Get connected – volunteer organizations
The following non-profit organizations recruit Mount Royal students for volunteer opportunities.
AIDS Calgary Awareness Association/HIV Community Link
Since 1983, AIDS Calgary Awareness Association has helped people learn about, prevent and live with HIV/AIDS. We can't ignore the fact that HIV/AIDS exists and that there is still no cure for this disease. But there are many things we can do to prevent its spread and make life better for those who are infected and affected.
Alberta Health Services – Home Care
AHS Home Care provides services to those clients who wish and who are able to remain in their homes. All volunteers are asked to make a minimum of one year, once-a-week commitment. Most placements are daytime hours, during the week and shifts are typically three to four hours long. The screening process includes an interview, police security check and reference checks.
Volunteer opportunities: Group activity helper, home visiting, palliative assistance
Alberta Health Services – South Health Campus
The South Health Campus has many exciting positions that will contribute to the opening of the hospital. Volunteers extend and enhance the quality of care and service provided by our staff. As this is a brand new site, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to shape new volunteer programs. All volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment to the hospital for one year, coming in once a week for a set shift. Shifts are typically three to four hours in length. The screening process includes an interview, police security check and reference checks.
Volunteer opportunities: Wayfinders, clinic, friendly visiting
Alberta Seventh Step Society
Weekly meetings are held in community and federal institutions to provide a forum for free and open discussions of problems addressed to support individuals in becoming non-offending members of society. Volunteers will assist individuals who have been disconnected from family, friends and community, and will have the opportunity to model a healthy lifestyle and assist in the change process. Volunteers will be required for a minimum one year commitment to the program. They are also required to pass a security clearance and there will be some traveling involved.
Volunteer opportunities: Core group volunteers
Contact: Community Services Coordinator, 403.228.7778 ext. 104
Arthritis Society Alberta and Northwest Territories
The Arthritis Society is Canada’s only not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community support and research-based solutions to the nearly 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. In Alberta and Northwest Territories, it is estimated there are 500,000 people currently living with arthritis, making it the most common chronic condition.
Volunteer opportunities: Program facilitator, display ambassador, office support, projects, events, committee, division advisory board
Contact: Liz Kehler, Education and Services Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI)
ARBI is a non-profit organization devoted to the rehabilitation of severely brain injured adults. We offer long term individualized rehabilitation programming in which volunteers play a key role. The programs developed by professional therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Recreation Therapists) are implemented by volunteers after an extensive training period.
Volunteer opportunities: Ongoing
Contact: Rylee Meisner, Volunteer Program Assistant, email@example.com or 403.242.7116
Bethany Care Centre
For over half a century, Bethany has been improving the lives of Alberta seniors and adults with disabilities by providing housing, health and community services that honor their spirit and individuality. At Bethany we embrace and celebrate aging by creating communities of choice. We are currently seeking individuals who are interested in making a lasting impact working with our residents, to combat the effects of isolation and improve their quality of life.
Volunteer opportunities: Mealtime companions/feeding assistants, activities assistants, occupational and physical therapy assistants, visiting one-to-one
Contact: JP Hermano, Coordinator – Volunteer Services, JP.Hermano@bethanyseniors.com
Between Friends is a charitable organization that creates opportunities for people with disabilities to connect, grow, and belong through social, recreational and self-developmental activities. Many people with disabilities seek social and recreational activities that are fundamental to enriching self-esteem, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Between Friends facilitates programs with these goals in mind while promoting a focus on shared interests over individual differences.
Volunteer opportunities: 1. Recreation program assistant – swimming and bowling, trips to the zoo and science centre, play pool at pubs, or catch a hockey game; 2. Camp recreation program assistant at Camp Bonaventure – 1 week commitment
Contact: Nikki Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.930.3852
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is a donor supported, volunteer-driven organization recognized for our mentoring programs for children and youth throughout Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, Rocky View County, Foothills MD and surrounding areas. We match young people with caring volunteers in a variety of mentoring programs. Our vision is that every young person has a mentor.
Volunteer opportunities: Big Brothers, in-school mentors, recreation mentors, mPower mentors
Contact: Volunteer intake email@example.com or 403.777.3535
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop skills for life. Our vision: That all children and youth discover and achieve their dreams, are healthy, successful and active participants in society. We offer programs and activities at 26 locations, with trained, dedicated staff and volunteers who support children and youth ranging in age from preschool to young adult.
Contact: Rebecca Rhuynh, Corporate Engagement/Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bow Habitat Station
Dive into Alberta's wild side at Bow Habitat Station! Educate and engage others about Alberta's fish, wildlife, water and aquatic ecosystems in our Discovery Centre, Fish Hatchery, Trout Pond and Interpretive Wetland. This unique destination located in Inglewood welcomes enthusiastic volunteers of all backgrounds and abilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Behind-the-scenes – office volunteers, program and craft preparation; Front-and-centre – education assistants, events, discovery carts, welcome host
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com
Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids
Our mission: To work with Calgary schools to identify kids who are hungry and find ways to feed them. Our Vision: Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has one goal: no hungry kids in Calgary. We strive toward this goal each day by providing healthy lunches directly to kids, and by empowering communities to create lasting social change.
