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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

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  • November 05, 2018 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    VON Hamilton has a role for YOU… VON Hamilton values and appreciates the caring volunteers who are the heart of our organization. We care that our volunteers have a positive and rewarding volunteer experience. VON provides orientation, training and ongoing support to our volunteers.

    The following opportunities are available:

    • Meals on Wheels- Deliver hot and/or frozen meals at lunchtime to home-bound individuals in Hamilton and Stoney Creek. Both drivers and servers are needed one or more days per week, Monday to Friday. Mileage is reimbursed for drivers.
    • Congregate Dining- Provide transportation and assistance to seniors to attend our “lunch bunch” program every other Tuesday during the school year.
    • Volunteer Visiting- Provide companionship to lonely and/or isolated seniors or adults with disabilities. Visits are 2 hours per week on a flexible basis.
    • Hospice Volunteer Visiting- Offer emotional and practical support to individuals with a life-threatening or terminal illness through their end of life journey. All volunteers are provided with 30-hours palliative care education.
    • Volunteer-Assisted Transportation- Provide a drive to medical appointments and friendly support while waiting. As needed, you decide what days you have available. Mileage is reimbursed.

    Join our team today, become a VON volunteer! Call 905-529-0700 x2251 or email

  • November 05, 2018 12:23 PM | Anonymous

    The McMaster NeuroFit Lab, directed by Dr. Jennifer Heisz, is recruiting older adults for a study on physical fitness and brain health.

    The rapid increase in the aging population and the consequent surge in the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases underlie the urgent need to identify interventions that will help older adults maintain their cognitive, visual and mental health.

    The research aims to investigate the benefits provided by physical fitness on cognition, vision and mood and to understand the mechanisms responsible for these relationships.

    The study needs people 65 years of age or older who are free from cognitive impairment, auto-immune disease, type II diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, obesity (BMI>30) and are not currently taking hormone replacement therapy or beta-blockers. Participants will be compensated for participating in the three required on-campus sessions.

    If you fit the criteria and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Alexis via email at or via phone at 905-525-9140 ext. 23616.

  • August 17, 2018 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    Burlington Public Library is recruiting volunteers for its VolunTech E-Support program, offering one to one help with electronic devices.

  • August 17, 2018 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Hamilton Public Library is recruiting volunteers for its one to one ESL tutoring program.

  • August 17, 2018 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Volunteer to deliver library materials to homebound neighbours. Both the Hamilton and Burlington Libraries need volunteers to deliver library materials to those unable to get to the library on their own due to health or mobility limitations.

    • Visiting service volunteers typically commit to 3-4 hours of service per month
    • HPL asks for a minimum one year commitment
    • BPL asks for a minimum commitment of 4 months
    • Once a month, you pick up library materials from your selected library branch, deliver to your customer(s), and return completed materials to a library branch, advising staff of changes and respecting confidentiality
    • Volunteers need to be physically able to lift and carry bags of library materials, be reliable and trustworthy, and have good interpersonal skills
    • A recent Police Vulnerable Sector Check (dated within the last 12 months) will be required after acceptance into the program. The cost of this check will be refunded to you.
    • Orientation and training is provided.

    Hamilton Public Library

    For information, call the Volunteer Coordinator at 905- 546-3200 x 3620, or email Apply online or download the application form on the HPL online web page

    Burlington Public Library

    For information, contact any BPL branch or the Central Branch (555 New Street, 905-639-3611). Pick up a volunteer application form at any branch, or download the form from the online web page

  • August 17, 2018 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    The Cancer Assistance Program is a community based, not-for-profit organization, led by a team of staff and volunteers, offering free services to ease the physical, emotional and economic impact of those in the greater region of Hamilton and surrounding communities affected by cancer. On an annual basis, CAP provides services for over 2000 clients, offering over 3000 rides and issuing over 5000 pieces of medical equipment – all free of charge. CAP receives no government funding and relies on the community for support. In addition, CAP’s volunteers serve in every area from planning to service delivery. Over 130 volunteers contribute their time and energy every year. Through the engagement of volunteers, CAP is able to keep costs low compared to organizations that rely primarily upon paid staff. Retirees are invaluable contributors to our volunteer base because of their emotional maturity, experience and, of course, daytime availability!

    We are seeking to fill the following volunteer roles:

    • Driver *imminent need*:  Drive individuals to and from cancer related medical appointments.
    • Client Services Assistant *imminent need*:  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:  Offer assistance in the planning and facilitation of various fundraising events.
    • Event Assistant:  Provide assistance during fundraising events in a variety of roles.
    • Administrative Assistant:  Offer support for such things as data entry, inventory management, mail processing, etc.

    To review the detailed position descriptions, including screening requirements, please visit, or contact Maria by phone at 905-383-9797 ext. 102 or by email at

  • 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 9:52 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.

  • 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, email Nelson Ruiz Blanco 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:

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