Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteer with us

You can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable men, women, and youth in the Waterloo Region. We rely on our passionate, dedicated volunteers to keep serving those in need.

Join the Ray of Hope family today, and help us to fulfill our mission!

Current Volunteers

Use our volunteer portal to manage your profile and view/change your shifts.

Volunteer Portal

New Volunteer Opportunities

Hospitality Team

The Hospitality Teams are the heart of the Ray of Hope Community Centre. These persons are on the frontlines as they engage with our guests through conversations and friendships. Additionally, the Hospitality Team will support staff during our mealtimes in the dining room and support washrooms, laundry and shower services, or general kitchen clean up. Volunteers are scheduled for one shift per week only and must be able to commit to a 13-week minimum commitment. Must be 18+ to apply.

Tuesdays: 6:30-9:00 pm
Wednesdays: 6:30-9:00 pm
Thursdays: 6:30-9:00 pm
Fridays: 6:30-9:00 pm
Saturdays: 11:00 am-2:30 pm

Apply

Drop-In Hospitality

Drop-In Hospitality volunteers are on the frontlines as they engage with our guests through conversations and friendships. Volunteers will support our staff, greeting guests, and interacting through conversations, games, etc. to build relationships. Volunteers are scheduled for one shift per week only and must be able to commit to a 13-week minimum commitment. Must be 18+ to apply.

Mondays: 2:30-5:30 pm
Tuesdays: 2:30-5:30 pm
Wednesdays: 2:30-5:30 pm
Thursdays: 2:30-5:30 pm
Fridays: 2:30-5:30 pm

Apply

Coffee Server

Coffee servers will be in charge of the coffee station. They will be responsible to make the coffee, serve the coffee, and  keep the coffee station clean during their shifts. Coffee servers are expected to have excellent spoken English, be friendly and outgoing at all times, and get to know the names and preferences of the guests they are working with. Volunteers are scheduled for one shift per week only and must be able to commit to a 13-week minimum commitment. Must be 18+ to apply.

Tuesdays: 2:30-5:30 pm

Apply

Marketplace Server

As a Marketplace Server, you’ll have the rewarding opportunity to assist our community here at Ray of Hope.  From guiding our guests accessing our Marketplace food hamper program, to connecting with them one on one, your support will make a real difference to the lives of others.  Other tasks include restocking shelves, and general cleanup of the work area to be done as required.  Join us in creating a warm and welcoming environment for all individuals who seek our assistance. Volunteers are scheduled for one shift per week only and must be able to commit to a 13-week minimum commitment. Must be 18+ to apply.

Wednesdays: 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Apply

Dishwasher

Dishwasher volunteers will support staff and meal program volunteers by helping clean all the cooking/serving dishes used in creating and serving the daily meal. Dishwasher volunteers will also help to support the physical health and safety of everyone at the Community Centre by helping to clean and sanitize the kitchen area at the end of each shift. Volunteers are scheduled for one shift per week only and must be able to commit to a 13-week minimum commitment. Must be 15+ to apply.

Tuesdays: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fridays: 6:30-8:30 pm

Apply

Gardener / Lawn-Care

We are looking for a passionate and skilled Volunteer Gardener/Lawn Care to help us maintain and beautify our property at our Youth Support Program. As a volunteer, you will play a key role in creating maintaining our outdoor area for our youth to enjoy. Your responsibilities will include planting, watering, weeding, trimming, and general lawn maintenance. Experience with gardening and lawn care equipment is preferred, but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are just as important. If you enjoy working outdoors and want to contribute to a greener community, we would be excited to speak with you. Volunteers are scheduled for one-shift per week and must be able to commit to a 4-month commitment. Must be 18+ to apply.

Apply

Hair Stylist / Barber

We are seeking a dedicated and compassionate volunteer Hair Stylist/Barber to join our team in providing free haircuts and grooming services to underserved individuals in our community. As a volunteer, you will use your skills to boost the confidence and well-being of our guests, offering them a positive and uplifting experience. Your role will involve working within our community center. We are looking for someone who is friendly, professional, and able to work independently. If you have a passion for giving back and making a difference, we would love to hear from you!  Volunteers are scheduled for one-shift per week between Tuesday and Friday and must be able to commit to a 4-month commitment. Must be 18+ to apply.

Apply

Meal Teams

If you wish to see when your Meal Team is scheduled or when there are openings, please check our meal team calendar.

Meal Team

For any volunteer inquiries, please contact volunteer@rayofhope.net

Subscribe

Newsletter

Sign up to receive our Hope in Action newsletter. See your impact, upcoming events, and more.

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.