The City of Cambridge is continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is taking steps to help prevent the spread of infection in our community.  As such, we are currently not accepting volunteer applications and do not have any volunteer opportunities available until further notice.

Individuals looking for information on how to volunteer during COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region for any available opportunities by calling (519) 575-4400, ext. 7827 or visiting www.volunteerwr.ca.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Cambridge. 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.

Please note, Christmas in Cambridge and Summer Camp have seperate volunteer applications. Please ensure you are completing the correct volunteer application form. 

Youth and Teen - Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Advisory Committee of Council

The committee provides youth of Cambridge (through school or residence) between the ages of 14-24 years to assist in the development and implementation of youth opportunities in Cambridge.  If you are interested in further supporting the event as a committee member please contact the Youth Recreation Coordinator at 519-740-4681- ext. 4369 or youth@cambridge.ca.

Summer Camps - Volunteer Opportunities

Leader in Training Camp – NEW

Register for this fun-filled and exciting camp for those aged 13-15 years. By registering, and participating you will receive a HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development Certificate, as well as a Standard First Aid & CPR C Certificate. You will spend one week learning about the City of Cambridge Summer Camps, Safety, Policies & Procedures, and Program Planning. Once successfully completed, you will be given two one-week placements within our Summer Camp Operations where you will earn up to 40 hours per week for your Community Service Hours, as well as be ready to apply as a Camp Leader in years to come! L.I.T.’s act as assistants to Camp Leaders, and will have the opportunity to put their classroom knowledge into a practical setting. Some responsibilities will include, programming for campers, assisting in water activities, and participate in off-site excursions. It is an exciting and rewarding experience appropriate for those who enjoy working with children.

For more information on the LIT program please contact 519 740-4681 ext 4554 or email at camps@cambridge.ca.

Camp Volunteer

Are you 13 years of age or older and want to volunteer with camp?  Volunteers will be required to submit an application for the 2019 Summer. Volunteers will be interviewed, and will need to attend a one day Learn to Lead program. Successful volunteers will have a one week placement with an option to expand into two pending their evaluation. 

Apply to volunteer with camp!

Inclusion Volunteer

Volunteers provide support to children, youth and adults with disabilities. This program provides support to anyone who requires varying levels of assistance to access and participate in both municipal programs. Volunteer positions include; swimming lessons, recreation programs, special events and camp support. For more information on Inclusion Services volunteer opportunities please contact 519 740-4681 ext 4554 or email at camps@cambridge.ca.

Apply to volunteer with camp!

Adult Support Services - Volunteer Opportunities

Friendly Visiting Volunteers

A volunteer is matched with a senior, or adult with physical disabilities, for regular social visits in the participants’ home.  Volunteers visit approximately once a week for 2 hours, flexible to your schedule.  Enjoy conversation, a game of cards, board games, a short walk or even the possibility of an occasional outing.  Many of our Friendly Visiting participants live with family members who may benefit from time for themselves.  Volunteers do not provide housekeeping, personal or medical care. * Volunteers must be 18 years or older.  * Opportunities also available for volunteers who speak languages other than English.  

Friendly Visiting Telephone Volunteers

A volunteer provides a telephone visit for clients by regular contact.  Telephone calls are made from the offices of the Friendly Visiting Program (1145 Concession Road), and under the supervision of staff.  Engage clientele in friendly conversation with opportunities for reminiscing.  Looking for volunteers with good interpersonal and communication skills, education/experience in social work, community services an asset.  *A police records check will be requested of all applicants* for more information or to volunteer please call 519-740-4681 ext. 4820 or email havemanl@cambridge.ca

Without Walls Program Volunteers

Using a teleconference system we provide over the phone recreation and educational programs to isolated participants.  We are looking for volunteers to facilitate programs with our clients.  Share a talent, hobby, tell stories of your world travels or run a fun game.  You can call from anywhere to facilitate programs all you need is a phone.  Connect with Jennifer for more information call 519-740-4681 ext. 4820 or email at havemanl@cambridge.ca  

Bénévole pour le Programme sans murs WOW

À l’aide d’un simple système de téléconférence, nous offrons des séances d’activités sociales et éducatives aux personnes âgées et aux adultes isolés. Nous recherchons des bénévoles pour organiser des programmes avec nos participants. Partagez un talent, un passe-temps, racontez des histoires de vos voyages dans le monde entier ou gérez un jeu amusant. Contactez Jessica pour plus d'informations en composant le 519-740-4681, puis le poste 4737 ou par courriel à FrenchServices@cambridge.ca.

