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Job title: Common Roots Urban Farm Project, Farm Steward Volunteer
Job description: Common Roots Urban Farm Project is looking for volunteers for the Farm Steward Program to care for the communal areas of the farm located at the corner of Bell Road and Robie Street, Halifax Infirmary site. The communal areas include gardens to plant, weed, water and share, and infrastructure to maintain and tidy. This is a hybrid garden combining a market garden, common gardens, and common space. Farm Stewards act as hosts on the farm, greeting visitors and answering questions. Volunteers get to spend a whole season (March 20th to October 31st) outdoors on the farm being physically and socially active; meeting new people; learning and sharing knowledge about urban agriculture; and gardening and growing community. Volunteers have access to a shared community garden plot, plus common gardens, and should be able to take home small amounts of fresh herbs, flowers, and/or veggies each shift. The Common Roots Urban Farm Project’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and landscapes through hands-on education about the growing and eating healthy food. Details regarding this opportunity can be found on our website.
Contact: Sara Burgess
Job title: HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, Board Treasurer
Job description: HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development is a dynamic and innovative not-for-profit, registered charity focused on creating meaningful youth engagement to build healthy communities. The Board Treasurer is responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the organization and its community, and will bring to the task, informed decision-making, a broad knowledge and an inclusive perspective. This position requires attendance at monthly board meetings and some additional executive meetings.
Contact: Sarah Coley
Job title: Diabetes Canada, Gift and Auction Items Coordinator Volunteer
Job description: Do you want to make a difference in your community? Diabetes Canada is looking for you! To help enhance our community fundraising efforts, we’re seeking 1-2 individuals to help us solicit gifts and/or auction items for various online or in person auctions for the Nova Scotia Region. In addition to helping with fundraising, this role will also help to increase awareness about Diabetes Canada and the services we provide. The ideal candidates for this role will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will easily establish and maintain effective relationships. Volunteers in this role have the convenience of setting their own schedule and the option of working from home if preferred. A minimum commitment of 6 months is preferred.
Contact: Tracy Clarke
Job title: Easter Seals Nova Scotia, Drop Zone Volunteers
Job description: Drop Zone challenges brave individuals to change lives by harnessing up and rappelling 23-storeys down Nova Scotia's tallest office tower at 1801 Hollis St. in Halifax, all in support of Nova Scotians with disabilities. On September 21st Easter Seals Nova Scotia needs volunteers on site for the following: escort rappelers to the roof top of 1801 Hollis Street; help on the ground aiding the photographers; handing out certificates; and general logistics. Hours are 8 am - noon or noon - 5 pm, flexible time slots are available. All proceeds go to Easter Seals Nova Scotia.
Contact: Tanya Poulton
Phone: 902.453.6000 ext 220
Job title: Mission Thrift Store, Volunteers (Lower Sackville)
Job description: Mission Thrift Store (31 Temple Terrace, Lower Sackville) is largely staffed by volunteers who join in the goal of helping people in need locally and world-wide. We are a very busy store and we need volunteers asap! Youth (ages 8-15) are welcome to come with a guardian! There are a variety of volunteer positions to choose from. Currently we need the following: driver (class 3+); drivers assistants; warehouse receiver; warehouse assistants (sorting donations into categories to prepare for sale); cashiers and cash assistants; and floor walkers and greeters. You can volunteer for a few hours each week or be a full-time volunteer. It is up to you to decide how you want to help and how much time you have to offer.
Contact: Rebecca Nickerson
Job title: Northwood, Customer Service Volunteer (Burnside)
Job description: Did you know that Northwood has their own line of medical alerts (known as Intouch) that they sell and service throughout Nova Scotia? Products include fall alert devices, medication management and more. Northwood is in need of a volunteer to work out of our Burnside office, 2-3 hours per week, making courtesy calls to new customers to see how they are enjoying their products and services. Strong verbal communication skills, professionalism and ability to work with computers is required.
Job title: Chebucto Family Centre, Board Member Volunteers
Job description: The Chebucto Family Centre is seeking volunteer board member candidates with experience in finance and with a background in law. Candidates with experience in media, fundraising, policy and other skills are also encouraged to send in their interest. The Chebucto Family Centre is a family resource centre and community hub located in Spryfield. It provides free services and supports to families and community members which include, but are not limited to: advocacy and support; health and wellness programs; prenatal and parenting classes; Volunteer Doula Program; youth programming; and operating a family home day care agency. For more information please contact Tammy Turple.
Contact: Tammy Turple
Phone: 902.479.3031 ext 309
Job title: Northwood, Neighbourhood Community Volunteer
Job description: Do you enjoy working with the elderly? Do you have 4 or more hours per month to give back to the community? If so, we want to hear from you! There is a need in HRM communities for elders to be supported with their Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. This may include escorting seniors on grocery trips, trips to the pharmacy or with other essential outings. By supporting elders with these activities, you will help seniors to maintain their independence while helping them to stay in their homes longer and improve their social well-being. Training will be provided. Contact us today to see how you can help and what needs exist in your local community.
Job title: Northwood, Bingo Volunteer (Halifax)
Job description: Volunteers are needed to assist with Northwood’s Community Bingo Program. Volunteer tasks may include selling Bingo cards at the event, collecting cash, answering questions and assisting with set-up before and after event. Must be 19 years of age or older; must be a great team player with positive attitude and available to volunteer two shifts per month from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Mondays or Saturdays.
Job title: Out of the Cold Halifax, Overnight Frontline Volunteer
Job description: Out of the Cold works to provide shelter and a community drop-in space for people who are homeless or precariously housed in the HRM. We are currently recruiting for frontline volunteers with overnight availability. Frontline volunteers work directly with our guests, and overnight shifts provide an opportunity for one-on-one interactions with folks in a quieter environment. Overnight volunteers are accompanied by one staff member on every shift. Volunteers are an integral part of staffing the shelter, and create a safe and welcoming environment for our guests. For an application, or for more information, please contact Rachael.
Contact: Rachael Gardiner
Job title: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics, Active Start Program Volunteer Head Coach
Job description: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics is looking for a Head Coach for the Active Start program for children from ages 2 to 6 who have an intellectual disability. Head Coaches are responsible for planning and leading sessions, communicating with parents/guardians, storing and transporting equipment, and guiding volunteers. Training and program guides are provided. The program runs from October to June on Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Sackville. Active Start provides specific training and educational opportunities for young athletes who have intellectual disabilities, many of whom have no other avenues for structured physical fitness. The program is based on the rationale that if young athletes are provided with early instruction in the areas of basic motor skills and developmentally appropriate play, there is an excellent opportunity for improvement in physical, social, and cognitive abilities. Special Olympics Nova Scotia is dedicated to enriching the lives of Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities through sport.
Contact: Christine Jamieson
Job title: Halifax YMCA Centre for Immigrant Services, Fitness Instructor Support Volunteer
Job description: The YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs is looking for volunteers to support fitness classes for newcomer women and seniors. The program aim is to help newcomers participate in physical activity, make social connections, practice their English speaking skills and become familiar with their community. Volunteers can choose to assist in one or more of these sessions: Mondays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Tuesdays 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, and/or Thursdays 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The position requirements are to provide a safe and effective fitness class with social interaction before and after, support and instruct participants in learning healthy fitness options, offer appropriate physical challenge and demonstrate proper technique and form and set up and clean up. Having a Fitness and First Aid certification is an asset.
Contact: Sylvia Calatayud
Date Posted: 18-Jan-2018
Job title: Out of the Cold Halifax, Frontline Volunteer
Job description: Out of the Cold works to provide shelter and a community drop-in space for people who are homeless or precariously housed in the HRM. Frontline volunteers work directly with our guests; tasks include serving meals, conducting intakes, helping people find dry/warm clothes from the donation room, and chatting with guests. Volunteers are an integral part of staffing the shelter, and create a safe and welcoming environment for our guests. For an application, or for more information, please contact Rachael.
Contact: Rachael Gardiner
Job title: Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Maritimes, Office Support Team Member Volunteer
Job description: The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Maritimes (CCGA-M) is a non-profit organization and a registered charity made up of 800 volunteer members and 462 privately owned vessels throughout the Maritime region. The CCGA-M has been in existence since 1978 and is an organization dedicated to on water, Search and Rescue (SAR) and safe boating activities. Our mission is to provide a permanent day and night search and rescue service to cover marine requirements in the maritime region and prevent the loss of life and injury. The CCGA-M has a regional office located at 301-800 Windmill Road, Dartmouth, and is looking for a volunteer to assist in the office. Duties include maintaining files and records so they remain updated and easily accessible both hard copy and electronic data bases; preparing outgoing mail, newsletters etc.; answering the phone to take messages or redirect calls to appropriate colleagues; utilizing office appliances such as photocopier, printers etc. and computers with MS Office programs; assisting in office management and organization procedures; performing other office duties as assigned.
Contact: Darcy Henn
Job title: Dartmouth Family Centre, Café Prep Facilitator Volunteer
Job description: The goal of the Good Food Café Prep Program is to bring community volunteers together in a positive, relaxed, and supportive environment to create the good food menu that will be offered at our weekly Good Food Café. It is held every Thursday from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm. The Good Food Cafe Prep Facilitator works to create a positive social and learning environment for volunteer community participants in the kitchen. They facilitate the delivery of the Good Food Café Prep program together with other staff and volunteers. Duties: facilitate weekly Good Food Café Prep sessions in coordination with other staff and volunteers; build relationships with participants using a strengths based approach; ensure all volunteers are practicing safe food handling at all times; assist in the organization of equipment and ingredients before and during each program; assist in the cleanup after programming; assist in the following of recipes, demonstrate techniques etc. and; carry out other duties required to deliver quality programming. General requirements: adhere to the policies and procedures of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre; complete volunteer application and required background checks; ability and skill to work sensitively with those from diverse backgrounds and experiences; punctual and dependable, please contact if unable to attend; ability to work as part of a team; and ability to respect the confidentiality of information regarding program participants, children and staff.
Contact: Genevieve Morrison
Phone: 902.464.8234 ext. 239
Job title: Dartmouth Family Centre, Kitchen Wrap Up Volunteer
Job description: The Kitchen Wrap Up Volunteer plays a key role at the Community Food Centre by ensuring a safe and steady flow of dishes throughout meal service, and complete closure of the kitchen at the Community Meal Program. Kitchen Wrap Up Volunteers take direction from the Food Access Coordinator to ensure a clean, safe, and respectful environment. Shift hours: Mondays, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm or Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm or Fridays as requested. General requirements: adhere to the policies and procedures of the Dartmouth Family Centre & Dartmouth North Community Food Centre; complete volunteer application and required background checks; ability and skill to work sensitively with those from diverse backgrounds and experiences; punctual and dependable, please contact if unable to attend; ability to work as part of a team; and ability to respect the confidentiality of information regarding program participants, children and staff.
Contact: Genevieve Morrison
Phone: 902.464.8234 ext. 239
Job title: Dartmouth Family Centre, Community Meal Prep Volunteer
Job description: The Community Meal Prep Volunteer plays a key role in the preparation of nutritious meals served at the Community Food Centre Community Meal Program. The Community Meal Prep Volunteer takes direction from the Food Access Coordinator to ensure that meals are prepared in a safe, organized, respectful and efficient manner and that meals are delivered on time. Shift hours: Mondays, 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm or Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. General requirements: adhere to the policies and procedures of the Dartmouth Family Centre & Dartmouth North Community Food Centre; complete volunteer application and required background checks; ability and skill to work sensitively with those from diverse backgrounds and experiences; punctual and dependable, please contact if unable to attend; ability to work as part of a team; and ability to respect the confidentiality of information regarding program participants, children and staff.
Contact: Genevieve Morrison
Phone: 902.464.8234 ext. 239
Job title: Dartmouth Family Centre, Community Meal Server Volunteer
Job description: The Community Meal Server plays a key role at the Community Food Centre by serving nutritious meals at the Community Meal Program. The Community Meal Server takes direction from the staff member managing the dining room. Shift hours: Mondays, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm or Wednesdays, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. General requirements: adhere to the policies and procedures of the Dartmouth Family Centre & Dartmouth North Community Food Centre; complete volunteer application and required background checks; ability and skill to work sensitively with those from diverse backgrounds and experiences; punctual and dependable, please contact if unable to attend; ability to work as part of a team; and ability to respect the confidentiality of information regarding program participants, children and staff.
Contact: Genevieve Morrison
Phone: 902.464.8234 ext. 239
Job title: Start2Finish, Running and Reading Clubs Volunteers
Job description: Running and Reading clubs are looking for volunteers to provide assistance and support for enhanced physical activity, literacy and mentorship/role models for economically challenged children. The program targets elementary school aged children operating directly within inner city schools once per week for 2 hours from early October to the Bluenose Children’s run in Mid-May. Our sites are: Central Spryfield (Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm), Chebucto Heights (Thursdays, 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm), Joseph A McKay (Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm), Harbourview (Tuesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm) with a new site at John McNeil starting in January of 2018 (day of the week and time TBD).
Contact: Stephen Lerette
Phone: 902.440.4576 or 902.499.0247
Job title: Kids Help Phone, Crisis Responder Volunteers
Contact: Kids Help Phone
Job title: Halifax YMCA Centre for Immigrant Services, Homework Club Assistant/Tutor Volunteer
Job description: The YMCA Centre for Immigrant programs is looking for volunteers to provide one on one tutoring to junior and high school Newcomer students. The Homework Club meets Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Keshen Goodman Public Library or Wednesdays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm at The YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs 104-7071 Bayer's Road, Halifax. The program runs from September to June (school year) and the time commitment is 2 hours per week. The position requirements are to have minimum 15 years old, good academic skills especially in Math and Science (ability in other subjects is welcome), experience working with youth, with people of multicultural background and speak another language (Arabic preferred) are assets. Volunteers have to comply with YMCA volunteering requirements and policies. Tutoring newcomer youth can be very rewarding and it is a great opportunity to make a difference in a young student live and helping them to successfully integrate to their new communities. Also, you will be able to meet new friends and gain experience working with diverse populations. YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs provides immigrant youth, children and their families with a variety of programs and outreach services in a Centre that is welcoming and inclusive, and provides onsite settlement services at several partner schools throughout HRM.
Contact: Sylvia Calatayud
Job title: Halifax YMCA Centre for Immigrant Services, Seamstress Instructor Volunteer
Job description: The YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs is looking for enthusiastic seamstress to assist in the Sewing Social that takes place on Fridays from 11:30 am – 2 pm at 104-7071 Bayers Road, Halifax. The program objectives are to help newcomers to make connections, practice their English speaking skills and gain new skills using sewing machines. The position requirements are to have sewing experience, to provide individual and group advice and assistant in small sewing projects and knowledge in the use of standard sewing machines. Experience working with people of different cultural backgrounds is an asset. Helping newcomers can be very rewarding because you can support them in their integration and meet new friends from different backgrounds. Volunteers have to comply with YMCA volunteering requirements and policies. YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs provides immigrant youth, children and their families with a variety of programs and outreach services in a Centre that is welcoming and inclusive, and provides onsite settlement services at several partner schools throughout HRM.
