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.
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
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.
The HCC Reads is engaging students with the book “The Right to be Cold” by Author, Climate Change Champion, and Canadian Icon, Sheila Watt-Cloutier.
This volunteer experience is for any Halton Students who want to secure 15 volunteer hours. There are THREE MANDATORY steps that need to be achieved for you to receive these hours:
1) Read “The Right To Be Cold”, available on-line and in person at your local Library, at HDSB libraries, for HCDSB please contact your school library.
2) Watch the Author, Sheila Watt Cloutier’s talk on November 19th at 8pm – 9 pm (available on-line -you must register at bit.ly/HCCLetsTalk and on Cogeco Your TV at 8pm) This is the ONLY date for the viewing. Again this date and time is mandatory for securing your volunteer hours. You can watch virtually or on your local Cogeco Channel.
Event Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3) Create 5 questions you would like to ask the Author. Then send us the questions to email@example.com by November 22 at Midnight (12:00 am) You must add your name, and school to this email. Once this email is sent you will receive further communications about completing the task.
Starting Date: Start reading the book anytime! You can read the book after the November 19th event. This volunteer opportunity will close on December 15, 2020.
We will assign 15 volunteer hours to students who complete all 3 of these tasks.
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.