Adult Day Services

William. E. Pautler 50+ Recreation Centre, 1145 Concession Road

Allan Reuter Centre 50+ recreation Center, 531 King Street East

Fairview Health & Wellness Centre, 515 Langs Drive

Adult Day Services: Offer adults an opportunity for a day out in a safe & caring community setting to socialize, interact, make new friends and have FUN. Volunteers are an integral part of providing these programs to a mainly older adult population. Cambridge Program Locations:  Tuesday - Fairview Mennonite Health & Wellness Centre; Wednesday and Friday– Allan Reuter Centre; Monday through Saturday – William E. Pautler Centre.  All locations are located on or near regular GRT bus routes. For more information or to volunteer please call 519-740-4681 ext. 4424 or email Joanne at klausnitzerj@cambridge.ca

Adult Day Program –Bilingual (French/English; Portuguese/English; + Other Languages)  Program Aides

Assist Program staff with activities, promote socialization among participants and assist individuals to actively participate in the daily programs. Provide one to one support for older adults wishing to play cards or board games, enjoy an outdoor walk, or arts and crafts.   Individuals verbally fluent in a second  language such as French, Portuguese, or other languages  would allow some participants to better socialize and share with other group members and staff. French/English volunteers needed Tuesday or Thursday; Portuguese/English volunteers currently needed  Monday to Friday with  greatest need on Wednesday.  One day per week for a morning (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) or afternoon shift (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm) or full day (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) at various program sites. For more information or to volunteer please call 519-740-4681 ext. 4424 or email Joanne at klausnitzerj@cambridge.ca

Programme de jour pour adultes - bilingue (français / anglais)

Aides au programme                                                                                    Aider le personnel du programme avec les activités, promouvoir la socialisation parmi les participants et aider les individus à participer activement aux programmes de jour. Offrez un soutien individualisé aux personnes âgées qui souhaitent jouer aux cartes ou à des jeux de société, profiter d’une promenade en plein air ou de l’artisanat. Les personnes parlant couramment le français permettraient aux francophones de mieux socialiser et de communiquer avec d'autres membres du groupe et le personnel. Nous avons des opportunités pour les bénévoles bilingues (français/anglais) chaque mardi et jeudi. Une journée par semaine pour, un matin (9 h à 12 h) ou un après-midi (12 h à 15 h) ou une journée complète (9 h à 15 h) sur différents sites du programme. Pour plus d'informations ou pour faire du bénévolat, veuillez appeler Jessica au 519-740-4681 poste 4737 ou par courriel à FrenchServices@cambridge.ca.

Programme de jour pour adultes - Bénévoles à des événements spéciaux - bilingue (français / anglais) opportunités saisonnières

Assistance requise pour la planification et la mise en place des événements; le décorage; effectuer des tâches générales; servir de la nourriture et des boissons; saluer les participants; animations et divertissements ainsi que le nettoyage en fin de journée.  La première activité communautaire aura lieu le 9 octobre. Pour plus d'informations ou pour faire du bénévolat, veuillez appeler Jessica au 519-740-4681 poste 4737 ou par courriel à FrenchServices@cambridge.ca.

50+ Recreation Centres - Volunteer Opportunities

Allan Reuter 50+ Recreation Centre, 507 King St. E.

