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Community Partners

The DALConnects program has made a number of community partners who are willing to accept students for volunteer work.  If you are participating in the DALConnects program, you are encouraged to browse the organizations and find the right fit for you.  If you need additional support email dalconnects@dal.ca or visit the Student Success Centre on the 4th Floor, SUB to speak to an advisor.

If you are a member of an organization that has volunteer opportunities, find out more on how to partner with DALConnects

 

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On Campus

Dal After Dark

Dal After Dark gives Dal students fun and free/low cost on-campus activities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

A great opportunity to socialize, make new friends, be active and get involved in student life at Dal, you are welcome to stop by any of our events for a few minutes or a few hours! Check back often as there will be a new schedule every week.


Contact Us

Email: afterdark@dal.ca

Dalhousie International Centre

Throughout the year the International Centre hosts various events and workshops for which we depend on volunteers.  There are also ongoing volunteer opportunities such as an ESL Conversation Group and Canada Revenue Agency Tax Clinics.

Visit  their website to find out more

Health & Wellness

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

We are a leading not-for-profit health organization working to improve the quality of life for Nova Scotians affected by Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and advance the search for the cause and cure.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Alzheimer Society. We have many volunteers across the province who work in many ways to help those affected by Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers, and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia office. Whether you have just a bit of time or want to volunteer on a regular basis, there are a number of ways you can help.

For more information on how to get involved, visit the Alzheimer Society's website.

Bladder Cancer Canada

Bladder Cancer Canada is the first abd only Canadian patient advocacy organization dedicated to bladder cancer issues. We are a national charity organized to help bladder cancer patients and their support teams address day-to-day issues of this disease.

Would you like to volunteer with Bladder Cancer Canada?
Please visit Bladder Cancer Canada's website and submit our downloadable Application Form. 

Canadian Blood Services

Canadian patients depend on us to manage a safe, secure and cost-effective blood system. We bring quality to every aspect of our work - from collecting, testing and manufacturing blood, blood components and stem cells to knowledge creation and dissemination to conducting ground-breaking research.

Find out on how to become a volunteer

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is Canada's leading community-driven breast cancer charity dedicated to funding relevant and innovative research, and supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community

Volunteers are the backbone of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and we are proud of the dedicated support of over 17,500 volunteers across Canada. From the strategic leadership of our national and regional boards of directors, to our Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure event leads and thousands of part time and full time volunteers across Canada, volunteers are intrinsic to the Foundation's success.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities on Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's website.

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Volunteering with the 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.

To find volunteer opportunities in your area please visit the Canadian Cancer Society's website.

Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia

The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS) is a registered Canadian charity that supports individuals living with epilepsy in Nova Scotia. Formed in 1980, EANS serves adults and children with epilepsy, their families, friends and the community at large. We seek to promote a better understanding of this common neurological condition through public education and awareness programs, advocacy, and research. EANS also offers services to New Brunswick and PEI as needed.

Since its incorporation EANS has grown from a space in a church basement to a professional office in the Medical Arts Building on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. Client services have increased, and education, recreation, and volunteer programs are constantly being developed. Volunteers are an integral and important part of the work the association undertakes.

Volunteers are a huge part of what makes EANS tick. If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit the EANS website to fill out the form or call (902) 429-2633 to be added to the volunteer database.
Volunteers are notified of needs/opportunities as they arise, and it’s up to you to decide if you can help on a case-by-case basis.

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact in your community? September is Arthritis Awareness Month, and volunteers across our province will be canvassing their communities, family and friends to raise much needed funds and help those 210,000 Nova Scotians living with this disease.

For more information on volunteer opportunities please visit the Arthritis Society's website.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada

Our Mission: To cure Leukemia, Lumphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and Myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

When you volunteer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) you make a lasting impact on the life of someone who needs your help - as well as on your own life. Volunteering can give you the satisfaction of seeing direct results from your personal efforts and creating a meaningful experience.

