Community Involvement

Community Involvement hours must fall into one of these categories:        

  • Not-for-profit: includes voluntary activities for any not-for-profit institution or foundation that would not displace a paid worker. 
  • For-profit: includes voluntary activities that are charitable-based for any business or organization that would not displace a paid worker. If volunteers are enhancing a product/service being sold/provided by a for-profit business designed to make it more attractive and/or a better experience for clients, then it is not in keeping with the spirit of community service and would not be an approved activity.
  • Other: community support that you feel warrants consideration.  In this case, please submit a brief written summary that explains how this experience meets the spirit and expectations of Community Involvement as identified above.

If students are considering any of the activities that would fall into the second or third category above, approval by the principal or a designate at your high school is required.

Note:  Incoming grade 9 students can begin earning community service hours in the summer between grade 8 and grade 9. However, if you choose to do this it is important you carefully select an activity that would be approved.

There are several activities that are not permitted and would not meet the criteria for Community Involvement Hours.
Some but not all are:

> Involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools or the use of scaffolding
> Involves the administration of any form of medication or medical procedures to other persons
> Requires knowledge of a trades person (i.e. electrician)
> Involves banking, securities or other valuables
> OCDSB has deemed door-to-door canvassing is not an eligible activity for community involvement ** (see sheet for certain circumstances) 

At West Carleton some students participate in the following Community Service Activities to earn Community Involvement Hours:

  • Service to non-profit schools, religious or cultural institutions and programs
  • Events organized through local community associations such as Canada Day festivities, BBQs, community cleanups, etc
  • 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.

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.

Community Involvement Opportunities below

* Not all opportunities fall under OCDSB Guidelines. Unsure? Ask :)

Volunteers Needed

Shelter Moves ottawa is coordinating volunteers for the Ottawa HOPE Volleyball Summerfest this year
We are looking for volunteers to be greeters and scorekeepers @ Mooney's Bay Beach on July 16, 2022
Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old, otherwise accompanied by a guardian.

If interested, here is the link to sign up for a volunteer shift >

Royal City Soccer Club

A non profit organization looking for volunteers to assist with summer camps! Please see attachment for full details. 

RCSC volunteer & cit poster 2022-ottawa.pdf

ExerFarm and Deep Roots Food Hub

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn from local farmers about the connection between regenerative agriculture, sustainable food systems and health? Maybe your looking to reduce your stress and anxiety while combating climate change! If so, you can check out the attachment below with all of the information you need to know about this amazing volunteer opportunity! Application/Information

Community Help 

Helping a disabled elderly person with household tasks.

Location: Dunrobin Area (Greenland Rd.)

If interested please ask Student Services for more information.

Student Volunteers Needed

English Learning Buddy Program

The Problem:
Girls from low income families in India aspire to speak English but do not have anyone within their families to practice speaking English. 

How it Works:
Students sign up to be an English Learning Buddy through our Google Form below
Expected Time Commitment: 30 minutes per week for 10 weeks
Buddies will be matched with a girl from a low income family in India
Buddies and students connect once a week via Zoom meetings 
Weekly Meeting Schedule: Sunday 9:30 am to 10 am EST

Students in India read from an English children's book while Buddies provide constructive feedback on pronunciation 
At the end of the 10 week program, Buddies receive volunteer service hours.
Please note that this volunteer opportunity is limited to girls in Grade 7 to 12. 
Students may sign up via the Google Form below:
English Learning Buddy Sign-up Form 

The Kanata Dragons are looking for summer volunteers to work with our special needs children. Each special needs child is paired with a volunteer. Volunteers will help provide support and direction to their athlete while enjoying the game of soccer.
Our program details are as follows:
        Mondays – Under 6/7
        Tuesdays – Under 3, Under 4/5, Under 8/9
        Wednesdays - Under 3, Under 4/5, Under 10/11
All of our programs are held at soccer fields located in Kanata North and volunteers would be required to attend from 6pm to 7pm. Our season starts the week of May 23rd and runs for 10 weeks.
All interested volunteers should contact [email protected]

The Intergenerational Dementia Companions Program

High school students have the opportunity to provide meaningful social interactions to people living with dementia and restful breaks to their caregivers.

This program can be more than just volunteer hours or a co-op experience: You can make a real difference!

         How to become a Dementia Companion:

  • Get matched with a healthcare organization 
  • Get interviewed to be selected 
  • Once selected complete certified 8 hours of online training


The Champlain Dementia Network represents all healthcare organizations supporting people living with dementia and their families across the region. Membership includes researchers, senior decision- makers, and family caregivers. The Intergenerational Project incorporates training and certification of high school students in the companionship role, matching them with people living with dementia in a variety of settings, and providing ongoing support to these matches. This initiative is being evaluated and documented with the broader goal of spreading this certification and matching approach across the province.
See the website for more information -
Twitter: @ReThinkDmentia  
Instagram: rethink_dementia

Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective

Looking for Rural youth ages 12-24 with lived mental health experience to join their youth advisory council! Be part of the solution to the current mental health crisis in your community and collect volunteer hours at the same time! Please see the attachment below for full details, or visit their website
Community involvement poster

icontribute Application:
Check out this new app "icontribute" to help student make a meaningful contribution to their community! Please visit the website link below for full details!
icontribute app

Canadian Blood Services

The information below was shared with us by the mother of Hillary McKibbin, a young person in our community who has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and who needs a bone marrow transplant as a life-saving treatment.  

Grade 12 students can earn up to 10 hours of Community Involvement as part of their graduation requirements, while also possibly saving a life. This activity conforms to the guiding principles outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education's PPM124a, and can be completed from the safety of home, during the current provincial stay-at-home order. 

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is a well-established community sponsor who has historically involved students in various pre-approved activities, such as blood donation. This year, due to tremendous need, CBS is offering activities related to joining the Canadian Stem Cell Registry. 
Students Saving Lives Community Service 2021.pdf

A retired senior with rheumatoid arthritis, requires assistance over the winter months putting out the garbage bins (Sunday night). One hour per week.
If anyone might be interested/available, please contact - Pamela Thomson at [email protected]

Canada Day in Kanata:

Canadian Cancer Society:

Carp Agricultural Society  - email to [email protected] 


City of Ottawa - TBD 

Diefenbunker Volunteer Opportunities - Canada's Cold War Museum - TBD 

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm:

Habitat for Humanity – TBD

Holly's Haven Wildlife Rescue - contact Lynne: [email protected]

Kanata Food Cupboard:

National Capital Race Marathon:

Ottawa Hospitals:  TBD

Richcraft Recreation Complex – TBD

Royal Canadian Legion TGIF Dinners  - TBD

Salvation Army -

Snowsuit Fund:

Toy Mountain:

Volunteer Ottawa:

Bulletin Board & Announcements

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

Constance/Buckhams Bay Community Association  -

 Corkery Community Association   -

 Galetta Community Association   -

 Kinburn Community Association  -

 Dunrobin Community Association  -

 Fitzroy Harbour Association  -

 Huntley Community Association   -


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