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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|YWCA (Geneva House)||705.674.2210|
Opportunities on Manitoulin Island:
|The Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning||Audrey Wemigwans||705.859.1820|
|Little Current & District Fish & Game Club||William Strain||705.368.2554|
|Grace Bible Church||Jon VanKesteren||705.368.1563|
|Holy Trinity Anglican Church||Ron Towns||705.368.2769|
|Islanders Hockey Team||Nan Buie||705.377.4402|
|Lion’s Club||Bruce Burnett||705.368.3163|
|* Little Current Curling Club||Lianne George||705.368.3255|
|* Little Current Minor Hockey||Roy Knobel||705.368.1326|
|Little Current Figure Skating Club||Holly Bailey||705.368.1399|
|Little Current United Church||Gail Gjos (Outreach)||705.368.2589|
|Helen Gordon (Auxiliary)||705.368.2167|
|Little Current Yacht Club||Margaret Van Camp||705.368.1521|
|MADD Canada, Manitoulin Island Branch||705.368.0840|
|Manitoulin Family Resources||Brenda Clarke||705.377.5532|
|Panthers Hockey Club||Rendall McDonald||705.368.1611|
|Royal Canadian Legion||Roy Eaton||705.368.2148|
|Royal Canadian Legion Ladies||Linda Bowerman||705.368.2465|
|Sheguiandah Senior Citizens Group||Dale Wood||705.368.2855|
|St. Bernards Catholic Church||Gisele Ferro||705.368.3066|
|Terry Fox Run||Suzanne Norris||705.368.3057|
|Town of Northeastern Manitoulin & the Islands||Pam Cress||705.368.3500|
* Club members will be given first preference.