Every graduating student must complete a minimum of 40 community 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. Volunteer opportunities can be found in local museums, art galleries, humane society, food banks, public library, nursing homes, hospitals and more.
NOTE: For students graduating during this school year 2021-2022, hours for community involvement activities will be reduced from 40 hours to a minimum of 20 hours. The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours will be restored in 2022-2023.
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. Community Involvement Activity Form
Current Volunteer Opportunities
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!|
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 January 11, 2022; 3:30pm-5:30pm Climate Action Plan
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
Volunteer Halton – Community Development
For more information on volunteering opportunities in Halton visit www.volunteerhalton.ca or check out our brochure. For more information call 1 (855) 395-8807 or (905) 632-1975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to search volunteer opportunities
- Visit our website www.volunteerhalton.ca (or cdhalton.ca)
- Click on Volunteer Now!
- Explore Youth Volunteering here: Student Step-by-Step Search (select age and community)
- Explore Virtual Opportunities
- Or on the top of the page, you can select Duration, Suitable For, and Community
- Or browse opportunities by Interest ( e.g. Arts & Crafts at letter A )
- You can also search by keyword
I’d recommend registering a Volunteer Profile to receive updates when a new volunteer opportunity is posted. This is not needed to search and apply for opportunities but makes the application process easier.
How to apply
In the result page listing click on the Position title to see a full description of each volunteer opportunity
- When you’ll find something that you would enjoy doing:
- contact directly the volunteer coordinator listed in the Contact field
- Send your request online: click on “Yes, I’d like to Volunteer!” button located under the position title
- Fill in the Volunteer form and submit a direct request to the organization for that specific volunteer position
- You’ll receive a confirmation email with all information needed to follow up on your application.
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 email@example.com.
Cancer Kids First
Cancer Kids First depends on its many volunteers to fulfill our mission. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to help all the patients we have helped already! To join our dedicated community of volunteers, click here.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast Corner @ Notre Dame
Breakfast Corner is still looking for students to help out each morning in the cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for students to accumulate volunteer hours. If interested, students can pick up an application form on the library counter and complete this and hand it into Mrs. Hughes (Science).
St. Paul the Apostle Church
St. Paul the Apostle Church is looking for a few senior students to volunteer for occasional events at the church. Community service hours will be provided.
They are looking for 4-5 grade 12 students who would be comfortable in the church environment, are faith oriented (ideally and if not at least understand the mass) and willing to help with seating etc. The events where I need extra hands are the upcoming Christmas masses as we will be having extra services, as well as the sacrament celebrations of Confirmation (February/March), First Reconcilation (March) and First Communion (after Easter) all happening in 2021. We have a very safe environment here – everyone wears masks, we sanitize hands before entering the building and all seats are physically distanced.
Please let Mrs. Little know if you are interested and she will share the contact information with you.
The Burlington Pond
Looking for volunteers (Monday – Thursday evenings). No hockey experience necessary. If interested call (905) 631-9061 or contact Ryan at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.