Volunteer opportunities: Making lunches and/or delivering them to schools, joining or starting a community group in your area, fundraising
Contact: Wendy Treschel, Volunteer and Admin Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.264.7979
Calgary Association of Self Help
Calgary Association of Self Help is a community mental health centre that provides client centered, flexible services promoting the abilities of adults with mental illness. We provide a wide range of programs and services which are specialized to the needs of people with a mental illness and help to prevent relapse and promote wellness. We are open days, evenings, weekends and holidays; 365 days of the year.
Volunteer opportunities: Staff assistant volunteer, board of directors, committee work
Contact: Bev Wadsworth, Volunteer Program Coordinator, email@example.com
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
CCIS is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta. With over 70 programs, we strive to address the needs of each of the 10,000+ clients that we see annually. We are always looking to develop new volunteer opportunities where unique skill sets will provide the greatest impact on newcomers.
Volunteer opportunities: Interpreters, mentors, cross-culture guides, speakers, tutors, and much more!
Contact: Lily Cai, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.290.5753
Calgary Corporate Challenge
Calgary Corporate Challenge provides the Calgary business community with professionally run events that promote charitable giving, positive teamwork, health and fitness, and a work/life balance while increasing morale and pride within each organization and the community. Each September, over 20,000 participants and volunteers from 180+ Calgary businesses participate in over 31 events throughout the city. Since 2000 CCC has helped raise over $7.9 million for local charities.
Volunteer opportunities: Sport event coordinators, company support/registration, event logistics team, photographer
Contact: Jonathan Radomski, Games Manager, 403.251.6641 or email@example.com
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) is the primary sexual abuse and sexual assault crisis and education service provider for Calgary and surrounding areas. Our organization exists because sexual violence is a crime that is prevalent in our society and impacts a significant number of people.
Volunteer opportunities: Support and information line
Calgary Dream Centre
We are a faith-based recovery organization working to change the lives of those most vulnerable in our city. Our holistic process of transformation helps individuals to escape the cycle of homelessness and addiction. We are committed to meeting individuals where they are and providing them with the tools necessary to move forward into strong, healthy lives. Life change happens here.
Volunteer opportunities: Groups – home/yard maintenance, meal service, recreation outings; Individuals – mentors, healthy recreation, administrative, special events
Contact: April Stallings, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.243.5598 ext. 275
Calgary Family Services – now known as Carya
Carya has a long and proud history of quietly serving Calgary's community. Our organization was originally founded as the Associated Charities in 1910 but was more largely known as Calgary Family Services since 1947. For over 100 years our agency has been serving the citizens of Calgary, providing services, supports and strategies in support of our vision: Strong families and communities for generations.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer opportunities are specific to community, events (community clean up, Christmas dance, Inglewood aboriginal and community celebration), programs (tutoring, ESL), leadership opportunities
Contact: Felicia Chapman, Community Resource Centre Volunteer Connector, email@example.com or 403.472.8189
Calgary Health Trust
Volunteers are an essential part of the Calgary Health Trust. Volunteering is a great opportunity to connect to health care initiatives that are important to you. Get involved, be part of a team, learn new skills and develop new friendships. Your participation makes a difference to the health and well-being of our community. You can look forward to letter of reference, meeting like-minded people, networking opportunities, complimentary refreshments and parking during your volunteer shift.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer coordinator, events, office volunteers
Contact: Debralee Fernets, Director – Community Philanthropy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calgary Food Bank
The Calgary Food Bank is an emergency food distribution hub, sharing food with individuals and families, and with other service providers working with low-income Calgarians. Our Vision: Working together to create a hunger free community. Our Mission: Working with our community to gather and distribute healthy emergency food to those in need and contribute to public awareness of the conditions that led to food insecurity.
Calgary John Howard Society
The Calgary John Howard Society is dedicated to reducing the incidence of crime and increasing community safety through preventative and restorative justice practices. We provide direct services to individuals at risk, advocacy for effective responses to crime and the individuals involved, and education for youth and adults in the community.
Volunteer opportunities: Supportive roommates for the Roofs for Youth/Roofs Extension program
Contact: Steve Sedley, Housing Advocate, email@example.com or 403.437.0691
Calgary Meals on Wheels
Calgary Meals on Wheels has been serving the community since 1965. Our dedicated volunteers play a critical role in our mission each and every day. Volunteering with Calgary Meals on Wheels is a great way to strengthen your resume, gain valuable experience working with new people, and making a lasting impact in your community. The screening process includes an interview, police security check and reference checks. Volunteers receive training and on-going support.
Volunteer opportunities: Meal delivery, fundraising, special events, photography, graphic design, and reception/office support.
Contact: Desiree Naylor, Volunteer Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrated as one of North America’s pre-eminent and innovative Symphony Orchestras. The CPO presents over 85 live concerts to more than 110,000 each season and cultivates the enjoyment of live orchestral music that is relevant to today’s audiences through exceptional performances ranging from Classical Giants to Rock and Roll hits.
