Additional Resources for Youth Volunteering

Volunteer Ottawa has identified various resources and guides to help you in your volunteering journey.


Starting Out as a Volunteer

High School Volunteers – Volunteer Toronto – This FAQ list answers common questions high school students might have about volunteering and how to get started in finding a position.

  • What is volunteering? – This resource page gives a general overview of what counts as volunteering for high school students when trying to complete their 40 hours.
  • Why volunteer?  – This resource page explores the potential reasons why people volunteer and the benefits of volunteering for youth.
  • When can I volunteer? – This resource page explains when youth can start volunteering to obtain their 40 hours.
  • How do I find a volunteer position? – This resource page explains when youth can start volunteering to obtain their 40 hours. It also gives you tips for finding volunteer positions.

Expectations and responsibilities – This page gives youth an idea of what they should expect from organizations and what organizations expect from them in return as volunteers.

How do I get my 40 hours of volunteering? – New Youth – This resource page provides links and information for newcomer youth to Canada who are looking to start volunteering.

Finding Opportunities

Search Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer Ottawa – VO’s search function helps potential volunteers explore the wide range of opportunities in Ottawa. Using the selection criteria to narrow the searches, you can find opportunities that match your specific needs and interests.

Pan-Canadian Youth Opportunities Platform – Volunteer Canada – If you are between the ages of 15 and 30, Volunteer Canada’s Pan-Canadian Youth Opportunities Platform is another site you can use to look for volunteer opportunities near you. This platform includes volunteering opportunities from across the country.

Programs – Youth Ottawa  Youth Ottawa provides young people with resources, training and support to build the skills, confidence and strategies they will need to succeed through their Artistic Mentorship Program, Active Citizenship Initiative, Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee and Youth Active Media programs. 

Getting the Position:

Writing a resume

High School Resume Examples and Writing Tips 
Writing a Resume With No Experience
[Vidéo] Comment faire son CV quand on a peu ou pas d’expérience?
Le résumé – Visez juste uOttawa

Writing cover letters

Sample Email Cover Letter for a Volunteer Position 
Cover Letter Examples for Students and Recent Graduates

Writing a proper email

How To Write a Proper Email
12 Tips for Writing Effective Emails
Le courriel – Visez juste uOttawa
Comment écrire un e-mail formel?

Making proper phone calls

[Video] Quick Tip for Anxious People on the Phone
[Video] Five Tips for Overcoming Phone Anxiety
Making Calls In Another Language — 11 Tips For Success
Speak English Fluently – How To Answer the Phone
Comment se débarrasser de son anxiété au téléphone
Téléphonophobie: quand devoir téléphoner devient un calvaire

Preparing for an interview

Standing out in a volunteer interview
Volunteer Interviews: 5 Tips For Sharing Your Motivation
Trucs d’entrevue – Perspectives d’emplois d’été
Comment réussir une entrevue

40 Hours of Community Involvement

Guidelines for Community Involvement Hours

Guidelines for Community Involvement Hours – OCDSB
Community Involvement Hours – OCSB
Conditions d’obtention du diplôme d’études secondaires: Service communautaire dans les écoles de langue française
Liste des activités de bénévolat inadmissibles du CEPEO – Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

Community Involvement Forms

OCDSB Community Involvement Hours FormThis form is available in both electronic and paper formats.
OCSB Community Involvement Record

Relevés disponible de service communautaire

École élémentaire et secondaire publique l’Équinoxe
École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe
École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde
École secondaire publique Louis-Riel
École secondaire publique de la Salle
Relevé disponible de service communautaire du CECCE