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The Day Dalhousie gives back!

Brought to you by Dalhousie Residence/ Student Life, the Bissett Student Success Centre, the International Centre, and the Dalhousie Student Union

Every September, Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Student Union are coming together to give back to the community for Community Day.

We are partnering with a number of local community non-profit organizations to offer exciting and valuable volunteer projects for all Dalhousie and King's Students to participate in during the day. This event is FREE for all students and is a great way to meet new people, learn more about a number of non-profits across Halifax, and have a great time giving back to the community!

Join us on September 15th for our 10th annual day of community engagement and volunteerism!

There is also a lunch sponsored by the Dalhousie President's Office prior to departing to your projects!

Register now!

 Connect with volunteer organizations (Halifax or Truro)


Volunteer Organizations September 2018.

Shelter Nova Scotia

Volunteer with Shelter Nova Scotia for Community Day by Sorting Donations and helping to Organize pantries. 
Shelter Nova Scotia is a non-for-profit organization that supports people in times of crisis & transition through residential, trustee and outreach programs by helping individuals maximize their inher­ent greatness.

Shelter Nova Scotia is passionate about accomplishing two things:

  • Ending homelessness one person at a time
  • Helping individuals make the change from a correctional facility to community living.

In pursuit of their goals, Shelter Nova Scotia oversees the operation of:

  • two emergency shelters that serve men and women experiencing homelessness
  • a supportive housing program for men and women moving from shelter living to community living
  • an apartment complex for men transitioning out of shelter life
  • an affordable, supportive living environment dedicated to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and who have a long history of  alcohol dependency,
  • a Community Trustee Program for individuals in the community
  • two Community Residential Facilities that help men and women make the change from correctional facilities to community living

For more information visit: shelternovascotia.com.

Dalhousie Alumni Association Womens Division

Volunteer with the Dalhousie Alumni Association's Womens Division on Community Day by assisting with the Flea Market!

The Dalhousie Alumni Association has roots stretching back to 1871, and its sister organization was formed in 1909.

Today’s Women’s Division has grown from its origins as the Alumnae Association formed over a century ago, and continues its mission to advocate on behalf of female students of the university.
Today, a 15-person executive committee leads this 200-member group of alumnae. The Division’s priorities include:

  • supporting student scholarships and awards
  • raising funds for Shirreff Hall upgrades and improvements
  • other community-related initiatives

For more information visit: alumni.dal.ca.

McPhee Centre for Creative Learning

Volunteer with the McPhee Centre for Creative learning on Community Day by painting!

The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning empowers youth between the ages of 12-19 by connecting passion with purpose through the arts.

Located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity and confidence by offering unique programs in visual arts, music, videography, creative writing and technology in a safe and inspiring space. By bridging the learning gap in those who are disengaged from traditional education, or with barriers to accessing creative learning, the MacPhee Centre helps in the development of confidence, lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for the value in giving back to the community and increased potential for employment in our communities. The McPhee Centre for Creative Learning gives NS youth a voice through the arts.

For more information visit: macpheecentre.ca.

Souls Harbour Rescue Mission

Volunteer with Souls Harbour Rescue Mission on Community Day by assisting at the Drop-in Centre!

In 2000, Rev Ken Porter and Michelle Porter founded Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission in Regina, Saskatchewan. It became the largest service provider for the homeless in the province, feeding over 100,000 meals each year, and sleeping 90 people each night.

A decade later, they once again responded to the call. Ken and Michelle sold all their possessions, packed a few mementos into the back of their Matrix, and drove 4000 km across Canada, strangers in their new home of Halifax.
9 months later, Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission was born. But Ken and Michelle didn’t stop there. They also worked for free - full time - for the first 2 years, in order to give the Mission a head start in becoming established.

The Porters have 25 years of experience in the field of addictions recovery. They have assisted over 100 men, women and families off our Canadian streets and into a new life.

For more information visit: shrm.ca.

Feed Nova Scotia

Volunteer with Feed Nova Scotia this Community Day by assiting with the sorting of food donations, food quality check, and build orders that will be shipped to 145 member agencies!

Feed Nova Scotia is a registered Charitable Organization that strives to increase food security through food distribution, education and collaboration.

To achieve this, they distribute almost 2 million kilograms of donated food to our member network of 145 food banks and meal programs across the province.However, their role also extends beyond food. Feed Nova Scotia supports their members as they build capacity to serve their respective communities, and help raise awareness of the challenges hunger and poverty create each day for thousands of Nova Scotians.

For more information visit: feednovascotia.ca.

MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Volunteer with MADD this Community Day and help them raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving!

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is a Registered Canadian Charitable Organization (Reg. No. 13907 2060 RR0001) which is volunteer-driven.

The organization has a National Board of Directors representing membership from all regions of Canada. MADD Canada’s National Office is located in Oakville, Ontario. 

MADD's mission is to stop impaired driving and to help the victims of this violent act. 

For more information visit: madd.ca.

Discovery Centre

Volunteer with the Discovery Centre this Community Day by helping the centre prepare activities and workshops to be run at the Discovery Centre! 

The Discovery Centre is a non-profit, registered charitable organization that is passionate about its mission to bring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to life through fun, interactive learning experiences.

From its beginnings as a travelling science show to its spectacular new home on the Halifax Waterfront, the Discovery Centre has grown a lot over 30 years of operation.

But through it all, the Centre has stayed true to its vision: using its facility, people and passion to demonstrate how STEAM can empower our youth, grow Nova Scotia’s knowledge-based economy and inspire an innovative culture by showcasing our best and brightest.

For more information visit: thediscoverycentre.ca.

The Nova Scotia SPCA

Volunteer with the SPCA this Community Day by assising the organization with preparations to move into their new space!

The SPCA is a non-for-profit organizations that stives to:

  • Rescue animals from dangerous and deplorable conditions across the province and provide them second chances;
  • Provide a safe haven for animals with nowhere else to go before finding their forever homes: food, bed, exercise, love, affection;
  • Vet every animal that comes through the door including: spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and overall health check.
  • Work one-on-one with every animal to rebuild their trust in humans and ensure they are well prepared for the next stage of their life.

For more information visit: novascotiaspca.ca.