Priceless Niagara Volunteer Opportunities

feature_priceless_2016Were you the successful high bidder at PRICELESS Niagara 2016? Are you looking for some volunteer opportunities? The following organizations are looking for volunteers!

Alzheimer Society Niagara Region

Contact: Dawn Tuckwell
Address: 403 Ontario St., Unit #1, St. Catharines | 905-687-6856 Ext. 544 |
Volunteer hours: morning
Volunteers needed: 4-8
Areas of need: Alzheimer Society Niagara Region is having a “Walk for Alzheimer’s” on Sunday, January 29, 2017 inside Brock University.  We are looking for volunteers to assist on the indoor walk route from 10:30 am till Noon.

Bethlehem Housing and Support Services

Contact: Lindsay McKillop
Address: 166 James Street, St. Catharines | 905.684.1660 ext. 4 |
Volunteer hours: evenings; event days
Volunteers needed: 10+
Areas of need: On March 8, 2017 we have our signature fundraising event, Empty Bowls, that we are currently recruiting volunteers for. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, during the event, and tear down. Set up shifts start around 11am, shifts during the event start around 4pm, and tear down shifts end around 10pm.
We also have bingo sessions held at Delta Bingo & Gaming in St. Catharines. We usually have 2-3 sessions each month, one on Wednesday evening from 7:30pm-9:30pm and one on Saturday afternoon from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Our next sessions are scheduled for December 3rd, December 28th, and December 31st. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and complete a volunteer orientation facilitated by Delta Gaming prior to their first bingo shift. The role of the volunteer is basically customer service (i.e. greet/welcome customers, circulate the hall answering any questions, ensure tables and gaming floor remain tidy, etc.)
More Information on Empty Bowls
Bethlehem Housing and Support Services’ 12th Annual Empty Bowls will be taking place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Club Roma in St. Catharines.
Our signature fundraising event captures Niagara’s finest chefs who prepare and serve their favourite soup in one-of-a-kind bowls created by local potters. When our guests have finished their delicious soup they get to take the empty bowl home as a reminder of those less fortunate in our community. As in the past, we also have local winery, brewery and dessert vendors serve their product - making the event a complete culinary experience for our guests!
Last year we had over 400 guests, 25 different food and beverage vendors, and raised more than $33,000 in net proceeds to help support the important work of Bethlehem Housing and Support Services. To see photos from last year’s event please click here.

Chorus Niagara Singathon

Contact: Claudia Meyer
Contact: 905-934-5575 |
Volunteer hours: Daytime
Volunteers needed: 5-10
Areas of need: Volunteers are needed for the annual Chorus Niagara Singathon, which is their main fundraiser. Volunteers to help for the day on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Seaway Mall. The choir assembles and sings for 5 hours. The children's choir joins us for about 45 minutes while lunch is served.
Volunteers are needed to collect any monies that the crowd would like to give us, welcome our guest conductors, hand out pamphlets, take pledge money and issue charitable receipts.

Crime Stoppers of Niagara

Contact: Kylee Robbins
Address: 63 Church Street, LC1 St. Catharines | 905-688-5050 |
Volunteer hours: evenings
Volunteers needed: 2-3
Areas of need: Volunteers are needed for two upcoming events. One is December 3rd 10:00-3:30at 83 Church Street, St. Catharines, in the Montessori school gym. 2-3 volunteers are needed to stand at a table and hand out flyers and prizes for the children.
The other ongoing event is a partnership with the Niagara River Lions. They will be doing the same thing - handing out flyers and prizes for children attending the game. Please check the River Lions home schedule for available dates.

gennext (United Way of St. Catharines & District)

Contact: Mandy Cavasin
Address: 63 Church Street, LC1 St. Catharines | 905-688-5050 |
Volunteer hours: events are in the evening
Volunteers needed: 15
Areas of need: Communication & Marketing, Events, Planning
gennext's goal is to increase engagement and understanding of the United Way of St. Catharines & District. Volunteers can join our cabinet or attend gennext events at the United Way After School Program

