How do I get my 40-hours of volunteering?

Community centers, not-for-profit organizations, and charities are often looking for student volunteers.

Why do I need to volunteer?

In order for you to graduate from high school, you will need to complete 40-hours of community service. This is a great way for you to meet new people in your community and make friends. It will also give you a chance to learn new skills, which will be important when you are looking for a job.

You can start earning your community involvement hours in the summer before you enter grade 9. The 40-hours must be completed outside of classroom time.

Where can I volunteer?

To find somehwere to volunteer, start by looking for a volunteer centre near you.

You should also regularly check postings on Charity Village

Sign up for a monthly newsletter to get information about Canada's National Volunteer Week.

You can even volunteer with CultureLink to help others like yourself settle into their new life in Ontario.

Finally, check out the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, which calls on youth aged 14 to 18 years to volunteer through a wide variety of exciting community initiatives.

Who do I ask for help?

For families that are new to Canada and to their local community, it may be difficult to know how to begin this process. Reach out to your school's guidance counsellors and teachers to help you find the right kind volunteer opportunity. Don't be afraid to ask questions!