Volunteer opportunities: Concert volunteers, event volunteers, office volunteers
Contact: Mounira Chehade, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com
Calgary Police Victim Assistance Unit
Victim Support Workers offering information, support and referrals to victims of crime and tragedy through telephone contact or in-person attendance to home, hospital or at the scene of the incident. Facilitating court preparation and accompaniment to victims/witnesses who have been subpoenaed to testify in criminal court.
Volunteer opportunities: Victim support workers
Contact: Penny Ferguson, VAST Coordinator, 403.428.8617
Calgary Public Library
Volunteering with the Calgary Public Library is a rewarding and exciting experience. As an integral part of our organization, volunteers strengthen and enhance services to our patrons. Volunteering at the Library means helping Calgary's youngest citizens build learning skills, making stories come to life for the little ones, delivering library materials to seniors, helping patrons explore computer technology, and much more. It means developing new skills, sharing your love for reading and libraries with others, and making new friends.
Volunteer opportunities: Book Discussion Group, Career Coaching, Code Teen, Computer Technology Coaching, Early Literacy Volunteer Corps, ELL School Success, ESL Conversation Club, Homebound Readers, Learning Advantage, Library Docent, Library Mascot, Make it Messy: Science, Math Quest, Special Events and TD Read With Me
Contact: Connie Smith, Volunteer Resources Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.260.2613
We help kids learn to read!
There are a lot of ways to get involved, from a little to a lot. You could build or paint Little Free Libraries, sort and sell books at our springtime book sale, tutor a young reader, work on special projects or drop books in unexpected places for book lovers to find.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer tutor
Contact: Janica at email@example.com or 403.777.8254
Calgary Sexual Health Center
The Calgary Sexual Health Centre is a community-based organization that provides access to non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health services and support. Our programs and services for families, youth, adults and seniors reflect our awareness of the holistic nature of sexual health and its impact across the life span. In our work towards equality, we acknowledge the impact of systemic discrimination and promote the right to positive sexual health for all people.
Volunteer opportunities: Community liaison, office support
Contact: Diana Wark, Community Development Manager, Adult Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Quality Alberta
Camp Quality is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run summer camp that provides exciting opportunities to children both with cancer and in remission, as well as their siblings. Volunteers are partnered with campers in a companion role to provide mentorship and guidance to a child between the ages of 4 and 18, during camp as well as throughout the school year.
Volunteer opportunities: Companion, super companion, kitchen, medical, lifeguard
Contact: Ian Campbell, Organizing Committee Member, email@example.com
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that operates Canada's blood supply in a manner that gains the trust, commitment and confidence of all Canadians by providing a safe, secure, cost-effective, affordable and accessible supply of quality blood, blood products and their alternatives.
Volunteer opportunities: In Clinic Hospitality – volunteers provide excellent customer services by offering pre and post donation care and attention to the donors in the refreshment area ensuring a safe, comfortable visit; In Community – volunteers help spread awareness and support donor recruitment activities at various community events throughout the city
Contact: Dorothy Olsonberg, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Our Vision: Creating a future without breast cancer. Our Mission: The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is Canada's leading community-driven breast cancer charity dedicated to: funding relevant and innovative research, and supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region
CMHA – Calgary Region builds awareness and provides education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with mental illness, addiction, or a loss by suicide. We provide over 15 community-based support programs, including supportive and independent living, homeless ourreach, aboriginal outreach, suicide bereavement support and peer support programs for families and individuals. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.
Contact: Human Resources at 403.267.1713 or email@example.com
As Calgary's largest public care provider of its kind, Carewest operates 12 locations aimed at helping people live more independent lives. Our spectrum of care is available to adults of all ages and includes long-term care, rehabilitation and recovery services, and community programs and services. We pride ourselves on our ability to change with the community's needs and we do our best to predict what those needs may be in the future. Innovative thinking brought us here - imagine where it can take us.
Contact: Jessica Boundridge, Coordinator Volunteer and Recruitment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.943.8170
Catholic Family Service
Catholic Family Service (CFS) is all about building strong families. Our programs and services are designed to help people prevent or work through issues like martial problems, family breakdown, trauma and abuse. Our work is driven by compassion, regardless of our clients religion, where they've come from or what they've been through. CFS' 20+ programs help people work through their issues so they can move forward with the lives they've always wanted.
Volunteer opportunities include (but not limited to):Mentors, F&ST team members, Cuddlers, Tutors and others depending on interest and availability
Contact: Ellyse Lambie, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com or 403-205-8549
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA) is a registered non-profit organization and makes a difference in the community by enriching the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Through our programs and services, we promote awareness, acceptance and understanding for persons with disabilities to live "Life Without Limits."
Volunteer opportunities include: programs, administration, event assistance and warehouse help. Please check website for current opportunities.
Contact: Brandice, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities
Chrysalis provides personalized services to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their employment, volunteer and recreation goals.
Volunteer opportunities: Chrysalis is looking for volunteers for our yearly casino and art shows that happen throughout the year.
