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Find out about special calls for volunteers in Halton region


Few things in life are as rewarding as knowing you have done something in a very tangible way to help someone less fortunate than yourself. You can experience that feeling by becoming a Compassion Society volunteer. Duties range from sorting clothing, assisting clients with finding items, setting up, cleaning, distributing food, stocking shelves and administrative tasks. Volunteers are the backbone of Compassion Society, located in Burlington. You’ll be doing something REALLY worthwhile if you’ll consider becoming a Compassion volunteer.
Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities to get involved.
To apply, click on the position title to read the details, then on the Yes, I’d like to Volunteer! button on the top.

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How Canadians can help?
As Syrian refugees arrive in Canada and Halton over the coming months, there are many ways that we can help them get settled. Volunteering with an organization that supports newcomers in your area is a great way to ease their transition into the community.

To find an organization supporting refugees: 
• National: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
• Ontario: • Lifeline Syria     • Project Hope     • Refugee 613
• Halton: HMC Connections (Halton Multicultural Council Connections)

More resources on How to Help Syrian Refugees in Halton

Thank you for your interest in helping support Syrian refugees in Canada.



Volunteers, this is your moment! Celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5th!



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This Saturday, December 5th,we invite Halton organizations to encourage their volunteers and members to share their volunteer stories in celebration of International Volunteer Day.

We're also encouraging you to tweet your volunteer contribution and mention @VolunteerHalton.

CELEBRATE and INSPIRE OTHERS! Tweet out (sample):

I @VolunteerHalton with @xyzorganization Are You? #InternationalVolunteerDay #IVD2015 #actioncounts #volunteer

Celebrating #InternationalVolunteerDay December 5! The world is changing. Are You? #Volunteer #IVD2015 #actioncounts

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is reminding people around the world of the difference that they can make. Visit

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A Volunteer is someone who chooses to act of their own free will in recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for monetary profit. Not everything done by volunteers is labeled as volunteering. In a school, it might be called community service, community involvement or an internship. In professional society, it may be referred to as pro bono. In the streets, it is called neighbourliness or civic engagement. At church it is referred to as lay ministry. In a group of peers, it may be self-help and in a protest it would be called activism.

Would you like to get involved to provide a needed service, solve a problem, advance a worthy cause, or you are looking for personal development?

Perhaps you would like to make contacts, learn skills, gain work experience, build self-esteem, or find a paying job? If so, this is how to start on your path:

-  Ask yourself "What do I want or expect from a volunteering experience?" and "How much am I willing to give of myself?

-  Talk to family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances about their experiences and suggestions

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Find a matching volunteer opportunity

We provide a "catalogue" of volunteer positions. Our Volunteer Centre offers referrals and a volunteer opportunities online database to receive information about current volunteering opportunities in the Halton communities.

Steps to volunteering  

1. Search our online database to see what is available in the community.

Read more: How to get started?


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WOW! We’ve counted 5,701 Halton youth volunteered 25,725 hours in over 50 events during the 2017 ChangeTheWorld campaign in 6 weeks (April 23 - June 3, 2017)  Halton YOUTH ROCK!

In its 10th year, ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is an opportunity for YOUth to be part of a provincial campaign and to be a FORCE FOR GOOD in their local community. From April 23 to June 3, 2017 all across Ontario youth between the ages of 14 to 18 are invited to get involved in local community events. ChangeTheWorld is an opportunity for young people, like YOU, to connect to community organizations which can provide you with an awesome experience and lasting memories. It also lets you take the initiative on causes you feel really passionate about.

Last year (2016), over 67,300 Ontario youth volunteered a total of over 376,000 hours in their local communities over the 6 week campaign. In 2016 Volunteer Halton engaged 4,212 youth in 44 events, which totaled an astounding 19,124 volunteer hours! ChangeTheWorld is your opportunity to be part of something big... something really BIG!

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Here's how to get involved:

Option #1
• Join an existing event. To search ChangeTheWorld volunteer positions, type CTW in the keyword search field
• Check out our list of events for opportunities in your area that are taking place between April 23 - June 3, 2017 
Option #2
• "Adopt a cause" that your school or student group is most interested in supporting
• Register your activity or event with Volunteer Halton
• Create your own plan for an activity or event
• Make it happen and don’t forget to tell us all about it!

Benefits for YOUth to participate in the ChangeTheWorld campaign include:
• Collect volunteer hours to count towards your 40 hours of community service by getting involved in exciting community initiatives
• Explore your passions by sharing your skills and talents with community service organizations
• Share your experience with us and be recognized for your contributions through Volunteer Halton’s communication outlets
• Have fun volunteering with your friends… or make new friends
• Be part of a provincial-wide campaign where thousands of youth across Ontario are involved

We want Halton's youth to be the change in our community!
Here's your chance to ChangeTheWorld!
Are you in?

By volunteering, you will get an opportunity to connect to community organizations which can provide you with an amazing experience and lasting memories. And what’s more exciting? If you volunteered for 3 hours or more between April 23th and June 3rd, 2017, you can request a ChangeTheWorld certificate from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, and Volunteer Halton as recognition for your contribution to the community.

Calling all Agencies/Community Service Organizations!

The ChangeTheWorld campaign is an incredible way to raise awareness for your agency/organization and the programs and services that you offer.
It allows youth to connect with organizations, just like yours, because they understand the significance of your initiatives. If you are planning an event between the dates of April 23 to June 3, 2017 we invite you to consider engaging youth volunteers to support your event.

How to get involved:
• Register your activity or event with Volunteer Halton. Email
• To discuss an idea for an activity or event for youth to get involved in, contact us to see how we can work together to make your idea a reality!
Benefits for community service organizations/agencies participating in the ChangeTheWorld campaign include:
• All registered events need of volunteers will be posted in Volunteer Halton’s on-line volunteer opportunities database and we'll send you volunteer referrals
• All confirmed events will be listed in the ChangeTheWorld Events List of our website, which currently boasts over 9000 visitors on average per month and is continually growing
• Profile opportunities for your organization through various marketing and promotional approaches including Volunteer Halton social media
• Having the opportunity to gain access to the amazing skills and talents that youth in the Halton Region community have to offer!

Here's your chance to help youth be the change that we want to see in our community!
Youth volunteerism can ChangeTheWorld!
Can we count on your support?

The ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). It is a province-wide campaign with the goal to inspire youth to volunteer, develop new skills and broaden their awareness of community service organizations. Volunteer Halton is one of 23 volunteer centres who are participating in the 2017 ChangeTheWorld campaign. For more information about ChangeTheWorld, visit

Previous campaigns

2016 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

2015 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

2014 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

2013 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is an initiative of: Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration in partnership with Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN)


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