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Volunteering's about giving your time to a new cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents, learn new skills, meet interesting people, and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people's lives, as well as your own. Students who go to high school in Toronto have to complete 40 hours of volunteering to graduate. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community, gain some experience and make new connections. Who knows where volunteering might take you?
What counts towards the 40 hour volunteer requirement? Formal Volunteering. Giving your time to a good cause on behalf of a non-profit organization. Some examples are: Fundraise, Outreach to raise awareness, Set up / tear down events, Help manage donations. Informal Volunteering. Giving your time directly to help a group of people or individual (excluding family). Some examples are: Shovel snow for a neighbour, Help seniors carry groceries, Babysit unpaid, Donate food to a local food bank.
What doesn't count towards the 40 hour volunteer requirement? Working for free in a family business, School co-op placement, Any job where you are paid for your work
But remember to check with your school. Not all kinds of volunteering can be used to count towards the 40 hour requirement. Every school has a different criteria of what they consider volunteering, so be sure to check with your Guidance Counsellor before you get started.

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