Anyone can be a volunteer - there's no such thing as a "typical" volunteer. Our volunteers are as diverse as the volunteer opportunities available:

  • You can volunteer for as few or as many hours as you'd like. We offer flexible schedules and convenient ways to volunteer with different levels of commitment and responsibility. Volunteer once a week, once a month or once in a while!
  • We can match volunteer assignments to your capabilities and interests. You can leverage your unique talents and strengths toward helping us fulfill our mission.
  • We can help train you if you'd like to learn a new skill.

To volunteer in your community, visit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's website and fill out the contact form.

Northwood

For over 50 years, we have responded to the needs of older adults with programs and services that help maintain an active and independent lifestyle while providing care and support to those in need. Today, Northwood is a vibrant community enriched by those we serve and those who serve. With a staff of over 1,500 and a volunteer force of over 500, each day Northwood touches the lives of over 6,500 people throughout Nova Scotia.

Volunteer with Northwood and you will make life better for seniors in your community. Provide comfort, entertainment, security and peace of mind. Volunteers at Northwood entertain with music, visit with seniors, provide pastoral care, are leaders, solve problems, run programs, and provide administrative support. What can you do to make the life of a senior better?

Please vitis Northwood's website for more information or to fill out their Application Form.

St. Vincent's Nursing Home


Saint Vincent's Nursing Home is an accredited nursing home for seniors, located at 2080 Windsor Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Saint Vincent's offers care to 149 residents. Established in 1966, Saint Vincent's immediately gained a reputation for high quality care for its residents. The health professionals at Saint Vincent's provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to residents to help them achieve a sense of well-being and security. 

Saint Vincent's provides a meaningful Volunteer experience. Some of the Volunteer opportunities and areas available are assisting with Recreation Therapy programs, Pastoral Care, Palliative Care, escorting Residents to medical appointments, Meal Companion, Physiotherapy and providing friendly visits.

Volunteer application forms can be found on Saint Vincent's website.

*Please note a Criminal Records Check is required.

 

St. John Ambulance

St. John Ambulance has been ensuring the health, safety and quality of life for Canadians for well over 125 years. St. John Ambulance offers the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art first aid and CPR training programs for the workplace, the home and the community.  

For over a century, St. John Ambulance Canada volunteers have been dedicated to a singular vision: to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing community services and first aid training.

Visit the SJA website for more information on how to get involved.

Youth & Mentoring

Alex's Safe Harbour

Alex’s Safe Harbour was established in 2009 and is dedicated to providing a place where grieving children, teens and families can find compassion and understanding through peer support groups. Alex’s Safe Harbour also provides community outreach and education to promote “good grief” support within our community.

Core Principles & Values –We honour and encourage the safe expression of grief and loss. We provide a loving community to foster the discovery and development of each child’s and each individual’s own resiliency and emotional well-being. We believe in walking beside them and offering hope, compassion and understanding as they journey towards healing.

There are many ways you can help out at the Center; we need help in the office with grant-writing, preparing rooms for evening groups, gathering and organizing arts & crafts materials, etc. 

To become a volunteer, please visit the Alex's Safe Harbour website.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies Canada was established in 1993 by Daniel Greenglass and Penny Shore and was incorporated as a registered Canadian charity in 1995.

Our Mission: To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our long-term goal is to make every school and community across Canada more inclusive and accepting of people with intellectual disabilities.

To speak with someone further about how you can get involved, visit our website or e-mail us at info@bestbuddies.ca.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters

As Canada's leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

Help With Fundraising

Sign up here  to volunteer to sell 50/50 tickets at the Mooseheads Hockey Games to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Become a Mentor
For just a few hours a couple of times a month, you can help a child succeed. Big Brothers Big Sisters is different from other mentoring organizations in that we seek volunteers who are committed and consistent, willing to serve at least a year, but we hope until a child graduates high school. Studies show that by doing so, our mentoring services help kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviour, and experience first-hand the importance of helping others in their community.

For more information, please visit Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Boys and Girls Club

The mission of all Boys and Girls Clubs in Canada is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Our vision is that all children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful and active participants in society.

