Volunteering is an amazing way to gain experience and skills, meet new people, and contribute to one’s community. In fact, there are many organizations in Mississauga that are accepting volunteers. Whether you’re a high school student looking for community service hours, or just an individual looking to give back to your community, here are six volunteer opportunities in Mississauga that you can partake in.
1. Museums of Mississauga
The Museums of Mississauga eagerly encourage volunteers 14-years-old and older to support their work. They offer one-time volunteer opportunities, short-term placements, and even extended placements. Additionally, the organization promotes their ‘Museums Youth Task Force’ program that is looking for participants ages 14-20. This is an especially great opportunity for individuals interested in art and history, as well as those looking to network with professionals in the industry. For more information on how to get involved, visit https://culture.mississauga.ca/content/get-involved.
2. Celebration Square
Celebration Square is considered the ‘hot-spot’ of Mississauga to many of the City’s residents. With their inviting atmosphere and amazing location in the heart of the City, the square is always hosting some festival, concert, or activity. For this reason, they are constantly looking for hard-working, dedicated volunteers who are interested in helping run their events. Volunteering at Celebration Square is ideal for those looking to showcase their hard working and energetic side while having fun assisting their City.
For more information, visit https://culture.mississauga.ca/celebration-square/about-square.
3. The Library
All 18 City-run libraries across Mississauga are constantly looking for volunteers to help assist their day-to-day operations. This is a great placement for individuals who really enjoy reading and writing, as they will be able to showcase their love for books and literature while assisting the City and its residents. Some volunteer duties may include: assisting in organizing library-run events, providing information to library-goers, helping find inventory, and preparing materials for book sales. Those interested in volunteering at one of the City’s libraries can fill out an application online at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/libraryvolunteer or in person at any library in the City.
4. The Mississauga Food Bank
As the holiday season approaches, many people find themselves wondering what they can do to give back to those less fortunate. A great solution to this is volunteering at The Mississauga Food Bank. By supporting this amazing organization, volunteers are doing their part to help build a City where no one goes hungry. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, such as, food sorting, corporate volunteering, truck assistance, administrative assistance and more! For more information on how to be a part of the fight to end hunger in Mississauga, visit https://www.themississaugafoodbank.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/
5. The MiWay Student Ambassador Program
This program is looking for fun, outspoken students (registered at either a Peel District School Board or Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board high school in the City) who can get their school community interested in the benefits of public transit in creative and exciting ways. Students interested can apply online to become a representative and, once selected, the ambassadors will be given the tools and begin training to become a successful MiWay representative. Being a MiWay Student Ambassador is not only a great way to showcase one’s leadership skills, but also an amazing opportunity to meet and network with MiWay staff. Additionally, ambassadors also have the chance to win FREE transit for a year! The application process for the program starts up again next June. For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway/studentambassador.
6. The Hospital
Volunteers are a vital component of all the hospitals in Mississauga. It is widely recognised that without the generous help of volunteers, the quality and deliverance of health care to patients of the City’s hospitals would suffer. Some opportunities for hospital volunteers include; patient support, clinical support, information and way finding, retail and fundraising and, administrative support. Trillium Health Partners annually search for new and dedicated volunteers to support The Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital, and Queensway Health Centre. For more information on how to submit an application, visit http://trilliumhealthpartners.ca/volunteers/Pages/Overview.aspx