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

Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) Member
  • Provide an older adult perspective on city issues, ideas and projects to the mayor, city staff and service providers.
  • Must be a Kitchener resident
  • Must be 55 years or older
  • 3-year three term
  • Meetings the first Thursday morning of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (from September to June) either virtually via Zoom or in-person at Kitchener City Hall
  • Contribute a total of 6-8 hours per month to support committee work
  • Deadline is Monday August 1.

Learn more and apply

Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee

We're working with the other area municipalities in the Region of Waterloo and the City of Guelph to establish a joint Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC).

The MECAC will review candidate or registered third-party 2022 election campaign finances. When an application is made to the MECAC, the municipality will strike a committee and invite members from a pool of accepted applicants to participate in the review of the relevant campaign finances.

There are 10 positions open on this committee.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Regional Clerk for the Region of Waterloo on or before July 22, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and apply

Women Only Swim - Welcome Translator
  • This is a Women’s only program therefore volunteer must be female   
  • Provide instructions, directions, resources, answer questions, and explain rules to patrons  
  • Ability to communicate in Arabic, Farsi or Mandarin  
  • Ability to communicate in other languages are encouraged to apply  
  • Comfortable in a pool setting and being near water 
  • You will not be in the water for this role. 
  • Every second Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Start date Sunday July 3

Apply online

Bikecheck Attendant

Bikecheck - it's like a coat check, only for your bike!

  • Responsible for parking and/or returning bikes as well as recording the ins/outs of bikes at Kitchener events
  • Provide a positive experience for residents by providing great customer service
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs and be comfortable reaching above the head
  • Help strengthen cycling culture, and build your resume
  • There will be various opportunities to volunteer for Bikecheck at different events during spring and summer.  
  • Events run from June 25 – September. 

Apply online

Pickleball Convenor
  • Oversees older adult and adult participates and leads activities  
  • Provides guidance for equal and fair play
  • Responsible to bring and questions or concerns of the group to City Staff
  • Knowledge of Pickleball and its rules
  • Weekly commitment (Wednesdays and/or Fridays 1:15 - 4 p.m. and/or Fridays 6:45 - 10 p.m.) 

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.