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Community Involvement Hours

Community Involvement

Every secondary school student in Ontario must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement before graduation.

Grade 8 students are encouraged to earn a minimum of 10 ours of community involvement during the summer before entering Grade 9. Students can earn all 40 hours if they wish.

There are many fun and exciting ways to get involved.

Did you know students graduating from Grade 8 are encouraged to begin earning a minimum of 10 hours of community involvement during the summer before entering Grade 9? Interested students can earn all 40 hours if they wish.

Volunteering gives students an opportunity to explore career options, prepare to enter the workforce, gain valuable work experience, network, build self-esteem and confidence, discover strengths and develop skills.

There are many fun and exciting ways to get involved right here in your own community. The information below highlights community involvement requirements, including the process, benefits and tips on getting started.

What is the process?

Please review the following steps before starting your community involvement activities:

STEP 1 – Planning and Approval

  • Learn more about the community involvement requirement by talking to your teachers, visiting your Guidance Office or by reading the helpful information on this page.
  • Get a copy of the Student Community Service Activity Sheet.
  • With the help of your parents/guardians, read Rainbow District School Board’s Community Involvement Policy and find eligible community involvement opportunities in your area.
  • Have your community involvement activity choices approved by a school official.

STEP 2 – Taking Action and Recording Your Activities

  • Complete your required community involvement activities.
  • Ensure that all activities are recorded, dated and signed by you, your parents and your supervisor.
  • Check to see that all hours and activities are properly recorded on your Student Community Service Activity Sheet.

STEP 3 – Submitting and Checking

  • Submit your Student Community Service 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.

Remember… students are required to complete 40 hours (or more) of community service as soon as possible – ideally before completing Grade 10.

Benefits of Getting Involved

There are many great reasons to get involved in your community. You can:

  • make 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

Remember… The more hours you complete, the more attractive your résumé will be to prospective schools and employers.

Useful Tips

Before you begin, you may wish to:

  • Take the time to consider what you want to do and what you want to learn.
  • Search for community involvement opportunities in your community.
  • Visit your Guidance Office for more information and community service postings.
  • Find eligible community service activities that match your personality, interests and skills.
  • Make sure that your community service activities meet ministry and school guidelines.
  • Send your cover letter, résumé and police background check (sometimes required) to prospective community sponsors/community service supervisors.
  • Meet with your community sponsor/community service 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 to get you started:

Arthritis Society 705-673-4641
Alzheimer’s Society Sudbury & Manitoulin 705-560-0603
CKLU (Laurentian University’s Radio Station) 705-673-6538
Canadian Blood Services 705-674-2636
Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District 705-670-1234
Canadian Diabetes Association 705-670-1993
Canadian Hearing Society 705-522-1020
Canadian Mental Health Association 705-675-7252
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Sudbury & Manitoulin Districts) 705-675-2468
Canadian Red Cross, Sudbury Branch 705-674-0737
Children’s Aid Society (Sudbury & Manitoulin Districts) 705-566-3113
Cinéfest 705-688-1234
Easter Seals Society 705-566-8858
Espanola General Hospital 705-869-1420
Greater Sudbury Police Service 705-675-9171
Health Sciences North 705-523-7100
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario 705-673-2228
ICAN Independence Centre and Network 705-673-0655
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee 705-674-5249
Meals On Wheels, Sudbury 705-525-4554
Multiple Sclerosis Society 705-566-9299
Northern Lights Festival Boreal 705-674-5512
Rainbow District School Board 705-674-3171
St. John Ambulance 705-524-7223
Salvation Army 705-525-2433
Science North 705-523-4629
SPCA 705-566-9582
Sudbury Arts Council 705-670-2787
Sudbury (City of Greater) Public Libraries 705-671-2489
Sudbury Theatre Centre 705-674-8381
Town of Espanola 705-869-1540
United Way Centraide of Sudbury 705-560-3330
Victorian Order of Nurses 705-671-1575
Volunteer Sudbury 705-560-6661
YMCA 705-673-9136
YWCA (Geneva House) 705-674-2210

Opportunities on Manitoulin Island:

Ballet 705-377-4471
The Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning 705-859-1820
Little Current & District Fish & Game Club 705-368-2554
Grace Bible Church 705-368-1563
Holy Trinity Anglican Church 705-368-2769
Islanders Hockey Team 705-377-4402
Lion’s Club 705-368-3163
* Little Current Curling Club 705-368-3255
* Little Current Minor Hockey 705-368-1326
Little Current Figure Skating Club 705-368-1399
Little Current United Church 705-368-2589
Little Current Yacht Club 705-368-1521
MADD Canada, Manitoulin Island Branch 705-368-0840
Manitoulin Family Resources 705-377-5532
Panthers Hockey Club 705-368-1611
Royal Canadian Legion 705-368-2148
Royal Canadian Legion Ladies 705-368-2465
Sheguiandah Senior Citizens Group 705-368-2855
St. Bernard’s Catholic Church 705-368-3066
Terry Fox Run 705-368-3057
Town of Northeastern Manitoulin & the Islands 705-368-3500

* Club members will be given first preference.