As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop 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.
To assist students, parents and sponsors with this requirement, the Upper Grand District School Board has compiled information and links on this site – simply click on the links below.
NOTE: Students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter grade 9.
Search for volunteer opportunities in Guelph-Wellington and find out more about the services offered by the People and Information Network: http://pinnetwork.ca
Looking for volunteer opportunities in Dufferin County? Visit Volunteer Dufferin: www.volunteerdufferin.ca
Keep a Record
Each student maintains a record of the Community Involvement activity, ensuring that the Community Involvement Activity Notification and Completion form (PDF) is correct and signed by a parent/guardian, and the Community Sponsor(s).
Some Suggestions of Resources to find Community Involvement Hour Opportunities:
- Guelph/Wellington: PIN Network
- Dufferin: Volunteer Dufferin
- All over Ontario: SparkOntario
As well, here are some examples of ways to support your community while adhering to social distancing guidelines:
- Lawn maintenance/snow removal for seniors or others who cannot complete the work
- Writing letters to seniors in Long Term Care Homes
- Knitting, sewing or creating ear guards, masks, or other helpful Personal Protective Equipment
- Acting as a mentor or participating in virtual volunteer opportunities where possible – for example, summer camps, faith based activities, sports/arts, and community movements
- Reach out to local hospitals, organizations to connect one-on-one with ways you may be able to support
All students are to continue to use the Community Involvement Activity Notification Form.
Question and Answer
Commonly asked questions about the Community Involvement Program and their answers.