Spryfield Club

Volunteers are a welcome addition to our team at the Boys & Girls Club. They would be are a helping hand during the programming assisting program leaders and the administrative team.
Our After School Program runs Monday-Friday 2:30pm-5:30pm. We would love to have volunteers attend our program at least once a week for the full program time if possible.

Please visit the Boys and Girls Club of Spryfield's website for more information.

 

Children's Wish Foundation

The Children's Wish Foundation is a uniquely Canadian charity that helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. With every wish that we grant, we create moments of joy that ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child's family, and connect healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope.

We've been granting wishes since 1984. As we approached our 30-year milestone, we granted the 20,000th wish to a child living with a life-threatening illness. Every wish is as unique as the child making it, from finally getting to cuddle with grandparents who live far away to hitting a puck with a favourite hockey player. In the often painful life of a seriously ill child, these wishes have made a tremendous difference.

Our volunteers make a difference by pitching in at special events, providing support in our offices, coordinating fundraisers, and representing Children’s Wish in the community. To find volunteer opportunities, please visit theChildren's Wish Foundation website and complete the Volunteer Profile Form

Family SOS

Family SOS is a local non-profit, child-centered organization directed toward building strong and healthy families.

Supporting Family SOS is an opportunity to ensure that your charitable contributions are making a direct difference in what you value most: children and families. Family SOS exists solely to serve the children and families of our community. We invite you too, to connect with your community through Family SOS.

Volunteers are very important to the success of all of our programs, from administrative support, to fundraising, to facilitation. If you would like more information about volunteering, please visit our website.

Phoenix Youth

At Phoenix, we know that life can be tough – especially when you’re young and need a helping hand. If you’re between the ages of 16-24, we can help you get off the street and move towards a better life.

We recognize the value of all youth, and strive for a world where they live with dignity, free from oppression, in a healthy, safe environment. We imagine a society where our services are no longer needed.

We support at-risk and homeless youth within our extended community. Our intent is to break the cycle of homelessness by offering a wide range of programs and services. We strive to be a meaningful presence and a voice for social justice in the lives of the youth we serve.

There are many rewarding volunteering experience available, please visit the Phoenix Youth website to find out more.

St. George's YouthNet

YouthNet offers free lunch, after-school, March Break and summer programs to youth ages 6-14 in Halifax's inner-city. We believe that friendship is foundational to human growth and so our goal is to develop meaningful relationships with the youth in our programs, volunteers, the community, our partners and sponsors to fulfill our mission which is to make friends, discover talents and inspire dreams.

We offer a diversity of activities to teach life-skills, to build confidence and inspire personal growth which are supported in large part by our volunteers. These activities range from knitting, speed-skating, sports, video-making, wilderness camping, song writing, cooking, gardening, clay-making, painting, drawing and many others. Through programming, we aim to engage the youth and to offer them opportunities to experience fun and challenging activities that they would not otherwise have the chance to try. Staff and volunteers work together to provide support and mentorship to youth and to encourage and motivate them within the activities. 

For more information, visit our YouthNet website.

Community

Alderny Landing

Alderney Landing promotes community and cultural programming and is recognized as a unique destination and venue for business, arts and entertainment in Nova Scotia." Alderney Landing exists to enhance the recreational and cultural life of the region.

Along with hosting all of these activities and events comes numerous opportunities to volunteer. From helping out with the Farmer's Market and live theatre shows to outdoor concerts and festival, there's something for everyone at Alderney. 

If you would like to volunteer for upcoming events please visit Alderney Landing's website for more information.

Autism Nova Scotia

Founded in 2002, Autism Nova Scotia (ANS) is a non-profit, registered charity located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Autism Nova Scotia was the original vision of Joan and Jack Craig, parents of an adult son with autism. Today, ANS supports individuals with autism, their families, educators, healthcare professionals and researchers throughout Nova Scotia.

Autism Nova Scotia provides information materials, research assistance, a variety of program opportunities and a friendly atmosphere to support our members in their desire to understand autism. We offer assistance to individuals with autism so that they can live full and rich lives.

We are a community-based organization that fosters understanding, acceptance, and collaborative approaches for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout Nova Scotia.

Visit Autism Nova Scotia's website to become a volunteer!

