Being part of a community is all about participating in that community and lending a hand where it’s needed. There are no shortage of opportunities be that shovelling your neighbours driveway, helping an elderly person across the street, or participating in the local food drive (go Ancaster with a new record this year!)

In Ontario students must complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours in order to graduate from high school. Traditionally you were required to gather those hours between starting Grade 9 and graduation however a recent change to the rules allows students to start collecting volunteer hours in the summer before you start Grade 9.

There are a number of opportunities within Ancaster to collect those hours. Here are a few ideas:

As check out the opportunities in the Hamilton and surrounding areas.

Youth Opportunities Ontario

Need some inspiration? For some great ideas featuring Craig Kielburger, Hedley, Justin Bieber, and more check out

Change the World

Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a three-week campaign with one goal: get high school students to volunteer in their community. Bonus: Students get the community involvement hours they need to graduate high school

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