Contact: Sylvia Calatayud
Job title: Halifax YMCA Centre for Immigrant Services, Talking Circle Support Volunteer
Job description: The YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs is looking for volunteers to support the talking circle sessions with newcomer adults. The sessions are 1.5 to 2 hrs lengths. Volunteers can choose to assist in one or more of these sessions: Tuesdays (beginners) 3:30 pm – 5 pm, Wednesdays (intermediate) 4 pm - 6 pm, Thursdays (beginner) 3:30 pm - 5 pm, Fridays (beginners) 3 pm - 4:30 pm. The position requirements are to be minimum 18 years old, assist the group facilitator in setting and cleaning up, support participants in developing language skills and help preparing sessions material. Supporting newcomers English speaking skills can be very rewarding, interesting and fun, and it is a great opportunity to make a difference in a newcomer live and helping them to integrate in their new communities. You will be able to meet new friends and gain experience working with people of different cultural backgrounds. YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs provides immigrant youth, children and their families with a variety of programs and outreach services in a Centre that is welcoming and inclusive, and provides onsite settlement services at several partner schools throughout HRM.
Contact: Sylvia Calatayud
Job title: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics, Volunteer Program Assistants
Job description: The Sackville-Bedford region is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the following programs: Basketball (Level A) – Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm; Basketball (Level B) – Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Bowling – Sundays, 10:45 to 12:30 pm; Curling – Fridays, 4:45 to 6:00 pm; Floor Hockey – Fridays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm; Powerlifting – day and time to be determined; Rhythmic Gymnastics – Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:00 pm; Soccer – Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Swimming – Saturdays, 7:00 to 8:00 pm; Active Start (Youth Ages 2-6) – Saturdays, 12:30 to 1:30 pm; and FUNdamentals (Youth Ages 7-12) – Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:15 pm. All programs are located in Sackville, Beaverbank, Bedford or Fall River. Volunteers over age 18 will be required to complete police and child abuse checks. Special Olympics Nova Scotia is dedicated to enriching the lives of Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities through sport. We are a not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training, and competition opportunities, for athletes of all ages and abilities.
Contact: Christine Jamieson
Job title: Halifax Music Co-op, Volunteer Board Members
Job description: The Halifax Music Co-op (HMC) is looking for new Board members. The HMC is a fiery young non-profit determined to make ensemble music accessible to everybody in Halifax. And we’re looking for individuals to join our Board and be part of a broader movement in our arts community: music for everyone. We provide a fun, safe, welcoming environment where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn and play great music together; help our members grow, not just as musicians, but as individuals; ensure all members have access to quality learning opportunities, regardless of financial situation; and challenge the conventional definitions of what an ensemble can be through adventurous, collaborative concerts and programming. HMC is looking for enthusiastic, eager Board members who can help us advance our mission. We’re looking for skills in, but not limited to: fundraising; bookkeeping; human resources; and business operations. We’re looking to add a small number of members to our Board, ones who can hit the ground running and will commit themselves to advancing the HMC’s mission. If the fit proves right for you, and the organization, names of prospective new Board members would be submitted to the Board for consideration of approval for a one-year term. Interested? Please email us with a resumé/CV and any other relevant materials. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!
Contact: Scott Pickup
Job title: Halifax Association for Community Living, Volunteer Board Members
Job description: The Halifax Association for Community Living (HACL) is a longstanding not-for-profit organization that is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. HACL has served the Halifax Regional Municipality since it was founded in 1958. We support adults, youth and child with intellectual disabilities by providing programming in our community. HACL also supports their families through family-centered programming. We are excited to announce HACL is seeking new board members for our volunteer board of directors. We are looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for inclusion of persons with disabilities and interest in serving the Halifax community. Our goal is to create a strong and diverse board that has multiple perspectives and talents. This is an exciting time to join a transitioning organization that is building new and exciting opportunities for our community.
Contact: Lauren Murphy
Job title: Dartmouth Learning Network, Volunteer Mentor
Job description: The position of Volunteer Mentor at the Dartmouth Learning Network provides peer-to-peer academic instruction and learning experiences for adults 19 years and over. The program runs for 10 months (September-June) and requires a time commitment of 2 hours per week. Tutoring instruction takes place in public locations located throughout Dartmouth (libraries, community centres, NSCC) and supports Dartmouth Learning Network in its mission of providing opportunities for life-long learning for adults. The position reports to the Community Learning Coordinator. Mentor qualifications include: high school diploma/GED certificate or equivalent, with good reading and writing skills; proficient skills in at least one area of learning; ability to develop lesson plans; document successes and challenges; describe progress and translate this through reports and check-ins; and be patient, non-judgemental and responsive to a learner’s needs with respect to their learning goals. Mentor responsibilities include: preparing lesson plans and reports; assessing skills and academic abilities; encouraging learners; recording progress and challenges; and communicating with coordinator.
