Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Info Session: Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross will be coming to Columbia College on September 18th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm through Zoom to promote available volunteer opportunities for students across the Lower Mainland. Volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross is an opportunity to access professional development, to give back to your community, and to meet like-minded individuals.  Attend this guest speaker session to hear more about the Canadian Red Cross, the available volunteer opportunities, and how volunteering can help you get your career path started!

Date: Friday, September 18th

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Please email your Career Advisor, Linus Leow, at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.


Grocery Shopping Volunteer with DIVERSEcity

During the current COVID-19 crisis, more and more people are self isolating and unable to rely on supports through friends and families. We are seeking volunteers to support a new service at DIVERSEcity.  Volunteers are needed for Food Security Supports for Vulnerable Seniors and Families during COVID-19: Grocery shopping and delivery.

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] as soon as possible with your name, contact information and put “Grocery Shopping Volunteer” in the subject line.

Please note, we have strict protocols in place to ensure the safety of all clients, staff and community members, including volunteers, participating in this service. A successful criminal record check and screening is required to become a volunteer. Volunteers will be reimbursed for the cost of mileage and personal protective equipment (if required).


BC 211: New Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program

A program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. Volunteers required for grocery shopping and delivery, meal preparation, prescription pick up and drop off, and phone or virtual visits.

Please fill up an application form here.  


EMPOWER International Students 

EMPOWER is a community-driven organization supporting international students in career development.  EMPOWER has partnered with Columbia College for past events and are looking for volunteers in a variety of roles.

Here are the following volunteer positions:

Event Planning
Social Media Management
Marketing Content Creation – newsletters, blogs, video
Graphic Design
Business Development – outreaching to local companies
Volunteer at our Events & Workshops
Campus Ambassador – Promote EMPOWER at your school / organization

For more information, please sign up here: EMPOWER Volunteer Application 

Read more about EMPOWER here: www.empowerinternationalstudents.com/


Volunteer with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. was established in 1973.  It is one of BC’s largest social service agencies with 61,100+ unique clients served and 148,000+ client-services delivered annually.  S.U.C.C.E.S.S. offers services in Settlement Services for Newcomers, Affordable Housing, Seniors Care and Community programs.  S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities within their organization.  Opportunities range from Administrative, Front Desk / Reception, Immigrant / Newcomer services, Education, Special Events and many more!

All volunteer postings and listings can be found here.

Chinese Help Line Volunteer:

The Chinese Help Line is recruiting committed and responsible volunteers who speak Cantonese and/or Mandarin to provide emotional and informational support to callers.

The Chinese Help Line is a confidential, culturally-sensitive telephone help line that offers emotional support and information and referral to the Chinese community in both Cantonese and Mandarin. The aims of the program are to promote the well-being of Chinese Canadians who are in need of emotional support but experiencing difficulties in accessing social service due to language and cultural barriers and/or fear of social stigma.

Chinese Help Line Volunteer Application Page


Vancouver Asian Film Festival 

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is looking for passionate, community-minded, and fun-seeking volunteers to join a dynamic group of arts & film lovers.  Volunteer to bring alive year-round programs and events leading up to the longest running film festival of its kind in Canada every November. In return, volunteers will get access to free movies, special events and a new family.

Looking for volunteers to support in:

To apply for these volunteer positions, please fill up an application form.  

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.  


Community Safety Volunteers with Surrey Crime Prevention Society 

Surrey Crime Prevention Society is a not for profit organization an supports communities throughout the City of Surrey. We work in partnership with the City of Surrey, RCMP, Delta Police, ICBC, By-Laws, Business, Social Agencies and other not for profits. Our programs are measured and provide valuable input towards the enhancement of safety in Surrey.

Please see here for the volunteer description of the Community Safety Volunteers

Volunteer Applications can be submitted online at www.preventcrime.ca.  Interested applicants may also contact Jen D’Souza at [email protected] or call our office at 604-502-8555.


Strathcona Community Policing Centre Volunteer Opportunities 

The Strathcona Community Policing Centre (SCPC) is looking for students who are ready to get hands on experience while giving back to the community! The SCPC is one of 11 Community Policing Centres, working with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). Working in partnership, the SCPC provides various programs and services to the community. We are the bridge between the community and the VPD.

