One of the requirements for earning your diploma is completion of 40 hours of eligible community service. The links below provide important information along with the form to fill in and submit to get your hours counted.
Visit the GEDSB site for more information about earning your Community Service Hours and insurance requirements. If you aren't sure whether a particular activity is eligible, ask guidance or administration before you participate.
Grade 12 students are reminded several times throughout the year that they still owe documentation of hours. Diplomas will not be granted without meeting this requirement so get your hours in asap!
“EVERY ONTARIO STUDENT BEGINNING SECONDARY SCHOOL AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 1999 MUST COMPLETE 40 HOURS OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A GRADUATION DIPLOMA” - Ministry of Education, Policy/Program Memorandum No. 124 a.
*Some placements will require a police check, especially if you are over 18 years of age, and could be working with children.
Why is community involvement so important?
1. Community involvement increases an awareness and understanding of civic responsibilities and the role we can play in supporting and strengthening our communities.
2. MOST employers look to hire those who “go the extra mile”. Being a volunteer shows that you are willing to work hard for the benefit of others.
NO! Before accumulating hours only to find out they are NOT ELIGIBLE, read the ELIGIBLE vs. INELIGIBLE section below.
Absolutely! Just make sure you fill in, and submit a “Reporting of Hours” form for EACH placement. These are available in Student Services or for download above.
“The Grand Erie District School Board’s liability insurance will protect you AND the community sponsors for up to 40 hours of community involvement activities” - Bd. Website. It is crucial for students/parents to purchase the Student Accident Insurance plan which is available at each school. Students are NOT covered through WSIB!! It is very important that students do not perform ANY tasks that may result in an injury, example: climbing ladders, working on scaffolding, heavy lifting, working with/near chemicals, cleaning up spills, operating machinery or vehicles, or anything questionable.
Yes! These are specific to each individual activity and organization. Please refer to the Community Involvement Database for information including: age requirements, police checks, immunizations, and ability to accommodate special needs.
Many organizations are happy to accept volunteers. Proceed to the Volunteer Placements Database section of this site for many ideas to get you started. Your choices are not limited to the recommended placements, but all placements must be approved! CHECK BEFORE YOU START!
ALWAYS call first! The organization will need some information from you and tell you whether or not they need volunteers at the time. Keep in mind - EVERY student in the community needs to volunteer. Don’t wait too long, or may not get to volunteer for the organization of your choice!
You are being counted on, so be diligent about showing up. Many organization supervisors take a lot of time setting work aside for you. Be courteous, be responsible, get all paperwork signed and submitted.
Parents could assist in finding an appropriate community involvement activity, one that suits the interests, needs, and skills of the student. They must also sign the community involvement documents required if the student is under 18 years of age. Consider purchasing the Student Accident Insurance if private personal coverage is not sufficient.
The sponsors are to provide awareness of their program/organization and promote how they benefit the community. They are also encouraged to provide students with a positive learning experience and any training necessary to ensure safety. Their signature is also required on the community involvement documents.
When your hours are complete, fill out the “Reporting of Hours” sheet and have it signed. This document MUST be signed by you, a parent/guardian (if you are under 18), and the volunteer supervisor. Simply return the completed form to Student Services so the hours can be documented.
ELIGIBLE - an event/activity/program:
INELIGIBLE activities include:
IF YOU AREN’T SURE ABOUT A PLACEMENT.....ASK!!!!