Volunteers are an important part of developing the Cambridge community. We support, facilitate and value the efforts of all our volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities in the City of Cambridge, including one-time two-hour commitments and weekly commitments on a year-round basis.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? You can find volunteer opportunity in the following areas:
- 50+ recreation centres
- Adult Day Services
- Cambridge Centre for the Arts
- Special events
- Summer playgrounds and day camps
- Neighbourhood associations
- Friendly Visiting Program
- Inclusion services
How to apply
View a list of our current volunteer opportunities.
Once you've found a volunteer job you think is a good fit for you, complete the online Volunteer Application. City staff reviews your application and will contact you regarding an interview and other screening procedures.
As a volunteer, the City provides you with:
Screening, orientation and training, including job descriptions and volunteer resource information.
Ongoing skill development
Regular volunteer recognition and training
Ongoing support and guidance from Community Services staff and other volunteers
View our Volunteer Information Sheet for more information.
Still have questions? Email us or call (519) 740-4681 ext. 4603.
Why volunteer for the City of Cambridge?
We encourage citizens to get involved and volunteer in our community. There are many benefits to becoming a volunteer, including:
- Gaining personal satisfaction
- Working with the City to offer great recreation and leisure programs and services
- Contributing your knowledge and skills in a valuable and meaningful way
- Developing new knowledge and skills such as leadership, event management, fund-raising, public speaking, media relations, book keeping and interpersonal relations
- Meeting new people and building friendships in your community
- Having fun
- Enjoying a sense of accomplishment from setting and meeting goals
View the Volunteering in Cambridge - the Benefits are Endless video, featuring Greg Durocher, President and CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, speaking about the benefits of engaging in Community volunteerism.
Volunteer Leader-in-Training (LIT)
The Volunteer Leader-in-Training (LIT) Program provides youth with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, as well as become active members of their community. LIT volunteers help our Activity Leaders at community neighbourhood associations and City-operated recreation facilities.
City staff provide LIT volunteers with training and regular feedback. Your LIT volunteer hours count towards completing community involvement activities required for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
To join the LIT volunteer program, you must:
- Be a youth 13 to 15 years of age (a minimum of 13 years of age by the start date of the program)
- Have Lifesaving Society Safeguard Training
- Participate in mandatory LIT training before being placed on site
Leadership Excellence Asset Development (LEAD) training is an asset.
Apply for the LIT Program
Want to join the Volunteer LIT Program? Apply to be an LIT
There are two application deadlines this year:
- Round 1: Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
- Round 2: Monday, April 17, 2017
We only consider Round 2 applications on an as needed basis and therefore we may not contact these applicants for an interview.
Please note that the LIT Program has limited space and submitting an application does not guarantee you placement.
For more information about the Volunteer LIT Program email email@example.com or call (519) 740-4681 ext. 4652.
Other volunteer opportunities
There are other ways to volunteer in the Cambridge community, including: