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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

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

  • February 28, 2018 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Burlington Seniors Community Inc. seeks volunteers to help with their ‘Seniors Without Walls’ program that reaches out to socially isolated and homebound seniors through a free teleconferencing group program.

    Volunteers are urgently needed to act as MODERATORS and FACILITATORS.


    Moderators connect with registrants, assist the Facilitator (presenter) in ensuring a smooth flow of conversation, and assist with technical difficulties.

    Time Required:  1-2 hours weekly; flexible schedule. One year commitment; can be done from a quiet space in your home.

    Qualifications:  excellent communication and listening skills, ability to maintain confidentiality, comfort using on-line software. Training and orientation will be provided.


    Facilitators provide an educational presentation that is informative, fun and interesting (an excellent way for retired professors to share their knowledge).

    Time Required:  once or more throughout the year. Can be done from home.

    Qualifications:  knowledge about a topic that you are willing to share. Comfort with speaking and question answering. Training and orientation will be provided.

    Contact Penny or Gail by email at:

    Burlington Seniors Community Inc
    P.O. Box 91584
    Roseland Plaza
    Burlington, Ontario, L7R 4L6

  • January 26, 2018 9:54 PM | Anonymous

    BASEF is an annual exhibition and competition showcasing projects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students in grades 7 to 12 from Hamilton, Halton, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk and Six Nations display their innovations and discoveries throughout the fair. Mac retirees from all backgrounds are encouraged to help make this event a success by volunteering at the fair in various capacities.

    General Volunteers — Help with set-up, registration, supervising student activities, and welcoming and guiding participants and visitors. To sign up, please email

    Volunteer Judges — Judging day is Thursday, March 22. To become a judge, please email

  • January 26, 2018 9:52 PM | Anonymous

    Wesley Urban Ministries believes many Mac retirees will be a great fit as volunteers for their program that assists newcomers to Canada. Volunteers are needed to be English Conversation Partners, Friends of Newcomers and Travel Companions of Newcomers, as well as other opportunities available depending a volunteer’s interest. Contact Dorar Abuzaid at or call 905-528- 5629, ext. 228.

  • January 26, 2018 9:47 PM | Anonymous

    Volunteers are being welcomed to help out for exam drop-in this April. We are looking for individuals who would like to spend time with students dropping in for a coffee break from studying. The shifts are from either 5:30-7:15 pm or 7:15-9:00 pm. We host from April 11th until April 26th not including Saturdays. We also welcome cookie donations (store bought or homemade, but not peanut butter cookies please). Contact Rebecca Pike at or call 905-525-9140, ext. 24207 if interested.

  • December 09, 2017 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    The Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, is recruiting volunteers for the new Health Tapestry program. Health TAPESTRY, a program developed at McMaster University, aims to help older adults stay out of emergency rooms and be more mobile.

    In this program, trained volunteers visit older adults where they live. During these visits, volunteers learn about what matters most to that person and about their health and life goals. This information is passed on from clients to volunteers and then sent to the client’s primary health care team using special technology. This information helps the interprofessional team learn more about how they can help that person stay healthy longer. The health care team also connects with community organizations to help the person access activities and resources in their community.
    The Canadian Red Cross will be managing the coordination of volunteers for this program and as such they require volunteers to get on-boarded as a Canadian Red Cross volunteer. The job description and application process can be done through this link.  After this step they will arrange interviews.

    Client visits take 1 to 2 hours and visits are within the community. Local travel via personal or public transit is required. Meetings and supervision may be in person, by telephone, email or internet, so volunteers need access to these. Most volunteers commit about 6 hours per month to these activities.

    For more information about these volunteer positions, please contact the volunteer coordinator, or call 905-522-8485, ext. 5221266.

  • November 03, 2017 11:50 PM | Anonymous

    Hamilton Literacy Council is looking for volunteer tutors to teach English-speaking adults basic reading, writing and math. Next orientation session: Monday, February 5th, 2018 1:00 or 5:00 p.m. (Approximately 1 hour) Register in advance. Two-day certified training workshop, Friday, February 16th, 2018, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. AND Friday, February 23rd, 2018, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. Must attend both Fridays.

    Register: 905-529-9907 or See for more information.

    For the Halton region, contact Literacy South Halton. Burlington: 905-631-1770. Oakville: 905-469-8528. Online information:

  • November 03, 2017 11:49 PM | Anonymous

    Volunteers are needed to assist blind and partially sighted community members with walking, reading, organizing, or just coffee and conversation. If you would like to be a part of this program, contact David Wallis at 888-275-5332, ext. 5304 or Seeking young adults and seniors.

  • November 03, 2017 11:48 PM | Anonymous

    Volunteers are urgently needed to share social time and conversation visiting seniors in their home. Volunteers are also needed to deliver Meals on Wheels, and to assist in the adult day care centre, tending their new community garden, and spending time one-on-one or in group activities with clients. Contact 529-0700 or

  • November 03, 2017 11:47 PM | Anonymous

    Do you know an isolated senior?

    Is there a senior in your neighbourhood who may benefit from connecting with other seniors? Is there an older friend or family member you wish had more connections to the community?

    Peer Connector volunteers age 55+ provide in-home social support and can accompany isolated seniors to attend activities and appointments in the community.

    Call 905-522-9922, ext. 316 or email Shannon Hanley to find out if the Seniors Peer Connector program can help the senior you know, or to become a Peer Connector volunteer yourself.

  • June 05, 2017 11:55 PM | Anonymous
    MURA is looking for a trips & special events coordinator to arrange day trips for MURA members and friends. If you like to go on day trips with other retirees, please consider taking on this role.

    You would work with other members of MURA’s Trips & Special Events Committee to plan and coordinate one or more day trips per year. These might be trips to concerts, theatres or art galleries, outdoor activities, walking tours, dining out, lectures or workshops, and could include any activities that might be of interest to our members.

    If you would like to volunteer or to find out more, please send us an email or leave a message at 905-525-9140 ext. 23171.

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