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Community service hours form

Students must accumulate a total of 40 hours of eligible community service before the end of grade 12 in order to graduate high school.  Changes to this legislation now allows incoming grade 9 students to begin earning community service hours in the summer between grade 8 and grade 9.  We would encourage all students to complete this requirement early to avoid stress in their final year.  Examples of eligible activities include :

  • service to religious or cultural institutions and programs
  • events organized through local community associations such as Canada Day festivities, BBQs, community cleanups
  • service to charities and non profit organizations
  • coaching or scorekeeping minor sports
  • community service organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Horticultural Society or Garden Club, local libraries, Lion’s Club, etc.
  • any of the Ottawa area festivals held over the summer (Rideau Canal Festival, Jazz Festival, Bluesfest, Fringe Festival, Chamber Music, etc.)

While this is not a complete list of eligible activities, adhering to this list will help to ensure hours are not rejected.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the website of their local community association to learn of upcoming events requiring volunteers.  In September students are reminded to frequently check the Community Service bulletin board located outside Student Services for opportunities.

The OCDSB prohibits door to door canvassing except where the student is 16 years or older or is accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. 

Ineligible activities also include those that would pay the student or any placement with “for profit” organizations, businesses or family members.  If in doubt about the eligibility of an activity do not begin the activity until contacting the principal or Student Services.  In addition, City of Ottawa policy prohibits volunteers under the age of 14 in any of their programs unless they are volunteering with a parent.

Community Service Opportunities below

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign!  November 23rd to December 23rd, 2017
All money raised support various programs of the Salvation Army. 
Please note that students over the age of 16 are able to attend the kettle alone, under that age they must be accompanied by an adult. 

To Volunteer, please register online: www.salvationarmyottawa.ca/kettlevolunteer 

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Kanata Seniors Council Christmas Wrap - 2017 
Hazeldean Mall Saturday December 16th - Sunday December 24th 
Shifts are available on:
Saturday to Sunday - 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday to Friday - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

If you enjoy wrapping presents, please contact Liz Tucker (Coordinator) at 613-592-5585 or by email tuckere@bell.net


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Winterlude 2018 - February 2nd - 19th
Volunteer recruitment campaign is now open!  Students interested in volunteering can drop by Guidance to pick up a Volunteer Application Form.  Deadline to submit your application is January 19, 2018.  

Note
: Volunteers who register before December 20th, 2017 are eligible to win a prize.


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Royal Canadian Legion TGIF Dinners 

Where: Royal Canadian Legion  - Allbirch Road Constance Bay

When: Every Friday evening from 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Duties: Set up, serve and clean-up for community dinners

To volunteer, please call George Dolan at 613-832-2917
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Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata

Students can also volunteer for Weekly drop-in's and sign up for the REACH Program.

For more information contact Jordan by email jordan.little@ottawa.ca

facebook.com/youthconnexion  twitter@youth_connexion

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Diefenbunker Volunteer Opportunities - Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker is always looking for new volunteer's on the weekend and/or during the summer. If you would like to help with events, kids' camps, etc and dress up like a zombie then this is a great experience for you!

Contact: r.wilson@diefenbunker.ca or call 613-839-0007.  facebook.com/diefenbunker

3929 Carp Road, 10 minutes past the Canadian Tire Centre

Details also available in the Volunteer Binder in Guidance.

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ONGOING Community Service Opportunities


City of Ottawa

Please click HERE for the link to many volunteer opportunities!

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Habitat for Humanity

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity GO gives you an opportunity to get involved and share your talents to achieve its very worthy cause – building homes and building hope.

Please click on this link Habitat for Humanity for all the details!

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Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge (Registered Charity)

Looking for student volunteers to help with several tasks:

Loading trucks and unloading truckloads of hay

Repairing fences

Cleaning up the property  

Mucking and repairing the farm sanctuary  

Preparing the wildlife centre for spring intake 

For more information please contact Lynne Rowe by email at: lynne@ccwr.ca  – information also available in the Volunteer binder in Student Services.

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Canadian Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.ca/en/get-involved/volunteering/ways-to-volunteer/youth-volunteer-opportunities/?region=on

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 Kanata Food Cupboard Weekly Opportunities

For information about weekly tasks, please see the Volunteer bulletin board or binder in Student Services.

To volunteer contact: Kerry Beer  - volunteer@kanatafoodcupboard.ca or call 613.836.7847

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Volunteer Binder/Volunteer Bulletin Board/Ottawa Area Websites

Reminder to students that there is a Volunteer binder located in Guidance also check out the Volunteer bulletin board in the hall outside our door.  You will find current and on-going community service opportunities.

Local Community Associations located near West Carleton Secondary School.  These local community centres have opportunities throughout the year.

Constance/Buckhams Bay Community Association 

http://cbbca.ca/cms/

Corkery Community Association  

http://www.corkerycommunity.ca/

Galetta Community Association  

http://www.galettaca.org/

Kinburn Community Association 

http://www.kinburn.ca/

Dunrobin Community Association  

http://www.dunrobincommunity.com/

Fitzroy Harbour Association  

http://fitzroyharbour.com/fitz/

Huntley Community Association  

http://www.hca-carp.ca

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Discover Volunteer Opportunities in Ottawa

Check out some of the links below.  Not all opportunities on these websites fall under OCDSB Guidelines. Unsure?  Ask us in the Main Office or Guidance. 

Volunteer Ottawa

http://volunteerottawa.ca

Volunteer

http://volunteer.ca/

Ottawa Volunteer Lounge

http://ottawavolunteerlounge.ca

Kanata Food Cupboard

http://kanatafoodcupboard.ca/

Snowsuit Fund

http://snowsuitfund.com/volunteers/

Friends of the farm

http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/young.htm

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