By Jessica Huynh for Volunteer Toronto
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we enter August sun-kissed and carefree, the realization of another school year drawing close reminds us of those high school community service hours we (still) have left to complete! Was volunteering on your summer to do list?
Summer is a great time to meet interesting people, develop new skills, and attend events you may have otherwise not known about. Whether you have 5 more hours or the full 40 to knock-off, here’s a list of summer event opportunities that are geared towards high school students.
Slather on some sunscreen and round up your friend, summer isn’t over and neither is your chance to squeeze in some community service! We present to you 5 Ways to Complete Your High School Community Service Hours This Summer:
1. SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER - SUMMERFEST
Organization: Belmont House
Post Link: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=311453
Date needed: Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 (10:30 AM- 3 PM)
Location: Downtown Toronto – 55 Belmont Street near Bay and Bloor
It’s not Bestival or WayHome, but Summerfest is a celebrative event for elderly residents of the Belmont House. Belmont House is a charity that has been creating a caring environment for seniors for over 150 years! This special event is looking to take on 30 volunteers to assist with their interactive event. Bringing together residents, families, and tenants, it promises to provide a day of food and fun! As a volunteer, your responsibilities will include:
- Helping run games
- Interacting with residents
- Serving food &
- Completing various assigned tasks
Interested? Email Purni Rahman, the Development and Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org call 416-964-9231 ext. 220! No resume or cover letter mentioned in posting.
2. BUILD SITE VOLUNTEER HOST
Organization: Habitat for Humanity GTA
Post Link: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=379235
Date(s) needed: 11, 17, 18, & 25 August 2016 (8-4p)
Location: Scarborough – Birchmount Road & Brampton
Who doesn’t love free refreshments, lunch, and t-shirts? In addition to these lovely incentives, your dedication as a Build Site Volunteer Host will contribute to helping provide low-income families the opportunity to build and buy affordable, quality home. As of April 2014, Habitat for Humanity GTA has built over 270 affordable within Toronto! Through special events occurring throughout August, your friendly and professional attitude will be of assistance to the organization. As a volunteer, your responsibilities will include:
- Supporting registrations
- Setting up breakfast, lunch, and fun activities for volunteer groups
- Taking photographs and distributing prizes
- Cleaning up and preparing for the next event
- And more!
3. SUPER CAR SUNDAY VOLUNTEER (VARIOUS ROLES)
Organization: Women’s College Hospital Foundation
2. SUNDAY TEAR DOWN ASSISTANT: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=375423
3. SET UP ASSISTANT: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=375416
6. BBQ PREPARATION: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=375441
Date needed: Sunday, August 21, 2016 (various times), Orientation on Tuesday, 9 August 2016 @ Women’s College Hospital (various times)
Location: Downtown Toronto – 11 Sunlight Park Road near Queen and Broadview
This opportunity will drive you wild! Supercar Sunday is an annual event presented by BMW Toronto and Saturns Drives. It features over 100 exotic and expensive cars from brands such as Lamborghini and Ferrari. All proceeds will be donated to the Women’s College Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery program. They are currently looking to take on a wide range volunteers to fill their open positions. Please see posting links above to find out more about what each position entails!
Resumes can be emailed to Todd.Perry@wchospital.ca with the subject title: Supercar Sunday *POSITION NAME*.
4. BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT VOLUNTEER
Organization: New Circles Community Services
Post Link: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=223865
Date needed: August 27, 2016 (9:45-1pm or 1-4pm)
Location: North York – 161 Bartley Drive near Eglinton Avenue East and Bermondsey Road
Going back to school is a great excuse to pick out new wardrobe staples and replace old, outgrown pieces. However, not everyone has access to basic necessities many of us take for granted. New Circles Community Services is a non-profit organization whose core mission is to provide basic necessities to those living in poverty, primarily through adequate clothing and support. At their annual Teen Back to School Event, they are looking for 6 volunteers to help support their mission. As a volunteer, your responsibilities will include:
- Helping teens shop
- Organizing and tidying clothing areas
- Checking out the garments
- Giving out new backpacks
Interested? Email email@example.com. No resume or cover letter mentioned in posting.
6. PHONE CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER
Organization: Community Living Toronto
Post Link: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=380118
Date needed: 8-12 & 15-19 August 2016 (Anytime from 10 AM- 4 PM)
Location: 20 Spadina Road, Bloor and Spadina
Had enough sun or nurturing your sunburn? Phone Campaign Volunteer might be the position for you. As part of Community Living Toronto’s Donor Thank-a-thon, you will work alongside the fundraising department to make phone calls to thank those who financially donated towards their organization. This opportunity is perfect for students who want to gain customer service experience in an office setting! Community Living Toronto supports those living with intellectual disability find accessible ways to live within their community.
They are looking to take on 2-3 volunteers. As a volunteer, your responsibilities will include:
- Having good phone and customer service manner
- Showcasing strong English communication skills
- Being able to follow a script and training guidelines
- Speaking clearly on the phone
Full day volunteers will be provided a lunch! Interested? Contact Yulia Prudova, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-968-0650 Ext 1209
If the opportunities above are not of your interest, be sure to check out all our postings at volunteertoronto.ca/opportunities. We recommend leaving all the spaces empty and filtering your search by clicking on ‘1. Suitable for Youth 14-17.’
Now get out there and spread some summer volunteer lovin’!