find opportunities close to home, for your age, or addressing a need that matters to you.  

When you find an opportunity you are interested in, click on "RESPOND". This will prompt you to create an account on the website first. If you don't want to create an account, than instead of clicking on "RESPOND", click on the name of the organization. That will take you to a page where you'll see their contact information and you can reach out to them directly. Also if you are younger than 13 you should ask a parent to create an account for you. 

MCPS SSL Organizations. These organizations have met the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) SSL guidelines. All MCPS SSL organizations have the blue MCPS SSL graduation cap icon location under the "What We Do" section of their organization page. Students may earn SSL hours for service with these organizations according the the MCPS SSL guidelines. If the organization is actively recruiting volunteers, it will have volunteer opportunities posted.



SSL Program Overview


  • SSL is a Maryland state graduation requirement. Students must earn 75 SSL hours to meet this graduation requirement.
  • MCPS students may earn SSL hours starting the summer after completing grade 5 through middle school and high school.
  • Students can earn SSL hours by serving in the community with organizations that have met MCPS SSL guidelines.
  • Some virtual volunteer opportunities are eligible for SSL hours for a temporary period, through the end of the 2021-2022 school year under temporarily modified guidelines related to virtual service. 
  • To access SSL forms and resources, check out the new MCPS SSL Hub for Students/Families at!
  • For more information regarding the MCPS SSL plan and requirements see the MCPS website or contact the SSL coordinator in any middle or high school.
Questions? Email Donna Kleffman at