CKSS Student Services: Community Service

Every student in Ontario must perform 40 hours of Community Involvement in order to graduate from High School. It's hoped that this experience will guide students toward a lifetime of volunteering in the effort to create strong and caring communities. Community Service means you should be giving of yourself for the betterment of our community: Milton, Ontario, Canada, and beyond.

It is important to understand that students are not "earning volunteer hours", but are performing Community Service. In other words, not all volunteering is Community Service (e.g. volunteering in a doctor's office, or at a private dance studio). These sorts of activities will not qualify for the the 40 hours as they are businesses, and, as such, the owner of the business and the person volunteering benefit, but not the community.

Read the information below BEFORE beginning any Community Service Activity:

In order to have your Community Service recognized, you must do one of 2 things:

  • Work for an official non-profit organization, and have your hours confirmed in a letter typed on that organization’s official letterhead. Submit this letter to Mrs. Robin in Guidance.

  • Work for a needy person in the community, and have your hours confirmed in a hand-written letter by the person you assisted. This letter must include the person's phone number, the person's printed name, and the person's signature. Submit this letter to Mrs. Robin in Guidance.

Activities that ARE ELIGIBLE are:

  • Work for a non-profit organization

  • Tutoring or mentoring

  • Coaching

  • Work for clubs, religious groups, arts & cultural associations, or political organizations that seek to make a positive & ethical contribution in the community

Activities that are NOT ELIGIBLE are:

  • work completed during your regular class time

  • work that is required as part of one of your classes

  • work that would normally be performed by someone who is paid (in other words, you cannot volunteer to help a person or business in order to help them earn or save money)

  • work that provides direct financial gain to the student, or the student's immediate family

*Note: Hours submitted will be rounded to the nearest 1/2 hour (e.g. 27 hours and 10 minutes will count for 27 hours).

Click here to view the complete HDSB guidelines.

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Montgomery in Student Services.