Volunteer Opportunities

With the City of Guelph

The City of Guelph offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for students, adults and seniors. Get involved in programs, special events or parks programs. Whether you would like to utilize your special skills, explore career choices, meet new people or become a valuable member of a volunteer team, we offer volunteer opportunities, short-term or long-term commitments in a variety of areas throughout the year. For more information email volunteer@guelph.ca.


River Run Centre

Volunteers play a front-line role in providing friendly audience services. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old or 18 if they wish to work at the bar. Whether ushering patrons to their seats, taking tickets, selling merchandise, checking coats or tending bar, volunteering at River Run is an exciting way to meet new people while making a significant contribution to our community. For more information contact Bonnie McDougall, Volunteer Co-ordinator at 519-837-5662 extension 2206 or visit riverrun.ca/get-involved/volunteer


Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

The Evergreen welcomes any individuals interested in getting involved and becoming a volunteer. Volunteer information meetings are held on a regular basis. For more information contact Becky MacDonald at 519-823-1291, extension 2096.

Evergreen Volunteer Application

Guelph Museums

Guelph Museums (Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House) welcome individuals interested in discovering more about and sharing with others Guelph history through assisting with programming activities, curatorial work and historic gardening.

For more information contact Val Harrison, Coordinator of Public Programs at 519-836-1221 extension 223.


Snow Angels

SnowAngelsA primary service provided by the Public Works Department during the winter season is to plow the snow from City roads and sidewalks. Unfortunately this activity can create a windrow – a row of accumulated snow – at the end of driveways when the streets are plowed following a heavy snow fall.

The City of Guelph and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington have developed a volunteer based service that is designed to assist seniors and residents with a disability with removing the windrow.

For eligibility requirements, further information or to register for the program or those interested in volunteering, contact Snow Angels direct line at 519-822-1155, email snowangels@volunteerguelphwellington.on.ca or visit www.volunteerguelphwellington.on.ca/snow.aspx


Boards and Committees

The City relies on the expertise of volunteers in the community and appoints approximately 200 citizens to one of the many Boards and Committees. Citizen appointments are generally made by City Council in November and June of each year. In order for a citizen to be eligible for appointment they must be a Canadian citizen, over eighteen and either the owner or tenant of land or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in the municipality as per the eligibility requirements of the Municipal Election Act.

Community Older Adult Leadership Team (COALT)

By 2031 Guelph’s population is projected to be 175,000 people, with 57,000 people over the age of 55. The City of Guelph is seeking energetic and interested volunteers to form a Community Older Adult Leadership Team (COALT) to guide the Older Adult Strategy Framework.

Therefore the role of the COALT committee is to lead, uphold and advocate for the achievement of the Framework’s goal and vision by coordinating the implementation of prioritized recommendations.

We need you! We are seeking representatives of: older adults, caregivers, organizations and businesses serving older adults, volunteer organizations for older adults, and City of Guelph staff, to help make Guelph an age-friendly city.

Learn more or volunteer for the Community Older Adult Leadership Team

Recreation Programs

March Break Camps

Help us out for a day or for the whole week! Responsibilities include assisting camp leaders to supervise campers during skating, swimming, games, crafts, songs and stories. If you are interested in volunteering at either of the March Break Camps, please email sarah.farwell@guelph.ca or alana.bell@guelph.ca.

Summer Camps

Do you know a teen (14 years and older) looking to volunteer and have fun this summer?

Join us this summer where you will have fun, gain leadership skills, and be a mentor to kids aged three to 12 years old.

Our camps depend on volunteers to maintain safe camper to staff ratios and to ensure that all campers are able to participate in our activities regardless of ability!

We are looking for volunteers to help support our One2One program (working with a campers with special needs) at the West End Community Centre, swim volunteers and general day camp volunteers. Volunteering with summer camps is an excellent way to do something great for the community while having fun and obtaining your required community service hours for high school! We provide you with training and have accessible locations all around the City.

Please visit guelph.ca/camp  or contact Katie Clifford, volunteer and inclusion facilitator, at 519-822-1260 extension 2707.

