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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:


Halloween Party in Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre on Saturday October 27th

Help is needed to assist with the preparations for the party and the haunted house on Saturday October 27th.  Tasks may include: various party stations, set up, haunted house roles, painting signs and more!

There is an 
information session on Wednesday September 26th at 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. at the Fitzroy Community Centre.  

If you are interested in helping but cannot attend the meeting, please email Anna at annahutchinson44@gmail.com or call 613-623-2197 or Kim at k_sirois@hotmail.com or call 613-304-2485.

Please see the flyer in the Community Service binder for more details. 
 

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Constance Bay Community Markets 

Some of the tasks will be: set-up (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), tear down (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), welcoming & assisting visitors (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and staffing fundraising table (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Saturdays: October 6th and December 1st.

Please use this link to apply to volunteer Community Markets.  Information is also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance. 


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Sparks Taekwon-do Breast Cancer Event/Fundraiser Sunday October 28, 2018

Event will be held at Constance Bay Community Centre.  Hours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Duties may include: Setting up/tear down, helping with decorating, helping at water station, candy bar etc. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email: Pennylynn Woodruff at ruffleith@gmail.com  by Friday October 19th, 2018.

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re-Cycle Community Bike Shop Volunteer Opportunity 

No bike repair experience needed!
   There are a few different roles for student volunteers.  The main ongoing task for us is overhauling the donated bikes, which range in condition from excellent to heavily used, and getting them ready for sale.  

If you are interested in bikes this would be a great way to complete your community service hours! Click this link re-Cycle Bike Shop to volunteer. Details also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance. 

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City of Ottawa - Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata 

New volunteer opportunities this fall at the Richcraft Recreation Complex 

Land Recreation Volunteer - assist with registered sport & recreation programs
Land Recreation Volunteer - Rockwall Drop-Ins
Special Events Volunteer - Youth R.E.A.C.H.


Please contact Jordan Little @ jordan.little@ottawa.ca if you have questions!

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Community Garden at the Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre - Butterflies and Vegetables 

Help is needed to maintain a community garden at the Carp EcoWellness Centre growing vegetables and to provide butterfly pollinators etc. 

If interested, please contact by email program@ecowellness.com or call 613-839-1198


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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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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

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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

Not all opportunities on these websites may fall under OCDSB Guidelines. Unsure?  Ask us in the Main Office or Guidance. 

Bell Capital Cup Hockey Tournament: http://bellcapitalcup.ca/view/capitalcup/

Bluesfest: https://ottawabluesfest.ca/

Canada Day in Kanata: http://www.canadadayinkanata.com/

Canadian Ski Marathon: http://www.csm-mcs.com/

​Canadian Cancer Society: ​http://www.cancer.ca

CHEO BBQ: https://cheobbq.com/

City of Ottawa: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/get-know-your-city/volunteering#volunteering-city-ottawa

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm: http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/young.htm      

Hope Volleyball Summerfest:  www.hopehelps.com

Kanata Food Cupboard: http​s​://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: http://maddchapters.ca/ottawa/ 

National Capital Commission: http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/bins/index.asp

National Capital Race Marathon: http://www.ncm.ca

Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival:​http://www.dragonboat.net/

Ottawa Folk Festival: https://cityfolkfestival.com/volunteer/

Ottawa Food Bank:​​http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/

Ottawa Fringe Festival: https://​www.ottawafringe.com

Ottawa Hospitals:  http://www.ottawahospital.on.ca/wps/portal/Base/TheHospital/CareersAndVolunteering/Volunteering

Snowsuit Fund: http://www.snowsuitfund.com/

Toy Mountain: http://salvationarmyottawa.ca/ways-you-can-help/volunteer/volunteer-with-toy-mountain/

Volunteer Ottawa: http://www.volunteerottawa.ca/

 

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