Community Service

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: changes below for the 2021-22 school year from the Ministry of Education

Community Involvement Graduation Requirement 
Typically, secondary school students are required to earn 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for earning an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). In 2021-22, the required number of hours for community involvement activities will be reduced from 40 to a minimum of 20 hours for graduating students. This is consistent with changes made in the 2020-21 school year. 
The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours will be restored in 2022-23 and students working towards their OSSD should be supported to meet these graduation requirements in time for their graduating year. At the principal’s discretion, the following activities will be deemed eligible for all secondary students for their community involvement activities in the 2021-22 school year:
• Activities that take place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day (e.g., walking a younger neighbour or sibling to and from school, helping younger siblings with their homework) 
• Activities that include up to 10 hours of paid work, with the requirement to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to service for others (e.g., grocery work during the pandemic) 
• Activities that consist of duties normally performed in the home (e.g., students could help an elderly relative with errands, provide after-school care for a sibling) 

If students complete hours outside of the school, they require a letter from their sponsor.

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  • 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

Back to Basics Swim

Back to Basics Swim has job openings as well as volunteer opportunities. Contact:

Contact: Elmira


Phone: 905-631-3232

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!

 TheBurlington 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

Volunteer Hours

  • Participating youth can receive volunteer hours for their time and contributions. 

Virtual Meetings

  • 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 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

Interested in joining?

Please reach out to Lisa Crapsi,

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   Halton Food for Thought continues to pack and distribute Healthy Student Snack Bags. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to help.

Volunteering at the City of Burlington

City of Burlington Graphic Logo 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 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: 
On the web page is a list of organizations where volunteer opportunities are currently being offered in relation to COVID.  

Volunteer Halton – Community Development

For more information on volunteering opportunities in Halton visit or check out our brochure.  For more information call 1 (855) 395-8807 or (905) 632-1975 or email

How to search volunteer opportunities

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

  1. When youll find something that you would enjoy doing:
  • contact directly the volunteer coordinator listed in the Contact field


  • Send your request online: click on  Yes, Id like to Volunteer! button located under the position title
  1. Fill in the Volunteer form and submit a direct request to the organization for that specific volunteer position
  2. Youll 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 or contact us at 1-800-427-0536 or by email at


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.


Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer in 30 minutes of less!  There are lots of ways that you can volunteer with us.  Visit today.  For more information, call 905-637-4446 ext 226Habitat for Humanity

 Reading Rocks

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 foThe Daily 5: Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work | Edmentum  Blogr 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

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.

Click here to apply for this great leadership opportunity!

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

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 rmoore@thepond.calogo

Kidney Clothes

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



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