Volunteering

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


Be You @ Waterloo

At the City of Waterloo, we are committed to recruiting a diverse volunteer team that represents the community we so proudly serve. All interested and qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, Black persons, non-Black racialized persons or persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and those interested in joining our team are encouraged to apply.


Current opportunities

Aquatics volunteer

Assist with providing aquatics instruction under the supervision of Aquatics staff.

Must be age 14 or older, hold current Bronze Cross with First Aid & CPR. 

Must be comfortable in both shallow and deep water and be a competent deep end swimmer.

Commitment of 1.5 – 3 hours weekly at a City of Waterloo pool required.

Apply now

List shopper, Waterloo Home Support

Make a difference to a Home Support client in Waterloo by shopping for their groceries and delivering to their home. Here is what you can expect as a volunteer:

  • clients are older adults or adults with a disability
  • approximately 1.5 hours once per week between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • must be a friendly, dependable adult with a vehicle, full G license and meet screening requirements
    • interview with three references
    • police vulnerable sector check
    • may be reviewed by Home Support Services staff
  • mileage is reimbursed

Apply now

Outdoor ice rink volunteers

We're seeking responsible community-minded adults or teens age 16 or older as rink volunteers for your neighbourhood.
A minimum commitment of 2 hours per week (day, evening or weekend) is required. For a complete list of rink locations visit the outdoor rinks page.

Apply now

Volunteer driver for Waterloo Home Support

Drive Home Support clients, an older adult or adult with a disability to appointments on a weekday morning or afternoon.

We're looking for caring community members to drive older adults to appointments. Must be a friendly adult with a reliable vehicle, good driving record and meet screening requirements. By providing a stress-free transportation option, volunteer drivers go a long way to improve quality of life.

The cost of gas mileage is covered.

Apply now

Winterloo

Winterloo is an annual outdoor event for all ages in Uptown Waterloo. Event Helpers for Winterloo are needed on Saturday January 28, 2023.

We are looking for volunteers for the following shifts:

  • set-up from 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • activity assistant from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • ice dogs which helps collect waivers and assist with directing line-up from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • tear-down from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Set-up, tear-down and ice dog volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, other shifts are minimum 14 years of age.

When completing an application form be sure to go to the next page where you will be directed to sign up for a shift.

Apply now


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.

2022 Volunteer Salute
2022 Volunteer recipients
Two year category
Precious Adekoya Saisha Chebium Lauren Davies Jamie Doerr
Sarah Dunbar Leah Finlay Sierra Furtado Sasha Grichine
Claire Joseph Alanique Legault Mackenzie McIntosh Eric Millar
Julia Scheerer Hailey Terpstra Kayla Weppler Lily Wilberforce
Mariana Zhu      
Five year category
Stephen Ahlberg Nina Alberton  John Andric  Ally Arnold
Lisa Arnold Nelson Ashworth Haley Baxter Laura Beattie
David Bertrand Ron Bourque Joanne Boyer Lauren Burgess
Rijad Ciric Jennifer Clegg Oliver Conway-White Rigel Conway-White
Dan Costello James Craig Remo D'Angelo Tova Davidson
Mike Devereaux Trish Divell Paula Downey Justin Faulkner
Heidi Gaiser Krista Gawne Josh Gawne Connie Godwin
Lisa Haller Linda Hayes Rick Henderson Heidi Holmes
Andrew Karges Jennifer Kennedy Darryl Kraemer Colin Kropf
Sandra Labelle Mohammed Lamghari Heidi Langenberg Dave Lavigne
Charlene Lavigne Rhonda MacKinnon David Mactavish Marie Malcolm
Brian Martin Matthew McGahey Darlene McGeer Erick Melendez
Kristian Nielsen Jarrod Oliphant

Voula Petrou

Jody Prince

Travis Restoule

Beth Riley

Joanne Roberts

Helen Robertson

Bryan Robinson

Carolyn Ropp

Rob Sandelli

Laura Seaman

Mary Shaw

Leena Sheth

Phelan Simpson

Dilan Singaraja

Benita Sissing

 Jess Sloss  Jacob Stark  Amanda Stellings
 Bronwyn Stevens  Elvan Suzer  Adam Terrenzio  Matthew Thissen
 Chad Thompson  Duane Wadel  Natalie Wennyk  Zach Weston
 Shelley Whitman  Andrew Wiles  Karin Zmuda  
Ten year category
Dave Barnes Tania Baumann Torsten Baumann Marlene Bechtold
Steve Bedic Joanna Bielecka Brian Blamire Linda Blamire
Gord Cameron Anne Cameron Kenneth Campbell John Cooper
Ian Couper Luciana Da Silva Claudia Dauria Sandy Dierstein
Ann Eichorn William Gibbons Kent Gilbert Dennis Haid
Laurie Henderson Bill Henry Dave Hoffman Sonya Kubriel
Chris McClenaghan Annette Mcmurren Paul St. Pierre  
Fifteen year category
Jeff Dods Anne Gilchrist Susan Hallman Rhonda Hawkings
Mel Kitchen Phyllis Macneil Patrick Pavlik Brenda Stericker
Twenty year category
Greg Harling Kathy Pearson Cindy Watkin Mary Witmer

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 

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.