Volunteer Centres in Canada
As you know, high school students require 40 hours worth of volunteer work/community service in order to graduate. Use our handy guide below to discover how your hours can best be used!
Volunteering and Community Hours
What is a Volunteer Centre?
Volunteer Centres are non-profit organizations or groups dedicated to fostering and developing volunteerism in the community as a whole. While other organizations contribute to sustaining our national heritage of volunteering through their programs and outreach, Volunteer Centres serve the broadest membership; this includes volunteers and organizations/volunteer-involving organizations. Volunteer Centres reach across the non-profit and public sectors to include organizations working in human and social services, health care, education, the arts and recreation – regardless of their source of funding.
- Volunteer centres of Newfoundland
- Community Services Council
- Voluntary and Nonprofit Secretariat
- Volunteer centres of Ontario
- Volunteer centres of British Columbia
- Volunteer centres of Manitoba and Saskatchewan
- Volunteer centres of Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon
- Volunteer centres of the Atlantic Provinces
- Volunteer centres of Quebec
What if my community does not have a Volunteer Centre?
Volunteer Centres reflect the needs of the community they serve. Volunteer Centres exist primarily to foster and develop volunteerism in the community as a whole. They engage in four general kinds of services and activities:
- Promoting volunteerism and raising awareness of the power of service
- Building capacity for effective local volunteering through management consulting on volunteer programs and training of volunteers and managers of volunteer resources
- Providing leadership and advocacy on issues relating to volunteerism and volunteer programs
- Connecting people with opportunities to serve through recruitment and referral of volunteers to community agencies
Four Main Reasons to Volunteer
- Make a contribution to society.
- Share your skills.
- Support a cause.
- Do something meaningful with your friends and colleagues.
One of these reasons probably makes sense for you. You may already be working as a volunteer or are thinking about what you might want to do next. Whatever your reason, there are many different opportunities out there-and organizations that need your help.
Finding the right volunteer opportunity can be like finding the right job fit–and it can change, just like a job can.