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Finding Volunteer Opportunities

Many non-profit organizations rely on volunteer (unpaid) workers to provide services to their clients and to ensure the smooth operation of the organization. When you volunteer, you are not only providing assistance to others in the community, you are developing valuable transferable skills and building your professional network. Volunteering is also a great way to determine what type of work you like to do, and what issues are important to you.

If you're unsure how to start volunteering, try this quiz at to discover what type of volunteering might suit you best. also offers volunteer matching for positions in Halifax and across Canada, and the site hosts plenty of resources to help you start volunteering.

Volunteer positions are also listed as part of the Mount's main job postings page.

FUSION Halifax is a networking organization for young Haligonians 20-40 years of age. Their website provides listings of current volunteer opportunities in Halifax. These positions are typically similar to traditional jobs (social medial management, fundraising coordination, etc.) and provide excellent skill development for your resume. The city of Halifax also provides volunteering information and listings. You can also contact the organizations listed below to investigate potential volunteer opportunities.

A new method of volunteering has recently emerged - virtual volunteering, or performing volunteer tasks such as writing proposals, creating graphic design, and blogging from anywhere via the Internet. 

Read this article for more information about virtual volunteering and how to get started.

Not sure where you should volunteer in the HRM? Drop by Career Planning Services to consult our list of organizations in HRM who you can contact!

Once you've found the volunteer role that's right for you, remember to update your Co-Curricular Record to record your participation!

List of Exhibitors who attended the 13th Annual Volunteer Fair


Children, Youth, and Family

Girl Guides of Canada


Women in Science and Engineering Atlantic-

Health and Wellness

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada-

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure-

Canadian Diabetes Association-

Athletics and Recreation-

Hepatitis Outreach Society of NS-

Breast Cancer Action NS-

The Arthritis Society-

Canadian Cancer Society-



Frontier College-

Chebucto Connections' Pathways to Education-


Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21-

Volunteer Eco Students Abroad- 

MSVU International Education Centre-

Community Support

Immigrant Services Association of NS-

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (Canada Revenue Agency)-

Saint Vincent's Nursing Home-

Feed Nova Scotia-

Easter Seals Nova Scotia-

Bide Awhile Animal Shelter-

Eastlink TV-


Ecology Action Centre-

Volunteer organizations that have offered positions in the past


Community Support Services

Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia
Best Buddies Canada -
Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia -
Feed Nova Scotia -
Halifax Meals on Wheels -    
Halifax Regional Development Agency -
Halifax Regional Police -
Legal Information Society of Canada -
Metro Resource Centre for Independent Living -
Salvation Army -
Spencer House Seniors’ Centre -
St. John Ambulance -
Therapy Dog Program -                                                                                                             United Way -

Family Support Services

Adsum House -
Alice Housing -
Birthright -
Bryony House -
Children’s Aid Society of Halifax -
Family SOS (Services of Support) -
Operation Come Home-
Military Family Resource Centre -
Veith House -

Health & Wellness

AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia -
Alzheimer Society -                                                                                                            Arthritis Society -                                                                                                                         Canadian Cancer Society -
Canadian Cerebral Palsy Support Foundation -
Canadian Diabetes Association -
Canadian Liver Foundation -
Canadian Paraplegic Association -
Capital Health -
CNIB Vision Health -
Continuing Care Assistant Program -
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada -
IWK Health Centre -
Kidney Foundation of Canada -
Lung Association Nova Scotia -
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada -
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada -
Northwood Home Care -
Psoriasis Society of Canada -
QEII Foundation -
Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia -                                                                                             Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians -
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Nova Scotia -
VON Greater Halifax -

Literacy & Education

APSEA (Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority) -
Atlantic Science Links Association -
Frontier College -
Halifax Public Libraries -
Learning Disabilities Association of Nova Scotia -
Progress Centre for Early Intervention -

Children & Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters -
Caledonia Boys and Girls Club -
Children’s International Summer Villages -
Girl Guides of Canada -
Phoenix Youth Programs -
Scouts Canada -
Young Women’s Christian Association (Halifax) -

International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation -
Canada World Youth -
Canadian Red Cross Society -
Katimavik -
Nova Scotia Gambia Association -
Oxfam Canada -
United Nations Volunteers -
VSO Canada -
Youth Challenge International -

Galleries & Museums

Art Gallery Nova Scotia -
Discovery Centre -
Memory Lane Family Place -
Nova Scotia Museum  -
Pier 21 -

Heritage & Immigration

African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes -                                                                                 Immigration Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS) -
Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association -
Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia -


Clean Nova Scotia -                                                                                                                   Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia -

Professional Development

Junior Achievement -
Skills Canada (Nova Scotia) -
Successfully Speaking – Women’s Toastmaster’s Club -
Women’s Employment Outreach -

On-Campus Organizations

MSVU Students’ Union Diversity Centre

MSVU Students’ Union Food Resource Centre

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging