Students will have to complete a mandatory 40 hours of civic engagement in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Whatever your interests, there is a volunteer opportunity out there for you. Let Volunteer Halton help you find a matching volunteer opportunity that is right for you.


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What is Community Involvement?

  • A requirement for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • A volunteer activity - not for pay or credit
  • A constructive contribution to the community

Why has the Ministry of Education mandated it?

  • Reinforces civic responsibility
  • Strengthens the community
  • Enhances the students' self- confidence and self- image
  • Offers networking for future employment
  • Provides an experience for students to include in their portfolios

When must students complete it?

  • Any time during the secondary school program
  • Outside class hours, for example: during lunch breaks, in the evening, on weekends, during school breaks, during the summer months.

Top Ten Reasons for Youth to Volunteer

1. Gain Work Experience
Volunteer experience looks great on a resume. Also, some of the work you do could lead to a job doing similar work.

2. Improve Your Health and Self-Esteem
Volunteering to help others has been shown to reduce stress, give you hope, and boost your self-esteem.

3. Meet Real Community Needs
Helping people learn to read, or get basic food, clothing, shelter or furniture makes a huge difference! Whether the project is planting a tree or tutoring children, the community will look and feel better.

4. Gain Entrance to College
Colleges and universities today are looking for applicants who have more than high grades. They are looking for well-rounded people who have volunteered to make a difference in their communities.

5. Meet New People and Establish Friends, Connections and References
When you work alongside others, you really get to know them and become friends with them. Also, adults at organizations where you volunteer can connect you to great opportunities and provide you with a useful reference for a job or college.

6. Gain New Skills and Develop Talents
Whether you enjoy working with computers, children or seniors, any interest you have can be developed through volunteering.

7. Spread Positive Energy and Hope
Just like random acts of kindness, when you volunteer, your energy and efforts affect the whole community in a positive way.

8. Make the World a Better Place
If you see problems in your community that you feel need addressing, do something about them. By volunteering, you do make a difference and help make the world a better place.

9. Personal Growth
By taking on new tasks you'll learn more about people and life.

10. It's Fun!
Volunteering will bring laughter and smiles into your life.