Community Service

Remember that 40 community service hours are a graduation requirement. Students that are new to Ontario need to complete a pro-rated 10 hours per year of at White Oaks. Students may begin earning community hours in the summer preceding the start of Grade 9. We suggest that students hand in evidence of completion of the hours as they complete them, but certainly, no later than than February 1st of their Grade 12 year.

Some organizations will provide a form letter on completion of hours, however, any document that includes the student name, supervisor name, contact information, total number of hours, duties performed and the name of the organization will suffice. We suggest students make a copy of the letter before submitting it to the school so that it can be used as part of a resume/portfolio.

Check back often as we will post any opportunities that come across our desk (scroll to the bottom to view scanned notices).

Eligible Activities are ones that:

  • are of benefit to the White Oaks community;
  • may support a not-for-profit agency, institution or foundation that conforms to the ethical standards of Halton DSB
  • promote tutoring, mentoring, visiting or coaching;
  • support ethical work of a global nature;
  • promote positive environmental awareness;
  • support clubs, religious organizations, arts or cultural associations, or political organizations that seek to make a positive and ethical contribution in the community.


Specific areas of involvement may include:

Fundraising School Community Service Work with Animals


Youth Programs Community Events and Projects Arts and Culture


Committee Work Environmental Projects Office/Clerical Work


Religious Activities Volunteer Work with Seniors Activities for Individuals


Ineligible Activities, based on Ministry of Education and School Board policy include:

  • activities related to a course requirement
  • activities during school hours (except lunch break or spare periods)
  • duties that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
  • operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding (e.g. snowblower, power mower, hedge trimmers, etc.)
  • the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons
  • handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (e.g. asbestos, lead, dangerous chemicals, toxic materials, etc)
  • regulated trades work
  • banking, the handling of securities, jewellery, works of art, antiques, or other valuables
  • duties normally performed in the home or personal recreational activities
  • court-ordered activities
  • activities that provide direct financial benefit or gain to the students or to the student’s immediate family
  • work with any organization which does not comply with the ethical standards, policies, procedures or regulations of the Halton District School Board
  • simple membership in a school or community club
  • activities that are part of a Community Service Day during regularly-scheduled class time (e.g. Terry Fox Walk)


For more information, consult your Guidance counsellor.

Volunteer Opportunities