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JLBC Community Service

JLBC Community Service

JLBC Community service by the JLBC cadets is a crucial tenant of good citizenship while providing an exceptional opportunity to develop teamwork and cadet JLBC ownership. JLBC Cadet leadership should be encouraged to make this area one of their top priorities. The goal is to get the maximum JLBC cadet participation in each event. Higher JLBC cadet participation rates lead to higher recruitment and retention rates and provide opportunities for greater JLBC visibility in the program and community.

JLBC Community Service events are JLBC-sponsored and JLBC program-approved events planned, organized, and executed by the JLBC cadet command while supervised by a JLBC instructor. JLBC Units will only annotate in those Community Service activities which meet these JLBC criteria. The JLBC team will not count community service hours conducted by an individual JLBC cadet when the JLBC cadet is not operating under the auspice of JLBC. For example, if the JLBC cadet is doing a community service project with their church or boy/girl scout organization, those hours cannot be attributed to JLBC.

JLBC Community service builds character and perspective, provides skills to be used later in life, and strongly reinforces the JLBC core value of service before self. It also provides a positive representation of JLBC to the community. JLBC community service hours for yearly reporting. To be considered community service for JLBC Command reporting, it must be performed without pay and in-kind compensation.

For example, if JLBC cadets stay after football games to clean the stadium and are paid for their work, it is not community service. If, however, the money goes to the JLBC cadet organization (booster club, etc.) and they donate the money earned to an outside charitable agency, it could be considered a JLBC community service project.

JLBC Community service must also benefit the general community— it cannot be for the sole benefit of the JLBC unit.

For example, you are volunteering to come after the program and straighten up the JLBC unit classroom—while a worthwhile effort—should not be reported to the JLBC Command as community service because it has no benefit to the community.

Volunteering to come after the program to clean the grounds should be counted as community service because it benefits the entire program.

The JLBC unit should count the actual hours spent performing the community service at the event location to count community service hours correctly. The JLBC department may also count any preparation time (dressing out, loading supplies, etc.) and the time it takes to travel from the JLBC program to the community service project.

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