Volunteering at McMaster

Want to stay involved on campus?

Opportunities are frequently available for Mac retirees to continue to support our McMaster community, while participating in fulfilling and rewarding volunteer work. MURA provides information on available volunteer opportunities in its quarterly newsletter, MURAnews, and also sends notices via email. To be added to the MURA member email list, send a request by email to mura@mcmaster.ca.

Don’t want to volunteer alone? Most volunteer activities work well with a teamwork approach. So when you see an opportunity that appeals to you, get in touch with your retiree friends and volunteer as a team.

Volunteering off campus

A few major off-campus volunteer organizations

Volunteering news

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  • February 14, 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Research participants are need for two studies on exercise – both involve the opportunity to exercise at home.

    Healthy participants: The Department of Kinesiology is looking for 65 to 80-year-old healthy men and women to participate in an online exercise intervention on Zoom delivered by registered kinesiologists and physiotherapists. The exercise program will occur three times a week for eight weeks to investigate the impact of online exercise classes on levels of physical activity. Interested participants must have internet access at home.

    For more information, contact Giulia Coletta at giuliacoletta@mcmaster.ca.

    Frail participants: The GERAS Centre for Aging Research is looking to recruit older adults, 65 years of age or older, in the community, who are mild to moderately frail, and cleared to exercise. Those randomized into the intervention group will receive exercise classes and consultations, socialization calls from medical student volunteers, a nutritional meeting and protein supplementation, and a medication consultation with a pharmacist. Everything is free and participants never have to leave their home. Devices for participation will be provided for those who do not currently have one.

    For more information, or if you or someone you know would like to participate, please call 905-521-2100 ext.12232 or email Jessica at belgravej@hhsc.ca.

  • February 14, 2021 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    During a time when social distancing is a must, the VON of Hamilton has many clients suffering from the effects it leaves behind. If you believe you are a person who can put some light into someone’s life again through virtual visits or a weekly telephone call, please consider donating 1-2 hours per week of your time. Virtual training sessions and support will be provided. Please apply to become a volunteer with the VON of Hamilton by contacting Allison at 905-529-0700, ext. 2251.

  • February 14, 2021 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging is offering intergenerational programming with students and adults over the age of 65 through Zoom this winter.

    Programming will take place once a week from January to April on either Wednesday or Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

    If interested, contact Allison Dubé (formerly Ward) by email at warda2@mcmaster.ca or by phone at 905-536-3717.

  • November 21, 2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    TechServeTO is a non-profit started by a McMaster graduate student to create connections for seniors (like his immigrant grandparents) so that they can contact family and friends and take part in learning/entertainment experiences. Volunteers are trained to provide tech help over the phone. The website offers lessons on how to use smart phones and Zoom, for example. They are expanding across Canada. Hamilton is an obvious priority.

    Interested volunteers can sign up for training on the website. You might also know of young people keen for this type of training – they too can register here. For more information, contact Ellen Ryan at ryaneb@mcmaster.ca.

  • November 21, 2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Ellen Ryan is leading an initiative of Hamilton Aging in Community to match senior volunteers with third-year Mac undergraduates for an applied experience. Students will connect weekly via email/phone/Zoom with their senior partners to assist them in writing/recording their memoirs. Fifteen seniors are taking part in the fall term, and others are signed up for January. We are recruiting additional volunteers for the January-April term. For more information, contact Ellen Ryan, ryaneb@mcmaster.ca.

  • July 28, 2020 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    Are you an older adult (55+ years old) interested in interacting with web-based applications? McMaster University is looking for participants to evaluate an online app that allows users to discover the written life stories of older adults, read and virtually engage with them, and discuss your experience with others in an online focus group.
    For more information, visit this link: https://macdrive.mcmaster.ca/f/85b2ec6d0095437094c1/?dl=1
    To sign up, email Dr. James Gillett gillett@mcmaster.ca.

  • November 03, 2019 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Make a long-lasting, positive difference as a mentor with Empowerment Squared by assisting newcomer youth and families with settling in Canada.
    Based in Hamilton, Empowerment Squared is a Canadian charity that works with youth and communities to effect sustainable change through education, social development, and lifelong learning opportunities. We aim to empower less privileged communities through academic mentoring for youth and young adults, information literacy, leadership development, and supervised access to sports and recreation opportunities.
    Choose from one of four programs:  Academic Mentoring, Basketball, Makerspace, or Hamilton Education Law Program. 

    Training and support provided.

    Volunteers play an essential role in the Empowerment Squared organization.  Mentors commit to two hours of volunteering per week for a minimum of 10-15 weeks.  Must attend training sessions, complete intake package, provide references and pass a vulnerable sector criminal background check.

    Volunteers must also:

    • Be serious about their commitment
    • Be patient, respectful, and act within the boundaries defined by their position
    • Be committed to learning, diversity and youth development
    • Be willing to step out of their comfort zones in a supportive environment
    • Possess a desire to make a difference in someone’s life
    • Enjoy working with youth and newcomer communities in a supportive team environment

    Potential volunteers can fill out the volunteer application before attending a training session.  For more information visit the Empowerment Squared website.

  • October 24, 2019 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    MURA members seeking an opportunity to lend their knowledge and skills to helping patient-clients, and their families, who are living with life threatening illnesses, are invited to consider volunteering with the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. The goal of the hospice is to provide excellence in care, whether that be at home, in hospital, in a long-term care facility or in the Dr. Bob Kemp residential hospice. Hospice is about celebrating life and quality of living. All services offered through the hospice are provided at no cost to the clients or their families.

    The Bob Kemp Hospice is always looking for volunteers to share their time and talents. Volunteers are asked for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per month for at least one year. Programs needing volunteers are:

    • Day Hospice Program/Pediatric Day Wellness: Participants spend their day involved in many activities with lunch provided,
    • Visiting Volunteer: Volunteers offer emotional and respite (non-medical) support to a person/family living in the community,
    • Residential Hospice: Volunteer visits with a resident in the hospice.
    • Help is also needed for Kitchen, Housekeeping/ Maintenance, Special Events, Office/Administrative Support, and Board Membership.
    The Hospice is now setting up training sessions in February and March 2020. For more information and volunteer applications go to the Volunteer page of the Kemp Hospice website. Or contact Karen Nowicki, Volunteer Administrative Assistant, 905-387-2448, Ext. 2208.
  • August 27, 2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous
    The Cancer Assistance Program is a community based, not for profit organization, led by a team of staff and volunteers, that offers free services to those in the greater region of Hamilton and surrounding communities affected by cancer. CAP provides services for over 2000 clients each year, all free of charge. It receives no government funding, relying on the community for support. CAP’s over 130 volunteers serve in every area from planning to service delivery. Retirees are invaluable contributors to CAP’s volunteer base because of their emotional maturity, experience, and daytime availability.

    A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, including:

    • Driver: Drive individuals to and from cancer related medical appointments.
    • Client Services Assistant: Greet, engage and register clients for available services and issue requested equipment and personal care products.
    • Equipment Technician: Repair and/or sanitize home health equipment.
    • Board and Governance Committee Member: Provide governance and oversight of organizational activities as a board member. Offer subject-matter expertise as a board committee member.
    • Event Planning Committee Member: Assistance in the planning and facilitation of fundraising events.
    • Event Assistant: Assist during fundraising events in a variety of roles.

    To review the detailed position descriptions, including screening requirements, please visit https://cancerassist.ca/volunteer, or contact Maria by phone at 905-383-9797 ext. 102 or by email at meleusiniotis@cancerassist.ca.

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