Community Service Activities at a Glance

Upper School students engage in a range of weekly, monthly and annual outreach opportunities that help them realize and embrace their shared responsibility for bettering our world. They can be found tutoring elementary school students at schools in various locations including Wilmington and San Pedro, interacting with developmentally disabled students, assisting with projects at local convalescent and retirement homes in the South Bay, engaging in environmental restoration projects or visiting patients with cognitive or traumatic brain injuries.

View our full list of events and opportunities:

To view weekly and monthly service events and opportunities, visit the Community Service Student Advisory Board website or the 2018-19 Upper School Community Service Programs and Locations.


The AYSO VIP Buddy Program gives children with special needs the opportunity to practice and play recreational soccer. Reliable volunteers are what make the program a success and no soccer background is necessary. 

Commodores Peer Tutoring Service

Upperclassmen volunteer social and academic mentoring to students in grades 7-9 every week. Over the course of the semester, tutors and students build personal relationships that facilitate academic, social and emotional growth. 

Senior Service

Each spring, seniors get the opportunity to undertake a three-week community service program, contributing five days a week for seven hours a day as part of the project. It’s not only a chance to serve, but to reflect on their own lives and recognize the force for change they can be in the world around them. 

Here are just some of the organizations we support:

  • AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)
  • Bob Hope Hollywood USO 
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor 
  • Braille Institute 
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
  • Park Western Elementary School
  • Pediatric Therapy Network


Service Trips

The Salinas Project

Chadwick students spend a long weekend working with the Sherwood Elementary School community in Salinas, California. We will travel to Salinas in school vehicles on Thursday and return to Palos Verdes on Sunday. While in Salinas, we will work in the classroom all day on Friday and host a dinner and education night for families that night. On Saturday we will offer educational workshops and/or field trips. We will stay at a migrant camp in the evenings. This experience will give our students insight into the migrant farmworker community in California and provide the opportunity to practice their Spanish skills.

24 Hours of Homelessness

Students encounter homelessness first-hand and learn about the challenges this social crisis has created for our cities. Students spend the night at the Los Angeles Mission, prepare and serve meals to the clientele, participate in the evening religious service and tour the Skid Row neighborhood in downtown LA. 

Spring Break Community Service Trip to Vietnam

Viet Nam, with a rich cultural and political history, offers great opportunities for both community service and language immersion. From its French Colonial past to its ties to United States history, Viet Nam is an incredible setting for experiential learning. Students will have a six-day homestay and service experience with families in the north, experiencing a lifestyle and culture different from their own. Following our homestays, we will spend some time exploring Viet Nam itself, including HaLong Bay, Hanoi and, time permitting, a visit to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Community Service