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

  • December 27, 2021 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    The McMaster Smart Home for Aging in Place (SHAPE) research team, with McMaster University, is recruiting participants in a clinical study on mobility tracking with smart devices. In this study, the participants will wear a smart watch and place several ambient (not wearable) devices in different rooms in their home. This system will detect and track the room-to-room movements of the user and generate a weekly report of their activity levels. The study aims to find out whether the changes of such activities over time (e.g., weeks to months) may provide important mobility information usually associated with chronic diseases and the general aging process.

    Participant eligibility requirements:

    1. 60 years of age or older;
    2. English speaking;
    3. Have access to a telephone and/or internet-based video call.
    4. Living independently (e.g., not in a long-term care facility) as an individual or as a couple.

    If interested, please e-mail Dr. Qiyin Fang at biophotonics@mcmaster.ca or qiyin.fang@mcmaster.ca for additional information regarding the study.

    This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board under Project #11446.

  • December 27, 2021 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    Retiree members of the Faculty Association – You may be interested in pursuing this opportunity recently advertised in the MUFA newsletter.

    Required: members of the Faculty Association – yes, RETIREES also qualify – to serve as observers for appeal and grievance hearings. The role of the Observer is to report on the adequacy of the procedures, with a view to making recommendations to improve relevant policies, not to comment on the conduct or the judgment of the tribunal. Hearings usually take place over one or two days. For more information, send us an email at mufa@mcmaster.ca, or call us (905) 525-9140 ext. 24682 or 20297.

  • July 08, 2021 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    McMaster researchers in the School of Rehabilitation Science are looking for volunteers (ages 55-75) with early changes in their mobility to participate in one of three FREE 12-week exercise programs for research on exercise and mobility.

    Interested participants must have an email address and a laptop computer with internet access at home.

    More information about this study can be found here. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susanne Sinclair ssincla@mcmaster.ca. Follow us on Twitter @MobiliTResearch.

    Note: Recruitment has begun and will continue until December 2023.

  • May 17, 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer remotely? Visit the Hamilton Public Library’s volunteer opportunity page to learn about GritLIT and Newcomer Learning Centre Online Tutoring.

    GritLIT is looking for volunteers to read to residents of Hamilton long-term care facilities via Zoom, for 40-50 minutes per visit. See the GritLIT website for more information, qualifications, and to register.

    Newcomer Learning Centre Online Tutoring
    This program provides English language learning through video/audio chats twice per week, for one hour each session. Visit the Learning Centre website for more information, qualifications, and to complete an online application.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • August 27, 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    As many of you are probably aware, there is a crisis in palliative and hospice care in Ontario. Home Hospice Association (HHA) is a not-for-profit, federally registered charity that delivers free palliative and hospice care to anyone, at any time, under any roof, at any age.

    We are asking you to become part of our volunteer force.

    The fact that Boomers and Seniors currently account for 45% of Ontario’s population means that we have an incredible resource from which to draw volunteers. We believe that volunteers of all ages are incredibly valuable. However, we know that Boomers and Seniors bring with them specific qualities, highlighted by

    • Skill expertise developed over a lifetime
    • Appreciation and understanding of team work
    • Flexible schedule

    The benefits to you include, but are not limited to:

    • enhanced emotional and physical wellbeing
    • strengthened mental capacity
    • learning and skill development through new experiences

    Our clients are facing life-limiting illnesses. After online training, HHA volunteers confidently help in a variety of ways, from operational work such as event-planning, to committee work, and hands-on caregiving in the home. The possibilities are as limitless as the skills our volunteers bring with them.

    For more information about HHA and how you can help, please go to our website www.homehospiceassociation.com. There, you can read about our various programs in the “Get Involved” section, and submit a volunteer application form.

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