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Local Volunteer Organizations in Hamilton

Looking for some volunteer organizations outside of McMaster? Well here are some resources for you! 

Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a 2 day cycling event that takes place during the weekend of June 13th and 14th 2015. During the 2 day journey all of our cyclist camp out over night at Mohawk College. We are looking for energetic volunteers to help with the activation of the camp site! We are currently looking for a group of 100 volunteers.


Contact info for volunteers:



Habitat for Humanity Hamilton

Habitat Hamilton goal is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty. We offer volunteer opportunities at our construction sites, our ReStore, office work and special events and committees.


Our major fundraiser takes place in August and is called Voices for Habitat. We also have multiple build projects going on throughout the year. We build Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.





Volunteer contact info: Victoria Doidge, People and Communications Coordinator, 905-560-6707 ext 102 or

Volunteers could also go directly to our website at and sign up

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The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton  

The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton is a child welfare organization that has been operating in our community for over 100 years.  The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton, in partnership with families and our community, is committed to the safety, protection, and well-being of children and the strengthening of families, while valuing diversity and promoting equity.


Special events, primarily in the Fall, Homework Club for children held in Dundas and Westdale locations  


Volunteer contact information   Tracy Thorne, Supervisor of Volunteer Services, 905-522-1121 ...

 children, volunteer, positive, team


Living Rock Ministries

Living Rock Ministries is non-profit organization that reaches out to at-risk youth in the Hamilton community in their cultural language. We offer youth a place of belonging, safety, and a bridge to the community while helping them develop a vision for their lives.


Some of our programs include meal programs, food and clothing bank services, employment readiness training, prenatal and parenting support, and housing support.  All of these fall under our vision to engage youth, to encourage youth, and to equip youth.



Soupfest is Living Rock’s biggest fundraiser. The 13th Annual Soupfest will be occurring on February 24, 2015. This event brings in over 5000 people to the Hamilton Convention Centre where local restaurants compete for prizes with their custom soups. Volunteers are needed on this day to assist with set up, serving food, selling tickets, organization, and clean up.


Freestyle Friday is a monthly event that takes place on the first Friday of every month. An opportunity to support youth interested in the art of hip hop, rap, spoken word, and poetry in a positive environment, we are looking for people to come out and see young talent as well as helping with set up for the event, promotion in the city for the event, and people with technical support as well.


Prospective Volunteers can contact me via:

Joel Van Steenbergen, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 905-528-7625 ext. 249



Twitter:  Youth Matter @LivingRockHamON


Follow us at Soupfest’s Twitter Feed

Living Rock-Soupfest @SOUPFESTinHamON

At-risk youth, 13 – 25 year olds, food bank, meal program, prenatal, parenting, mentoring, coaching, sports, education, employment training


Hamilton & District Extend-A-Family

We are a volunteer based organization that runs programs that help children and teens with special needs.  We engage the children in activities and programs that provide social opportunities and friendships while also providing caregivers and siblings with much-needed respite. We have been serving the Hamilton area since 1980.


We offer a "Buddy" program that matches a volunteer with a special needs child.  The volunteer takes the child on outings in the community while acting as a friend and mentor.  We also offer recreational programs six times each month for children and teens who have an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.  Volunteers assist our ASD/Recreation Coordinator at these events.  Until the spring of 2016, we are running IMPACT,  a fitness and nutrition program that meets once a week and is actively seeking volunteers.


Email us at with "Volunteer" in the subject line.  

Befriend us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @HamEAF.


Children, Autism, ASD, Respite


AbleLiving Services- Thrive Group

Supportive housing and programs for adults with physical disabilities and the elderly. We have 7 different housing sites in Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Binbrook. We offer 3 different programs to offer supports to clients in their own homes.  Our mission is to provide a spectrum of integrated services to support and care for individuals to live as independently as possible.


Events during the Year:

MacServe Olympics at our Binbrook site each fall and our annual client picnic for 100 clients in June.


Contact: Colleen Connolly at  or 905-692-4465 x 224

Disabled, elderly, health care



Hamilton Victory Gardens 

Hamilton Sustainable Victory Gardens Inc. (aka Hamilton Victory Gardens) is working to transform our city by using volunteers to grow fresh local organic produce for donation to local food bank and hot meal programs using urban agriculture techniques.


