Volunteering and Community Service Opportunities

Youth Volunteering Agency
Kitchener Volunteer Action Centre of K-W and Area
68 Queen Street North, Kitchener - 742-8610
K-W Volunteering Centre offers many areas of volunteering activities including:
Sports & Recreation, Arts & Music, Special Events, Clerical, Food Service & Retail, Children & Youth, Health, Public Relations, and Handypersons. When you get to the website scroll down to find these categories and click on the link to go to a list of a lot of opportunities.

Waterloo Busker Carnival
Unique, long-standing and innovative…….the Waterloo Busker Carnival is a volunteer driven International Street Performers Festival. We do it ‘cause we love it and no one has more fun than we do!

Oktoberfest Volunteer Committees
Have you ever thought about the logistics in hosting over 700,000 Festival-goers during an 9-day international Festival promoting the spirit of Gemuetlichkeit?
Although K-W Oktoberfest Inc. (a not-for-profit community corporation) employs six full-time staff, the Festival would not be possible without the dedication of more than 400 year-round volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers to stage Canada’s Great Bavarian Festival -- Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Since 1969, our constant growth and success promoting a unique German heritage experience is a testament to the thriving relationship and pride between the Festival and the community.

Project Read
We are a doorway to literacy services offered in our region. We develop, in collaboration with the local Literacy & Basic Skills (LBS) agencies, training solutions to meet the literacy needs of our citizens. Members of our network include literacy agencies, English as a second language programs, libraries, employment training organizations, and other concerned individuals and groups. Project READ provides many services to the public and to our network members. Check out "What We Do" for more information.

Volunteer Action Centre
The Volunteer Action Centre links citizens who want to volunteer with charitable organizations which rely on volunteers to provide valuable service in the community.

RAISE Home Support Services
RAISE employs and trains dedicated staff, home helpers and volunteers who understand the challenges faced by seniors and who are committed to helping people maintain their independence, dignity and privacy.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation grants are awarded to fund capital, operating and/or specific project costs in support of: Arts & Culture, Environment, Human & Social Services, and Sports & Recreation. The Foundation makes grants that have province-wide impact as well as grants in local communities across Ontario.

United Way Canada
The 126 local United Ways - Centraides are autonomous organizations who build upon the strength of volunteers and voluntary action by engaging the whole community for the benefit of the whole community. They provide direct financial support to more than 7,000 funded agencies and provide funding to an additional 10,000 organizations through donor directed giving.

Charity Village
The leading online source of information, news, jobs, services and resources for the Canadian nonprofit community.

Canadian Centre for Philanthropy
The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy is a membership-based organization that works with charities, governments and corporations to advance the role and interests of the charitable sector for the benefit of Canadian communities.

Charities, Nonprofit and Volunteer Information
The Canadian voluntary and nonprofit sector is made up of more than 180 000 organizations, 6.5 million volunteers and 1.3 million paid staff.

Canadian Progress Club
Canadian Progress Club, an all Canadian service club, was founded in Toronto in 1922 and now has forty-eight clubs in nine provinces. Enhancing the quality of life of all Canadians, through community service, in the spirit of fellowship.

Canadian Volunteer Advisers to Business
The mission of CESO At Home is to support community-driven, sustainable development within Canada that builds on the strengths, assets and values of the communities.

CNIB Volunteering
More than 20,000 volunteers in 53 service centres across Canada work at all levels in the organization, from national policy development to fundraising to the support of core services.

Evergreen is a registered national charity founded in 1991. We are a national non-profit environmental organization with a mandate to bring nature to our cities through naturalization projects.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need. We build simple, decent, and affordable houses and provide interest-free mortgages to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home.

Hope Air-Vols d'Espoir
Hope Air is a registered charity. We arrange free air transportation for Canadians who must travel to medical care, but cannot themselves afford the flight costs.

Ontario March of Dimes
Ontario March of Dimes is one of the largest charitable rehabilitation organizations in Ontario, providing a wide range of services across the province to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities.

reBOOT Canada
reBOOT Canada is a non-profit charity providing computer hardware, training and technical support to charities, non-profits and people with limited access to technology.

Volunteer Canada
Volunteers come from all walks of life and represent a wide cross section of the Canadian population. Women are more likely than men to volunteer; however, men contribute more total volunteer hours per year.

Volunteer Opportunities Exchange
The Volunteer Opportunities Exchange (VOE) is a powerful and free tool on the Internet that helps connect voluntary organizations with people seeking volunteer opportunities. By answering some basic questions on how you would like to volunteer, you create your very own VOE account, gain access to thousands of volunteer opportunities and you start a small online profile of your volunteer interests and skills.

VSO Volunteering
VSO is an international development agency that works through volunteers. We promote volunteering as a way to fight global poverty, by supporting people to share their skills, creativity and learning with people and communities around the world.

YMCA Canada
The YMCA depends on a multitude of caring volunteers to help build healthy kids, families and communities. Some volunteers serve on Boards, some teach fitness classes while other help out with fundraising, special events, youth and children’s programs and many others. The volunteering possibilities are almost endless. The YMCA counts on more than 30,000 Canadians at every age and stage as volunteers.

Radio Waterloo
KMS-FM is the campus radio station at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Most of our programming is produced by volunteers who are students but a significant portion of our programming is produced by non-students from the K-W community. The aim of our programming has always been to provide information, art and entertainment not generally available though the commercially-driven media. A wide variety of music and spoken word programming is available to our listeners.