Contact: Tyler Colbourne
Job title: Heart and Stroke, Front Desk-Receptionist Volunteers
Job description: The Heart and Stroke Halifax office is seeking friendly, professional reception volunteers to manage all incoming phone calls and guest inquiries. This position requires basic administrative duties which would support our various programs. Shifts are 3-4 hours in the morning from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 9:00 am-1:00 pm, or in the afternoon from noon/ 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Shifts are available any day from Monday to Friday, or multiple days if desired. The Heart and Stroke office, located at 5657 Spring Garden Road on the 3rd level of the Park Lane Mall, is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Responsibilities include the following: answering the phone and assist callers, processing incoming donations, and welcoming and guiding clients and guests to appropriate contacts within the office. Skills, attributes and knowledge required: excellent phone and interpersonal skills, friendly, confident and self-motivated, comfortable working in Word, Excel, and web browsers, pleasant and professional customer service skills, prior general office experience is preferred, and punctual with time and attendance.
Contact: Sukanya Watt
Phone: 800-423-4432 ext. 1120
Job title: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics, Active Start Program - Head Coach and Assistant Coach Volunteers
Job description: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics is looking for a Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Active Start program for children from ages 2 to 6 who have an intellectual disability. Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are responsible for planning and leading sessions, communicating with parents/guardians, storing and transporting equipment, and guiding volunteers. Training and program guides are provided. The program runs from October to June on Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Sackville. Active Start provides specific training and educational opportunities for young athletes who have intellectual disabilities. The program is based on the rationale that if young athletes are provided with early instruction in the areas of basic motor skills and developmentally appropriate play, there is an excellent opportunity for improvement in physical, social, and cognitive abilities. Special Olympics Nova Scotia is dedicated to enriching the lives of Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities - through sport, many of whom have no other avenues for structured physical fitness.
Contact: Christine Jamieson
Job title: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics, FUNdamentals Program – Assistant Coach Volunteers
Job description: Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics is looking for 2 Assistant Coaches for the FUNdamentals program for children from ages 7 to 12 who have an intellectual disability. Assistant Coaches, and Head Coaches, are responsible for planning and leading sessions, communicating with parents/guardians, storing and transporting equipment, and guiding volunteers. Training and program guides are provided. The program runs from October to June on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:15 pm in Sackville. FUNdamentals provide specific training and educational opportunities for young athletes who have intellectual disabilities. The program is based on the rationale that if young athletes are provided with early instruction in the areas of basic motor skills and developmentally appropriate play, there is an excellent opportunity for improvement in physical, social, and cognitive abilities. Special Olympics Nova Scotia is dedicated to enriching the lives of Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities - through sport, many of whom have no other avenues for structured physical fitness.
Contact: Christine Jamieson
Job title: Halifax Community Learning Network, Adult Literacy Tutor Volunteer
Job description: The Halifax Community Learning Network is a community-based non-profit organization that provides literacy programs to adults in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries. Volunteer tutors are needed to work one-on-one with adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, or other essential life skills. Requirements: Grade 12 education or more; excellent oral and written communication skills in English; ability to commit to a scheduled two-to-three hour weekly time commitment for at least six months; an understanding of the needs of the learner and the challenges they have had in the learning process; patience and flexibility to support the learning needs of the learner as some learners take longer to reach their goals than others; creativity in developing lesson plans to motivate and engage the learner; and effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds. Tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. It can give you the opportunity to make a real difference in a person’s life, and enrich your own. We will provide you with training, resources and on-going support.
Contact: Halifax Community Network
Job title: The Arthritis Society, Residential Campaign Canvasser Volunteers
Job description: The Arthritis Society (Nova Scotia Division) is looking for eager, trustworthy volunteers to help us raise awareness and funds in support of the 1 in 4 Nova Scotians living with arthritis. Volunteers, through the Residential Campaign, will canvass their neighbours, family and friends to raise much needed funds to help The Arthritis Society offer free programs and services to our community.
Contact: Nicole Barron
Phone: 902.429.7025 ext. 8225
Job title: Dartmouth Meals on Wheels, Delivery Driver or Helper and Kitchen Assistant Volunteers
Job description: Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre invites volunteers to join us delivering meals to the homes of clients for the short or long term. Our volunteers don’t just deliver meals. They also deliver a smile and a personal connection to our clients. We need both drivers and helpers to accomplish delivery. You don't have to own a car, or even know how to drive, to volunteer. A team of two volunteers makes the deliveries, typically from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. How much time you can spare for this valuable work depends on you. Even two hours a week for a short term can make a huge difference in the lives of our seniors. The Kitchen Assistant would be responsible for packaging desserts prior to delivery from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
Contact: Diane Rose
Job title: NS SPCA, Thrift Store Volunteer
Job description: NS SPCA is looking for volunteers to join our team at the NS SPCA Thrift Store. Volunteers are needed to work the cash register or help with the sorting of items. Responsibilities include the following: provide exceptional customer service; graciously accept donations; price and organize donations; process cash, debit and credit card payments; and keep the store neat and tidy. Qualifications include friendliness and a willingness to work in a team environment. Cash register experience is an asset but not mandatory – we will train you! Time Commitment: 3-5 hour shift weekly, or the ability to be on call for shifts.
Contact: NS SPCA
Job title: Northwood, Special Care Floors Volunteer (Halifax)
Job description: Northwood is looking for volunteers who are available for 1-2 hours during the week to engage with residents on one of our special care floors. Each week you will visit with several residents who may be living with dementia or other type of cognitive impairment. As the ideal volunteer you are patient, non-judging and have an interest in geriatrics or health care.