Volunteering with the SCPC will provide students with a number of unique opportunities and invaluable experience that will help their application in the future. Working closely with the staff and Neighbourhood Police Officer (NPO), volunteers will be trained and engage in the following programs/activities:

  • Information & Referral Services;
  • Community Outreach;
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED);
  • Diversity & Inclusion;
  • Patrol Programs;
  • Special Projects including participation in VPD training exercises;
  • Road Safety Program; and
  • Volunteer Appreciation

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer (must be 18+ years old), please visit our website at www.Strathconacpc.ca and complete the application form or apply in person at 872 East Hastings Street. Once the application form is approved, we will make an appointment for an interview. We only require our volunteers to provide a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

We highly value our volunteers and will provide you with ongoing training, support and encouragement so that you can work efficiently and make positive change in our community.


Community Clean-up with Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre

Volunteers are the nucleus of the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre (HSCPC). They not only participate in programs and projects, but also play a significant role in the operation and leadership of the centre.

The Community Clean-up program is a year-round initiative that mobilizes volunteers and supports community members to remove litter and graffiti from Hastings Sunrise.We are looking for volunteers to participate in the clean-ups as well as to help organize events and support other participants.  

How do I get involved?

  1. Attend the next volunteer information session to learn more about the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre (HSCPC), our programs and volunteer opportunities.
  2. Submit our online volunteer application. The link will be provided to you after attending the info session.
  3. Meet with our volunteer coordinator to begin the application process and agree to a criminal record check.
  4. After your application and criminal record check have been successfully processed, we will contact you for follow-up
  5. Once you become a volunteer, after participating in our orientation and training, you will be able to choose from a variety of opportunities.

Learn more about the Hastings Sunrise Community Police Centre here: hastingssunrisecpc.com

Please send any direct inquires to Carmen MacLeod at [email protected]


Latincouver Volunteer Opportunities 

Latincouver is a non-profit organization that brings together both Latin Americans and Latin enthusiasts living in BC.  Latincouver activities cover a variety of areas like business and culture, creating signature events tailored to connect and empower people.  See below for more information on their volunteer opportunities:

Business Development Support volunteer job description

Grant Researcher and Writer Assistant volunteer job description


Volunteer with Canadian Cancer Society 

Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society is a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, be part of a team, share your experience, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. Volunteers are critical to our accomplishments and we wouldn’t be able to support, inform and empower those touched by cancer without you.

When you join our nationwide team, you have the combined strength of volunteers from across the country standing behind you to help you make a difference in someone’s life.

At the Canadian Cancer Society, we strive to create a culture of volunteer engagement where volunteers find meaningful ways to support Canadians living with cancer.

Volunteer opportunities are available across BC and the Yukon. To learn about current openings, please view our volunteer position listings here.


Volunteer with CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) as a Vision Mate 

CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today.  We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.

Vision Mate Position Description:

Make a difference in the life of an individual in your community who is blind or partially sighted!  Volunteer for a couple of hours a week to provide community-based support through one-to-one sighted assistance and companionship for someone who is blind or partially sighted.

If you are looking to make that one-on-one connection and help someone within your community, this might be the opportunity for you. CNIB look for volunteers who are friendly, positive, empathetic, responsible, and comfortable working with individuals with vision loss, especially with seniors.  Our volunteers meet specific needs of people who are blind or partially sighted and are matched according to specific participant’s needs.  Matches take place based on compatibility, location and availability. Our volunteers are screened and trained in sighted guide techniques to properly assist those living with vision loss. Please note that Vision Mate volunteers do not drive, cook, provide personal care or clean.

Responsibilities & Tasks:
•Regularly visit a client in their home or other suitable environments at a mutually convenient time
•Activities are determined by participant need and mutually agreed upon
•Some approved activities are: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting

For more information on the Vision Mate program in the Lower Mainland, please contact Melisa Tang Choy, Program Lead – Community and Volunteer Engagement, at 604-431-2121 extension 6032 or at [email protected]

Please click here for more information on how to apply.


Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities 

The Red Cross is there when Canadians need us most. Across Canada, we help build safer communities by providing local health services, water safety and first aid programs, education on the prevention of violence, bullying and abuse, and much more.

Whenever disasters strike – such as floods, wild fires, hurricanes, storms or house fires – the Canadian Red Cross is ready to help vulnerable communities. From building disaster resiliency to providing vital assistance to meet people’s basic needs, we’re there to give support thanks to our dedicated volunteers.