Bryony House

Bryony House provides a safe shelter and support services for women and families impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse; most importantly, we save lives.

We could do nothing without the support of our amazing volunteers. We are always in need of volunteers that support the work of the shelter and the administration office. We recognize that volunteers have busy lives outside of their volunteer work; The tasks and time-frames listed in the job descriptions are guidelines and can be tailored to meet the availability and unique skills of our volunteers. 

View volunteer opportunities and fill our an application form online with Bryony House.

Discovery Centre

At the Discovery Centre we believe in a hands-on, minds-on philosophy, and it’s the backbone for everything we do – from our exhibits, live science shows, workshops and community outreach to our science busking and summer camp programs. Here, we make it our mission to have fun while we teach kids about science and technology. In fact, it’s so much fun, kids don’t even know they’re learning! That’s why we call the Discovery Centre the smartest place to play.

We’ve been in this experiential education game now for over 26 years, and we’ve won many awards and captured many hearts, and minds, along the way. We’ve also provided tens of thousands “light bulb” moments.

Visit the Discovery Centre’s website for more information on their volunteer program.

Elder Dog

ElderDog Canada Inc. is a national, community-based, non-profit organization established and incorporated under federal regulations in 2009. Our work is dedicated to the well-being of older people and older dogs. We rely on donations and fundraising to carry out our work. There are no fees for any of our services.

Our mission at ElderDog is to honour and preserve the human-animal bond through care, companionship, commemoration, and education.

ElderDog is always looking for volunteers who are interested in working with elders and their animals. Please visit the ElderDog website to find a voluntter opportunity.

Feed Nova Scotia

Feed Nova Scotia first opened its doors in 1984 as the Metro Food Bank Society to provide emergency food relief within Halifax/Dartmouth. It was an initiative of the faith and corporate communities.

Feed NS is a charitable organization that helps feed hungry people by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs, while at the same time striving to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty through research, awareness and support programs.

If you'd like to be a regular volunteer at FEED NOVA SCOTIA, please visit their website and follow the steps listed.

Fusion Halifax

Imagine living in a place where you can build connections, get involved, activate ideas and promote issues that will shape the future of your city.... This is FUSION Halifax.

Fusion Halifax is all about action. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and do the work to make Halifax a destination of choice for our generation, we want you!

Our action teams engage on a wide variety of issues that affect our demographic and our city. We want to connect you with like-minded people, engage you with work you are passionate about, and inspire you to bring about meaningful change.

Check out their website for more information on how to get involved with Fusion Halifax!

Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax Public Libraries values the important contribution volunteers make to our organization. Volunteers make Halifax Public Libraries a better library not only by contributing their expertise, knowledge, and time but also by strengthening the link to the communities we serve.

Lend a hand at your local library with one of the following volunteer opportunities:

For more information on volunteering with your local Library please use the links above or visit the Public Library's website.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants. Working in partnership, ISANS offers services and creates opportunities that enable immigrants to participate fully in Canadian life.

Community Connections:
- volunteers are matched with a newcomer individual or their family to assist in the settlement process (we also have family to family matches)
- Provide support & information about cultural norms, social activities and opportunities for getting involved in the wider community
- Occupational Students welcomed

A mandatory 2-hour Community Connections training session and optional workshops are offered throughout the year.

Volunteer application can be completed on ISANS website.

Red Bear Healing Home

Red Bear Healing Home is a non-profit society registered with the Province of Nova Scotia. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

Connects Voice Mail

Red Bear Connects Free Voice Mail, through a local telephone number, is available free to people in the local calling area of Halifax experiencing homelessness, is at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing poverty.  You can receive a telephone number with an extension to a voice mail box so people can leave you messages for jobs, housing, health care, etc.  It is also available to people experiencing poverty outside of the local calling area of Halifax; however, long distance charges for accessing your voice mail will be your responsibility.

