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Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are the heart of what we do. By being so generous with their time, skills, passion and creativity, our team of dedicated volunteers are our advocates and allies in this work to support and embolden women & girls and advocate for equality.

As a volunteer with YWCA Cambridge, you will find:

  • An increased sense of purpose, knowing that you are helping to improve lives in our community
  • Social opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and be a part of a team
  • A sense of personal growth and well-being
  • The flexibility to curate the role that suits your unique skills and creativity.

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, to use your voice for good and to walk alongside some incredible people, we want to hear from you. 

current volunteer opportunities

Retail Attendants

We are always looking for folks to be the face of our organization in our social enterprise retail location, Women's International Gift & Gallery.
All of the proceeds from the store are used to support the programs of the YWCA Cambridge and the store is staffed by an incredible team of volunteers.

This opportunity is perfect for someone who has a passion for fashion, shopping and meeting new people. The average shift of each volunteer is 1 x 3-4 hour shift per week.
Shifts are available from Monday – Saturday, between 9am – 4pm.
If you think this is a fit for you contact us.

Special Event Volunteers

Our event volunteers take the lead on our fundraising efforts all year round. With four flagship fundraisers and various workshops and special events throughout the year, there is always room on our event team.
If you have a passion for event planning, love to think outside the box and want to work alongside a team of passionate volunteers, we should talk.

Event volunteers are needed on bi-monthly planning committees and also for event day assistance. So even if you have just a few hours to spare on event day, we could use your help to bring our events to life.
For more information on current opportunities or to tell us about what
you're looking for contact us.

Youth Program Facilitators

Do you have an interest in supporting leadership opportunities for young people?
Are you interested in helping us create a safe and inclusive programming space for the diverse line up of incredible folks that we serve? Do you bring specific skills or mentorship experience to the table and want to share that with young people? From skills training, to arts-based workshops and special events, our program participants need leadership from folks like yourself.
Contact us for more information about current and future opportunities.

Roots of Empathy

This ground-breaking elementary school-based program has been proven to reduce levels of aggression among children while simultaneously raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy.

The mission of Roots of Empathy is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.

Since 1996, over 1,000,000 children worldwide have participated in this award-winning program. Our programming season begins each September so we are actively recruiting volunteer facilitators and families between
May – August each year. 

Volunteers are needed in the roles of program facilitators/instructors and the very special babies and their parents that are our “teachers.”  

Roots of Empathy Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Families

Parents with babies who will be between two – four months old in October will work alongside a trained Roots of Empathy instructor to teach young children about the physical, emotional and social development of your baby. Together, you will visit the classroom once a month between October and June (nine visits in total). Each visit will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes and during that time the school children will have the opportunity to learn about your child’s development. One parent is required to attend each classroom visit and, where schedule permits, a second parent also joins in. If you or someone you know is expecting a baby in June through early September and are interested in learning more about the program, please contact us.

Program Facilitator/Instructors

Roots of Empathy instructors reap the rewards of helping children become more caring and responsible citizens through their work in the class. Many of our dedicated instructors come with backgrounds in teaching, health, social work and/or recreation. They are comfortable speaking in front of classrooms and working with children. We welcome all volunteers interested in this role who have the time available. If you have approximately two hours each week for the 27 weeks of the program (mid-October to June) this opportunity could be for you. Due to the investment made in training and support during the first year of delivery, we do ask for a two – year commitment of our facilitators.

Get In Touch

Have a Question Or Need Assistance?

If you have a question about YWCA Cambridge, our programs or events, or simply want to get involved, please give us a call or send us an email.

Contact Us

Address: 55 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 7A5

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays & holidays: closed

Tel: (519) 267-6444 
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