  • Tuck Shop - Volunteer Back-up positions- 9:30am 1:00pm Makes coffee, tea, serves soup and sandwiches, greets and meets and serves participants, takes payment, reconciles cash at end of shift.
  • Horticulture (natural crafts) and Tai Chi teachers needed
  • Travel Club registrars and committee members needed-do you like to travel?

For more information please call 519-740-4681 ext 4459 or email lichtic@cambridge.ca.

William E. Pautler Centre 1145 Concession Road

  • Tuck Shop Back-up volunteers for William E- Pautler Centre- 1145 Concession Rd

Makes coffee, tea, greets and meets and serves participants, takes payment, reconciles cash at end of shift. 8:45 – 1pm shift, backup positions available for all five days per week.

For more information please call 519-740-4681 ext 4397 or email cichellon@cambridge.ca.

Ted Wake 50+ Recreation Centre, (at the W.G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs St.)

  • Host/Hostess reception desk 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30-4:00pm Various days
  • Bingo Caller – Thursday mornings 9:00am -11:30am, Work out a schedule with the other callers.
    Contact Colleen, lichtic@cambridge.ca   or 519-740-4681 Ext 4459

David Durward 50+ Recreation Centre, 62 Dickson St.

  • Host/Hostess reception desk – 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30-4:00pm

      Welcoming members and patrons of the David Durward Centre.  Provide          tours and information regarding the programs and services offered at the          Centre.

  • Tuck Shop - Volunteer positions- 9:00am-11:30am Makes coffee, tea, greets and meets and serves participants, takes payment, reconciles cash at end of shift.
  • Special Events Committee volunteers: weekly, monthly and seasonal opportunities

Contact: Kara Miller- millerk@cambridge.ca or 519-740-4681 ext. 4634

 Aquatics - Volunteer Opportunities

Assistant Swimming Instructors

W.G. Johnson Centre or John Dolson Centre

Volunteers are partnered up with a Lifesaving Swim Instructor to provide support to preschoolers, children and youth in swimming lessons. This is a great opportunity to start gaining experience for future employment and in preparation for your courses.  You must have successfully passed your Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR ‘C’ and be 13 years of age.  Proof of certifications will be required.  For more information please contact Amy at rossa@cambridge.ca  or 519-740-4681 ext. 4457

 Special Events - Volunteer Opportunities

Cambridge Cultural Awards Committee

The Committee administers the distribution of awards and expenses of the Bernice Adams Memorial Fund, providing assistance to individuals or groups within the communications, arts and culture fields. The Committee also recognizes special achievements of individuals or groups at the annual Awards night. To learn more, contact the staff liaison at 519-740-4681 ext. 4565 or movrinn@cambridge.ca.

Cambridge Sports Awards Banquet

A community sports awards program was established to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of athletes representing Cambridge at provincial, national and international levels of competition.  The Banquet Committee is responsible for organizing the annual November banquet.  The committee meets on the second Monday of each month from 7-9pm at Cambridge City Hall.  The following positions are now open:

  • Sponsorship Coordinator – responsible for the execution of the committee’s sponsorship program.

Interested candidates are asked to contact Don Crowder at 519-740-4681, ext. 4342, or crowderd@cambridge.ca

 How to Apply
Once you've found a volunteer job you think is a good fit for you, complete the online Volunteer Application (please note there is a separate volunteer application forms for Christmas in Cambridge and Summer Camp). 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

Volunteer applications for Summer Camp 2020 will be available on March 1, 2020. 

Volunteer applications for Christmas in Cambridge 2020 will be available Sept 2020.

View our Volunteer Information Sheet for more information.

Still have questions? Email us or call (519) 740-4681 ext. 4603.

Corporate and Group Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in corporate/group volunteering with the City of Cambridge.

We offer our corporate partners:

  • Team building opportunities
  • Opportunities to make a difference in the community
  • The opportunity to share your skills and connect with others

For more information on corporate and group volunteer opportunities email the Volunteer Coordinator 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.

 Other Volunteer Opportunities & Organizations
 There are other ways to volunteer in the Cambridge community, including:

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