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Community service

Experience the joy of helping others by volunteering for an organization in the community. As we work collectively towards a shared goal, our bonds strengthen. Community service and engagement allows us to address local issues from a number of angles, helping us understand the perspectives of those in need. Let’s use this opportunity to take initiative and fulfill our civic and social responsibility for the greater good. Reach out to your community and give back to the network of systems that support you while earning Wellness Incentive points with these activities.

Report your progress

Report how you've engaged with and served your community. You'll earn 10 Wellness Incentive points for participating in activities that promote positive social change, for a maximum of 100 points.

Ready to submit your activities? Just:

  1. Log on to the Cerner Wellness Portal via the link on the Wellness Incentive webpage;
  2. Hover over the Incentives tab and select "Incentive Summary;
  3. Under the Community Service heading, click the community service link;
  4. On the submission page, select the checkbox next to community service and enter the date it was completed. Enter a description of the activity under "Active Name."
  5. Be sure to scroll down and click the "update" button so the system records your points.

NOTE: You can earn even more points for workshops, classes, events, and other wellness activities. Find additional information on the Wellness Incentive webpage.

Community service guidelines

  • A minimum of 45 minutes must be completed to qualify for Wellness Incentive points.
  • Coordination of fundraising activities for nonprofit organizations and services performed for day care centers, retirement homes, animal hospitals, or nature parks will count as community service.
  • Events such as walks, runs, or relays qualify only if the employee shows that he or she personally raised money for the cause.
  • Community Service must be performed without compensation. Compensation includes: financial, academic credit, court ordered, training/skill development leading to future financial compensation (ex: CIT’s, counselor-in-training, internships).

Examples of Community Service include: Volunteering with a non-profit community service organization • Assisting with City Park & Recreation programs • Assisting at Boys or Girls Clubs • Helping at a hospital, or nursing home • School-sponsored peer tutoring after school hours or on weekends • Weekend community clean-up, beautification activities • Helping with a non-profit community sports team  • Helping with sports events of younger children, refereeing, coaching, etc. • Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, locally or abroad • Being a volunteer firefighter/EMT • serving as a Big Brother/Big Sister • Special Olympics volunteer • Donate Blood • Volunteering at Food Bank

Community service hours will not be accepted for any of the following circumstances: 

  • Service for which a student receives compensation.
  • Court-directed community service.
  • Service that is a prerequisite for employment.
  • Service to one’s own family.

Find campus and community-specific events

Campus Community service and engagement resources
Kansas City
St. Louis

Easy action steps

Connect with others and improve your community by taking small steps. In addition to reviewing the activities above, visit our easy action steps webpage for more helpful tips.

Reviewed 2019-11-18


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