Volunteer Work

Work without pay? Yes! Volunteering may be one of the most valuable experiences of your life. It's a double win: your community or cause benefits from your work and you benefit from your experiences. How? Read on…

The Basics:

Why volunteer?

  • Volunteering is a great way to get work experience! You learn new skills by trying new jobs.
  • You might find something you'd like to do for a living, or discover what you would not want to do.
  • Better yet, you can meet people who can give you guidance and possibly help you to find a paid job later on.
  • Some volunteer opportunities involve travel across Canada or to other countries.
  • Employers will be impressed that you took the initiative to learn new things.
  • You can learn how a charitable organization works.
  • Best of all, you will be taking action to promote what you think is important and probably be helping someone else along the way.
  • Be the change that you seek!

Who needs volunteers?

  • Hospitals
  • Charities
  • Clubs
  • Overseas development organizations
  • Music and arts festivals
  • Sporting leagues and events
  • Children's camps
  • Libraries
  • Environmental organizations
  • Crisis lines and peer counselling organizations
  • Human rights organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Political campaigns
  • Government agencies (local, provincial, federal)

What are some of the things a volunteer can do?

  • Coach a team.
  • Read to children.
  • Raise money for charity (fight diseases, reduce poverty, help the sick and injured, etc.).
  • Care for the elderly.
  • Feed the hungry.
  • Provide counselling and support.
  • Run errands and do deliveries.
  • Gather and analyze data.
  • Raise awareness of important issues.
  • Do clean-up and repairs in the community.
  • Build houses or playground equipment.
  • Care for animals.
  • Stage concerts, plays and other cultural events.
  • Protect the environment.
  • Plant trees.
  • Help-out with a political campaign.

Where can you find volunteer opportunities?

  • Visit your community's volunteer bureau, community information centre, or town hall.
  • Call a service club.
  • Visit a hospital.
  • Ask family, friends and neighbours what they recommend.
  • Join an organization whose activities you support.
  • Consult the web sites of major volunteer organizations - some can be found through the links listed below.

Helpful Web Sites:

  • Find out how outstanding volunteers are making a difference in the lives of others and get inspired to find new ways to make a difference in your community: Canada’s Volunteer Awards.
  • Find volunteer opportunities at a volunteer centre in your area by visiting the Volunteer Canada Web site.
  • Browse the links at the Canadian Volunteer Directory on the Canadian Universities.net Web site to find volunteer opportunities from across Canada.