I Want to Volunteer

I Want to Volunteer

Volunteer Canada recognizes that in times of community distress many individuals want to be of assistance, helping where there is need. In almost every form of emergency, the offer of help and willingness to gather to get things done is appreciated. In a pandemic, this is not the case. Social distancing is the recommended course for containing virus spread.

We also know that social isolation can be very damaging and that this is a time when we need to be conscious of people in need within our families, social circles, and neighbourhoods. One to one contact is not advised, but check in calls, emails and social media contact can be very helpful. Adding regular connecting via technology is a great way for individuals to help.

The ability of charities to respond to volunteer applications is limited by preparations for the new and rapidly changing service reality. We will continue to share information on COVID-19 and Volunteering and update resources on COVID-19 and Volunteer Involving Organizations.

Did You Know?

Volunteer Canada works with over 200 volunteer centres nationwide!

Start with your local volunteer centre

Volunteer centres facilitate connections between people with volunteer opportunities. They also promote volunteering and build the capacity of organizations to engage volunteers. Importantly, they provide leadership on issues related to volunteering and citizen engagement.

Volunteer Centres work in local communities to strengthen volunteering and citizen engagement. With more than 200 in Canada, each volunteer centre’s name, size, structure and services reflect the unique characteristics of their community.

Many volunteer centres are independent non-profit organizations, while others are part of a United Way, Social Planning Council, Community Information and Referral Centre or municipal services. Though diverse in many ways, they share the following common functions:

  • Promote volunteering
  • Build the capacity of organizations to engage volunteers
  • Facilitate connections between people with volunteer opportunities
  • Provide leadership on issues related to volunteering and citizen engagement

If you want to volunteer, your local volunteer centre is there to connect you to opportunities in your community. It may have a database of volunteer opportunities or can connect you directly to opportunities within its member organizations.

If you are an organization, your local volunteer centre may offer workshops on volunteer engagement, post your volunteer positions on its database or help you network with other volunteer-involving organizations.

There are many other activities that volunteer centres involve themselves in, including but not limited to :

  • employee volunteering project management
  • community service learning initiatives
  • volunteer resource management for various programs and initiatives
  • research
  • community leadership programs 
  • public policy dialogues.

Find out more about Volunteer Centres and where to find them!


Why Volunteer?

Volunteers build resilient communities

More than half of Canada’s 161,000 non-profit and charitable organizations have no paid staff and rely solely on volunteers. 12.7 million volunteers contribute close to 2 billion hours annually. Imagine what your community would look like if all that went away?

Volunteers help improve quality of life for others. They also gain valuable experience and develop new skills. As well, studies show that involved Canadians enjoy an improved overall health.



Are you between the ages of 15 and 30? Volunteer Canada's Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform, created in collaboration with volunteer centres across Canada as a part of the new Canada Service Corps is a great place to start your search for a volunteer opportunity near you!


Take the Volunteer Quiz

The Volunteer Quiz is an interactive tool that allows you to find out what type of volunteering opportunity suits you.



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