Volunteers make a difference every day in Guelph. It’s what makes us a caring community. When you invest your time, skills and enthusiasm in volunteering, you help make our city a vibrant and rewarding place to live, work and play. The City of Guelph offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for students, adults and seniors.
- Increase self-confidence
- Meet people with similar interests and become a valuable member of a team
- Gain experience and develop new skills
- Explore career choices and enhance your resume
- Contribute to your community
Why it matters
- It’s vital for strong, inclusive, and resilient communities
- It assists organizations in reaching their goals
- It helps builds relationships
- It’s fundamental to a healthy and democratic society in Canada
Whether you’re looking for a short term project or a long term commitment, there are many ways you can get involved.
Opportunities with the City of Guelph
April 19, 2020
The City of Guelph offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities 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 in a variety of areas throughout the year. For more information email [email protected].
Do you love having fun? One2One supports participants with disabilities to fully participate in any City of Guelph recreation program or camp.
Learn to Swim
Help children further develop their swimming and water safety skills. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or have completed a leadership program.
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! The City of Guelph has many camp locations around the city to volunteer at. Volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation and training. Must be 14 years or older to apply.
Youth volunteers help make a difference in the community. Volunteer positions include Guelph Youth Council and City programs and services. Students can earn credit towards their community involvement hours.
Decide which program area interests you the most (children, youth, adults or One2One). Complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form. Can’t decide on a program area? Email us at [email protected] to chat about the positions available.
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
The City of Guelph and the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA) offer many volunteer opportunities, including Information and registration desk volunteers, food services, activity group leaders, special events, committees and GWSA Board of Directors.
Age Friendly Guelph is looking for volunteers for the leadership team, operations and supporting roles.
- Apply online
- Evergreen Seniors Centre print-friendly application form – PDF
- Evergreen Seniors Centre print-friendly application form – DOC
If you are interested in volunteering with the GWSA, and would like to speak with someone about this, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 519-823-1291 extension 2096 or by email [email protected]
Other volunteer opportunities
Boards and committees
The City of Guelph relies on about 200 citizens each year to serve on its boards, commissions and committee. Selections are made each June and November.
Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House
Learn about Guelph’s history and share your knowledge with visitors to the Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House. Volunteer positions include: assisting with programming activities, visitor services, curatorial work, and historic gardening.
- Volunteer opportunities with Guelph Museums
- Contact [email protected] or call 519-836-1221 extension 2773.
Guelph Farmer’s Market
Students in high school, adults and seniors are invited to volunteer year round as a Market Ambassador at the Guelph Farmers’ Market. Join the market family and help build a more sustainable food system. Responsibilities include assisting vendors and customers and special events. For more information refer to the volunteer information tab on About Guelph Farmers’ Market.
Guelph Public Library
The Guelph Public Library welcomes volunteers to provide more library services to the community. Volunteer opportunities at Guelph Public Library.
River Run Centre
Volunteering at River Run Centre is an exciting way to meet new people and make a significant contribution to our community. Volunteer positions include ushering, ticket collecting, coat check, bar service and more.
- Volunteer opportunities at River Run Centre
- Contact: 519-837-5662 extension 2206
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 heavy snowfall.
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:
- [email protected]
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. 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.
For more information:
- 519-822-1260 extension 3426.
- [email protected]
Opportunities 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.
The City of Guelph 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. Contact: [email protected] or visit guelphneighbourhoods.org.
Outdoor ice rinks
Contact City of Guelph Operations at 519-837-5628.
PIN – the People and Information Network
PIN serves the geographic area of the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph. They maintain a searchable database of volunteer opportunities and produce a weekly recruitment ad each Friday a one page document which lists up to six new or urgent volunteer requests for each week.
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.
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