Volunteer Hours Information
Students planning to graduate in June are reminded to have their completed Community Involvement Hours Record Form signed and into Student Services by May 1.
Grade 12 students without their Community Involvement Hours requirement completed and recorded may not be eligible to attend prom.
The Ontario Ministry of Education requires that each student complete 40 hours of volunteer activities in the community in order to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students can begin accumulating these hours as of July 1 after they finish grade 8.
- Students must record their hours of community involvement on the Community Involvement Hours Record Form and have the volunteer supervisor sign for the hours completed.
- HWDSB Community Involvement Information: Students and parents must ensure that the “volunteer activity” meets the requirements of Community Involvement as outlined in our Community Involvement Facts Sheet.
- As soon as students complete the required 40 hours, they are encouraged to return the completed form to the Student Services office and have this recorded on their transcript. Students may also attach signed letters verifying their completion of volunteer activities to their Record of Community Involvement form. (The Ontario Student Transcript shows only that the community involvement is complete or not complete, it does not indicate the total number of hours above 40 a student completes.)
- All students are encouraged to complete their Community Involvement Hours by the end of Grade 10.
Local Volunteer Opportunities
- Ancaster Avalance Junior Hockey Team – ANCASTER AVALANCHE VOLUNTEERS
- Ancaster Community Services
- Ancaster Farmers Market
- Ancaster Soccer Club
- Heritage Days Soccer Tournament – multiple opportunities for volunteer hours
- Ancaster Little League
- Volunteer Hamilton
- Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
- Climb for Cancer
- Canadian Blood Services
- Ontario SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank is always looking for donations and volunteers
- Hamilton Victory Gardens
- Hamilton Victory Gardens is a non-profit organization that exists with the purpose to help alleviate poverty and hunger within the city of Hamilton. It does this through setting up larger scale food gardens around the city, that are largely run by the community, and volunteers. At the end of the season, the harvested crops go to local food banks and meal programs. Contact Olivia Schultz at email@example.com
Finding Volunteer Opportunities
In order to assist our students in completing their requirement of 40 hours of volunteer community involvement, Student Services posts volunteer opportunities in the Student Services Office in our Volunteer Binder and on our Volunteer Bulletin Board in the hallway outside of the Student Services Office. Volunteer opportunities are also mentioned on morning announcements as they are brought forward to our Student Services Department.
Students can pick up a Record of Community Involvement verification form in the main office or in the Student Services Office OR students can print off the community Involvement form below. The Record of Community Involvement form must have signatures of supervisor with contact information (students can attach letters verifying their involvement) and have a Parent or Guardian sign the form (even if they are 18 years old)