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. Make a positive impact this winter
  3. Get involved in your neighbourhood
  4. Volunteer with a local agency

Current opportunities

Outdoor winter rink volunteer
  • Assist making and maintaining neighbourhood winter rink (snow removal, ice maintenance etc.).
  • Live with the neighbourhood that you volunteer for.
  • Comfortable working independently outdoors in freezing temperatures in a park setting.
  • Comfortable shovelling snow and bending and lifting up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to volunteer in the early morning or late nights during the winter months.
  • Minimum age 18+ (for those 14- 18, parental/guardian permission is required).  
  • Availability December – March (weather dependent).
  • Winter rink locations

Apply online

Advisory committees and boards

We are currently recruiting for specific advisory committees. Applications for advisory committees will remain open until the positions are filled. Open positions:

  • Arts and Culture Advisory Committee - Arts Educator (1 vacancy) and Citizen at Large (1 vacancy)
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee – Labour Council  (1 vacancy)
  • Safe and Healthy Communities Advisory Committee - Legal/Law representative (1 vacancy)

Apply online

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

Make a positive impact this winter

The winter months are a time when many citizens consider how they can help the community and make a positive impact in the lives of others. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, some of the traditional ways individuals and families might give back at this time of year are not feasible, but there are still safe options to explore.

Shovel snow for a neighbour

Keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow helps make neighbourhoods safer and more accessible for everyone but can be very challenging for some members of our community. If you’ve noticed a neighbour who could use some help, consider lending a hand by clearing snow from their sidewalk, walkways, and driveway. Your neighbour will surely appreciate the help and you may even make a new friend! Find tips and helpful information in Your Guide to Being a Snow Angel.

Brighten the day for your neighbours in other ways

If shovelling snow isn’t an activity you enjoy, consider if there are other ways you can make a positive contribution to your neighbourhood, while still keeping everyone safe. Help your neighbours bring in their trash or recycling bins, decorate for the season, drop off positive cards or notes for your neighbours, place uplifting signs or messaging in your windows, arrange to have a meal delivered to someone’s home, organize a virtual gathering with your neighbours… the possibilities are endless.

Explore even more ways to get involved in your neighbourhood

There are a ton of ways to play an active role 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, or take some time to connect with your neighbours from home and start planning a neighbourhood project with the help of a LoveMyHood Neighbourhood Liaison.

Show someone you care with a card or letter

Consider letting members of our community who are spending the season in shelters, group homes, and care facilities know you care by sending a cheerful card or letter. This is a great activity to do with children who enjoy arts and crafts. Be sure to contact the organization or facility to ask if this would be appreciated by their residents before you mail or drop off your card or letter.

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 an 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 per day 7 days per week outside the Kitchener Market (300 King St E, 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 24/7 at 150 Roger St in Waterloo.

Fill a virtual shoebox for a woman in a shelter

The local chapter of The Shoebox Project for Women collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness. Visit their website to learn more about donating a virtual shoebox.

Volunteer with a local organization

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. In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our community, some in-person volunteer roles have been suspended, but there are still options available. Visit the Volunteer Action Centre website to see what other in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities are available. City of Kitchener volunteer opportunities are listed on our website.

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.

Get involved in your neighbourhood

There are lots of ways to make a positive impact on your neighbourhood! Here are a few ideas: 

  • contact your local neighbourhood association to see if they’re looking for volunteers
  • connect with your neighbours from home and start planning a neighbourhood project with the help of a LoveMyHood neighbourhood liaison
  • organize an activity to get to know your neighbours
  • pick up litter in your local park or open space
  • keep your property neat and attractive, and share your appreciation for those who help make our community beautiful by nominating a neighbour for a Kitchener in Bloom award
  • help a neighbour by shoveling their snow, bringing in their trash and recycling bins, delivering meals, or picking up items for them when you are shopping for necessities
  • recognize a deserving neighbour through the Good Neighbour recognition program

Volunteer with a local agency

The Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area has a list of volunteer opportunities on their website.