The Chapter President starts assigning new Members in the beginning of April and on-going until October. An email notification will go out to all of the emails provided during enrollment. The notification email will include the Class Coordinator name and group name. The Class Coordinator will contact their Members starting in late April/early May with a notification of the first meeting. New Members will also receive in the mail a welcome letter, along with their tee shirt and Member folder, which will have all the information about the Member's group. If there is no room in a group, new Members will not be contacted until a new group forms. If no new group forms by October 1st, Pending Members will receive a full refund. Lion's Heart does NOT keep Pending Members until the following year.
We create the new 6th grade groups on a first come, first serve basis only. We put the first 20 in the blue group and the second 20 in the red group and so on. If friends want to be together, the best chance for that to happen is to enroll at Noon (PST) on February 1st, although we cannot guarantee anything, as it depends on how many enroll each year. It would be impossible to manage, and no way to fairly take requests for children to be with their friends.
If a Member in good standing moves 30 or more miles away, the Member may transfer to a Chapter and group in their new area (if there is a Chapter and a group with space available). There is no transfer fee for these Members and they may do so at any time during the year. The Member MUST contact the Executive Director or Director of Operations (see information on Contact page) for this request.
Go to the Lion's Heart website > Click on Chapter/Groups > State > your chapter > your group, and then click on +Archive Member Hours. Click on your name, and select which hours you would like to view. You can download a pdf of the log.
No, a mother and son started Lion's Heart in 2004 when they wanted to create an organization for teens to serve the community. Lion's Heart is completely independent and is not faith-based.
No. The Members are responsible for coming to meetings with ideas for group activities. This is the main purpose for meeting. They also discuss individual community service activities. Lion's Heart does not dictate to Members which charities to help. Which charities and how to perform community service is completely left to the Members. Please see "What is Community Service and What is Not" on this website. Lion's Heart occasionally sends out emails about volunteer opportunities as a courtesy when we are contacted with requests.
No forms are required with Lion's Heart. Members simply enter their community service hours on their online volunteer log, including a contact name and phone number. Our Class Coordinators periodically and randomly spot-check our Members' logs for integrity, but we don't require any forms to be filled out. For the most part, it is the honor system. After all, we are all volunteering!
Only if you want to join your child! We do not require parents to participate but the Class Coordinators do expect and encourage help during group activities and carpooling.
Meetings for groups are optional but strongly encouraged so that Members get to know each other, share ideas, and to plan group service events. We recommend between six and eight in a year. Group meetings should avoid school breaks and national holidays. Groups report meetings held on Sundays in the late afternoon or early evening have the best attendance. Members usually take turns hosting the meetings, or the Class Coordinator will hold them in his or her own home. It’s also a good idea to hold meetings before or after a service activity.
Only unused, unworn, unwashed merchandise in the original packaging can be exchanged for a $5.00 shipping and handling fee. Please visit our shop site to process the exchange fee and indicate your new size.
If a Member mistakenly selects the incorrect tee shirt size during the enrollment process the unworn, unwashed tee shirt in the original bag can be exchanged for a $5.00 shipping and handling fee. Please visit our shop site to process the exchange fee and indicate your new size.
If you receive a t-shirt that is a different size than the one that you ordered and the shirt has been unworn, unwashed and in the original bag, Lion’s Heart will exchange it at no charge. Please take a picture of the incorrect size and email the Member’s name and chapter to NewMembers@LionsHeartService.org within 60 days of your assignment date (see your welcome letter). Lion’s Heart will email you a shipping label to return the shirt. Once returned, we will immediately send a new shirt.
Yes! We strongly encourage parents and family members to attend. This is a wonderfully inspiring event and since the Torchbearer's Award is kept a secret until presented at the event, your son or daughter might win the award! We do present the trophy to the winner, along with a little bit of information about each of our special recipients. The President's Volunteer Service Awards and the Golden Lion Awards are also presented. We have a slide show of our Members performing community service throughout the year. Class Coordinators are required to have two parents from each group attend and sit with each group to insure its Members behave appropriately. Awards events are only held for chapters of 150 or more Members with a Chapter President. In smaller chapters, the Chapter President presents the awards at group meetings in June. In the absence of a Chapter President, the awards are distributed by the Class Coordinator at their June meeting.
We would love to acknowledge all of our Seniors, but we have a very special award only for the seniors who have been in Lion's Heart all six years and have met all of the requirements to stay in Lion's Heart all those years. The Chapter President presents these Members with a gold medallion key fob along with announcing briefly specific activities within Lion's Heart and where they plan to attend college or their future plans.
An online class is available for any Member interested in knowing more about becoming an Officer. Directions on how to take the course is found by Member login and selecting Documents > Officer Training Course Instructions. Elections are held at the first meeting of the year in May.
If you have a specific enrollment question, please contact the Chapter President of that chapter