Volunteers have a long history of supporting events and activities in Waterloo. Find current openings, recognition and volunteer resources below

Current opportunities

Laurel Creek citizens working group

Share your interest in local streams. Plan, coordinate and deliver educational experiences and community stewardship activities in parks related to our streams. Volunteers meet the second Thursday evening of the month, visit our Laurel Creek citizens page for more information. Apply with resume by February 26, 2021.  Interviews will be held March 3 and 4, 2021.

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Pollinator working group members

Share your passion for pollinators. Plan, coordinate and deliver educational experiences and community stewardship activities in parks related to native pollinators. Volunteers meet the first Thursday evening of the month. For more information visit our Bee City page. Apply with resume by February 22, 2021. Interviews will be held February 24 and 25, 2021.

Apply online 

Volunteer recognition

Each April we celebrate National Volunteer Week by sending a special thank you to thousands of dedicated volunteers who make a positive impact in the community. We recognize volunteer milestones by saluting community builder award recipients with an ad in the Waterloo Chronicle.

Many of our civic awards also speak to the spirit of volunteers in the community. 

Community Builder Awards

This award recognizes volunteers who provide ongoing service with the City of Waterloo and affiliate programs. 

Nomination forms are sent to eligible organizations in early January.


Recognition takes place through the organizations that volunteers support.

There are two types of pins, a standard Waterloo volunteer pin and milestone pin for service in increments of five years. A two year milestone pin is also available for persons age 25 and under.

The city recognizes all recipients in the Waterloo Chronicle during National Volunteer Week in April.

Organizations choose how to recognize recipients. It's typically done at board meetings, annual general meetings or volunteer recognition events. The city distributes pins to the organizations in March to coincide with National Volunteer Week.

Volunteer resources

  • Volunteer Action Centre has local volunteer postings from over 150 different organizations
  • Volunteer Canada provides tools and guidelines for those interested in volunteering or managing volunteers
  • PAVRO is the provincial resource for Volunteer Managers
  • VMPC is the national resource for Volunteer Managers.