Contact: Cindy Davis, Human Resource Coordinator, email@example.com
Closer to Home Community Services
Closer to Home Community Services (CTH) is a Calgary and Airdrie based not-for-profit agency that delivers a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of vulnerable children and their families. CTH offers community based programs such as Aboriginal Services, Community Teaching Homes, Early Intervention/Prevention, Foster Care, In-Home Family Support and the West Central Resource Centre. We encourage individual independence and self-determination and work in collaboration with other resource providers to support children and families within their own communities.
Volunteer opportunities: Opportunities listed on our website
Contact: Volunteer Resources Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime Stoppers Association
The Calgary Crime Stoppers Association is a community, media and police co-operative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a way to anonymously provide law enforcement with information about unsolved crimes. Crime Stoppers provides cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, or the seizure of illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers is administered by a volunteer board of directors and is a registered charity supported through donations of money and/or goods and services.
Volunteer opportunities: Community Awareness Volunteers – this position involves participating in community events to cover our display booth and tell people about our program; Members of the Board of Directors – this involves the usual work associated with sitting as a director on a charitable board.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Calgary and Southern Alberta Chapter
Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis Canada invests more funding in life-saving cystic fibrosis research and care than any other non-government agency in Canada. Cystic Fibrosis Canada funds research towards the goal of a cure or control for cystic fibrosis, it supports high quality CF care, public awareness of cystic fibrosis, and raises and allocates funds for these purposes.
Contact: Deb Laval, VP Volunteers, email@example.com
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks was founded in 1984 with the objective of creating concert jazz dance that sustains the spirit and traditions of jazz. After almost three decades of work, a distinct and eclectic style that mixes groove, African roots, rhythm, improvisation, interplay with musicians, and deeply human soul, has distinguished DJD on the international jazz dance stage. Our founders and artists are progressive historians, innovating boldly while maintaining a respectful and loving eye on the roots of jazz.
Volunteer opportunities: Front of house, bingos, casinos and fundraising events
Contact: Carly Mulenga, Volunteer Coordinator/Dance School Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Distress Centre is a non-profit social agency that delivers 24-hour support, counselling and resource referral services to Calgary and the surrounding area. Our agency is built around the belief that anyone can experience crisis. It’s not up to us to define what the crisis is – it’s different for everyone. We don’t judge. We’re here to listen and connect you with the help you need.
Volunteer opportunities: Crisis line volunteer
Contact: Emily, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, email@example.com or 403.266.1634
Easter Seals Camp Horizon
Easter Seals Camp Horizon specializes in outdoor and adventure based programs for youth and adults with developmental and physical disabilities and serious illnesses. We provide residential camping programs for children with diabetes, kidney impairments, ostomies, Multiple Sclerosis, burn survivors and their siblings. Outside of summer we run weekend camps for youth, teens and families and a Christmas Camp for adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
Volunteer opportunities: Camp volunteers
Contact: Katie Brennan, Coordinator – Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary (EFry) offers Pathways to Healing for women in conflict, or at risk of being in conflict with the law by providing opportunities through supports and advocacy.
Volunteer opportunities: Special projects, front desk, court volunteers, legal information volunteer, special events, youth mentorship, communications
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or call 403.294.0737
Girl Guides of Canada – Calgary Area
Volunteer women are needed in all communities of Calgary to work with units of girls of all ages for fun, friendship and role modeling. No previous experience is required; all training provided. Screening is required. Join the fun, become a member of Girl Guides.
Volunteer opportunities: Unit leaders, committee members
Contact: Membership Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is a non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat’s homeownership model empowers families by providing a “hand-up, not a hand-out”. Through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside homeowner (partner) families.
Volunteer opportunities: Construction volunteers, ReStore volunteers, special events, special projects
Contact: Volunteer Services email@example.com
Hands at Work in Africa (Canada) Society
We envision the local Church in Africa effectively caring for the dying, orphans and widows, and unified in this mission with the Church outside Africa. Our mission is through relationship with the local Church in Africa, challenge, encourage, develop and support the ministry of servanthood among those in need in their community through the replication of the Hands at Work community intervention model. We believe the biblical mandate to care for the dying, widows and orphans is not only for the Church in Africa, but also elsewhere and Hands at Work will be a prophetic voice to the Churches outside Africa, challenging them to fulfill their mandate.
Contact: Lynn Chotowetz, Alberta Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hull Services helps children, adults, and families who experience significant mental health, behavioural and developmental challenges. We use our expertise to help them reach their potential, move them to success, and actively confront barriers to wellness for our community and society.
Volunteer opportunities: Mentor a child or youth one-on-one or in a group setting. Mentoring involves being a positive role model, sharing interests, and engaging in various activities. Over time, a mentor can help a youth improve their self-confidence, academic, life and social skills, expose them to new opportunities, and connect them to resources in the community. One caring individual can have a very powerful and life-long impact on a young person.
Contact: Jacky Sanderson, Community Engagement, 403.238.7974 or email@example.com
Immigrant Services Calgary
Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is a comprehensive settlement and integration agency that provides a wide range of programs and services to Calgary’s immigrant and refugee population. Our mission is to be a comprehensive settlement agency working with immigrants and their families to make Canada home. Our vision is that immigrants and their families participate fully in an integrated and cohesive Canadian society.