Teams of community volunteers work together to build, plant, maintain and harvest urban gardens within the City of Hamilton. We also enhance education at local elementary schools and community centres by providing students with hands-on learning opportunities about gardening and the environment at several of our garden sites.


Volunteer contact information


 Hamilton Victory Gardens




Hamilton Association for Residential and Recreational Redevelopment Programs


Harrrp exists for the community and provides free space and programming to the downtown Hamilton area. All of our programs are of no cost and our youth/after school programs assure that all youth are given the opportunity to try new things, get involved within the community, be creative, and develop new skills and competencies.

YOUth Create Programs at Dr. Davey and Memorial City School and run Monday through Friday, HARRRP also will be starting a Saturday program that runs out of our St. Peter’s location early 2015.


HARRRP, youth leader, youth mentor, after-school program, kids, teens, role model, inner-city, underprivileged



Wesley Urban Ministries

Offers daily support, every step of the way, to over 1250 children, youth, adults and seniors living in poverty in Hamilton. As a multi-service organization, Wesley has a portfolio of over 30 different programs in 19 locations in the areas of Children, Youth & Family Services, Housing & Homeless Services and Neighbourhood & Newcomer Services.


Major Events

Raise the Roof, No Charge Christmas Store, Case for Kids 5K, Annual Open Golf Tournament


Volunteer contact information: Tara Monks-Canfield, Volunteer Coordinator


Keywords for your charity (for a search engine) : Poverty, Volunteer, Special Events, Seniors, Homeless, Children, Youth, Newcomer



Catarino House - A Children's Wellness Centre

A brief summary of your organization, about three sentences. Catarino House provides complementary alternative therapies to children ages 4 to 18 years old, diagnosed with cancer, brain tumour(s) or receiving palliative care. We provide individual reiki sessions, group meditation, art and music therapy.



 Meditation for kids, Art & Music Therapy.

facebook - catarinohousecharity

twitter @Catarino_house


Volunteer contact information  - Please contact Maria Catarino @  or call 289.309.9106

cancer, brain tumours, palliative care, wellness, kids, teens, mindful mediation, art therapy, music therapy



Indwell creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging.  We are a Christian charity supporting over 200 people in Hamilton in settings from group home to independent apartments.

Each year we have a banquet (early June), and there is usually a ground-breaking ceremony or building grand opening at one our sites, and every spring on the Saturday following Victoria Day we do gardening.

Teresa Howe, Volunteer Coordinator

Keywords – volunteer opportunities – one-on-one support, maintenance, fall clean-up, gardening


Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice

At the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, our goal is to provide individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness excellence in care, whether that be at home, in hospital, a long-term care facility or our very own residential hospice. Hospice is about celebrating life and quality of living. All services, including our residential program, are provided at no cost to our clients or their families



Camp Erin Hamilton

Residential Support


Volunteer contact information:

Trudy Cowan, Director of Volunteers and Camp Erin

905 387-2448 ext 2214


Hospice, kids camp, palliative care, compassion, volunteering, health care

The Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara

A non for profit organisation. It  is a multi service agency that provides health and social services to French-speaking clients of all ages in both Hamilton and Niagara Region ( Primary and community health care services, counseling and community initiatives, Health and wellness programs for children and families, settlement, volunteering and filed placement services)



Black history month festival



Fida El-Zein : Volunteer resources administrator

905-734-1141  ext: 2223


Medical, Health, counseling, settlement, Wellness, volunteering, field placement


Hamilton Civic League

We are the only non-partisan group focused on building skills and facilitating dialogue around civic affairs in Hamilton. We partner with other organizations to co-host town halls on issues of interest to residents. We support a participatory culture of politics where individuals see themselves as an important part of the political process and as sharing responsibility for the common good.


Check out website for upcoming town halls and skills workshops.

Our first event for 2015 - a town hall on moving forward on The People’s Platform - is tentatively scheduled for January 21, doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7pm.


Volunteer Contact Information:

politics, civic, civics, city, cities, municipal, engage, engagement, participate, participatory, participation, economy, society, vision, resident, citizen, citizenship


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