Every graduating student must complete a minimum of 40 community hours (grade 12’s this year only need 20 hours), as part of the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility, and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their community.
If students complete hours outside of the school, they require a letter from their sponsor.
Community Service Letter Requirements
- Name of student – first and last name
- Name of organization – on organization letterhead is preferred
- Number of hours completed
- Detailed list of duties completed (ex. Sarah H completed 40 hours serving food for our veterans…)
- Contact information of organizer for follow up
Please contact our school office directly if you have questions about community services hours and which activities are accepted.
If you are using 10 hours from your part time job, please download the reflection requirements and submit the completed forms to your guidance counsellor.
From the Ministry of Education
For students who are graduating in the 2021-2022 school year, we reduced the graduation requirement to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours will be restored in 2022-23. Students working towards their OSSD should make sure they meet these graduation requirements in time for their graduating year.
Students can start accumulating their community involvement hours in the summer before entering Grade 9.
Students who are looking for community involvement opportunities should:
- make sure they know which activities qualify for the community involvement requirement
- check their school board’s website for a list of eligible and ineligible activities, as well as, resources to help them record hours and find volunteer activities
- visit the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network to find opportunities through a centre in their community
- browse SPARKOntario to discover volunteering opportunities, including virtual opportunities, and connect with local community organizations
- ask their principal or guidance counsellor for more information
If approved by your school’s principal, students may count the following towards their community involvement hours:
- up to 10 hours of paid employment if a student is 14 years or older and completes a reflection exercise demonstrating how their work contributed to their community
- community involvement during school time, for example, walking a younger child to and from school or helping younger siblings with school work
- duties normally performed at home, for example, helping an elderly relative with errands or providing after school care for a sibling
Students under 18 years old should consult with their parents to plan and select their community involvement activities, according to ministry guidelines. Students should also speak to their guidance counsellor about other ways their school could allow them to earn community involvement hours this year.
The community involvement requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness and understanding about civic responsibility. Students can actively participate in supporting and strengthening their communities. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and possible career opportunities.
Want to help your community and earn volunteer hours?
Helpful websites for finding volunteer placements and suggestions during Covid.
- The City of Burlington has launched a Covid community resource web page www.burlington.ca/COVID19resources
- Volunteer Halton has opportunities for volunteers https://cdhalton.ca/volunteer-halton/
- Connect with your Chaplain Father Andrija for possible volunteer opportunities
- Join a club at school!
- City of Burlington https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/current-volunteer-opportunities.asp
- Volunteer Halton www.volunteerhalton.ca
- Saint Vincent de Paul http://www.ssvp.on.ca/rc/index.php
- Habitat for Humanity http://www.habitathm.ca
- St. Paul the Apostle https://www.stpaultheapostleburlington.com
- Burlington Green – Youth Network
- Helping youth help the planet
- Whether you’re a member of your high school eco-club, you’re looking for ways to get your volunteer hours or are simply interested in helping the planet, we need your help!
- Get involved today. burlingtongreen.org
- Community Development Halton: 1-855-395-8807
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Write Letters to Seniors who are Alone
Please click on the link for more information on how to make a difference in a senior’s life.
Cancer Kids First
The Cancer Kids First has volunteers make cards and other artworks for children who have cancer. Participants receive volunteer hours for their time and the best part is they will help brighten the day of a child with cancer.
Youth Inspire Community Day – November 18th (7-9pm)
If you’re in grades 9-12 and want to strengthen your resilience, grow your
leadership and personal development, and surround yourself with positivity, this
event is for you. After all, we are stronger together! See flyer for more details Youth Inspire Community Day
2021-2022 Burlington Youth Student Council
|This is a great opportunity for youth to get involved, gain volunteer hours and provide their thoughts and feedback to help build their City. Interested youth can email me directly indicating that they would like to join and I will add them to the list!|
|The Burlington Youth Student Council is made up of high school-aged students from Burlington coming together to discuss key themes and ways to take action in their City:|
Listen to presentations about upcoming City projects and directions and provide feedback, ideas and comments
Bring information back to your student body and be the connection between the City and your school
Participating youth can receive volunteer hours for their time and contributions.