Volunteer opportunities: Language bank translator and interpreter, children's programs volunteer, employment coach, special events, office support, income tax volunteer, integrated mentorship program mentors, youth volunteers
Contact: Margaryta Marion, Volunteer Coordinator, 403.538.8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Inn from the Cold Society
Inn from the Cold began out of a community concern for the growing number of homeless families. Since then, a number of inter-denominational churches, synagogues, community associations and organizations have come together to provide temporary emergency shelter and resources. In 2008, the Inn began a new chapter opening Calgary’s first Emergency Family Shelter. Today, there are over 2,700 volunteers providing thousands of hours of support, both at the Emergency Family Shelter and in our community inns, on a rotating basis 365 days a year.
Contact: Volunteer Resources email@example.com or 403.263-8384
The Kerby Centre is a not-for-profit organization, committed to enhancing the lives of older adults. It has evolved into one of Canada’s flagship agencies for older adult services, information, and programming. The Kerby Centre strives to assist older people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, as residents in the community.
Volunteer opportunities: Special events, grocery delivery
Contact: Ashley Cotton, Manager of Volunteers, 403.705.3218
Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (KCCFA) is a charitable organization that helps build bridges of hope and pillars of support for families fighting childhood cancer. The Foundation helps Alberta children and families by providing funding and programs in four areas: Camp & Community, Pediatric Oncology Research, Clinical Support and the Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship Fund. Our vision: A cure for every child, care for every family. Our mission: We are passionately dedicated to helping young people affected by cancer and their families survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit.
Volunteer opportunities: Event committee members, year-round camp and community volunteers
Contact: Tracey Stahn, Manager of Volunteers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Up Front
Kids Up Front provides deserving children and families with free access to events they wouldn't otherwise be able to attend. KUF partners with over 200 social service agencies in Calgary, and distributes donated tickets to these agencies for sporting events, concerts, plays etc. so that kids can experience their first ever ticketed event. The organization has hundreds of suites at the Saddledome donated annually, and they require suite ambassadors to attend events (such as Flame games) to represent Kids Up Front and host groups that are selected to use suites for particular events. It is an extremely rewarding opportunity, and an easy way to help Kids Up Front.
KidSport Calgary is the local branch of a national charity that strives to remove the financial barriers that prevent some kids of low income families from participating in organized sport. Funds raised locally remain to help kids get active in Calgary and surrounding area (50km radius around the city). KidSport Calgary is the flagship chapter amongst 180 local KidSport Chapters, based upon the number of kids helped and funds raised. There are many rewarding opportunities to become involved with KidSport on a volunteer basis.
Contact: Lisa Parham, Coordinator of Fund Distribution, email@example.com
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada
Our Mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Team and Training (TNT): The world’s largest endurance sports training program that combines fitness training with raising funds. Training occurs at various Calgary venues. Light The Night (LTN): Every autumn, friends, families and co-workers gather in cities across North America and walk in twilight, holding illuminated balloons. School & Youth Programs: Encourages students to collect their spare change while learning about blood cancers and philanthropy. Patient Services: Programs have been developed to meet the needs of patients, families and oncology professionals; the people who deal with blood cancer every day.
LINKages Society of Alberta
LINKages is a charitable organization that provides and facilitates Intergenerational Programming in school settings as well as through community initiatives. Our programs are geared towards empowering both senior citizens as well as the youth in the community by providing safe and constructive opportunities to come together to build meaningful, rewarding social ties. Join our IG*101 program and spend an hour a week connecting with a senior living in the community. This volunteer opportunity can be scheduled based on individualized timetables, so it will be hassle free, rewarding and fun. Don't hesitate – give us a call today!
Volunteer opportunities: IG*101 Program
Contact: Regina Huh, Community Liaison, 403.249.0853
Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta
Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta's mission is to grant the wishes of children between hte ages of 3-17 with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with HOPE, STRENGTH and JOY.
Contact: April Cote, Manager – Events and Volunteers, firstname.lastname@example.org
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association of Calgary & Area delivers more than 20 programs that evoke positive changes and improve the quality of our community. Each year, more than 2,300 individual are enriched by our services, which focus on family and caregiver support, youth and outreach services, youth homelessness and housing support, support for families with children with disabilities, and support for individuals and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Since 1975, our belief remains to support individuals and families with empowerment, resilience and connection, which, in turn, creates strong communities of people reaching for their full potential.
Volunteer opportunities: Youth mentor, academic tutor, special events support, administrative support
Contact: Theresa Robertson, Manager – Human Resources, email@example.com or 403.508.0446
Mount Royal University:
Transitional Vocational Program
Since 1980 the Transitional Vocational Program has been providing a variety of unique post-secondary programs that foster personal, professional and academic growth for adults with developmental disabilities. The TVP program and the Volunteer Tutor Adult Literacy Services requires tutors to assist students, on a 1 to 1 basis, and assist individuals in the classroom. Assisting as a volunteer tutor helps learners with mild disabilities to prepare for employment and independent living. Training is provided.