Summer Camp Volunteer Information Package and Application Form
Swim Volunteers

Assist with swimming adventures at day camp! Share your love of swimming with a child. In your volunteer role, you will provide assistance to a maximum of two children, in the shallow end at one of our City pools. For more information, please call 519-822-1260 extension 2704 or 2732 (before May) and extension 2707 (May to August) to speak with the Camp Volunteer & Inclusion Facilitator.

Event Day Volunteers

Come spend a day with us at one (or more) of our special event days. Be a part of our Daily Discoveries, Kiddie, Swim or Sherwood Forest Camps as they experience archery, mad science, magic, the travelling reptile show & more! Event Day Volunteers have the opportunity to work out of the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre or Barber Scout Camp locations and help with all the day’s events. For more information, please call 519-822-1260 extension 2704 or 2732 (before May) and extension 2707 (May to August) to speak with the Camp Volunteer & Inclusion Facilitator.

One2One Volunteers

This program gives participants with disabilities, the opportunity to fully participate in any of the City of Guelph’s programs. If you are interested in becoming a One2One volunteer at our Summer Day Camps, or would like more information, please call 519-822-1260 extension 2704 or 2732 (before May) and extension 2707 (May to August) to speak with the Camp Volunteer & Inclusion Facilitator.

Aquatic Programs

Learn to Swim Program

Opportunities are available each day of the week to assist with the Learn to Swim program at the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre or Centennial Pool. We are looking for individuals who are interested in helping a child to further develop their swimming and water safety skills. Volunteers must be 13 years of age or completed a leadership program, if interested please contact Breann Crusoe at 519-822-1260 x 2726 or breann.crusoe@guelph.ca.

Adapted Aquatics

Assist in providing swimming lessons to a child with a disability in shallow water on Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the West End Community Centre or Saturday afternoons from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Centennial Pool. Volunteer candidates must enjoy being in the water and willing to learn new skills. If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Breann Crusoe at 519-822-1260 extension 2726 or breann.crusoe@guelph.ca.

Please refer to the Community Guide for exact dates and times.

Adult, Preschool or School Age Programs

Contact Sarah Farwell at 519-822-1260 extension 2732 or Alana Bell at 519-822-1260 extension 2704.

Outdoor Ice Rinks

Contact Operations at 519-837-5628.

Neighbourhood Groups

The Community Engagement and Social Services Division encourages and supports the participation of community members in the work of our neighbourhood groups. As a partner organization in the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, the City plays an active role in their work, however community volunteers play the main role in supporting the work of neighbourhood groups. To find out more about your local neighbourhood group and the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, please call 226-979-1739 or visit guelphneighbourhoods.org

Special Events

Community Services organizes special events in the community requiring the assistance of volunteers.


Guelph Public Library

The Guelph Public Library welcomes volunteers as a way to:

  • Provide more and better library services to the community
  • Offer valued experience to volunteers
  • Offer opportunities for residents to build and improve our community

Volunteer your time and make a difference! More information is available on the Library’s website.

In the Community

Guelph Humane Society

The Guelph Humane Society is looking for regular shelter volunteers who can commit to at least once weekly to walk, bath, groom, clean and care for strong, exuberant dogs; socialize with their cats or rabbits and play with the kittens. They also need special event volunteers to help with fundraising, participate in tag days and deliver newsletters. For more information visit their volunteer opportunities page.


Volunteer Centre of Guelph/ Wellington

The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington serves the geographic area of the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph. They maintain a searchable database of volunteer opportunities on their website at www.volunteerguelphwellington.on.ca. They also produce a weekly recruitment ad each Friday, a one page document which lists up to six new or urgent volunteer requests for each week.


Red Cross

Through the work of dedicated volunteers, the Guelph-Wellington branch of the Canadian Red Cross provides a wide range of services for vulnerable people including Meals on Wheels, disaster response, abuse prevention education, healthcare equipment rentals and safety services. For people interested in more information on volunteering with the local branch of the Canadian Red Cross, please contact the Volunteer Resources Coordinator at 519-836-3523.

Red Cross Volunteer Application Form

Last Updated: December 9, 2014. Broken links or incorrect information? Let us know!