Job title: First Baptist Church Dartmouth, Foodbank Volunteer
Job description: First Baptist Church Dartmouth is looking for a volunteer who will prepare for the arrival of the Feed Nova Scotia truck and assist in off-loading the food boxes. Some other duties as assigned. Hours are 8:00 - 10:00 am on Mondays.
Contact: First Baptist Church Dartmouth
Job title: Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic, Volunteers (Halifax)
Job description: Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic is currently looking for compassionate and dedicated volunteers at both Ronald McDonald House® and our Ronald McDonald Family Room® in Halifax. A regular volunteer shift consists of one 4 hour shift each week and we ask for a minimum of an 8 month commitment. We have morning, afternoon and evening shifts available, both during the week and on the weekends. Some of the volunteer tasks at both our House and Family Room include: hosting activities for children and families; maintaining the cleanliness of our kitchen; checking families in and out; working in a reception role, answering phones and light office work; preparing rooms for families; housecleaning and laundry; and handy-work and maintenance. If you are interested in a volunteer position with Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic, please visit our website to fill out an application.
Contact: Leah Hunnakko
Job title: Dartmouth Volleyball Club, Program Coordinator
Job description: To oversee all volleyball related matters across the Club. Provide leadership to all volleyball coaches, players, support staff and volunteers. Responsibilities include the following: oversee the volleyball development program so that participation at all levels is maximised; ensure that all coaches and support staff are carrying out their duties as required; oversee recruitment of coaches and players according to policies outlined by the Club; schedule all practices; attend all provincial meetings as required; assist with setting guidelines for team selections for each age group; local Elementary and Secondary School liaison/ links; coach accreditation; and coaches, players and parents code of behaviour.
Contact: Donna Gillespie
Job title: Halifax Meals on Wheels, Delivery Driver or Helper Volunteer
Job description: We invite volunteers to join us delivering meals to the homes of clients for the short or long term. Our volunteers don’t just deliver meals. They also deliver a smile and a personal connection to our clients. We need both drivers and helpers to accomplish delivery. You do not have to own a car, or even know how to drive, in order to volunteer. A team of two volunteers makes the deliveries, typically from 10:30 am - 12:30pm, Monday to Friday, including holidays. How much time you can spare for this valuable work depends on you. Even two hours a week for a short term can make a huge difference in the lives of our clients.
Contact: Risa Lee
Job title: Shakespeare by the Sea, Treasurer of Board
Job description: Be a director on the board of a 23 year old company. Attend monthly meetings, assist with fundraising ideas and actions, oversee the annual budget and assist with the required forms that are part of the annual operating grant application. Advise the Managing Director on occasion.
Contact: Elizabeth Murphy, Managing and Co-Artistic Director Lahey
Job title: Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre, Canteen Cashier
Job description: Greet customers, use cash register to ring in purchases and make change. Canteen serves soup, sandwiches and other sundries. No food preparation is required. Looking for someone to work approximately 4 hours a week (one shift) on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Hours are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. We are located in downtown Dartmouth.
Contact: Diane Rose
Job title: Out of the Cold Shelter, Volunteer
Job description: Out of The Cold Shelter is looking for caring and dedicated front-line volunteers to do evening, overnight and morning shifts at the shelter. We are seeking volunteers who want to get involved in their community and who have strong conflict resolution, decision making, communication, and organizational skills. We are also looking for volunteers who can help with behind the scenes shelter tasks, such as meals, laundry, and transportation.
Contact: Out of the Cold Shelter
Job title: QEII Health Sciences Centre, Volunteer
Job description: If you are a people person, an opportunity to work with patients or the public may interest you. Joining us will give you the rich opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the lives of the people we serve. There are numerous volunteer positions available for day shifts Monday to Friday.
Job title: Excalibur ADHD Association, Volunteer Treasurer
Job description: Excalibur ADHD Association is seeking a Treasurer. The successful candidate should have a degree in one of the accounting fields and five years’ experience. This position requires the Treasurer to sign cheques, do an audit on the books after year end July 31st, but before the Annual Report is compiled. The Treasurer will receive monthly P & Ls. The day-to day entries are done by someone else. The Treasurer will report on the financial status of Excalibur at the Board meetings, which occur four times/year. An interview, reference check and a police check will be conducted before the successful candidate is appointed. This is a volunteer position.
Job title: Ocean View Continuing Care Centre, Volunteers
Job description: Ocean View Continuing Care Centre is in search of caring individuals to join our volunteer team! Do you have 3-4 hours/week to share, enjoy meeting & visiting people and are you looking to volunteer with seniors? Ocean View is now recruiting for the following positions:
Volunteer Driver for the Wheelchair Accessible Bus; Class 4 license required—Ocean View will provide the training and will cover any required costs
Café Volunteers—duties include sales, stocking shelves; various time slots available (4 hour shifts); easy sales program to use; full training provided
Adult Day Program Volunteers (Monday -Friday) - assist with programs within the adult day program
Contact: Petrea Leslie
Phone: 902.465.6020, ext.2175
Job title: The Art Sales and Rental Society (Teichert Gallery), Volunteer Treasurer
Job description: The Art Sales and Rental Society (Teichert Gallery) is seeking a volunteer Treasurer with a professional accounting background for a two-year term position. The main duties of the Treasurer are to oversee the financial administration of the organization, review procedures and financial reporting, advise the board on financial strategy, present the financial reports and annual budget to the Board and Society membership. The Treasurer also liaises with external auditors, participates as a member of the HR Committee and advises on fundraising activities.
Contact: Andrea Smith
Job title: Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, Board members
Job description: Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education is a thriving post-secondary institution with a 45 year history of growth and success. We provide early childhood education training at our College as well as quality child care programs at our Lab Schools. We are looking for insightful, passionate people to join the Board of Directors as we redefine our vibrant learning community. Commitments include: 3 year terms, monthly meetings and committee work.
Contact: Paroo MacKinnon
Job title: HRCAP, Volunteer iPad Trainer
Job description: We are seeking volunteers interested in facilitating one-on-one and/or small group training sessions to teach older adults basic use of mobile technology, with a specific focus on iPads. Volunteers will be provided with access to iPads and training materials, be tasked with recording simple statistics relevant to program delivery, and should be familiar with using mobile devices and comfortable engaging with seniors. Training locations will be in low-income seniors manors, seniors centres and nursing homes in Halifax and Dartmouth. Hours are flexible to accommodate the trainer's schedule.
Job title: Bibles for Missions, Thrift Store Volunteers
Job description: We are looking for volunteer cashiers and warehouse team members for morning and afternoon shifts. Cashier responsibilities include customer service, operating the user friendly cash system, maintaining a tidy and organized cash counter, greeting customers, re-stocking merchandise, organizing our jewelry counter top displays and redirecting customers as requested. Warehouse Team has morning and afternoon shifts open to volunteer in the Receiving Area for donated goods, clothing/footwear, linen, housewares and electronics. Store hours: Monday to Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thursdays – 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Contact: Carrie Ramsay
Job title: The Hooked Rug Museum of North America, Events Volunteer
Job description: The Hooked Rug Museum of North America, located at 9849 St Margaret’s Bay Road, Queensland, is a non-profit museum which holds workshops, hook-ins and other events. Duties would include assisting other event volunteers by setting up for breaks, preparing food, beverages and cleaning up after the event.
Contact: Linda Crowell
Job title: Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Cashier
Job description: Habitat for Humanity is looking for several volunteer cashiers at our ReStore in Burnside. Duties include greeting customers, operating sales counter, responding to customer inquiries, answering and processing phone calls and operating the cash register to document merchandise sales. The ReStore is a home improvement warehouse located at 81 Wright Avenue in Dartmouth and is open to the public 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday. Current openings are afternoon shifts Monday to Saturday.
Contact: Habitat for Humanity
Job title: Alderney Landing, Craig Gallery Volunteers
Job description: The Craig Gallery is looking for artists or those interested in art that live in our community who have 3-4 hours per week to donate their time. The Gallery is open Sunday – Saturday afternoons and closed Monday. We are looking for responsible, reliable and cooperative adults to interact with the public in a quiet and professional atmosphere.
Contact: Lee Cripps
Job title: Lion’s Roar Magazine, Volunteer
Job description: LionsRoar.com (was Shambhala Sun magazine) has a database of 6,000 articles that have been migrated from old websites but not yet formatted for use on the new website. We’re looking for someone to help with sorting through the database to select articles for evergreen, articles to be preserved for the record, and articles to be deleted. They will also format content, fix links and HTML, categorize, and do simple maintenance.
Contact: Cindy Littlefair
Job title: Ocean View Continuing Care Centre, Volunteer
Job description: Ocean View Continuing Care Centre provides quality care and support for our residents, enhancing their abilities to engage in meaningful activities and services. There are many various opportunities for volunteers, including: assisting with leisure activities, friendly visits, spiritual care support, volunteering in our new café, supporting fundraising events and many more. We have many opportunities to volunteer each day, so are able to accommodate your personal schedule.
Contact: Petrea Leslie
Phone: 902.465.6020, ext. 2175
Job title: Frontier College, Literacy Tutors
Job description: Frontier College is recruiting literacy tutors to support children, youth and adults in their literacy programs that take place in several locations across Halifax & Dartmouth. Programs include homework clubs, reading circles, youth programs, school classroom support (children and adults), after school support as well as an English Language program for immigrants. Our training will provide you with the communication skills and tools you need to support your learners. We ask for a 1 to 2 hours weekly commitment depending on the program. We also place you in the program that best suits your interests.
Contact: Ramona Clarke
Job title: Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, Recreation Therapy Volunteer
Job description: Saint Vincent’s strives to provide quality care and services in a home like atmosphere for our Residents. There are many opportunities for volunteers. Some of these include: assisting with Recreation Therapy programs, meal companions, friendly visits, escorting Residents to appointments, or pastoral care volunteers. We have a very flexible schedule of events and are able to accommodate various volunteers’ schedules.