Volunteer opportunities: 1 to 1 tutoring and classroom support | 1.5 to 2 hours per week from September to April
Contact: Sara at 403.440.7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit M200
FAN Club (Future Alumni Network)
Mount Royal’s Future Alumni Network strengthens the link between MRU alumni and our students and develops our alumni of the future by promoting the notion of “students today, alumni forever.” If you are looking for a unique inside experience at MRU and to get involved in everything from our Alumni Achievement Awards to the Crowchild Classic, FAN Club is right for you. As a member you will be able to share your opinion, learn many transferable skills, meet new people and have fun.
Volunteer opportunities: Event volunteer, editing, public presentations, thank you calls, and more.
Contact: Whitney Struthers, Coordinator – Annual Giving, email@example.com
Multiple Sclerosis Society Calgary & Area Chapter
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the only national volunteer health agency in Canada that funds MS research, provides services for people affected by MS and conducts public education programs. From basic laboratory research to the development of new treatments for people with MS, the MS Society’s research program is making a difference in people’s lives today. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord and is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives.
Volunteer opportunities: Yoga helper, bowling assistant coordinator, friendly visiting, events
Contact: Volunteer Resources firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 21 years, NeighbourLink has provided life’s essentials such as baby items, household goods, and furniture to Calgarians in need, and works to alleviate the stress related to living in poverty.
Volunteer opportunities: We are always looking for volunteers to help with sorting items in our warehouse, as well as working with our clients on the front lines
Contact: Nikki Golnik, Manager of Community Engagement and Volunteerism, 403.538.7398, ext. 111 or email@example.com
One Yellow Rabbit and the High Performance Rodeo
One Yellow Rabbits mission is to create and present vital, surprising performance experiences. OYR has two core activities: creating original works of theatre and producing the annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. OYR also extends into education through its Summer Lab Intensive School. We create original theatrical works and have toured across North America and abroad. The High Performance Rodeo includes theatre, dance, comedy, music, film, visual art, and multi-disciplinary work, as well as the culinary arts. The Summer Lab Intensive is school that is dedicated to original performance creation.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer coordinator, ushers, greeters/ambassadors, site team, brand team
Contact: John Dunn, Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Gaits is a non-profit organization founded by a diverse group of business, professional and other caring Calgarians, who are united in a passion for horses and a commitment to serve the community. We provide therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities so they can experience all the physical, social and emotional benefits of riding on and spending time with a horse. Our classes are Monday evenings (5 to 9 p.m.) Friday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m to 3 p.m.) We are riding out of the High Country Equestrian Center - 240024 Range Road 42 - Located off Hwy 8 & Hwy 22.
If you would like to volunteer your time please contact us via email or visit our website. No experience necessary, just the desire to help and have fun.
Propellus helps non-profit organizations soar. And when they succeed, our communities thrive. Volunteers are a vital resource for the non-profit sector. In our work to strengthen organizations, Propellus aims to provide resources to help organizations succeed. We continue to promote volunteerism and connect volunteers and non-profit organizations through our website, the largest volunteer opportunities database in Calgary.
Contact: Sarah at email@example.com
RECODE Collaborate is a student-led movement aiming to positively shape the future of higher education on campuses across the country. In 2015-2016, over a dozen campuses hosted Collaborate Roundtables, providing a framework for students, staff, and faculty to collectively identify areas for change and begin to imagine solutions that enhance the potential of the post-secondary experience.
Volunteer opportunities: RECODE Collaborate needs people like you at the national level, helping develop and organize our programs and services for the country's RECODE Collaborate projects, and at the local level, executing and participating in those programs.
Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta
Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta offers a home-like atmosphere for parents and children who travel long distances to seek medical treatment in a local Calgary hospital.
Contact: Lynne Slawnych, Acting Coordinator – Volunteer Programs, Lynne@rmhsouthernalberta.org
Salvation Army Community Services (Calgary)
The Salvation Army Community Services (Calgary) offers various programs to the homeless, low income families and new immigrants/refugees. Programs: basic and emergency assistant; employment & education support services including computer and English conversation classes. Programs offered in Killarney, Forest Lawn, and downtown. Check us out on Facebook: TSASCommunityServicesCalgary
Contact: Margaret Blackburn, CVA, Community Engagement Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scouts Canada – Chinook Council
Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn't discover elsewhere. Along the way they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Scouts is the start of something great. It starts with Scouts.
Silvera for Seniors
It's all about building community within community — that’s our promise. For 50 years, Silvera for Seniors has provided affordable housing for Calgary seniors from all walks of life. Independent and Supportive Living accommodations are equipped with activities and programs designed to encourage an active and engaged lifestyle for our residents.
Volunteer opportunities: Friendly visitor, special event assistance, appointment companions, activity leader
Contact: Danielle Rodney, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com or 403.472.5172
Sonshine Community Services
Motivated by our Christian faith, our mission is to help women and children transform their lives. Our vision is: A community where women and children live safely in healthy families.
