Volunteer Hours

Did you know every secondary school student in Ontario must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before graduation?

Did you know students graduating from Grade 8 are encouraged to begin earning a minimum of 10 hours of community service 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.

The Volunteer 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 Volunteer Activity Sheet.
  • With the help of your parents, read Rainbow District School Board’s Community Involvement Policy and find eligible volunteer opportunities in your community.
  • Have your community involvement activity choices approved by a school official.

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.

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

Benefits of Getting Involved

There are many great reasons to volunteer in your community. By getting involved, you will:

  • 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 to volunteer, you may wish to:

  • Take the 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 to get you started:

Arthritis Society705.673.4641
Alzheimer’s Society Sudbury & Manitoulin705.560.0603
CKLU (Laurentian University’s Radio Station)705.673.6538
Canadian Blood Services705.674.2636
Canadian Cancer Society, Sudbury and District705.670.1234
Canadian Diabetes Association705.670.1993
Canadian Hearing Society705.522.1020
Canadian Mental Health Association705.675.7252
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Sudbury & Manitoulin Districts)705.675.2468
Canadian Red Cross, Sudbury Branch705.674.0737
Children’s Aid Society (Sudbury & Manitoulin Districts)705.566.3113
Cinéfest705.688.1234
Easter Seals Society705.566.8858
Espanola General Hospital705.869.1420
Greater Sudbury Police Service705.675.9171
Health Sciences North705.523.7100
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario705.673.2228
ICAN Independence Centre and Network705.673.0655
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee705.674.5249
Meals On Wheels, Sudbury705.525.4554
Multiple Sclerosis Society705.566.9299
Northern Lights Festival Boreal705.674.5512
Rainbow District School Board705.674.3171
St. John Ambulance705.524.7223
Salvation Army705.525.2433
Science North705.523.4629
SPCA705.566.9582
Sudbury Arts Council705.670.2787
Sudbury (City of Greater) Public Libraries705.671.2489
Sudbury Theatre Centre705.674.8381
Town of Espanola705.869.1540
United Way Centraide of Sudbury705.560.3330
Victorian Order of Nurses705.671.1575
Volunteer Sudbury705.560.6661
YMCA705.673.9136
YWCA (Geneva House)705.674.2210

Opportunities on Manitoulin Island:

BalletMaja Mielonen705.377.4471
The Debajehmujig Creation Centre, ManitowaningAudrey Wemigwans705.859.1820
Little Current & District Fish & Game ClubWilliam Strain705.368.2554
Grace Bible ChurchJon VanKesteren705.368.1563
Holy Trinity Anglican ChurchRon Towns705.368.2769
Islanders Hockey TeamNan Buie705.377.4402
Lion’s ClubBruce Burnett705.368.3163
* Little Current Curling ClubLianne George705.368.3255
* Little Current Minor HockeyRoy Knobel705.368.1326
Little Current Figure Skating ClubHolly Bailey705.368.1399
Little Current United ChurchGail Gjos (Outreach)705.368.2589
Helen Gordon (Auxiliary)705.368.2167
Little Current Yacht ClubMargaret Van Camp705.368.1521
MADD Canada, Manitoulin Island Branch705.368.0840
Manitoulin Family ResourcesBrenda Clarke705.377.5532
Panthers Hockey ClubRendall McDonald705.368.1611
Royal Canadian LegionRoy Eaton705.368.2148
Royal Canadian Legion LadiesLinda Bowerman705.368.2465
Sheguiandah Senior Citizens GroupDale Wood705.368.2855
St. Bernard’s Catholic ChurchGisele Ferro705.368.3066
Terry Fox RunSuzanne Norris705.368.3057
Town of Northeastern Manitoulin & the IslandsPam Cress705.368.3500

* Club members will be given first preference.