Volunteer Opportunities

International Student Virtual Focus Group hosted by MOSAIC

Mosaic is establishing an exciting new community leadership program for international students. Our goal is to make sure that the international student needs and voices are heard, reflected and integrated into this program. That is why we have are hosting a virtual focus group to dive deep into the challenges that International students face to fully understand the concerns.

The focus groups are scheduled for March 27th at 4:00 PM and March 31st at 1:00 PM and will be carried through ZOOM. Space is limited and registration is required. Please send an email to [email protected] to register and make sure to specify the day you are registering for (either March 27th or 31st). Participants will receive a $25 Amazon E-gift card as an honorarium.

Have a look at the poster for more details.


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.

English Conversation Group Facilitators:

English conversation groups will be held to support temporary foreign workers, refugee claimants and immigrants who have now become Canadian citizens but may still be facing language barriers. By removing language barriers, they integrate better into the work place and understand more about their work rights and responsibilities. More information about BC Settlement and Integration Services: www.successbcsis.com

English Conversation Group Facilitators in Coquitlam

English Conversation Group Facilitators in Richmond 

Income Tax Clinic Volunteers:

Help provide tax-filing services to low-income members of our community and help them access key benefits and support!  Learn about the Canadian tax system and gain valuable experiences while meeting new friends along the way.  Please have a look at the recruitment poster for more information.  

Income Tax Clinic Volunteer Recruitment Poster

2020 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S Gala Volunteer:

The 2020 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S Gala is an evening of fine dining and entertainment as hundreds of guests gather to raise funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S’s programs and services.  Please have a look at the recruitment poster below for more information. 

Gala Volunteer Recruitment Poster

2020 iCON Chinese Health Forum:

This event is a free health forum targeted for low-income seniors and their families in the Vancouver Chinese community
-Volunteers will be responsible for one of such duties of ushering, registration, supporting, Q&A support, clean up and more
-Qualifications: Basic English or above. Able to speak Cantonese and/or Mandarin is an asset

Sign up information can be found here: http://bttr.im/uaw1q


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:

HELP Client Services Volunteer – Position Description

ERT Responder – Position Description

PDA Responder – Position Description


Volunteer with Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House

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.



Volunteering with Vancouver International Children’s Festival 

A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. The 2020 festival is scheduled to take place on Granville Island from May 25 to May 31, 2020.  The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is well-established, it is the longest running festival for young audiences in the world. Started in 1978, it runs for 7 days at the end of May on Granville Island and brings life performances to school groups and lower mainland families.

Our Festival offers multiple opportunities for students (G10 and up) interested in future careers in Arts Administration, Event Management, Business, Sales, Tourism, Early Childhood Education to gain valuable volunteer experience and complete their volunteer hours for graduation. We are looking for:

Key Volunteers to help in recruiting, interviewing & coordinating volunteers at their school. Last year, over 74 Key Volunteers from 20 GRVD secondary schools participated in this program. This position requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours. Most of the work will be at school and on our volunteer recruitment website (no more paper forms) giving them a chance to plan their work on their own schedule. Meetings will be held monthly on Saturday morning starting in December, on Granville Island.
Our first Key Volunteer meeting will be on Saturday, December 7 on Granville Island and then on a monthly basis (Sat. Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 11, Apr 11 & May 9) through to our Festival. At our last meeting on Sunday May 31 (at the end of the Festival), we will celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of our Key Volunteers, Hosts and Captains and have a party with food, cake, pictures and swags.

Volunteer Services Assistant will work 1) at our administrative office for most of the time and 2) on Granville Island from May 25-31, 2020. The candidate will work 7-12 hours per week with the Festival Education & Volunteer Coordinator, will have a break for the full month of April to concentrate on their exams and be available full-time between May 19 and May 31, 2020 so they can experience the Festival and make the most of their office experience.  Click here for more information.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]


Volunteer Opportunities with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Are you interested in the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown and Chinese culture? Would you like to develop your professional skills while working in a peaceful environment? Join our Volunteer Program and start your journey into Vancouver’s Chinese Garden today!  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an internationally recognized cultural and educational facility that offers extensive professional training for a range of individuals. The Volunteer Program offers direct work experience in events, retail, educational programming, garden tours, garden maintenance, and office administration. The joys of volunteering here are many, among which is an opportunity to meet great people, share your knowledge, and relish the Garden’s tranquil environment.

Current opportunities include:

  • Docent/Cultural Interpreter
  • Special Events Assistant
  • Garden Assistant
  • Gift Shop Assistant
  • Professional Practicum Placement

Visit this page for more information on volunteering opportunities: https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/support/volunteer-internship/


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


Multicultural Fair 2020 at Lord Strathcona Elementary School 

Every year, Lord Strathcona Elementary School invites community partners, schools and organizations to join for a Multicultural Fair.  Activities include face painting, art & crafts, cultural display, interactive games, food tasting and more. This is a good opportunity for your students to share their unique cultures and to spend a fun and educating time with our local elementary students.  Volunteers are encouraged to celebrate cultural diversity together while hosting a cultural table at the event to showcase your culture.  

Where: Strathcona Elementary School Gymnasium (592 E. Pender St. Vancouver)
When: March 11, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 12:15pm 
How: A table will be provided for you to showcase the culture. Activities include games, art, crafts, music, food, etc.

For more details, contact Tracy at [email protected]


Volunteering at Science of Cocktails 2020

Science World British Columbia is seeking enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to support our annual Science of Cocktails fundraiser.

Volunteers will be supporting an important fundraiser as proceeds from this event will go towards providing field trips to Science World for students from under-served schools in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We expect attendance to be around 1,500 guests.

There are a number areas where we need volunteer support, including, but not limited to:

  • Guest Check-in
  • Coat Check
  • Food & Beverage
  • Onsite Fundraising
  • Event Ambassadors
  • Event Programming

Please register and visit the eventbrite page for more information.  


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.