If you are looking for opportunities to give back to your community, meet new people, have new experiences, volunteering with the Red Cross could be the right place for you.  The Canadian Red Cross in British Columbia and Yukon offers an extensive network of programs and services that actively reach out and serve local communities throughout the regions. 

Please have a look at the following volunteer opportunities at Canadian Red Cross:

Health Equipment Loan Program – Client Services Volunteer

Emergency Response Team (ERT) Responder

Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder


Volunteer with Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House

Update: Due to Covid-19, Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House is temporarily closed.

Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House is a volunteer-driven organization, relying on participation and contributions to maintain and deliver programs.  There are many volunteer opportunities within the House from helping in the kitchen to volunteering with house programs or assisting with administrative activities.

Volunteer opportunities are available during the day and the evening.  If you want to have fun, meet new people, connect with other community members, build up your skills and give back to the community please join us!

Volunteer Tutors needed:

Become a Family Literacy Outreach Tutor.  Put your welcoming spirit and keen interest in teaching to good use by working with our immigrant newcomers and their children to help them fully experience Vancouver.  Tutors will offer one-to-one tutoring sessions in the homes of our newcomers to help strengthen their language skills and to help them make connections to community resources.

Volunteers will:

  • Commit to weekly 2 hour sessions for 6 months
  • Receive a free 10 hour training course
  • Receive ongoing guidance from the Family Literacy Outreach Program Coordinator 
  • Have access to free resources to build tutoring skills
  • Obtain a Statement of Completion to build tutoring skills

Please contact Morie Ford at [email protected] or 604-879-8208 Ext 232 to register for this position.

Check out the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House volunteer page for more details on other positions.


Volunteer with Greater Vancouver Food Bank 

Come and join us at one of our 13 community food hubs, community events, or our head office and warehouse. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and we couldn’t serve our clients without you!

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Event Volunteers
  • Community Food Hub Volunteers
  • Fresh and Dry Food Sorters
  • Admin Support
  • Warehouse Volunteers
  • Additional Seasonal Roles

Contact [email protected] or 604-880-7073 if you have any questions.  

Click here to learn more and to sign up for these volunteering roles.


Volunteer with Gordon Neighborhood House

Gordon Neighbourhood House is a community service organization located in the West End of Downtown Vancouver.   Gordon Neighbourhood House’s goal is to strengthen our community through voluntary activity. When we as neighbours identify issues which voluntary action alone cannot address, Gordon Neighbourhood House secures the necessary additional resources.

Gordon Neighbourhood House’s challenge is to remain sensitive to the ever changing needs of the diverse groups of people who live in our neighbourhood, and to respond with innovative and effective programs and services.

Here are some programs where volunteers are required:

Community Lunch Program: This program is supervised by a staff member who guides a group of volunteers on preparing and serving meals to approx 30 guests. On Mon & Wed it is a pay what you can veggie/vegan meal, and on Tues & Thurs it is 3 courses for $5 with a meat based main. The food is always a nutritionally balanced meal. Volunteers assist to set up the room, prepare the food, serve the guests and clean up afterwards. Volunteers are needed from 10.30am-2.30pm

Attic thrift store: we have 2 thrift store locations, one on Davie St and one upstairs at Gordon House. Typically each store would have two volunteers per shift, shifts are between 11am-3pm and 3pm-6pm. One person would sort the clothes and the other person does the cash. It is a fun environment to be in!

Children’s programs are run throughout the week.  Students seeking to gain further experience in childcare or Early Childhood Education will be able to get hands on experience through this program.  There is an under 5s program that runs Mon & Wed mornings that needs help from 8.45am-11.30am.

Please fill out the volunteer application form if interested in applying.

Visit Gordon Neighborhood House’s homepage for more information: www.gordonhouse.org


Peer Tutor at Columbia College

Students can volunteer their time (commitment is 2 hours per week), and assist their peers with various computer skills. They can volunteer in the Library, Student Services computer lab, or in the Learning Centre. They are welcome to volunteer their support in: Microsoft Word and Basic Computer Skills (this includes the Student Portal).

The primary role of the tutor is to offer technology assistance by helping the tutee “learn how to learn” on their own. The peer tutor will not teach course material. They will receive training from the Learning Centre Supervisor and will participate in monthly volunteer meetings.

Please note: Peer Tutoring in the Learning Centre is provided by students who are chosen based on instructor recommendation, academic performance, and the ability to understand their own learning. If you would like to apply, please come to Student Services (Room 211) or the Learning Centre (Room 411) to pick up an application form.