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United Way Summer Serve

Summer Serve

United Way Summer Serve engages area youth ages 12-17 in volunteer service projects at various nonprofit agencies throughout Frederick County. 

The program consists of three separate two-week sessions during the summer that will provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of the areas of need in our community. The participants will experience a team-based environment that will present them with challenges and opportunities to grow their leadership skills. The program runs weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (excepting the week of July 4th).

Leadership Week takes place at the end of the summer, and is available to any who have registered for Sessions 1, 2, and/or 3 of Summer Serve. Leadership Week will give participants an opportunity to further expand upon their ability to work well with others and teach them how they can serve as a catalyst for positive change in their community.      

Over 7,100 volunteer hours have been completed, with the value of the customer service at more than $161,000!

2016 Schedule:

Session 1: June 20-June 24 and June 27-July 1
Session 2: July 11-July 15 and July 18-July 22
Session 3: July 25-July 29 and August 1-August 5
Leadership Week: August 8-August 12

What is Leadership Week?

Leadership Week is a session that is less hands-on community serivce work and is more focused on how to become a leader in the community. This session is available to anybody who particpates in at least one of the three sessions during the Summer Serve Program. It is designed for those who really enjoyed their time volunteering for Summer Serve and wants to continue to make a difference on their own time. We will provide Leadership Week participants with information and resources they need to become a leader in their community through workshops, conferences, guest speakers, activities, games, and more. We also want to teach professionalism and provide participants with resume-building and job skills through our workshops and mock interviews. Just like our regular Summer Serve sessions, Leadership Week is a great resume builder and a great way for young people to network and get to know the community that they live in!

Pricing Information:

United Way Summer Serve costs $325 per session, per participant. Participants who register for all three sessions will be provided a discounted rate of $825. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold a spot in the United Way Summer Serve program and is due upon submitting a Summer Serve Participant Registration.  The remainder of the program fees, less the deposit, must be paid in full no later than June 16, 2016 online or by check.  Please make checks payable to United Way of Frederick County indicating United Way Summer Serve and the volunteer’s name in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to 629 N Market St Frederick, MD 21701.  Cancellations prior to one month before the United Way Summer Serve start date are eligible for a 50% refund less deposit. Cancellations less than four weeks prior to the United Way Summer Serve start date are not eligible for refunds.  All notices of cancellation and requests for refund must be made in writing. There are no reductions in fees for participants who, due to scheduling conflicts, must be absent in part or in whole during their chosen United Way Summer Serve session. Participants who are not paid in full will not be allowed to participate in United Way Summer Serve service sites or recreational activities.

For questions about the Summer Serve program or scholarships, please contact Shana Knight or (240) 578-4008.

A very special thank you to our Summer Serve 2016 service sites and partners, YMCA of Frederick County and Head Start!


What participants and parents said about Summer Serve:

“It made me realize I can make a difference.”
“The stuff you do no matter how little can make a big difference to someone out here in the world.”
“It helped me realize what good we can do if we all work in unison, united.”
“Giving our child the ability to not only stay active all summer through volunteering but also build friendships with older teens in a mentoring role was a fantastic opportunity.”

Check out some highlights from previous Summer Serve programs:

Summer Serve: Students Participate In Service Projects Through United Way                      

Time to Get to the Fair: MyPlate Interactive Garden is a New Addition to GFF 

Group Gives Back to Community, Plants for Great Frederick Fair

Mosaic Honoring Lord Nickens in the Works

Fair Gets National Recognition for Agriculture Education