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United Way Summer Serve

A Summer of Service, Leadership, and Friendship

Summer Serve is a United Way program that provides local youth ages 12-17 with the opportunity to spend their summer volunteering, developing leadership skills, and making friendships that last a lifetime. 

This six-week program, divided into three separare two-week sessions, is designed to help young people awaken their inner leader, build their teamwork skills, and meet like-minded peers while creating positive change in their community. Summer Serve participants learn about different areas of need in Frederick County through hands-on experience while working on service projects at various local nonprofits. They will experience a team-based environment that will present them with challenges and opportunities to gain a valuable combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Leadership Week takes place at the end of the summer, and is available to all participants who have participated in any of the three main Summer Serve sessions. This optional week gives participants an opportunity to further expand upon their ability to work well with others and learn how they can serve as a catalyst for positive change in our community

This year, Summer Serve is taking place from June 19 through August 18, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that there will be no Summer Serve activities taking place during the week of July 4th.

Fun Fact: Since United Way began managing the program in 2011, Summer Serve participants have completed over 7,100 volunteer hours. The value of their service is estimated at more than $161,000!

Summer Serve 2017 - Schedule:*

  • Session 1: June 19-June 23 and June 26-June 30
  • Session 2: July 10-July 14 and July 17-July 21
  • Session 3: July 24-July 28 and July 31-August 4
  • Leadership Week 1: August 7-August 11
  • Leadership Week 2: August 14-August 18

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2017 Pricing Information

United Way Summer Serve costs $350 per session, per participant. Participants who register for all three sessions will be provided a discounted rate of $900 total. Particpants who register for two sessions will be provided a discounted rate of $630 total. A non-refundable deposit of $125 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 6, 2017 online or by check.  Please make checks payable to United Way of Frederick County indicating United Way Summer Serve and the participant’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. 
*Participants who register for Summer Serve are eligable to register for Leadership Week 1 or Leadership Week 2. Leadership week costs $125.

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.

2017 Summer Serve Scholarships

Not sure if you are eligable to recieve financial assistance for Summer Serve? Applicants whose families' earnings are at or below the Frederick County Survival Budget qualify for full scholarships, and those applicants whose families earn below the Household Stability Budget qualify for partial scholarships. Click here to see if you qualify. Click here to dowload the Summer Serve Scholarship form. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 12, 2017. Scholship award decisions will be made by the week of May 22, 2017.

*Applicants must be able to provide proof of income.

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

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