There are lots of ways to have a positive impact on your community. You can find a way to volunteer with the city and other resources on this page.

On this page:

  1. Current opportunities
  2. Organize a community clean-up
  3. Brighten the day for your neighbours
  4. Get more involved in your neighbourhood
  5. Other ways to make an impact
  6. Volunteer with a local agency

Current opportunities

Plan WITH Us Kitchener Resident Panel
  • Seeking up to 40 volunteers with diverse perspectives and experience.
  • Help create a series of consensus-based recommendations that will help guide Compass Kitchener, Council and Staff in defining the details of the City of Kitchener’s next Strategic Plan.  
  • The group will meet 4 – 5 times in person in the evening between November 2022 and April 2023. Additional work outside of the meetings may be required. 
  • Application deadline is Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Apply online

Adapted Aquatics volunteer
  • Provide one-on-one support to children and adults with a disability by instructing and overseeing the swimming progression
  • Must be able to pass City of Kitchener’s swim test   
  • Minimum age 14 years or older  
  • Thursday nights 6 -8 p.m. – program is typically 9 weeks long
  • Volunteer training Thursday, October 13 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Fall session Thursday, October 20 – December 15 (9 weeks) – 6 – 8 p.m.
  • The deadline for applications is Monday, October 3, 2022. 

Apply online

Building Parks Together Ambassador
  • Become part of a team of volunteers and help us to create safe and welcoming parks and open spaces in Kitchener 
  • Assist staff at in-person engagement events at parks, open spaces and city facilities 
  • Minimum commitment of one volunteer shift (shifts 2 – 4 hours) between March and November

Apply online

Leisure Support Volunteer
  • Provide one-on-one support by participating alongside and assist as required to a resident  
  • Experience or interest in supporting individuals with a disability  
  • Ability to communicate in a positive manner (verbal and non-verbal communication) 
  • Commitment – the length of the program (day and time vary depending on request for support)    
  • Once placed as a Leisure Support Volunteer you will receive emails to notify you when we have a request for support. Number of support requests will vary throughout the year.

Apply online

If you have any questions, send us an email or call 519-741-2200, ext. 7564.

Organize a community clean-up

Organize your own community clean-up of a local park, public space, or trail. If your clean-up is in April, register online to get free supplies from your local community centre!

Community clean-ups bring people together for a common cause: cleaning up our community. They provide an opportunity to see how a small act for a short time can have a great impact. When people get involved in cleaning their neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces, they are less likely to litter and more likely to keep it clean.

Brighten the day for your neighbours

Consider simple ways you can make a positive contribution to your neighbourhood, like:

  • helping neighbours bring in their trash or recycling bins
  • dropping off positive cards or notes
  • arranging to have a meal delivered to someone’s home
  • keeping your property neat and attractive
  • share your appreciation for those who help make our community a greener, more vibrant or more sustainable place to live by nominating a neighbour for a Kitchener in Bloom award

Get more involved in your neighbourhood

Check out the What's in my Neighbourhood? map, reach out to a nearby community centre to find out which neighbourhood association is active in your area and ask if they’re looking for volunteers, or take some time to connect with your neighbour and start planning a neighbourhood project with the help of a neighourhood liaison.

You could also get to know your neighbours better by organizing a virtual, or outdoor gathering.

Check out the Festival of Neighbourhoods website for some helpful tips and tools to get started.

Other ways to make an impact

Open the accordions below to find other ways to make a positive impact in your community.

Donate quality items you no longer need or use

As a household, sort through toys, books, clothes, linens, and other items from your home. Local organizations that will accept quality, clean items in good repair include Thrift on Kent and Worth a Second Look. If you want to share your books with others in your neighbourhood, consider placing them in a Little Library.

Donate items to a local organization

Many agencies and community organizations keep yearly or seasonal wish lists of products and items that help their clients in their daily lives or just help the agency to run more smoothly, for example:

Donate food and pantry items to a community fridge

“Take what you need. Leave what you can.”

Did you know Community Fridge KW is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week outside the Kitchener Market (300 King Street East, Kitchener)? Donations of fresh produce and non-perishable food items can be dropped off, or picked up, anytime. 519 Nourish Community Fridge is also accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 150 Roger Street in Waterloo.

Recognize a deserving neighbour

Do you have a good neighbour? Nominate them for the Good Neighbour recognition program so they know their efforts are appreciated! You can nominate a Kitchener resident, group, business, or organization who makes your neighbourhood a better place to live. You will receive a thank you card signed by the mayor and a member of council to give to your neighbour. Nominees will also be entered into a bi-monthly draw to win great prizes. Find information about other City of Kitchener awards and recognition opportunities on our website.

Volunteer with a local agency

If you’re looking to make a positive impact over a longer period of time, you may want to consider volunteering to help a local organization. Visit the Volunteer Waterloo Region website to see what in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities are available.