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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

Volunteering at River Run Centre is an exciting way to meet new people and make a significant contribution to our community. River Run relies on more than 250 volunteers each year to provide a full range of audience services. Volunteer positions include ushering, ticket collecting, coat check, bar service and more. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and 18 for the bar. We provide training programs for new volunteers and request a minimum of two shifts per month. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator at 519-837-5662 extension 2206 and visit riverrun.ca/volunteer.

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

We welcome any individuals interested in getting involved and becoming an Evergreen volunteer. With more than 500 volunteers and numerous positions and opportunities available, we will work with you to find the best fit for your strengths and your schedule. Volunteer Positions include food preparation, dining room services, registration desk, information desk, special events, SOS telephone reassurance program, feeling better exercise program, outreach, activity leaders and committee work. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator at 519-823-1291 extension 2096

Evergreen Volunteer Application

Older Adult Strategy Report

Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House

Guelph Museums welcome individuals interested in discovering more about Guelph’s history and sharing it with others. Volunteer positions include assisting with programming activities, visitor services, curatorial work and historic gardening.

For more information contact: museum.volunteers@guelph.ca or call 519-836-1221 extension 2773

Snow Angels


A primary service provided by the Operations 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, to register for the program or those interested in volunteering contact:

Snow Angels direct line: 519-822-1155
Email: snowangels@volunteergw.ca
Website: http://volunteergw.ca/snow-angels/

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.

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 camp@guelph.ca.

Summer Camps

Are you a teen, fourteen (14) years and older, looking to volunteer? Once we have received your volunteer application form, you may be contacted for an interview. 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 orientation, training and have
accessible locations all around the at city. Contact: Recreation coordinator 519-822-1260 extension 2704

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.

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 or would like more information, please call 519-822-1260 extension 3427.

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 call 519-822-1260 extension 2603.

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 call 519-822-1260 extension 3427.

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 offers volunteers a valuable experience and opportunities for residents to build and improve our community. The library is looking for volunteers to provide additional library services to the community. Contact: askus@guelphpl.ca.

Travel Training Program Volunteers

Volunteers of the Travel Training Program will be paired with an adult living with a disability in the community. After receiving appropriate training, volunteers will ride a specific, pre-designated transit route with the program participant on a designated day of the week. This travel training session will include the volunteer meeting the participant at their house/apartment, boarding a bus at the nearest stop, travelling to a specified destination (e.g. Stone Road Mall), spending time with the individual at the destination, boarding another bus and finally travelling back to the participant’s home/apartment. Throughout this session, volunteers are facilitating and supporting the growth of confidence and independence while practicing safe travel strategies to foster a positive learning environment for both the participant and the volunteer. Contact Travel Training Program Coordinator at 519-822 1260 extension 3426.

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
Sign in here to record your volunteer Hours.