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Volunteer Hours

Remember you must have a minimum of 40 volunteer hours completed to graduate.  Acquiring these volunteer hours is your responsibility.

Students, in collaboration with their parents, will decide how to complete the community involvement requirement.  Students may use their annual education plan to identify possible activities they might undertake.

Community involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and informal settings.  Students may not fulfil the requirement through activities that are counted towards a credit (for example, cooperative education and job shadowing as part of a class are not eligible), through paid work, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee.

The requirement is to be completed outside students' normal instructional hours - that is, the activities are to take place in students' designated lunch hours, after school, on weekends, or during school holidays. Students will maintain and provide a record of their community involvement activities.  Completion of the required 40 hours must be confirmed by the organizations or persons supervising the activities.   Documentation must include for each activity:  the name of the person or organization receiving the service, the activity performed, the dates and hours, the signatures of the student and his or her parents, and a signed acknowledgment by the person (or a representative of the organization) involved.

Community Involvement - Steps to Take

1.  Select volunteer activities from the Eligible Activity List (see below).
2.  In consultation with parents, contact the person or organization where you plan to volunteer.
3.  Ensure that signatures from parents, sponsors, and the total number of hours are recorded on your Community Involvement Record Book.
4.  Hand in your completed Record Book to Student Services.

Examples of Eligible Activities

  • Fundraising - canvassing, walk-a-thons, celebrity games, gift wrapping, gala events, flower sales
  • Sports/Recreation - coaching Special Olympics, leisure buddy, summer games, pool  assistant
  • Community Events - winter carnivals, summer/fall fair
  • Environmental Projects - community clean-up, flower/tree plantings, recycling program
  • Seniors Residence - serving snacks, helping with crafts, portering, visiting, reading
  • Committees - advisory board, neighbourhood associations, regional associations, student  trustee
  • Community Projects - food banks, support services for seniors or the house bound, seasonal events
  • Religious Activities - youth activities, children?s programs, special events, clerical tasks
  • Clubs and Youth Organizations - volunteering activities organized by these groups (membership alone is not eligible eg. 4H club, Scouts, Girl Guides, etc.)
  • Children/Youth - drop-in-centres, breakfast programs, after school programs, March Break  programs, summer playgrounds and camps, child care centres, babysitting
  • Office/Clerical - reception, computer work, mailings, newsletters, pamphlet delivery
  • Animals - animal care, horseback riding program
  • Arts/culture - galleries, playing music, library, museums and heritage sites
  • School Activities - Ambassadors on Parents' Night, drama/music festivals, sports meets

Where to Find Volunteer Activities

The Family Y Employment Resource Centre provides a Volunteer Job Posting Board.  Check it out at 200 McNab Street, Walkerton, 881-4606 OR 425 10th Street, Hanover, 364-3163.  There is also a bulletin board outside Student Services at JDSS that lists volunteer opportunities.

Last Modified: Jun 01, 2017
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