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Volunteer With Us

Volunteers are an important piece of our puzzle.
Help change the lives of women and gender-diverse people.

How volunteers strengthen our work

At YWCA Hamilton we recruit volunteers who are interested in sharing their unique life experiences to enhance program offerings, and support the many programs and services we offer with their abilities and passion.

We offer four types of virtual, in-person and/or hybrid volunteering at YWCA Hamilton

Committee Work: Committees power our mission and provide and opportunity for volunteers to strengthen their leadership potential and networks. Active committees which engage the community at large include:

  • Board of Directors
  • Philanthropy Committee
  • RISE Collective
  • Women of Distinction Judging
  • And more!

Interested in committee work? Check out our current opportunities to see if any of these roles are accepting new volunteers!

Fundraising & Events: Join the team driving our culture of philanthropy and make a difference in your community. Volunteer opportunities supporting philanthropy at YWCA Hamilton include:

  • Community Outreach
  • Day of set-up/tear down
  • Support for signature events
  • Fundraising activities support

Interested in fundraising and events? Check out current opportunities to see if any of these roles are accepting new volunteers or host your own fundraiser in support of YWCA Hamilton by applying here.

Administrative: Share your skills and make impact through supporting an administrative area of our organization. We look for individuals with experience in:

  • Informative Technology (IT)
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Reception/Front desk
  • Training, and general administrative tasks

Interested in volunteering your admin skills? Check out current opportunities to see if any of these roles are accepting new volunteers.

Check out our current work opportunities here.

Program Support: Lend your hands on support or expertise to help improve the program experience for someone in your community. Opportunities may include:

  • Workshop/facilitator
  • Mentor
  • Activities and excursion support
  • Peer-support
  • Social service network
  • Infant, child care and new moms support
  • Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ youth support
  • And so much more…

Interested in supporting a program? Check out current opportunities to see if any of these roles are accepting new volunteers!

Read about YWCA Hamilton’s Impact here.

The YWCA maintains a list of “In a Pinch” volunteers for special events and last-minute opportunities. If you’re unable to make a longer-term commitment, this is a great way to help out casually. As a Pinch volunteer, we may contact you via email a few weeks ahead, or only a day or two in advance, to ask if you could lend a hand to an event, initiative or project. All are opt-in opportunities and you’ll receive additional information when you commit to volunteer.

Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Supports YWCA Hamilton mission, vision and values
  • Works from a feminist, anti-oppressive/anti-racist perspective
  • Willing to accept supervision and take direction
  • Respectful of confidentiality and privacy
  • Reliable, mature, non-judgmental, kind, caring and able to listen
  • Time commitment as agreed upon
  • Able to volunteer at a short-notice.
  • Comfortable volunteering in a range of roles from events, administrative support, program support as needed.
  • Ability to speak / understand additional languages considered an asset but not necessary

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform duties as assigned
  • Adhere to all policies as outlined in the YWCA Volunteer Training

NECESSARY TRAINING:

  • YWCA General Volunteer Training
  • Position Specific Orientation

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for YWCA Hamilton. Please see below for current volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in possible future opportunities, please email Volunteer Coordinator Stacey Marshall, smarshall@ywcahamilton.org for more information.

Board of Director Retreat 2020
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Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year and in celebration of National Volunteer Week, YWCA Hamilton recognizes the contributions of the dedicated volunteers who power our mission. YWCA Hamilton’s Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to a stand out volunteer that has been nominated by the program area which their impact is felt.

All YWCA Hamilton departments have an opportunity to nominate!

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner, Lorraine Kearsey-Carter smiles at the camera with a hand on her hip

2023 Volunteer of the Year Winner

YWCA Hamilton is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award, Lorraine Kearsey-Carter!

Congratulations, Lorraine!

2022 Volunteer of the year – Rafal Tomczuk!

2021 Volunteer of the year – Peter Van Dyk

2020 Volunteer of the year – Olivia Mancini

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