Volunteering in Montreal


As the summer is coming to an end and the new school year is approaching, you may be thinking about this year’s extracurricular activities and student clubs you would want to participate in. This year, instead of opting for on-campus clubs and activities, why don’t you step out of the McGill bubble to contribute to the Montreal community? Here is a list of organizations you can volunteer at or can at least help you find other places you can volunteer at, no matter what your interests and majors are:

If you are looking for a place to volunteer at, but don’t know where to start from, then Volunteer Bureau of Montreal is the answer. VBM is an organization that matches volunteers with NGOs in the Montreal area that are seeking volunteers. Other than volunteer recruitment, they also organize volunteer fairs at certain times of the year. You can check out their volunteer activities directory to get an idea of what’s available, or you can make an appointment to meet one of the counsellors VBM has at their office and talk to them about volunteering possibilities that fit your needs and interests.

Address: 2015, Drummond Street, Suite 300 Montréal H3G 1W7

Telephone: 514.842.8977

Love cooking and spending time in the kitchen? Then Soup Sisters is the organization for you. Soup Sisters is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and food for female and child victims of domestic violence. They are open 24/7, and are always looking for volunteers to help make or distribute soup. Each participant pays a registration fee to join in events at a local professional kitchen under the guidance of a chef. The soup are then delivered fresh to a local shelter. Engage in lively conversations as you are chopping and cooking, all the while knowing that you are helping Soup Sisters provide food and comfort to those in need. You can reach them at info@soupsisters.org or montreal@soupsisters.org .

What’s better than helping and watching dogs find their perfect homes, and also getting to play with puppies along the way? Animatch Dog Adoption Centre is a non-profit dog adoption services centre located past Vaudreuil-Dorion near Highway 20. You can help the Animatch Dog Adoption centre with their day-to-day tasks, ranging from general centre duties to event planning tasks. Just fill out the application form on their website, and attend the one-hour mandatory orientation, and you are good to go!

As one of the several hospitals in Montreal, St. Mary’s Hospital accepts volunteers to support staff members and patients and their families. Volunteering here ranges from contributing to special events to even playing the guitar for the patients to really make you feel like you’re making a difference. To be able to volunteer, however, you should undergo background checks and must attend a mandatory orientation session. Just download and fill out the online application form and email it to benevolat.comtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

Looking for a way to volunteer and be a part of the Montreal yoga community at the same time? Moksha Yoga’s Energy Exchange Program is a unique opportunity that allows volunteers to practice yoga for free in exchange for their time. Volunteering here usually consists of cleaning the studio during a 4-hour shift once a week and receiving unlimited classes for the duration of your time with them. For more information, you can email them at mokshayogatrade@gmail.com .


Happy volunteering!






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