volunteering opportunities

You can help Good Shepherd by volunteering at a range of different programs and services. There is something for every skill set and commitment level. Please see the list of current opportunities below. 


Women’s Services: Volunteers are needed to child mind babies and children of all ages. Interact, play, read, etc., Monday-Sunday morning, afternoon and evening shifts available.

The LEAF program within Women’s Services is looking for 1 volunteer to help with child minding children on Thursdays from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for a 10 week period starting in October. Volunteers will be looking after children during the LEAF program which is a psycho-educational group for women and children who have been exposed to domestic violence. The program is offered to children ages 4-12 and the children under 4 require childcare from volunteers, although there may be some opportunities to support in the other children’s groups as well depending on numbers. The LEAF program run for 10 weeks in the fall then again 10 weeks in the winter and spring.

The Wellness Program is looking for volunteers wanting to assist with wellness programming for women (yoga/pilates, Zumba, massage/reki, fitness, arts and crafts, etc.)

Volunteers are needed to help in the Martha House kitchen (within Women’s Services) to assist in preparing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 25-30 women, plus special events. The role would involve kitchen duties such as sorting and putting away food donations and orders, cutting and preparing food trays, baking muffins and cookies, sanitizing and helping with dishes. If you have an interest in volunteering in a kitchen and preparing food/baking then this volunteer position is for you! Shifts available for Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm and Monday mornings 9am – 12pm. Training will be provided.

Notre Dame House: needs volunteers interested in interacting with youth to serve lunch and dinner at Notre Dame House (lunch shifts 11am – 1pm and dinner shifts 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Monday- Sunday). As well, Administrative/Computer Assistants are needed at both Notre Dame House and Brennan House. Skills needed include Excel, Word and experience with databases (Monday-Friday).

Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre: needs volunteers to child mind children ages two months to four years, as well as help with dishes, laundry, cleaning and organizing. Mondays to Thursdays 9:30am-2pm and Fridays 9:30-11:30am.

Regina’s Place: needs a volunteer who enjoys cooking to teach simple cooking skills on a budget. The volunteer would go through a recipe, teach and cook the food with the tenants and then share the meal together and answer questions. Commitment would be once per month for an evening (approximately 5pm – 7pm) on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday.

Family Centre: is looking for volunteers who like to cook/bake and would be interested in sharing this passion to prepare meals and baked goods at the Family Centre. Shift time is flexible around volunteers’ schedule. As well, reception help is needed to answer phones and greet and direct visitors, Monday – Sunday from 4pm – 7pm. Homework helpers are needed for children/youth September – June, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-7pm.

SAM Program: needs people who enjoy volunteering with seniors to provide program and activity help as well as preparing snacks and lunch. (Monday-Friday).

Assisted Living: needs volunteers to visit and talk with senior’s one on one or in a small group running activities and games. As well, a volunteer is needed for administrative duties.

Emmanuel House: needs volunteers who are interested in visiting with residents, preparing meals for lunch and dinner and front office/reception. As well, a volunteer to shop for groceries weekly for the summer months is required. (Morning, afternoon and evening, weekday and weekends).

Development Office: needs occasional volunteers to help with reception desk duties. Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Men’s Centre: needs volunteers to provide reception coverage on weekends as well as laundry support to the men who reside at the Centre (6-9pm). Volunteers to assist staff with food preparation (seven days a week, 9:30am-noon) and on weekends afternoons (1-4pm). Volunteers are also needed to help with meal prep/serving in the hot meal program (Monday–Friday,1-4:45pm).

Venture Centre: needs volunteers to assist in the donation receiving area as well as sorting donations in the warehouse (Monday-Friday, 9am-noon or 1-4pm). Volunteers are needed in the Marketplace to assist with re-stocking shelves/fridges/ freezers, clothing station, houseware station and check out (Monday-Friday, 8am-12:30pm or 12:30-4pm).

Special Skills: We are looking for volunteers who are interested in sharing their passions. Volunteers who are skilled in the following are encouraged to volunteer: hairdressers, massage/reki, music, nail artist, yoga/pilates, mediation, gardening, flower arranging, cooking/baking, arts and crafts, etc.

Special Event Volunteers (occasional): volunteers are needed throughout the year to help occasionally with events such as the Christmas Hamper program, the Christmas Wonderland Dinner, community events, food drives, and special dinners. (Day, evening and weekend).

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to hear more about our current volunteer positions, please email volunteer@gsch.ca or call 905.528.6565 Ext. 3333


Ready to volunteer now? Download these forms to get started on your application!  

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Reference Form