Volunteer activities may include Sign up people for voice mail, represent Red Bear at conferences, other community events and food banks. Put up posters throughout the community. Make presentations to non-profit organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact info@redbearhealinghome.ca

Ronald McDonald House Atlantic Canada

Our House is dedicated to helping seriously ill or disabled children by providing them and their families a caring and supportive home away from home, and by extending this care to the hospital setting in Maritime communities through our Ronald McDonald Family Room® program. Our Vision is to ensure that the ever changing needs of children and families receiving pediatric services will be met with people and programs in an environment of safety, compassion, commitment and integrity.

Volunteers play a vital role and are responsible for adding the loving touches that make our home a warm and welcoming environment. Our volunteers are often referred to as the "heart" of our House. Our House/Family Room Volunteer positions are suited for individuals whose schedule allows them to make a commitment to a regular 4 hour shift each week. As a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, you will have the opportunity to volunteer at both the House and the Family Room, where you will be able to have an impact by:

  • Connecting with families
  • Housekeeping
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Programming
  • Office Support

If you are interested in volunteering please visit the Ronald McDonald House website and fill out a volunteer application form.

SCRI Society: The Club

SCRI Society runs lots of different programs and activities that are accessible to people who have disabilities, special needs or difficulties with learning or communication. Our members help to plan our activities and make The Club programs really special.

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Many of The Club’s volunteers are University students who are looking to gain experience of working with diverse groups or people who have different abilities. Others are local residents who want to get more involved with their community, or find meaningful occupation outside of their regular employment.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, energetic, and kind people who will donate their time or skills to make The Club a truly special place. You can choose a regular time and day to volunteer, or offer specialist skills such as IT, maintenance, or administration

Visit The Club's website to find out more

 

 

The Marguerite Centre

The Marguerite Centre supports women recovering from addiction. We offer a long-term abstinence based residential program focusing on the healing of mind, body and spirit. 

The Marguerite Centre believes in the right for women to recover from their addictions in a safe residential setting where their unique needs will be met, their issues addressed and their voices heard. Our woman-centered, holistic approach to programming empowers women to create their own path to healing and recovery.

 

Find out how to become a volunteer

 

Veith House

Veith House’s Mission is to meet the needs of children, families, and individuals affected by poverty, with empowerment as an ever present goal.

Our vision at Veith House is to create a healthy and sustainable organization, which engages, supports and empowers the North End community to reach their potential in community, family, and personal wellbeing and health.

Find out how to become a volunteer

Victoria Order of Nurses

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Greater Halifax is one of 50 VON Canada sites. VON Canada has more than 5,500 staff and 9,500 volunteers across the country. VON provides three levels of care: preventative care, medical care, and supportive care. This is done through home nursing, personal/home support, corporate health, and volunteer services. 

VON Greater Halifax has 250 dedicated volunteers who help with the delivery of our Community Support Programs. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of individuals every day. For information on volunteer opportunities with VON Greater Halifax, please contact Janice Beaton at 455-6651.

YWCA Halifax

We are for, by and about women and girls. We transform lives by providing a continuum of critical services and programs that build capacity for lasting positive change. We strive to change the underlying causes and issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty and homelessness.

YWCA Halifax is Halifax Regional Municipality’s only organization that builds economic security, promotes wellness and creates opportunities for women, girls and their families by providing a strong voice and integrated services.

We work to establish new partnerships and to nurture those who graciously support our cause. As a result, we continue to make it possible for women and children to escape homelessness, violence, and instability and move towards a brighter future.

To find a volunteer opportunity, please contact the YWCA.

On-Point Volunteers

On-Point Volunteers Association is committed to:

  • Connecting our members to meaningful volunteer opportunities in a group setting
  • Supporting non-profit organizations and the people of our towns, cities and provinces through volunteer activities
  • Communicating the value of volunteers to our communities
  • Encouraging the integration of new members to our organization
  • Guiding our members to develop personally and professionally through volunteering activities

 

Founded just this past year, On-Point Volunteers Association is in its early growth stages as a non-profit organizations and has lots of opportunities for strategic thinkers to contribute .  Do you want to contribute beyond being on the ground supporting events in our community?  This would be a great way for you to build your leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

 

Find On-Point Volunteers on Facebook or email onpointvolunteers@gmail.com for more information on how you can give back to a variety of non-profit organizations right here in HRM.

