Skip to main content
OLC Logo

OLC Admin

SFU Staff
N/A
Co-operative Education
Simon Fraser University

empty
a beautiful photo of Vancouver with clear skies
Credit
unsplash.com
There are actually lots of non-profit organizations that provide volunteer opportunities across Vancouver, apparently not limited to five.

Many students have found difficulties in finding volunteering opportunities, especially when they are in the first year. So here are some recommended organizations, which provide you with great opportunities to develop skills and build on your resume.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver: YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a non-profit organization that aims at strengthening the foundations of community. They provide various community services such as childcare, youth exchange, and job searching as well as self-employment services. Volunteers at the YMCA may develop their leadership skills by engaging with children within a broader community. Duties include coaching, camp leading and mentoring. A great choice if you like kids!

MOSAIC: This is a very good place for international students or those who have international backgrounds. As an organization dedicated to helping immigrants with settlement and integration into Canadian society, MOSAIC not only offers their volunteers chances of getting experience but introduces them to different cultures through volunteering as well. Duties include helping newcomers learn about Canadian culture, history and lifestyles; share knowledge and experience with mentees; become involved in the community; and also provide new immigrants little tips, in terms of language learning and successful networking. If you are passionate about learning about other cultures and settlement issues, MOSAIC is definitely the right place for you.

Surrey Christmas Bureau: If you prefer a relatively fun work environment, Surrey Christmas Bureau is the place you may consider. The Surrey Christmas Bureau assists lower-income families with children under the age of 16 across the lower mainland area. They match sponsors for those families and send them toys, gifts, warm clothing and necessary household items during the Christmas season. Volunteers help with sorting toys, deliveries and pick-ups to make Christmas a special holiday for local people. Very homey organization!

Vancouver Art Gallery: The Vancouver Art Gallery houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 artworks, including historical collection from both North American and Europe. Having run for around 80 years, the gallery’s holdings reflect its commitment to preserve and present the art of British Columbia. Volunteer positions in the art gallery embrace various areas such as marketing, administration and event planning. There are different kinds of programs available for you to choose from. Based on your strength and skills, you can choose whatever that suits you. This is a good opportunity to get involved in the community and work with people in a social environment.

BC Children’s Hospital: This one is very suitable for students who want to get some experience in medical and healthcare services, especially for those who plan to go to medical school. The Sunny Hill Health Center under the hospital supports children with disabilities, from birth to their 19th birthday. Volunteers assist to support the program and help out with areas like daycare, gardening, recreation and special events. Training will also be provided. If you are planning to get into public health, think about BC Children’s Hospital!

Some Little Tips: There are actually lots of non-profit organizations that provide volunteer opportunities across Vancouver, apparently not limited to five. However, these five organizations are what I think are really suitable for students without much experience. You can also check out govolunteer.ca to look for positions that match with your skills if you still do not have an idea. If you are overwhelmed with tons of posts on the website, first think about your strength and skills before you apply for any positions. This way you may have a much clearer mind of what you are going to do. Start searching and applying. Good luck!

  • OLC Admin Nov 13, 2012
    Like to recommend this item
    visibility  35

Author

OLC Logo

OLC Admin

SFU Staff
N/A
Co-operative Education
Simon Fraser University

You Might Like These... Volunteering, Sustainability

Iceberg Melting
What’s Your Cause? Polar Regions, Climate Change, Cultural Awareness, New Immigrant

Over the course of the past semester, SFU Volunteer Services set out to learn what causes motivate SFU students to get involved in their communities–either on campus or beyond. We collected information through the ENGAGE blog and want to highlight some now in hopes of inspiring others to think about what their cause is and how they can contribute!

Children playing hopscotch
An SFU student perspective on the Big Sisters Study Buddy program

You may have heard of them–you may even have an idea of what they do. But have you ever thought of being one? Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland has been serving girls in one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1960, with the mission of “enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive friendships with caring women”. Each Big and Little Sister match gets together once a week for at least one year. 

Mubnii smiling with her hands in an open position, in front of an aquarium
Health Sciences Student Profile: Mubnii Morshed

Heath Sciences offer students one of the most comprehensive and diverse programs, focusing on everything from epidemiology, molecular biology to political science anthropology. These days, there are many volunteer opportunities associated with the Health Sciences.

a beautiful photo of Vancouver with clear skies
library_books
Blog
Five Great Volunteer Organizations in Vancouver
Volunteering, Personal Development

Are you one of the many students who have found difficulties in finding volunteering opportunities, especially in your first year? Karen has compiled some of her recommended organizations, which provide you with great opportunities to develop skills and build on your resume.

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections

Large concrete building in the middle of two rows of trees
A Look into My First Real-Life Surgical Experience

Journey through Moldova with BPK student Kerri Jang in this five part series. In this article, Kerri was able to observe her first real-life surgery. Read on to find out what this experience was like! 

Picture of author sitting in front of a microphone, looking to his left
Alumni Spotlight: Chris Lo

Chris Lo, a Business Co-op alumnus, was able to leverage his Co-op and volunteer experience in order to gain a competitive edge after graduation. Read on to learn how he effectively used his time at SFU as a  stepping stone to his current position with the City of Burnaby.

a boy wearing a volunteer shirt
How Volunteering Helped Me Get My First Co-op Job

Applying for jobs is a very difficult task, especially if you do not have any work experience and are just entering the ‘working world.' Read on to find out how Natalie gained her competitive edge through volunteering and secured her first co-op job.