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COVID-19 NOTICE: Some volunteer placements have resumed. Please email us or call 905.528.6565 x3333 if you are interested in volunteering.

On an average day, Good Shepherd serves over 1,000 vulnerable men, women and children in our community. Every year, more than 5,000 volunteers assist in the operations of Good Shepherd programs and services.

Ready to volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, email us or call 905.528.6565 x3333 

Download these forms to get started on your application!

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Gain valuable job-related skills
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Complete school or job requirements
  • Spend valuable time with family or friends while helping others
  • Team building for organizations and companies
  • Give back to the community
  • Fill your retirement years
  • Share your skills with others

Good Shepherd extends heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who give so selflessly of their time and talent and encourage you to join our team!

Volunteer opportunities

Day Of Caring

The Day of Caring program is a one-day opportunity for companies, community groups, schools, churches and service clubs to donate their time to Good Shepherd programs and services. Jobs for that day include sorting donations, serving food, working in the warehouse or working on special event programs.

Minimum Age Requirement: 13 years
Time Commitment: 2.5-8 hours

For more information contact Maggie Pagotto at 905.528.6565 x3321

Christmas 2020

Christmas Wonderland is not happening at the Hamilton Convention Centre this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. In place of this event, the Christmas Marketplace (foodbank) program will run during regular operating hours from November 23 – December 24 to provide toys, clothing and food. We may require volunteers to assist during daytime, weekday hours. If you are interested in being on our list of potential volunteers this Christmas, please contact Maggie Pagotto at MPagotto@gsch.ca or 905-528-6565 Ext. 3321

Child Minding

Women’s Services (Monday-Sunday)
Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre (Monday-Friday)
Regina’s Place (Thursdays 5:30 -7:30 p.m.)
Family Centre (Monday-Friday).

Interact, play, read and look after babies and children of all ages.

Homework Helpers

Women’s Services (Monday-Friday)
Family Centre (Monday-Friday)

Homework helpers to assist school age children and high school students with homework and projects (after school hours and evenings)

Interact, play, read and look after babies and children of all ages.

Wellness Programming

Women’s Services (Monday-Friday)

Lead classes/sessions of yoga, Pilates, Zumba, fitness and arts and crafts

Experienced massage and reiki therapists are welcome

Cooking, Baking & Food Prep

Various cooking and baking help is needed at a variety of Centres

  • Prepare comfort foods and soups at Emmanuel House (lunch and dinner)
  • Prep cooking at Martha House (breakfast, lunch and dinner and special occasions meals)
  • Cooking and baking for families at the Family Centre
  • Preparing snacks and lunches at the SAM program (for seniors)
  • Food prep and sandwich making at The Good Shepherd Centre (Men’s Shelter), (weekdays 9:30 am-noon and 1:00-1:30 pm) 

Reception & Screening

Women’s Services (Monday-Friday)
Emmanuel House (Monday-Sunday, day & evening available)
Family Centre (Monday-Friday)
Development Office (Monday-Friday)
The Good Shepherd Centre (Men’s Shelter) (Saturday – Sunday)

Answering phones, directing and screening visitors, assisting with some administrative work

Serving Meals

Youth Services (Monday- Sunday, 11:00 am-1:00 pm or 3:30-5:30 pm)

Serve lunch or dinner and interact with youth

Friendly Visiting

Emmanuel House
Barrett Centre

Visiting and interacting with residents in hospice

Program Assistant

SAM Program (Hamilton West, Hamilton East and Flamborough)

The Good Shepherd Centre (Men’s Shelter)

  • Volunteers to interact and help with seniors programming and activities and help prepare snacks and lunch. (Monday-Friday)
  • Volunteers to talk with small groups of seniors and to independently run activities and games (Monday-Sunday)
  • Volunteer who loves music or art volunteer their talents on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday for 60 minutes anytime between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm (Flamborough location)
  • Volunteers to interact and help men with their laundry needs and hand out evening snack with program staff (weeknight evenings)

SAM Aphasia

SAM Hamilton East

Volunteers assist with supporting clients in conversations and/or facilitating group discussions and specific group activities or programs

Volunteers are trained in Supported Conversation Techniques for Aphasia so they can provide conversational support to clients

Special Skills

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in sharing their passions and skills! Hairdressers, nail artist, yoga, meditation and Pilates instructors, gardening, flower arranging, arts and crafts, music, etc.

Special Event Volunteers

Occasional: daytime, evenings and weekends

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with events such as the Christmas Hamper program, the Christmas Wonderland Dinner, community events, food drives, and special dinners.

Marketplace/Grocery Volunteers

Monday-Friday morning and afternoon shifts

Volunteers are needed to re-stock shelves, fridges, freezers, work with clothing and small housewares, and assist clients at check out by bagging their items

Warehouse Volunteers

Monday-Friday, morning and afternoon shifts

Volunteers are needed to assist with receiving & sorting donations (food, clothing, housewares) and re-packaging donations as needed

We may need volunteers to help out during daytime, weekday hours. If you are interested in being on our “call list” as a potential volunteer during Christmas, please contact Maggie Pagotto directly at MPagotto@gsch.ca

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