Community Service

Community Involvement Logsheet and Information

Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the diploma requirements.  The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. 

 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.

For more detailed information as well as the Community Involvement Hours Log Sheet, please visit the OCDSB website using this link:

 At west Carleton most students participate in the following Community Service Activities: 

  • 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, Winterlude, Jazz Festival, Bluesfest, Fringe Festival, Chamber Music, 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 Service Opportunities below:

Ecology Ottawa 

I’m looking for volunteers for an event on Saturday May 25th being held by Ecology Ottawa to help raise awareness about tree planting through fun activities throughout the day. 

The following is the link that volunteers must fill out if they are interested.


City of Ottawa - Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata Summer positions close Thursday May 30th

Please contact Jordan Little @ if you have questions!

Volunteer opportunities at the Richcraft Recreation Complex

Volunteer at Richcraft


 Bay Community Market 
Market dates for 2019: June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12, November 9th, December 7th

Volunteers are essential to operating a successful market. Opportunities include:
  • setting up (7 to 9 am)
  • tearing down (1 to 2 pm)
  • assisting vendors (7 am to 2 pm)
  • welcoming & assisting visitors (9 am to 1 pm)
  • staffing fundraising tables (9 am to 1 pm)
Please click this link to volunteer Community Market 



Apply now to volunteer at the free annual architectural event that celebrates our community's built heritage. 
Event is on Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See the attached flyer for details on Doors Open event.

Link to the City of Ottawa page for details on Doors Open event ( look under Volunteers)

Please click here for the online application to volunteer.


Somersault Event Series -  Events that support various charities and groups and vary event by event

Friday/Saturday June 7/8, 2019 (Britannia Beach - Ron Kolbus Lakeside Garden)
Friday/Saturday July 26/27, 2019 (Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Mooney’s Bay – Riverside Drive)  
Friday/Saturday August 30/31, 2019 (Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Mooney’s Bay – Riverside Drive)

If you interested in volunteering, please see further information about each event in the Community Service binder in Guidance!  Or contact


Ottawa Kennel Club Outdoor Dog Show in Richmond 

The show runs from Friday May 24th to Sunday May 26th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. approximately.

If you are interested in volunteering, please see the flyer attached for further details - Ottawa Kennel Club 


Volunteer for the Bake Sale in Corkery - Saturday June 1st, 2019

Corkery Community Centre
8 a.m. to noon
Set up / clean up of bake sale table and sell bake goods

Katherine at


The Lumberjack Race Saturday June 1, 2019 

They need lots of volunteers! The race is a 6 km race with 30 obstacles and starts at 9 a.m.  Event takes place at 13259 Highway 7, Carleton Place.

To volunteer, please email


Huntley Community Association Garage Sale in Carp 
Saturday June 8th 

Garage Sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.mWe are looking for volunteers to help with set-up and tidy-up.  Eligible for volunteer hours for students. 

If interested, please contact 


Almonte Celtfest Gemmill Park July 5th - 7th, 2019 

Recruitment and orientation night at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Tuesday June 25, where volunteers can meet the board and their fellow volunteers, ask questions, and learn about how they can help. 

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please click this link Celtfest 2019 for more details.


2019 U19 Elimination Fastball Tournament in Carp June 28th, 29th & 30th

The tournament involves boys aged 16 - 17 years of age and will be held in Carp on June 28th - June 30th.  Student volunteers are needed to help out during the tournament in many areas - admission gate, carrying water to benches, clean up and tear down etc.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sharon by email at


Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Mooney's Bay Park - June 20 - 23, 2019 

Registration for the Tim Horton's Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is now!

For more information about volunteer positions, please check out this link Dragon Boat


Carp Agricultural Society 

Please send an email to if you are interested in volunteering for the Carp Agriculture Society for their upcoming events!


West Carleton Community Sustainability Plan - Recruiting Volunteers 

Recruiting volunteers to lead discussion groups for community sustainability planning for West Carleton.  Students can volunteer to lead discussions. 

For further details and to register to volunteer, please click HERE.  Details also available in Guidance - Community Service binder.


Government Volunteer Opportunity 

The office of Member of Parliament, David Yurdiga, is looking for bright, self-motivated students to assist with various communications, policy and administrative tasks in the M.P.'s Parliamentary office.

Please contact Marisa Breeze, Executive Assistant

Phone; 613-992-1154
Address: Justice Building, Room 810, Ottawa Ontario

Details also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance 


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. 


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


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: or call 613-839-0007.


ONGOING Community Service Opportunities

City of Ottawa

Please click HERE for the link to many volunteer opportunities!


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!


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:  – information also available in the Volunteer binder in Student Services.


Canadian Cancer Society


 Kanata Food Cupboard Weekly Opportunities

The Kanata Food Cupboard is a non-profit charitable organization providing food assistance to Kanata individuals and families in need. 

Please use this link to volunteer Kanata Food Cupboard or email 


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

Corkery Community Association

Galetta Community Association

Kinburn Community Association

Dunrobin Community Association

Fitzroy Harbour Association

Huntley Community Association


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:


Canada Day in Kanata:

​Canadian Cancer Society: ​


City of Ottawa:

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm:      

Hope Volleyball Summerfest:​

Kanata Food Cupboard: http​s​://

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: 

National Capital Race Marathon:

Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival:​

Ottawa Folk Festival:

Ottawa Food Bank:​​

Ottawa Fringe Festival: https://​

Ottawa Hospitals:

Ottawa Volunteer Lounge:

Snowsuit Fund:

Toy Mountain:

Volunteer Ottawa:


Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 West Corporation. All rights reserved.