While some students have gotten more than enough community service hours by Grade 12, most students save those hours for their last year of high school – which can already be a stressful time because of university applications and (potentially) preparing to leave home for the first time.
So, what are some easy ways to get you volunteer hours?
#1 – Help Out Your Teachers
My friends and I got all of our hours by helping out our school’s science department teachers. For a month or so, they were in the midst of an internal move so we helped out with sorting textbooks and equipment. One of my other friends – who wanted to go to teacher’s college – got her volunteer hours (and a reference letter, I’m sure) by helping mark tests/assignments for Grade 9 students and being an in-class tutor.
#2 – Help Out At Your Religious Institution
If your family goes to church/synagogue/mosque/temple on a regular basis, ask if the staff there if they need help with anything. Helping for 1-3 hours per week could help you get your hours really fast.
#3 – Help Out A Neighbour With Outdoor Work
If you have elderly neighbours, offer to cut their grass and/or shovel their driveways. They will definitely appreciate it, and you won’t have to go far from home to volunteer. It’s a great workout as well!
Have any other tips for getting your hours easily? Post them below!
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassdor