Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
Posted on 06/02/2021

Are you looking for ways to earn your community service hours or just give back to the community? Here are some volunteer opportunities you may want to consider.

This year, due to the pandemic, graduating students only need 20 community involvement hours to graduate. Students who are not graduating this year should expect to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. Details about the requirements may be found on the Community Involvement Hours webpage.

English Learning Buddy Program

OneProsper International is a Canadian non-profit organization focused on girls’ education in India. Students at South Carleton High School are invited to participate in a unique volunteer opportunity named English Learning Buddy.

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 this Google FormBuddies will be matched with a girl from a low-income family in India. Buddies and students connect once a week via Zoom meetings. Students in India read from an English children's book while Buddies provide constructive feedback on pronunciation.

Expected Time Commitment: 30 minutes per week for 10 weeks 

Weekly Meeting Schedule: Sunday 9:30 am to 10 am EST 

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 using this Google Form.  

Visit www.oneprosper.org for more information.

Canadian Blood Services - Stem Cell Awareness

Students in grades 9-12 may earn 5 Community Service Hours by learning about Stem Cell donation. Students 17 and over may earn an additional 5 hours by joining the Stem Cell registry. See the poster for all the details.

Royal City Soccer Club Summer Soccer Day Camps

The RCSC is hopeful that they will be able operate their summer soccer day camps in July and August. They are seeking volunteers in grades 9-12 to assist at the camps. Please see this poster or visit their website for more information.


The Youth Program of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization needs tutors to help newcomer youth with science, math, English, French, and business. Check out their website for more information.

Check out these websites for more volunteer opportunities:

Spark Ontario

Volunteer Ottawa

Charity Village

Oxfam Canada

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Flexible Ways to Earn Hours

The following list provides some examples of flexible ways students could earn community involvement hours in keeping with the purpose of the policy, which 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, including:

    Providing tutoring and mentorship supports through:

  • Virtual tutoring to help students with reading, communication and/or other skills

  • Teaching online music or dance lessons

  • Hosting art classes for younger students

  • Assisting siblings and/or younger students with online learning and schoolwork

  • Connecting with and supporting seniors by:

  • Conversing with seniors virtually, for example, acting as technology mentors or providing a regular check-in to address isolation and build cross-generational friendships

  • Joining or creating a letter-writing campaign to seniors

  • Delivering groceries to elderly/immunocompromised neighbours

  • Supports for families, neighbourhoods and community initiatives:

  • Supporting a family by walking a younger child to and from school

  • Participating in donation pick-ups for not-for-profit organizations

  • Coordinating a donation event with a local organization such as a shelter

  • Facilitating discussions with newcomer youth or families to help them learn about their new community

  • Sewing masks to donate to social agencies

  • Shoveling snow and/or performing yard work for a family or neighbour’s family due to extenuating circumstances

  • Taking part in neighbourhood litter-pick-up hour

  • Utilizing social media to connect with their community by:

  • Organizing a virtual reading or math activity for their feeder elementary schools

  • Creating a transition support video for Grade 8 students

  • Doing a musical performance that could provide entertainment for seniors

  • Encouraging people to donate through various social media platforms to food banks or other not-for-profit organizations

  • Creating a flyer for promotion on social media for a local cause

Please contact your Guidance Counsellor or Mr. Arden if you want to confirm that your planned activity qualifies for Community Involvement Hours.

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