How and Where to Earn Highschool Volunteer Hours

High school students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer work during their high school career in order to graduate. It may sound daunting to some, but once your student finds a perfect fit, it will be easy-peasy to rack up those 40 hours.


No one expects a grade 9 student to know what they want to be when they grow up, so if your high school student hasn’t identified their passion or skill yet, don’t worry. We’ve got great suggestions on how to earn those volunteer hours, and maybe unlock a hidden passion or talent!


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The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Oakville Art Gallery both have a variety of ways to get involved. You can help in their art classes and camps, as well as at events.

Share your art skills with kids by teaching kids at a community centre. Christmas crafts, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day – the possibilities are endless!



There is always a need for volunteers at our local SPCA and Humane Society, but also check out your vet office, too. It’s a great learning opportunity for kids who are looking into veterinary medicine. And don’t forget to help your older neighbours with dog-walking, pet sitting, and more.

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If your high schooler is already involved in sports, why not help younger kids to develop their skills? Volunteer at a camp or a tournament and earn your hours faster than you can count on a scoreboard!


Volunteer with Kids

If your high school near an elementary school, there’s a great chance the two have a volunteer relationship already. Help out at their fundraising events, field trips, in the library and in class. If you a Science, Math or Languages whiz, tutor someone who could use your help to ace their class. Teachers can help you connect with a student that has a need.


Volunteering at Festivals

Pick a festival in your city, and I can guarantee they rely on volunteers to be successful. Burlington events, Oakville events, Waterdown events and more will welcome you with open arms – and an appreciative smile.



Science and Technology

Did you know that the public library offers free programs for seniors to learn more about their technology and devices? You can help set up a new iPad, navigate the murky waters off apps and the cloud, and just be the patient teacher they need to have when they welcome in a new gadget.

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The Environment Needs You

Burlington Green is a local organization determined to make Burlington the best it can be. They are on-site at the big local events making sure as much garbage as possible is re-directed from the landfill. They also host Eco-film events, in-school educational programs, and they work to maintain our waterfront habitats.


Foodies Needed!

Did you know that many of the churches in this area host dinner nights for folks who can use a hearty meal can come by and enjoy a hot dinner and some great conversation? Or check-in at a food drive, a local food pantry, or food bank, they can always find a few hours for you to lend a hand.


Volunteering to Help Others

Seniors who have difficulties getting out of the house as often as they’d like would love a visitor and a fresh conversation friend. The same goes for folks in hospitals and nursing homes. Bring some reading material, a deck of cards, or a board game and watch the impact your visit has on their day!


What other ways has your teen earned their high school volunteer hours? Leave a comment below and you could inspire a fellow high schooler. Or, if your organization has a need for volunteers, please leave a comment!



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