Volunteer opportunities: Events, child support, children’s group leader, mentorship, drivers, office administration, volunteer group projects
Contact: Barb McConnell, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Olympics Calgary
Special Olympics Calgary enriches the lives of Calgarians with an intellectual disability through sport. We provide programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities age 2 and up. Our programs foster many skills and qualities that enrich athletes' daily lives. Our athletes foster self esteem, make new friends and realize their full athletic potential in a safe and supportive environment.
Volunteer opportunities: Coaches, program assistants, special events volunteers
Contact: Karen Hurley, Program Manager, email@example.com or 403.735.1022
Start2Finish – Running & Reading Clubs
Start2Finish is an educational based program dedicated to equipping at risk children with the tools they need to succeed, so that the cycle of child poverty in Canada can be broken. Our Running & Reading Clubs are free 2-hour after-school programs provided to the most at-risk schools across Canada. Volunteer coaches act as dedicated mentors to these children once a week at the Running & Reading Clubs. Come out and get involved with the kids; coach them through fitness and literacy and guide them through their journey to success!
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer coaches
Contact: Annalise Young, Alberta Regional Director, Start2FinishAB@gmail.com
St. John Ambulance
As Canada’s standard for excellence in First Aid and CPR services, St. John Ambulance plays an integral role in our society. Building on a 900-year tradition, St. John Ambulance offers innovative First Aid programs and products, ensuring Canadians receive the best quality and expertise. There are seven training centres in communities across Alberta. More than 600 volunteers provide over 80,000 volunteer hours annually. SJA supports humanitarian relief efforts across Canada and around the world.
Volunteer opportunities: Medical First Responder, Therapy Dog program member, child safety seat facilitator
Contact: Alicia Hudson, Community Service Coordinator, 403.250.2922 ext. 2106
TELUS Spark is a place for people of all ages and abilities to let go and embrace the desire to explore and discover science, technology and art in a way that their normal day-to-day life doesn't allow for. It's a place to experiment and to play, with freedom and without consequence. Where you learn and discover for yourself what makes the world around us so undeniably incredible.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade organization. As a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) we are working with over 65,000 artisans from 38 countries. Volunteer and share your passion for fair trade to change lives.
The Bow Valley Music Club
Whether you have been a regular attendee at our music club in the past or you are new to the club we would always welcome new volunteers to our organization; they are the "heart" of the organization.
Volunteer opportunities include: Kitchen service, bar service, hall set-up, marketing assistants/coordinators
The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY)
CBFY is a charitable not for profit organization that provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrant and refugee youth and their families by enriching them with the appropriate information, knowledge and experience as they build a life in Canada through four core programs: The Afterschool Program, The Mentorship Program, The In School Settlement Program and The RBC Youth Empowerment Program. Our mission is to walk with immigrant and refugee youth and their families as they build a life in Canada.
Volunteer opportunities: Afterschool Program Assistant, Tutor, Mentorship Program Assistant, Reception Centre Volunteer for In School Settlement Program, ELL Facilitator, Special Events, Office support and much more.
Contact: Dinesh Koirala, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-230-7745
The City of Calgary - City Clerk's Office
The City Clerk’s Office of the City of Calgary provides leadership in delivering open, accessible, and impartial government to Calgarians, Council and the Corporation. As one aspect of our public service, we offer tours of the Civic Complex to school groups, community groups, seniors, service groups, new Canadians, and visitors to Calgary. Participants learn a variety of interesting facts about the City’s buildings and also fascinating insights about Calgary’s municipal government. This hands-on learning experience also includes a tour of the Council Chamber.
Volunteer Opportunities: We are currently looking for new volunteer tour guides to join the program. This position is a tour guide of City Hall, with an emphasis on educating groups about municipal government. information about the position can be found at, http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Administration-services/Tours-of-the-Calgary-Civic-Complex/Civic-Tour-Program-Volunteer-Opportunity.aspx including a detailed description and an application form.
The City of Calgary
Various volunteer opportunities can be found by searching "volunteer" on the calgary.ca site.
Volunteer opportunities: Animal and Bylaw Services – PAWS Pal program, Community Neighbourhood Services – Youth councils, Fire cadet program, Parks – Adopt-a-rink, Green projects, Community Stewardship for Biodiversity, Interpretive experiences, Recreation – Disability Fitness, Children programs, Golf programs and many more!
Contact: Sandy Smith email@example.com
The Military Museums
The Military Museums is an institution committed to remembering all those who contributed to Canada’s liberty, to preserving the collections and artifacts that have been entrusted, and to providing an educational opportunity for the public with an emphasis on youth. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and without them we could not provide our community with the extensive services and programs currently offered.
Volunteer opportunities: Visitor services museum hosts, gift shop attendants, educational program interpreters, collections technicians, exhibition technicians, special event assistants
Contact: Manager – Volunteer Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed is a Christian not-for-profit organization that builds community, grows hope and supports change. At its three ministry locations across Alberta, The Mustard Seed seeks to address the root causes of poverty through the delivery of basic services, housing, employment and the provision of a safe, supportive community for those in need.