 

Environment

Ecology Action Centre

Since 1971, the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) has been working at the local, regional, national and more recently, international level to build a healthier and more sustainable world. While all of our work is connected to Nova Scotia, we draw inspiration from many places. We work closely with communities as well as social and natural scientists and make strong use of science in communicating our message.

The Centre's earliest projects included recycling, composting, and energy conservation, and these are now widely recognized environmental issues. Our current areas of focus include Built Environment, Marine Issues, Coastal Issues, Wilderness, Food, Transportation and Energy Issues. 

Put your passion to work

Volunteer opportunities at the Ecology Action Centre can range from a one-day work party, to a regular afternoon on our front desk, to researching alternative energy policy, to taking tickets at an event.

Visit the EAC website for more information on how to get involved.

Sierra Club Canada Foundation

Sierra Club Canada (SCC) Foundation is a national charitable foundation that fulfills its mission to protect and preserve our natural environment by funding a wide range of environmental projects, from scientific research to environmental education.

The mission of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation is to advance the preservation and protection of the natural environment with charitable resources.

Since 1972, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation has funded tens of millions of dollars worth of important work, from small local projects costing a few hundred dollars, to large, multi-year campaigns which require thousands of dollars to support. These funds are generously provided by individual donors, foundations and others who recognize that we all have a right to a safe and healthy environment: clean air, clean water, open space, wild lands and a healthy and diverse ecosystem.

There are many ways to volunteer at SCC; a great way to get started is to join Sierra Club Canada and attend local group meetings. For more information, please visit the SCC website.

Arts & Culture

Canadian Museum of Immigration Pier 21

Canada has been profoundly shaped by immigration. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 aims to inspire and enable Canadians to explore their relationships with those migrations. We envision opening that conversation on a national scale.

Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome at the Museum—including you! Share cross-cultural experiences with fellow volunteers and learn about Canada’s immigration history. Meet new people in a vibrant atmosphere and become actively involved in your community. Gain marketable skills and share Canada’s immigration story as a volunteer at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. There’s no better place to feel Canadian.

Volunteers take on roles in many departments at the Museum, and the roles and projects available to volunteers are always growing and changing. The Museum’s volunteer opportunities are as diverse as the volunteers themselves!

Interested in volunteering? Visit the Canadian Museam of Immigrations website.

Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia

Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) was founded in 1975 and was mandated by the provincial government of Nova Scotia to represent the interests of multicultural organizations and communities in the Province. We strive to develop new policies for the purpose of promoting equality and initiate the development of new legislation in regards to multiculturalism; to create a sense of belonging and respect for all cultures in our community; to influence currently relevant legislation to reflect multiculturalism; to educate Nova Scotians on multiculturalism by developing and delivering programs and to advocate broad multicultural issues by acting as a clearing house on issues, information and services.

As a nonprofit and charitable organization, we rely on our volunteers to generously donate their time and talent to ensure the success of our efforts. You must be committed to helping others and contributing your skills and time to MANS and the community.

View the MANS website for more information.

 

Nova Scotia Talent Trust

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) is a registered charity that provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists in their chosen fields like visual arts, music, film/new media, theatre, dance, or literary arts.

The NSTT will enhance its activities to ensure that artistically gifted Nova Scotians will be recognized, nurtured, celebrated and supported in the development of their talents as they contribute to cultural life and achieve their potential locally, nationally and internationally.

With a number of volunteer opportunities available, please visit the NSTT website to read more and fill out an application.

Education

Best Buddies

Best Buddies was founded in the United States by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, nephew of the late 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Best Buddies Canada was established in 1993 by Daniel Greenglass and Penny Shore and was incorporated as a registered Canadian charity in 1995.

Our long-term goal is to make every school and community across Canada more inclusive and accepting of people with intellectual disabilities.

We facilitate the formation of one-to-one friendships between students and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Find out how to get involved

Chebucto Connections Pathways to Education

Chebucto Connections Pathways to Education Spryfield reduces poverty and its effects by lowering the dropout rate among high school students from economically disadvantaged communities. This community operated program supports youth to help them graduate, improving their opportunities in post-secondary education and meaningful employment.

