Teen Service Project

Need service hours for NHS, NJHS, or Student Council?

Earn service hours between February 18 - March 4 by donating items to those in need!


Allen Public Library is offering the opportunity for teens to earn service hours by donating specific items to the All Community Outreach (ACO), Allen Food Pantry, or Allen Animal Shelter.

Books and other items not listed below will not be accepted for service hours.

Who can participate?
This program is for teens, ages 13 - 18, to earn hours for school-related activities. No registration required. Allen Public Library service hours cannot be used towards Community Service Restitution or Teen Court requirements.

How many hours can each participant earn?

  • 1 donated item = 2 service hours
  • Maximum of 14 hours may be earned between February 18 - March 4

Where do I drop off Donations?
Donations and your Service Hour Form must be dropped off at the Children's Desk during normal business hours to receive service hours. Donated items will not be accepted at other service desks. If you are unable to print a Service Hour Form, we will have copies available at the Children's Desk.

When can I drop off donations?
Donations can be dropped off between February 18 - March 4.

How do I get my hours verified?
Teens that need to electronically verify hours (ex: x2Vol) should use volunteens@cityofallen.org as the contact e-mail address. When filling out the request, teens must be specific (e.g. what organization you are requesting hours for, items submitted, the dates when the items were submitted, etc.) Teens should not submit verification requests more than once. We require a minimum of 3 business days for verifying hours. We will not verify requests that are incomplete or do not match our records. Please see the Children’s Desk for in-person verification (signing logs, etc.).

Still have questions?
Read through the FAQs.

Support the All Community Outreach (ACO), Allen Food Pantry, and Allen Animal Shelter


Donations MUST be the specified item only. If a brand is given, the donation must be that specific brand. Alternates or substitutions will not be accepted. Items must be new, unused, and unopened.

ACO/Allen Food Pantry is looking for:

  • Toothpaste (any brand, any size)
  • Vitamins (any brand)
  • Sizes 4 and 5 diapers (any brand)
  • Canned fruit (any brand)
  • Bags of rice (any brand, any size)

Allen Animal Shelter is looking for:

  • IAMS dry puppy kibble chicken flavor (must be specific brand, regular puppy preferred)
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Cat treats (any brand, any size)
  • Box of trash bags (any brand, any size)
  • Gift bags (any brand, medium size, generic - not holiday or birthday)

Email volunteens@cityofallen.org with any questions

Note: Allen Public Library service hours cannot be used towards Community Service Restitution or Teen Court requirements.