We figure that you know better than us how much (time or money) you have to give, so here are some great groups doing good work in the Waterloo Region to get you started.
- The Working Centre provides a range of impactful volunteer opportunities, including 3 hour morning or afternoon shifts at St. John’s Kitchen, Green Door Used Clothing Boutique or Worth A Second Look Furniture, and Recycle Cycles Community Bike Shop.
- The WR Connectors Program, run by the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre asks you to meet with a job-ready newcomer in your professional field for a coffee, let them pick your brain about working here, then recommend contacts from your network to have coffee with them.
- If you’re looking for a rewarding way to get involved in the community – consider delivering Meals on Wheels to older adults and people with different abilities over your lunch hour once a week. If you’re busy, get a group together so you can take turns delivering the route! Apply online at communitysupportconnections.org.
- Reception House works with newly-arrived refugees and tries to get them off to the best start in our community as possible. Find out more about the goods they need and challenge yourself to put together a starter kit for a refugee family’s home!
- Check out the YWCA’s Wish List and In Her Shoes programs and donate your gently used household items, new warm blankets and and women’s clothing that’s suitable for job interviews to help women who are using their Emergency Shelter or other services.
- The Working Centre’s Computer Recycling Program gives your old but functional computer or laptop the chance to live a second life as both a computer for people who can’t afford one, as well as giving a volunteer training in computer repair work.
- Pathways to Education, a great program run by Carizon Family and Community Services, is looking for Tutors and Mentors to meet with kids struggling with mental health challenges.
- A little further way, but register early: KidsAbility is having their Plasma Car Fundraiser on April 4th at Catalyst 137. Contact Tara to register!
- The Kitchener Public Library is looking for volunteers for its Reading Buddies program– and who doesn’t appreciate a good Robert Munsch session anyway?
- The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Waterloo Region are in urgent need of volunteers to be big brothers and big sisters to kids in our Region.
- The Food Bank of Waterloo Region lets offices make a mix of financial and time commitments to their warehouse operations who then serve groups and individuals all over the region.
- It’s always a good time to donate blood to Canadian Blood Services either as an individual or by setting up a date for your whole team to either host or attend a blood donation drive day. Contact Tara Gutscher to set it up.
- You and your team (8-12 people) can arrange a meal for 200 people for the Ray of Hope Community Centre – everything from planning a menu, purchasing the food and preparing and serving it to people in need. Email Jaime Wright to set it up.
- Habitat for Humanity offers the chance for a team to take a day out of the office, pick up a hammer (or some other tool) and help a local family in need!
- The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre’s English Tutoring program lets you sit down and work on conversational English with a newcomer– a very meaningful contribution.
- The Humane Society is looking for volunteers with website, graphic design and social media skills to help them grow their reach– and you could get to play with cute puppies and kittens while you’re at it! .Contact Kathrin Delutis and tell her what you’d like to help with
Please also check out the Waterloo Region Volunteer Access Centre for dozens more volunteer listings.
If you’re a local charity with a team or individual volunteer opportunity you’d like posted on this volunteer page, please fill out this form. Please note we update this page on bi-monthly basis, so please only share opportunities that will be open and accessible for a longer period of time.