Community Involvement Hours

Community Involvement hours are intended to recognize how students contribute to the betterment of their community (Burlington, Ontario, Canada and beyond). Please see below for ideas and information about how to get your hours done.

Please submit your Community Involvement Hours Form to our Guidance Department or email to the Guidance Secretary, Ms. Coles.

When can you start?

You can start accumulating your hours in the summer before grade 9.

What do you need to know before you start?

Activities that ARE ELIGIBLE are ones that:

  • Are of benefit to the community

  • Support a not-for-profit agency, institution or foundation that conforms to the ethical standards of Halton DSB and the Ministry of Education

  • Promote tutoring, mentoring, visiting or coaching

  • Support ethical work of a global nature

  • Promote positive environmental awareness

  • Support clubs, religious groups, arts or cultural associations, or political organizations that seek to make a positive & ethical contribution in the community.

What activities are not eligible?

  • activities completed during your regular class time

  • acitivities that are required as part of one of your courses

  • duties that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace

  • duties normally performed in the home or personal recreation activities

  • work that provides direct financial gain to the student, or the student's immediate family

If you have any questions about whether or not your intended activity is eligible, come see Mrs.Victorino or Ms.Robbins in Student Services BEFORE you start!!!

How do I report my hours?

You can print the Community Involvement Hours Form, complete it, and then have it signed by the community sponsor to record your hours. Or, you can provide a letter from the organization stating the number of hours you volunteered. Once you have these documents completed, please bring them to Mrs. Wickens in Student services to be recorded. Submit your hours as you complete them - no need to wait until the last minute!!!

So how do you get it done?

Fundraising - includes canvassing, walk-a-thons, celebrity games, gift wrapping, gala events, and sales for charitable purpose

Sports/Recreation - includes coaching, helping to organize winter carnivals, parades and summer fairs

Community Events - includes helping to organize special meets and games, and volunteering as a leisure buddy or pool assistant

Community Projects - includes participating in organized food drives, or support services for community groups

Environmental Projects - includes participating in community clean-ups, flower/tree planting, recycling and general beautification projects and activities

Volunteer Work with Seniors - includes assisting at seniors’ residences (e.g. serving snacks, helping with activities or portering, or participating in visiting and reading programs)

Committee Work - includes participation on advisory boards, neighbourhood associations and regional associations

Religious Activities - includes participation as a volunteer in programs for children, child minding, Sunday School assistance, special events and clerical tasks

Youth Programs - includes volunteer assistance with the operation of youth programs such as 4H, Scouts, Guides, drop-in centres, breakfast programs, March Break programs, Leaders in Training, summer playground activities and camps

Office/Clerical Work - includes volunteer activity in reception, computer work and mailings for individuals or groups providing charitable or general community benefit

Work with Animals - includes volunteer involvement with animal care, horseback riding programs, or volunteer assistance at a local zoo or petting farm

Arts and Culture - includes volunteer assistance at a gallery, performing arts production or program, or in a community library program

Activities for Individuals - includes any volunteer activity that assists someone who requires assistance for shopping, tutoring, light snow removal (no use of snow blower), housekeeping, writing letters or transcribing, or involves;~hospital visitation, voluntary involvement with chronic care, or service as a volunteer reading buddy

School Community Service - may include service within the school community that provides benefit to others that takes place outside the regular school day (the school Principal must approve these school-based activities in advance)