Contact: Tracey Miller
Phone: 902.429.0550 ext. 119
Job title: THR!VE Education, Volunteer
Job description: THR!VE is an after school personal enrichment program for children in Dartmouth which is seeking 2 volunteers with the skills to market and sell a unique and exceptional children's program to families in HRM. There is the potential for an honorarium.
Contact: Wendy Birt
Job title: Northwood, Volunteer Musicians (Ivany place-Bedford) and (Halifax)
Job description: Guitar players, singers, small bands, piano players or other musicians to entertain seniors. Time commitment 1-3 hours per week.
Job title: Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Drivers
Job description: Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is looking for Volunteer Drivers. Do you have some extra time on your hands and are at least 25 years old? The Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia ReStore has a cube van that is used to pick up residential and commercial donations and it needs a driver! You will need to provide us with a driver’s abstract and criminal background check as well as a copy of your driver’s license. You will also need to be able to lift heavy items.
Contact: Melanie Matheson
Job title: Veith House, Volunteer Receptionist
Job description: Veith House is looking for volunteer receptionists who are available on Tuesday afternoons (1:00 - 4:30 pm), Thursdays (9:00 am - noon or 1:00 - 4:30 pm) or Friday morning (9:00 am - noon). Typically volunteers take one shift per week. Duties will include answering phones, greeting community members and guests, ensuring the reception area is clean, and other projects as needed. Potential volunteers should be comfortable with children, and with people living with and surviving mental illness and disability.
Contact: Veith House
Job title: Spencer House Senior's Centre, Receptionist
Job description: Answering phones, cash handling, general help to seniors and general office duties. Any day of the week (Monday to Friday) shift is either 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm.
Contact: Bertha Roberts
Job title: Spencer House Senior's Centre, Kitchen Help
Job description: Setting tables, peeling vegetables, serving meals, cleaning up, running dishwasher. Looking for a volunteer on Mondays or Fridays, shift is 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.
Contact: Stephanie Radcliffe
Job title: The Nova Scotia Aphasia Association, Corporate Sponsor & Grants Committee Member
Job description: The Nova Scotia Aphasia Association is currently recruiting for our Corporate Sponsor & Grants Committee. The purpose of the CSGC is to explore and pursue funding and sponsorship resources to support the mission of the NSAA. Previous experience and/or education (e.g., grant writing) would be considered an asset. The time commitment would be 2 hours for the monthly meeting and additional time for involvement in related functions (depending on individual’s availability and committee needs). Please contact us for further information.
Contact: The Nova Scotia Aphasia Association
Job title: The Nova Scotia Aphasia Association, Language Learning Resource Committee SLP Member
Job description: The Nova Scotia Aphasia Association is currently recruiting Speech-Language Pathologists to join our Language Learning Resource Committee. The purpose of the LLRC is to develop services for members of the NS community living with aphasia. We are in need of SLP representation in order to plan and implement direct service programs. The time commitment would be 2 hours for the monthly meeting and additional time for involvement in related projects (depending on individual’s availability and project needs). The LLRC currently meets in downtown Halifax; remote participation options are available (e.g., WebEx or teleconference). Please contact us for further information.
Contact: The Nova Scotia Aphasia Association
Job title: Habitat for Humanity, Construction Crew Leader Volunteer
Job description: Reporting to the Build Site Supervisor, the construction crew leader guides and oversees a team of 3 – 4 volunteers during various phases of construction (1 day per week is preferred) in either Spryfield and/or East Preston. Duties & qualifications include: ensuring safety, correct use of tools, have relevant construction experience and the ability to oversee and work with a team of volunteers. Contact Habitat for Humanity for more information and how to apply.
Contact: Habitat for Humanity
Job title: Girl Guides of Canada, Unit Guider (Leader)
Job description: Unit Guiders deliver programming directly to our girls on a weekly basis. Unit Guiders are one of GGC’s most valuable resources, and are the face of Guiding. Volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada is a rewarding way to help girls and young women develop the best in themselves. The dedication and commitment of our volunteers helps girls develop the qualities and skills that will take them through life and allows Girl Guides to offer fun and relevant programming to over 70,000 girls across Canada.
Contact: NS Girl Guide Office
The Halifax Regional Municipality is providing this website as a resource for those seeking to volunteer to better their community. The Municipality is not responsible for any entity listed on this website, nor for the quality of volunteer opportunity. The Municipality does not endorse, sponsor, or validate the opportunities posted here.
Organizations meeting the below criteria may request the use of this site to post volunteer opportunities. Halifax Regional Municipality reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to refuse and/or remove any volunteer posting.
Please ensure that your volunteer opportunity meets the following criteria before you submit.
1. The organization you are submitting from must be one of the following:
• “A non-profit organization that is a registered charity, or incorporated under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia or similar”.
• An organization that is hosting a community event located in Nova Scotia, preferably Halifax; or
• A Canadian public, municipal, provincial or federal government office or service within Halifax.
2. The volunteer opportunity must address the needs of the Nova Scotian, preferably Halifax, community, and create a positive impact on the community.
3. The following are not accepted:
• Paid positions.
• Positions that charge a fee to participate.
• Positions that take place outside of Nova Scotia or are supervised from outside of Nova Scotia.
• Positions that resemble internships, either paid or unpaid.