Volunteer opportunities: Short-Term Opportunities: Kitchen Help, Cleaning Crew, Special Events Long-Term Opportunities: Computer Lab Supervisor, Street Level Helper, Grocery Driver, Shelter Helper, and more.
Contact: Volunteer Resources email@example.com
The PREP Program
PREP offers exceptional therapy and family support services for children with Down Syndrome from birth to adulthood. With PREP's support, these students are becoming active, contributing citizens of Calgary. Inclusion starts in the home, continues in school, extends to community and ultimately results in meaningful employment.
Contact: Barb McHarg, Inclusion Strategist, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reflector Newspaper
As the official student newspaper of Mount Royal University, The Reflector is run by students, for students. All of the writing and editorial positions are filled by student volunteers. We always need more volunteers and no experience is necessary. If you are interested in journalism, or training to become a print, radio, online production, or broadcast journalist you should augment your academic work with practical, hands-on experience. Our talented editorial staff are happy to act as mentors.
Volunteer opportunities: Writing, multimedia, editorial
Contact: Publishing Editor email@example.com or 403.440.6268
3 Things for Calgary – The City of Calgary, Office of the Mayor
3 Things for Calgary asks all Calgarians to think about 3 Things you can do to make Calgary better. These things could be for your street, your neighbourhood or for the entire city. Do those 3 Things. Encourage 3 more people to do the same. Large or small, every action we take makes a difference in creating an even better Calgary.
The Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP), a program of the Government of Alberta in partnership with Volunteer Alberta, aims to build stronger communities and leaders in Alberta by connecting post-secondary students with part-time internships in the nonprofit/voluntary sector. SCiP internships give students real experience for their resumes, connections for their job hunt, and $1,000 at the end of the internship.
Contact: Ready to get started? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellspring Calgary is a non-profit organization that supports, informs and empowers those diagnosed with cancer. We offer a range of resources and programs free of charge so that anyone living with cancer can improve the quality of their lives. We are seeking volunteers who are interested in supporting others within our warm, welcoming community. Whether you have experienced your own cancer journey, have been a caregiver for someone with cancer, or if you are someone who has skills to share, Wellspring Calgary welcomes and values your contribution.
Volunteer opportunities: Child minding, front desk, peer support, community events and many others
Contact: Niki at Fountain Court SE email@example.com or Nancy at Carma House NW firstname.lastname@example.org
WinSport Canada/Canada Olympic Park
Discover. Develop. Excel. WinSport is a nonprofit organization that supports national sport organizations, encourages educational opportunities and subsidizes the operation of unique training and recreational facilities used by the nation's top athletes and the general public. If you have a passion for sport, leadership, and our community, check out our opportunities online at winsport.ca.
Volunteer opportunities: Skate/hockey program assistant, welcome host, rental shop assistant, events
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com
Women in Need Society
Our Vision: Women have the resources, knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve self-sufficiency. Our Mission: Helping women and their families help themselves. Our Values: Provide compassion and support; encourage lifelong learning; operate with integrity and honesty; demonstrate respect for one another; and promote teamwork in a fun environment.
Volunteer opportunities: Sales associates, program assistants, donation processing
Contact: Debbie Alexander-Thomas, Human Resources Advisor, 403.255.5102 ext. 232
Wood's Homes is a multi-service, non-profit children's mental health centre based in Calgary. Our over 550 staff and volunteers help provide 35 programs and services for 28,000 children and their families each year in Calgary, Lethbridge, Canmore, Strathmore, Fort McMurray and Fort Smith, N.W.T. Wood's Homes is recognized in the community and across Canada for it innovative services. We are a place of trust, where all young people and their families (regardless of the difficulty) can turn to for help. Our 100+ volunteers continue to be just as committed, enthusiastic and unselfish and we could not do our work without them. We are honored and humbled by their dedication and presence in all our endeavours. We Never Say No, We Never Give Up, We Never Turn Anyone Away.
Volunteer opportunities: We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available; please visit our volunteer page on our website for more information
Wordfest is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together through the power of story. Wordfest works with approximately 200 volunteers every year. Volunteers assume a variety of roles that contribute to the success of the Festival, including working in teams during Wordfest and year-round support in the Wordfest office and at special events. More information about volunteer opportunities can be found on our website.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please register online at wordfest.com.
Volunteer opportunities: Festival volunteers, volunteer readers, year-round special events, office help
YMCA Calgary is a charitable organization dedicated to building communities that are vibrant and healthy because children, youth and adults belong, grow, thrive and lead. Volunteering at YMCA Calgary is more than just sharing your time and talent. It's about the satisfaction in knowing you are making a positive impact in the lives of children, youth and families in your communities. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of YMCA, from leading fitness classes, teaching children, encouraging youth leaders, providing guidance through YMCA boards/communities and much more.
YWCA of Calgary
To offer programs and services for women and their families providing them with the skills, abilities and opportunities to contribute to and benefit from healthy communities.
Contact: Sue Wilmot, Community Engagement Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org