The Pathways to Education Program requires skilled and committed volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative program, which can make a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families. Both one-on-one and group tutoring positions are available and training is provided. Recruitment is ongoing. Join the dedicated team of Pathways volunteers and you will see how your time contribution will make a difference in the lives of Halifax’s youth.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please  visit our website.

 

Frontier College

Frontier College is a non-profit, volunteer based organization which has been promoting literacy and a love of reading for 114 years. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.

Because low literacy is directly linked to poverty, high unemployment, poor health and crime, volunteering for our organization will provide you with invaluable experience supporting just about any field of study.

Some of our homework clubs have both children and youth. Our programs take place in community centres, schools, and Family Resource Centres. The tutor can count on participating in a numbet of activities with the learner, including:

  • Completing homework assignments
  • Studying for tests
  • Engaging in creative writing activities
  • Preparing for projects
  • Improving study skills such as organizational & time management skills
  • Working on math facts and concepts
  • Chemistry / biology / physics support
  • Reading support
  • French Language support

To learn more, please visit Frontier College's website

Let's Talk Science

We are a non-profit, volunteer based, science outreach organization. We provide free science workshops to classroom from Kindergarten to Grade 12, run by Dalhousie student volunteers.

Get Involved

Chisholm Services for Children

Chisholm's LINKS Literacy program  is an after-school literacy program for children 6-12 years of age who are reading below grade level or diagnosed with a learning disability. The programs are offered from 4 different locations in Halifax (Inglis Street Elementary School, St. Joseph's Alexander McKay Elementary School, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Southdale North Woodside Elementary School). Volunteers are often able to participate in 1- 3 hours of literacy instruction for children twice a week. 

To inquire about volunteering, contact info@chisholm4children.ca or call 902.423.9871

Start2Finish Running & Reading Clubs

Start2Finish's mission is to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing support to Canada's at risk children throughout their school years, nurturing mind, body and social health so they are empowered to succeed and become role models for change.

Running & Reading is a 30 week after-school program that effectively addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among economically challenged children in the communities it services.

For two hours once per week starting in October and ending in May volunteers will work with kids in a local inner city school in Halifax. Each club has approximately 50 kids per week. Volunteers will run with the kids, sit on the floor and eat a healthy snack with them, spend 45 minutes reading together, all the while building healthy mentoring relationships.

To become a volunteer, please visit Start2Finish’s website and and email Kevin Jolly at kevj@ns.sympatico.ca

Students Offering Support

Dalhousie SOS is a society dedicated to: "Raising Money. Raising Marks. Raising Roofs". We run tutoring sessions for first year students to raise money for sustainable education projects in Latin America.

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Sports & Recreation

Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is a non-profit, self-sufficient organization that promotes Nova Scotia sport history. Our current emphasis is our Nova Scotia sport heroes with focus on young people to become "Future Hall of Famers" not just in sport but in all aspects of their lives.  

Do you enjoy sports? Are you interested in Halifax’s sports heritage?
If interested in volunteering, please the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame website.

Recreation Nova Scotia

Recreation Nova Scotia inspires and supports a diverse and comprehensive network of partners committed to addressing the recreation needs of all Nova Scotians, through the provision of leadership and a strong provincial voice.

For information on volunteering with us, visit the Recreation NS website

Start2Finish Running & Reading Clubs

Start2Finish's mission is to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing support to Canada's at risk children throughout their school years, nurturing mind, body and social health so they are empowered to succeed and become role models for change.

Running & Reading is a 30 week after-school program that effectively addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among economically challenged children in the communities it services.

For two hours once per week starting in October and ending in May volunteers will work with kids in a local inner city school in Halifax. Each club has approximately 50 kids per week. Volunteers will run with the kids, sit on the floor and eat a healthy snack with them, spend 45 minutes reading together, all the while building healthy mentoring relationships.

To become a volunteer, please visit Start2Finish’s website and email Kevin Jolly at kevj@ns.sympatico.ca