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Fun Volunteer Opportunities on Campus

8 AUG 2014

Fun Volunteer Opportunities on Campus

Using your time and energy to do volunteer work is a great way to make new friends, develop useful skills and give back to the community. Though you won’t receive a salary for volunteering, your efforts will pay off in different ways. Your future employers will view your volunteering experience in a favourable light and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re making an impact on your campus and community.

So what are some fun volunteering opportunities on campus? Here are a few that you should consider. To get the full list of groups and organizations looking for volunteers on your campus, make sure to consult your school directory or college directory.

Community Kitchen

Many universities feature a community kitchen that is meant as a low-cost alternative for students to other food options on campus. Montreal’s Concordia University, for example, has The People’s Potato, which offers affordable meals to about 400 students per day. To be able to make it work, a community kitchen needs volunteers to help out. They can be cooks, do line service, help with dishes and clean up or more. Some community kitchens even feature a sustainable garden, which needs a lot of maintenance, water and love. Fresh seeds must be planted and vegetables that have reached maturity must be harvested.

Foot Patrol

The foot patrol is a safe-walk program operated by volunteers. The service will accompany students who are walking to and from campus at night, ensuring their safety. If you’re interested in programs like police foundations or safety work, volunteering in the foot patrol is a great way to gain experience in those fields. It’s also a practical way to exercise, as you’ll be walking a little more than usual. All foot patrol teams are given a two-way radio, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

Sexual and Gender Diversity Centre

If you’d like to make your campus a better place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and/or queer community, volunteering at the sexual and gender diversity center could be a great experience for you. You’ll learn how to provide peer support and will help carving out a safe space for the LGBTQ community on campus, organizing events, hosting discussion groups and more.

Student Literacy Centre

If you’d like to develop your teaching skills, many campuses feature student-run literacy centres, in which you’ll help an adult, such as a new Canadian or an adult with disabilities, learn English. The centre will train you, then match you with a learner with who you will work throughout the year, helping him or her read educational articles and more. A program such as this can be tremendously rewarding, as you’ll get to see your learner progress over time, which will no doubt improve his or her quality of life.