All meetings are held online and can be accessed by clicking on the blue highlighted links below at the time of the meeting.
Meeting Dates (some speakers are subject to change)
Tuesday September 28, 2021; 3:30pm-5:30pm BYSC-Introduction Meeting & Ryerson Renaming Conversation
Tuesday October 5, 2021; 3:30pm-5:30pm Halton Environmental Network & Climate Resilience Burlington
Tuesday November 2, 2021; 3:30pm-5:30pm City of Burlington Transit Project & Land Use Planning
Tuesday December 14, 2021; 3:30pm-5:30pm RBG- Yes Alliance & Mayor Marianne Meed Ward Q&A
Tuesday January 11, 2022; 3:30pm-5:30pm Climate Action Plan
Tuesday February 1, 2022; 3:30pm-5:30pm Engagement & Volunteer Opportunities & Councilor Stolte
Tuesday March 1, 2022; 3:30pm-5:30pm City of Burlington Housing Strategy & Opportunities in the Arts
Tuesday April 5, 2022; 3:30pm-5:30pm Councillor Lisa Kearns – Career Journey Discussions
Tuesday May 3, 2022; 3:30pm-5:30pm Councillor Paul Sharman “Should I stress over picking a career?”& Councillor Galbraith Career Journey Discussion
Tuesday June 7, 2021; 3:30pm-5:30pm BYSC Debrief & Celebration
Burlington Youth Student Council’s new platform can be found at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/bysc
Interested in joining?
Please reach out to Lisa Crapsi, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Halton Food for Thought
Halton Food for Thought is continuing the Healthy Student Snack Bag program and our last day for packing the bags at Food for Life will be Friday, June 18.
If you or someone you know is available to help with the last two months or if you have a student who would like some volunteer hours, please CLICK HERE for the details on how to register for a Thursday evening, Friday morning or Friday afternoon pack at Food for Life, 2258 Mountainside Drive, Burlington.
We ask that volunteers not cross-over days. For example, if you select one Thursday evening, do not select Friday morning or Friday afternoon– please stick with Thursdays.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Food for Life and Halton Food for Thought have worked together to strict COVID-19 protocols are in place as the safety of our volunteers is paramount.
Maureen McLaughlin COVID-19 UPDATES
Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager
Halton Food for Thought 5063 North Service Rd, Suite 100 Burlington, ON L7L 5H6 Ph: 905-703-0914
Volunteering at the City of Burlington
We believe that volunteers are one of the greatest strengths of a community and a key factor to our success. Volunteers assist with a variety of city activities.
Do you have a question about volunteering at the City? Send us an email at email@example.com or call 905-335-7600, ext. 7978.
Volunteering with the City of Burlington provides an opportunity to gain experience, enhance or build skills and participate in the community.
For more information visit City of Burlington Volunteer Opportunities COVID UPDATE – The City of Burlington does not currently have any volunteer opportunities, as we have facilities closed and programs cancelled due to the state of emergency. If that changes and any volunteer opportunities become available, I will let you know. However, if you are interested, the City has launched a COVID community resources web page where local volunteer opportunities are available. The website is: www.burlington.ca/COVID19resources On the web page is a list of organizations where volunteer opportunities are currently being offered in relation to COVID.
Royal City Soccer Club
The Royal City Soccer Club, a registered non-profit organization, is excited to host our 29th annual summer soccer day camps. There are amazing opportunities to volunteer or become a CIT (Counsellor-in-Training) during any or all of the 9 weeks in July and August. Our program is designed to encourage and promote personal development, team building and life skills in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. We have 4 locations in Halton: Burlington (Central and Nelson Park), Oakville (Glen Abbey Park), Milton (Lions Sports Park) – details available on our website. For any questions or to apply, visit our website at royalsoccer.com or contact us at 1-800-427-0536 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halton Food for Thought
In response to the challenges of this school year, Halton Food for Thought, in partnership with both the Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board, has developed the Grab & Go Healthy Food Box student nutrition program. The Grab & Go Healthy Food Box will be consistent in all Halton schools, ensure food is still available to students during the school day, and will follow public health, food safety, and Ministry of Education guidelines. The first delivery will have applesauce cups, granola bars, and wrapped spoons.
We have more than 5, 600 boxes to pack and deliver before the end of October and are reaching out to our communities and supporters for volunteers.
We have two packing locations available – Robert Bateman High School, 5151 New St, Burlington, and Norval United Church, 14015 Danby Rd, Georgetown. If you are able to assist with the packing, please follow the link below to sign-up.
CLICK HERE to sign up and volunteer to pack boxes at either location.
We are also seeking ALOT of assistance with delivery. If you are able to help deliver the boxes to schools please indicate this on the sign up sheet attached to the link above or email me directly and I will provide more details about delivery.
Once you are registered, we will follow-up with a confirmation of date and time as well as our COVID-19 Protocol and link to the self-assessment.
Carrie Baillie (Oakville Community Development Manager)
Ph: 905-330-6322 www.haltonfoodforthought.com
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer in 30 minutes of less! There are lots of ways that you can volunteer with us. Visit habitathm.ca today. For more information, call 905-637-4446 ext 226
The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to support individuals impacted by a Learning Disability. They are currently in need of Volunteer Literacy Tutors in our Reading Rocks program, an 8 week program for vulnerable readers aged 6-12 who struggle with the attainment of early literacy skills due to an identified or suspected reading disability. Volunteers will be placed with a child and work one-one-one, developing hands-on, engaging activities to explicitly teach phonics, sight words, and fluency, while also working with their child to set goals, and graph their successes on a workstation poster board which celebrates the child’s success in the program. This is a great skill building opportunity that provides direct experience in teaching and tutoring, while also providing a meaningful opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. See flyer for further details.
The next session begins on January 13th. If you have any questions please contact Katie Jacobs (Executive Director) @ (905) 333-1977 readingrocks@Ldahh.ca
Youth Ambassador Volunteer Opportunity
CALLING ALL YOUTH LEADERS AND FUTURE WORLD CHANGERS!
The Public Education Team at Halton Women’s Place is pleased to introduce our *new* Youth Ambassador Program.
The Youth Ambassador Program supports motivated students to become the leaders of a healthy relationships’ revolution for their peers, in their schools, and in their local communities. With your help, we can bring healthy relationship education to everyone.
Our HWP Youth Ambassador Program is now accepting applicants for its 2020-2021 Social Media Ambassador Program, an initiative that empowers young people to represent and promote healthy relationships, and healthy behaviors, amongst their peers.
Mount Nemo Christian Nursing Home
We are a long-term care facility in North Burlington and are currently seeking high school students for volunteers. If interested please contact Courtney Kemp (Life Enrichment Aid) at 905-335-3636 x 208. Mount Nemo Christian Nursing Home
Burlington Public Library
Summer volunteer opportunities available: Maker Buddies Volunteers, Children Program Assistant volunteers, Summer Reading Club Volunteers. Contact Jodi Cabral (905) 639-3611 ext. 1154 or Email email@example.com
The Burlington Pond
Looking for volunteers (Monday – Thursday evenings). No hockey experience necessary. If interested call (905) 631-9061 or contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kidney Clothes is looking for high school students in Brantford, Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge, Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington and the surrounding areas to become Frosty Friends. It’s an easy way to get some of the volunteer hours needed to graduate and help Canadians living with kidney disease!
For more info contact Julie Hunt at email@example.com.Community Service