As a result of COVID-19, we are not accepting any new volunteers. We look forward to hearing from you once it is safe to have our volunteers return.
Thank you for considering how you can help advance our mission of fighting poverty in Hamilton. We love our volunteers and couldn’t manage without them. Whether you are interested in a long-term commitment, or just giving us a few hours of your time, we can always use the help. Most importantly, you will be making a real difference creating a more prosperous and caring Hamilton for everyone.
What You Can Expect
- Meet and interact with great people
- Help Mission Services achieve its goal of serving every person who comes to us in need
- Learn, build, and contribute your unique skills
- Gain valuable and even life-changing experiences
- Receive support and assistance every step of the way!
If you are interested in group volunteering, please email Volunteer Manager, Angie Ratzlaff-Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you can see all of the programs and services at Mission Services where volunteers are active. These will help you decide where you’d like to spend your time with us. During the application and interview process, you can let us know what your availability is and what kind of schedule works best for you.
Men’s Emergency Shelter is open 24-7. Here we give shelter and meals to men who are experiencing homeless or have nowhere else safe to go. Some of the volunteer roles here include things like helping in the kitchen, socializing with shelter residents by playing board games and music, supporting our Pastoral Care Team, and assisting our maintenance team and front desk reception.
Willow’s Place is a safe drop-in for women that runs weekdays during the morning and afternoon, with extended hours during the winter months. There are a wide range of volunteer roles at Willow’s Place in meal preparation and kitchen clean up, and special workshops and classes in math, writing, general education, recreation and exercise, art, and cooking.
Inasmuch House is a 37-bed shelter for women and children at risk of homelessness, or escaping from abusive relationships and the effects of trauma. Two common volunteer positions here include kitchen helpers and front desk receptionists. Some of our volunteers also assist our children’s programming, especially with babysitting, homework support, and recreation.
There are many ways for volunteers to help out in Community Services. The Good Food Centre is almost totally dependent on volunteers. Positions here span everything from receiving and warehousing food donation, data entry, engaging with clients, and front desk reception.
Mission Services also offers many group counselling programs as part of Community Services. There are volunteer assignments related to helping schedule these groups, welcome participants and set up rooms, provide information over the phone, do scheduling and reminder calls.
The central administration of Mission Services can benefit tremendously from the involvement of clerical and administrative volunteers in our Development, Human Resources and Volunteer Programs.
Our Facility management team is always in need of cleaners, landscapers, handy-people and contractors.