Volunteer activities directory

You can volunteer in a wide range of fields, including:

Seniors

Volunteer food services :

  • Meals-on-Wheels volunteers deliver hot meals at home to clients with a loss of autonomy, meaning people who require services that allow them to remain at home instead of going to an institution (see Santropol roulant and Popote roulante de Brossard).
  • Community meals are a way for seniors to eat and socialize together instead of staying home alone. This service is geared more toward a clientele with greater mobility.
  • Accompanying and running errands for people with reduced mobility.
  • Hosting activities at a community centre: fitness classes, craft workshops, bingo, Internet, gentle exercise, social activities, and recreational and cultural outings.

Childhood

  • Day care centres, camps, schools, museums, community centres, etc.
  • Hospitals, rehabilitation centres
  • Cultural and recreational activities (e.g.:Big Brother's Big Sisters)
  • Missing children, children’s dreams (e.g.:Fondation Rêves d’Enfants)

Women

  • Information and reference centres (e.g.:YMCA Montreal)
  • Day centres, shelters
  • Active listening
  • Services for single mothers, homeless women, and victims of sexual assault
  • HIV / AIDS

Hospitals

  • Visits to senior residents in extended care centres
  • Pediatrics: visits, support, game rooms and day care centers, classrooms
  • Snack bars, cafeterias, gift shops, messaging services, support
  • Palliative care: friendly visits to terminally ill patients, moral support and comfort for families. Volunteers must undergo training beforehand.

Office*

  • General office work: filing, photocopies, phone calls, etc.
  • Computers: word processing, data entry, Internet, web programming
  • Accounting, bookkeeping
  • Translating letters, documents (option to work from home)

Short special events

(People who would prefer not to get involved on a regular basis can check the Short-term activities section.)

  • Recruitment or financing campaigns
  • Cultural or sporting events (e.g.: La fête des enfants)
  • Conferences: registration clerk, workshop secretary, host, etc.

Youth

Education

  • Working with youth or adults, individually or in groups
  • Literacy activities for adults
  • Help for students progressing slowly in school or who have learning difficulties

Support/transportation

  • Accompanying a person with reduced mobility to encourage them to get away from their isolation, to get to a medical appointment or social activity, etc. Any fees incurred are usually refunded.
  • Delivering Meal on Wheels.
  • Collecting donations: food, clothing, furniture, etc.)
  • Driving a minibus (volunteers must have the necessary license)

Organisation, coordination, and communications

  • Organizing all kinds of activities
  • Coordinating work for other volunteers
  • Writing press releases, public relations, designing promotional material, organizing press conferences, searching for sponsorships, compiling resource directories, etc.

Arts and culture

  • Museums: reception, guide, gift shop, coat check, etc.
  • Orchestras, dance and theatre troupes
  • Musicians for reception centres and community events
  • Hosting crafting sessions

Information, reference, and listening

(une formation est habituellement donnée)

  • Information and reference centres, day centres, telephone helplines (e.g.:Tel-Aide)
  • Active listening with a positive attitude

Cultural communities

  • Volunteering in organizations based within cultural communities
  • Services to new immigrants (e.g.:CACI - Support Centre for Immigrant Communities)
  • Interpretation services, accompanying new immigrants who need to go to public services
  • Teaching official languages
  • Intercultural activities

Food

  • Delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors with a loss of autonomy
  • Community meal services in seniors’ centres
  • Organizing services, purchasing, kitchen work, maintenance
  • Food banks, community restaurants

Homeless

Sponsorship

  • Sponsoring a person with a physical or intellectual disability, former psychiatric patients, or AIDS victims
  • Helping and supporting the person they are sponsoring
  • Acting as a spokesperson, advisor, teacher, and companion

Environment / Ecology

Déficience intellectuelle

  • Services to individuals, such as sponsorship and support (e.g.:Parrainage Civique Montréal)
  • Working with groups: recreational or cultural outings (e.g.:L'Arche-Montréal)

Physical disability

  • Helping people suffering from muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, visual or hearing impairments, etc.
  • Services to individuals, such as sponsorship and support
  • Hosting professional or crafting activities: providing physical aid during meetings or recreational activities

Mental health

  • Assisting specialists responsible for various services to this clientele
  • Helping former psychiatric patients, persons suffering from loneliness, dependence, and other emotional issues, as well as providing support for social integration (e.g.:Douglas Hospital)
  • Rehabilitation or active listening activities for this clientele or persons suffering from substance abuse
  • Hosting sports, crafting, group creation, and personal growth activities

Fundraising campaigns*

  • Annual campaigns for foundations, research companies, institutes, and national organizations
  • Mailing, information booths, selling pins, etc.

Manual labour*

  • Helping organizations: renovations
  • Loading and unloading trucks for food banks

(*) indicates an indirect service, meaning that volunteers provide this service without being in direct contact with the clientele.

 


Go back to the home page or the “Become volunteer” page to perform your own search from among hundreds of current requests.

You can also download our flyer, Volunteer opportunities à la carte to learn about the latest requests from many community organizations in Montreal.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal (conseillers [at] cabm [dot] net / 514.842.3351) to make an appointment with one of our advisors to find out where your talents, skills, and interests meet our needs.