Volunteer opportunities

Suburbs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Without people like you - and our other 1,700 amazing volunteers -- many of our programs, services and events would not be possible. We're thrilled you're thinking of joining our team!

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities - something to suit everyone's interests and schedules. Maybe you would like a one-time role at a special event. Or, perhaps spending a few hours each week working with children, older adults or people with disabilities interests you. Our winter rinks, community centres and pools are always looking for helping hands too.

No matter what type of volunteer role you're looking for, we make getting involved as easy as 1, 2, 3!

How to volunteer with us

  1. First, review our list of current volunteer opportunities.
  2. Then, create your volunteer profile and answer a few questions.
  3. Finally, wait for our email to fill you in on the next steps in our screening process.

Our opportunity list changes on a regular basis, so be sure to check back regularly!

Other ways to get involved

If you don't see an opportunity on our list that interests you, there are other ways to get involved in our community.

We work alongside affiliated groups, such as our local neighbourhood associations and minor sports groups, to deliver valued programs and services.

Or, you can volunteer informally in your own neighbourhood by, for example:

  • Organizing an activity to get to know your neighbours (Festival of Neighbourhoods)
  • Picking up litter in your local park (Earth Day).
  • Being a good neighbour by keeping your property neat and attractive, and sharing your appreciation for those who help make our community beautiful (Kitchener in Bloom).
  • Be Snow Angel by helping a neighbour by shovelling their sidewalk and driveway 

For other volunteer opportunities outside the city, check out the listing at the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area.

FAQ for volunteers

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from people who are interested in volunteering with us - and the details they're seeking.

I don't have any experience; will I be considered as a volunteer?

Although experience is nice, it's not necessary. We know, for many people, volunteering is a great way to gain experience. So, if you are eager to learn and develop new skills, we encourage you to apply.

I like to volunteer but I don't have a lot of free time. Is there a minimum time commitment?

Each volunteer opportunity will have a minimum commitment, depending on the position. We understand people have busy lives, and we will do our best to find opportunities that work for your schedule.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are available to people as young as 14 years of age. However, each opportunity will list the minimum age required. All new volunteers under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign and complete all related forms.

What does the term 'screening process' mean?

Screening helps us find the right opportunities for you. Our screening process takes into account the skills, experience and qualifications needed for a specific volunteer opportunity. Through this process, we learn about your interests and goals. Our initial screening process includes our application form, interview and, depending on the opportunity, reference and police records checks may also be required.

How can I introduce volunteering to young children?

Introducing volunteerism to young children is a great way for them to see how helping others can have a positive effect -- not only on the person or cause, but on the volunteer too. Check out our list of ideas on how to start giving back.

My company or group wants to volunteer; where do I start?

Please contact our volunteer resources team, so we can discuss potential opportunities with you.

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