Our Core Values
We Lead From The Front
Our volunteers, both ambassadors and leadership, do not accept any pay or other financial benefits in exchange for helping veterans.
We Build Solutions, Not
We focus our efforts on solving problems. We do not engage in empire building or self-aggrandizement. Titles do not matter; only results.
WE HAVE NO EGO
Everyone is a leader. Service to School does not exist to build ourselves up, but to help veterans.
WE EMPOWER EVERYONE
Ambassadors, applicants, and leadership are empowered to work on any initiative or project that fulfills our fundamental mission of helping transitioning veterans.
WE HAVE FUN
We maintain the same light-hearted atmosphere we found with our military friends on active duty and the reserves. We enjoy working together because we all care about the same thing: helping veterans.
We ENRICH OTHERS, NOT OURSELVES
We exist solely to benefit transitioning veterans. Whenever we spend donor money, we look for the most efficient way to do so. If we ever receive personal expense reimbursements, we ask “is this dollar better spent on me versus directly supporting applicants?”
WE ALL DONATE WHAT WE CAN
We all can donate time, talent, and treasure. Because we are a lean organization, we can spend more time and talent on helping veterans rather than having to search for treasure. We all donate what is right and possible for us.
WE ARE A FLAT ORGANIZATION
Our best ideas and biggest accomplishments have come from the bottom-up. Leadership exists only to coordinate.
WE ARE HONEST WITH OURSELVES
We provide each other thoughtful, honest, critical and substantive feedback. We quickly determine what is working and what is not working. Constructive feedback is always accompanied by proposed solutions.
This Is Our Most Important
We all have full-time jobs, are attending schools, or have some other primary engagement. Yet this is our most important extracurricular activity.
Our Code of Ethics:
Why We Have This Code
We strive for excellence in all that we do as an organization, this code reinforces and affirms our mission and core values and affirms our commitment to each other. Our community includes the Service To School leadership, ambassadors, applicants, schools, and community partners. Believing in and understanding our Code are critical. Our Code guides our behavior.
The Code of Ethics maintains that you must:
Place the integrity of the organization and its interests above your own interests.
Act with integrity, competence, and respect.
Integrity & Respect
Operating with honesty and fairness in all that we do. Our success depends on the mutual respect and strength of our relationships. Inspire trust and always do the right thing.
Standing accountable, individually and collectively, for the highest ethical behaviors and achieving outstanding results. We will maintain an environment where ethical and lawful behavior is encouraged and embraced. We are accountable for our actions.
Making A Difficult Decision
Making the right decisions can sometimes be hard. Remember though that doing nothing when faced with a difficult decision can be as unethical as making the wrong decision.
Striving to excel in all that we do. We are committed to delivering quality services and to developing and sustaining strong relationships. We earn the loyalty of those we serve through our commitment to the organization. We look past ourselves to focus on the impact of our actions.
Any serious act of misconduct by the Service To School community, including (but not limited to) an act of dishonesty, theft or misappropriation of funds, moral turpitude, insubordination, or any act injuring, abusing, or endangering others will open an individual to either temporary or permanent sanction and possible removal.
Our Governing Policies
- Drug Free Workplace Policy
- Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy
- Non-harassment Policy
- Ethics and Whistleblower Policy
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- Gift Acceptance Policy