Community Hours 40+
Volunteering: Counting your 40 Hours of Community Service
Did you know that every secondary student in Ontario must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before graduation? Did you also know that there are many fun and exciting ways to get involved right here in your community?
Surf this page and learn all about the community involvement requirement, including the process, benefits and tips on getting started.
To get a copy of the Student Volunteer Activity Sheet please click here
To view Rainbow District School Board's Community Involvement Policy, please click here
The Volunteer Process
Before starting your community involvement activities, you may want to read the following steps.
Step 1 - Planning and Approval
Step 2 - Taking Action and Recording Your Activities
- Complete your required volunteer activities.
- Ensure that all volunteer activities are recorded, dated and signed by you, your parents and your volunteer supervisor.
- Check to see that all hours and activities are properly recorded on your Student Volunteer Activity Sheet.
Step 3 - Submitting and Checking
- Submit your Student Volunteer Activity Sheet to your guidance counsellor.
- Check your next report card to see that your community involvement activities have been updated and checked as complete.
Please Note: We encourage you to complete 40 hours (or more) of community involvement as soon as possible - ideally by the end of Grade 10.
Benefits of Getting Involved
There are many great reasons to volunteer in your community. By getting involved, you will:
- Be making positive contributions to your community
- Learn more about an organization and its functions
- Explore different pathways and career options
- Get ready for the workforce
- Gain valuable work experience
- Network and get potential job opportunities
- Discover your strengths and develop your skills
- Build self-esteem and self-confidence
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Stay active
- Have fun
Please Note: The more hours you complete, the more attractive your résumé will be to prospective schools and employers.
A Few Useful Tips
Before you begin to volunteer, you might want to:
- Take time to consider what you want to do and what you want to learn.
- Search for volunteer opportunities in your community.
- Visit your Guidance Office for more information and volunteer postings.
- Find eligible volunteer activities that match your personality, interests and skills.
- Make sure that your volunteer activities meet ministry and school guidelines.
- Send your cover letter, résumé and police background check (sometimes required) to prospective community sponsors/volunteer supervisors.
- Meet with your community sponsor/volunteer supervisor ahead of time to ask questions and tour the organization.
Volunteer Job Board
Looking for a volunteer position within your community? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Alzheimer's Society Sudbury - Manitoulin
CKLU (Laurentian University's Radio Station)
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Hearing Society
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Sudbury and Manitoulin Branches
Canadian Red Cross, Sudbury Branch
Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin
Easter Seals Society
Espanola General Hospital
Greater Sudbury Police Service
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
ICAN Independence Centre and Network
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee
MADD Canada, Manitoulin Island Branch
Meals On Wheels, Sudbury
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Northern Lights Festival Boreal
Rainbow District School Board
St. John Ambulance
Sudbury Regional Hospital
Sudbury Arts Council
Sudbury (City of Greater) Public Libraries
Sudbury Theatre Centre
Town of Espanola
United Way Centraide of Sudbury
Victorian Order of Nurses
YWCA (Geneva House)
Opportunities on Manitoulin Island
The Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning
Fish 'n' Game Club
Grace Bible Church
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Islanders Hockey Team
* Little Current Curling Club
* Little Current Minor Hockey
Little Current Figure Skating Club
Little Current United Church
Gail Gjos (Outreach)
Helen Gordon (Auxiliary)
Little Current Yacht Club
Margaret Van Camp
Manitoulin Family Resources
Panthers Hockey Club
Royal Canadian Legion
Royal Canadian Legion Ladies
Sheguiandah Senior Citizens Group
St. Bernards Catholic Church
Terry Fox Run
Town of Northeastern Manitoulin & the Islands
* Club members will be given first preference.