Hospice Niagara

Contact: Victoria Bonato
Address: 403 Ontario St., Unit 2, St. Catharines | 905-9848766, ext. 231 |
Volunteer hours: Volunteers needed M–F 8:30am–4:30pm; at events as needed
Volunteers needed: 10+
Areas of need: Events
Hospice Niagara is looking for volunteers to help with Gift Wrap and the Holiday Butterfly Campaign, two of Hospice Niagara’s annual fundraising activities. Gift Wrap takes place at The Pen Centre and the kiosk is located next to the Customer Service booth by The Bay’s entrance. This year, we have 15 days in total in the months of November and December.
The Holiday Butterfly Campaign is an annual direct mail campaign in which for every donation made, we offer a personalized butterfly ornament to be placed on our holiday butterfly trees at the Stabler Centre, or NEW THIS YEAR, at the Sears Court at the Pen Centre. We will have a booth set up in Sears Court at the Pen Centre during December and the first week of January – 31 days in total.
Please download a schedule for the Gift Wrap and the Butterfly Campaign. Please note that the sections in red are NOT available, only the white spaces are available!

Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation

Contact: Stephanie Farr
Address: 541 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines | 905-685-1381 ext. 84214 |
Volunteer hours: Volunteers needed M—F 8:30am—4:30pm; Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Center is seeking volunteers to assist us with our hockey tournament fundraiser. Approximately 30 volunteers needed.
Volunteers needed:1—40
Areas of need: Social Media, General Office Tasks, Data, Website, Communication & Marketing, Events, Planning
The Foundation raises and manages funds to support patient care at Hotel Dieu Shaver. Volunteers can assist with filing, setup and teardown of events, social media management, marketing/communication, design work, website updates etc.
We are also seeking volunteers for our 3nd Annual Rankin Celebrity Ice Cup being held Feb 24, 2017: approximate times 7:00am-4:00pm — an innovative hockey experience allowing amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against legendary NHL alumni. This charitable hockey tournament is Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation’s signature yearly event to support Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehabilitation, complex care, and geriatric services in the Niagara region.
Volunteer duties include:
  • • Dressing Room Ambassadors — Male volunteers as they will be required to enter the male dressing room throughout the day
  • • Time/Scorekeepers
  • • Greeters/Registration/General duties
For more information please visit the website:
Your participation and support allows us to continue to purchase the most up-to-date medical and rehabilitation equipment and upgrade patient care areas to serve our community.


Contact: Tammy Dumas
Address: 235 Martindale Rd. Unit 10 St. Catharines | 905-682-1900 |
Volunteer hours: 9am–5pm
Volunteers needed: 9
Areas of need: Social Media, General Office Tasks, Data, Website, Ongoing support
Community information centre. 211 phone service provider for Central South Ontario. Volunteers can serve as board members providing governance, oversight

JCI St. Catharines

Contact:  Crispin Bottomley
Address: 125 Carlton St. Box 23001 St. Catharines | 905-933-0905 |
Volunteer hours: varies by event
Volunteers needed: 18
Areas of need: Social Media, Website,  Events, Planning, Membership
Event #1 - Playing Santa and Seniors Breakfast, December 3rd
This event has JCI St.Catharines hosting a breakfast for the members of the Dunlop Centre for Older Adults as well as a shopping trip for some of the Big Brothers Big Sisters matches. The matches will join the seniors at breakfast who will help them with he wrapping of the presents they purchased for their significant adult.
Volunteer request: 8am-11:30am, Dunlop Centre for Older Adults, 80 Dunlop Street (Niagara St. @ QEW)
Volunteer tasks: helping serve breakfast to attendees, running small raffle, accompanying Santa on visit to room, wrapping presents, cleanup
Event #2: JCI Wishlist for Community Care, December 4th 
This event has teams of three head out into the community to local grocery stores to help collect the most needed items for Community Care. The process is teams draw a store at a pre-meeting then are given lists to hand out in the lobby of the store soliciting donations. An after party is included in the volunteering. The past two years have each raised over 10,000 lbs of food for Community Care in five hours
Volunteer request: 9am-3:30pm, meet at Fiddlers Pour House, 149 St.Paul Street
Volunteer tasks: pass out wish lists to shoppers, greet shoppers, share event on social media, encourage donations
JCI St. Catharines is a group which provides development opportunities for young people to create positive change in community. Volunteers can help with the JCI Easter Egg Hunt, Mayor's Grape Stomp, Wishlist for Community Care, Playing Santa Victory Cup, JAYCEE Week, events in the community which raise funds, awareness, sustainability, civic engagement

Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara

Contact:  Susanne McCarroll
Address: 8 Forster Street St. Catharines | 905-937-5435 x7034 |
Volunteer hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm with some evenings and some weekends
Volunteers needed: 40
Areas of need: See website
Description: Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a safe place for children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet exploitation, or who have witnessed violence. A registered charity serving all 12 municipalities in Niagara, helping children, youth and familites cope with the life altering impact of child abuse. Our partners are Niagara Regional Police Service, Family & Children's Services Niagara, Family Counselling Centre Niagara and our Family Advocate. Volunteers can help with casual office assistance, events, grant writing & fundraising, community ambassadors, maintenance and Board of Directors; all position descriptions are available on the website.
We are looking for volunteers to join our planning committees for both our Spring Playhouse Build event and our summer Amazing Race event, both of these events require lengthy planning and our committees are re-grouping this month and next for both!
We are also looking for in-house volunteers who may have a morning, afternoon or couple of hours one day per week to help out in our office to assist with special projects.
Please contact Susanne at if interested!

Niagara Children's Centre

Contact: Kate Murrell
Address: 567 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines | 905-688-3550 |
Volunteer hours: 8am-9pm
Volunteers needed: 35
Areas of need: Social Media, Communication & Marketing, Events
Description: Provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays. The Niagara Children's Centre is looking for volunteers to assist with their Superhero Run as well as with a variety of therapy programs including gym, aquatics, & preschool programs and additional programs run by occupational and physiotherapists, speech language pathologists and recreational therapists

Niagara Life Centre

Contact: Jessica Parker
Address: 237 Lakeshore Road St. Catharines | 905-934-0021 |
Volunteer hours: M-F 9am-4:30pm (although some volunteering can be done from home or at a special event, e.g. Annual Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction)
Volunteers needed: 5 to 10
Areas of need: Social Media, Website, Communication & Marketing,  Events, Planning, Research
Description: Niagara Life Centre is a low fee counselling service providing hope,help and healing for individuals and families in the Niagara Region. We offer counselling for mariage and family, relationships, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, pregnancy support, post abortion support, mental illness, addiction, child counselling, self-esteem and spiritual needs (Christian counselling). As Christians our mandate is to help anyone regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, and financial background. We are motivated through Christ's love of all people to ensure all individuals are treated equally and with respect to receive the counselling they deserve. Volunteers can help with website; bequests; social media; annual banquet and silent auction; 2 minute promo video; av for group counselling sessions.
On November 18 and 19 we have a Christmas Hone Tour, where we can always use volunteers to help out at one of the homes on display. Please email Sheryl Bruggeling if interested:

NICI – Niagara Immigrant Connections Initiative

Contact: Corinna Carson
Address: 36 Page Street, Unit 404 St. Catharines | 905-641-1981 |
Areas of need: Mentorship
Description: Connecting internationally trained individuals with local mentors to gain a better understanding of the local job market in their field or occupation.

YWCA Niagara Region

Contact: Nicki Inch
Address: 183 King St. St. Catharines | 905-988-3528 |
Volunteer hours: 9am-5pm - As needed
Volunteers needed: 150+
Areas of need: Social Media, General Office Tasks, Data, Communication & Marketing, Events, Planning
Description: YWCA Niagara Region is a women's organization supporting women who are homeless & living in poverty. Volunteers can help with planning & executing special events, No Fixed Address, Niagara Leadership Summit for Women, Coldest Niagara of the Year, as well as ongoing front desk/reception duties, meal preparation and more.
Upcoming Events: November 30 – AGM; November/December:Christmas mail campaign
Please contact Kaitlyn at if interested!

Young Carers Initiative - Powerhouse Project

Contact: Michelle Lewis
Address: 318-7A Ontario St. St. Catharines | 905-397-4201 |
Volunteer hours: 9am-5pm, evening programs 6pm-8pm
Volunteers needed: 2
Areas of need: Social Media, Communication & Marketing,
Description: We serve caregiving children, youth and young adults and their families through social, recreational and educational programs intented to foster resilience, self-esteem and life skills. We are at a point in our organization to create an annual signature event for fundraising. We need expertise in creating the marketing plan and planning the event, along with making better use of social media.
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