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Ask Kelly - How Can I Get My 40 Hours?

Posted By Kelly DeVries, Community Engagement Coordinator, September 12, 2016
Updated: September 9, 2016
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“Ask Kelly” is our blog series aimed at answering your most pressing volunteer questions. As Volunteer Toronto’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Kelly DeVries is our in-house expert on all things volunteering. Got a burning question? She’s here to help!

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Hi Kelly,


I’ve just started grade 9 and heard from my friends that we need to do 40 hours of volunteering to graduate from high school. What counts as volunteering for me to be able to graduate? How do I find volunteer opportunities?



Hello Cynthia,

Congratulations on starting high school! Thanks so much for your question. It is true that all Ontario high school students must volunteer at least 40 hours to be able to graduate from high school. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community, build up your resume and try new things.

There are many opportunities that can count towards your 40 hours. Here is a helpful infographic to break it down for you!

What counts toward the 40 hour requirement? 

What doesn't count toward the 40 hour requirement?

In terms of how to find opportunities, there are many ways to do so! I encourage you to use our helpful Reflect, Research and Reach Out model to find positions that suite your interests and skills.

You can also come to our Youth Expo on Sunday, October 23 to meet face-to-face with organizations looking for high school volunteers. To learn more and register visit

If you are looking for additional guidance please check out the Youth Pages on our website for more information about high school volunteering.

Many thanks Cynthia


 Need to get your 40 hours but don't know where to start?

Kelly Devries, Community Engagement CoordinatorKelly DeVries is Volunteer Toronto's Community Engagement Coordinator. She coordinates a team of hardworking volunteers who represent Volunteer Toronto at community events. She is the voice of our Volunteer Times newsletter and assists the many events and programs we organize to inspire people in Toronto to volunteer.

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