Volunteers Transform Lives

With hundreds of active volunteers and less than 30 people on staff, volunteers are what make CityKidz’ mission possible.

Volunteering at CityKidz is a fantastic way to meet amazing people, develop new skills, and invest in a brighter future for children in your community.

Volunteering at CityKidz

Whatever your time, whatever your talents, we want to match you with a position that you will find comfortable, meaningful, and rewarding.

Whether you thrive on the front-line, connecting directly with our kids, prefer to work behind the scenes in an office setting – or something in between – we’ve got a place for your gifts to shine and serve your community!

Meet our Servants of Love

Our volunteers bring with them an incredible assortment of skills. They drive our buses so our kids can attend our programs. They sing and dance and keep everyone engaged and entertained during Saturday sessions. Our volunteers prepare food so that no child goes hungry and manage our reception desk so that no call is missed and every visitor gets where they need to go. In a million different ways, they are bringing hope and inspiring big dreams.

These are just some of the Servants of Love moving our mission forward:

Lennart

“From the first time I volunteered, I got to see the impact that CityKidz has is amazing. Having someone a little bit older who you can look up to, having someone that you can ask questions and will show up for you is super important.”

Brenda

Brenda

“Driving for CityKidz isn’t just a responsibility to get children around safely, it is also a joy to be part of a large group of people that are truly invested in communicating love to ‘our’ kids and seeing them succeed.”

Paul

“I first heard about CityKidz through my pastor at church. Went on a tour, joined and I haven’t looked back. It’s addictive, it’s non-stop, it’s all year. You can’t get enough of it once you start. Please join us!”

Joy

“Children and youth that we saw week after week knew that we were going to always be there. The walls that they built came down and they were able to trust and count on us.”

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some of the fantastic ways you can get involved and make a lasting difference in the lives of Hamilton children!

Looking to liven up your Saturday routine? Bus Team Members join our kids on the bus and in our theatres for CityKidz fun and interactive Saturday program. If you’ve ever been a camp counselor or you just like getting silly and having fun with kids ages three to 11, this is the role for you!

Want to connect with and mentor amazing kids on a one-on-one basis? Our Home Visit Team Members do just that! Each week these volunteers visit our kids at their front doors to say hi encourage big dreams, deliver birthday gifts, meal kits, snacks, treats and more. You’ll get a front row seat as children grow and dream and transform their lives.

Driving a bus for CityKidz, you’re so much more than a driver, you’re an integral part of our community of faith, hope and love. CityKidz bus drivers connect children from all corners of the city. They bring children and youth together to learn, grow, and, most-importantly, have fun together.

At our Wednesday evening program, mentors offer praise and encouragement, comfort and counsel, wisdom and patience to amazing, hopeful youth. They build genuine relationships of trust and support that our youth know they can turn to in their moment of need or celebration.

No cooking skills are required! We’re looking for friends to help us with food preparation and lunch assembly to make sure all our kids get something yummy and nourishing to eat every time they come to CityKidz.

Help us make every CityKidz’ birthday special! We’re looking for volunteers to help us with wrapping birthday gifts to celebrate all our beautiful children on their birthday.

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to become a CityKidz volunteer, you must be 16 years of age or older, in agreement with our mission, vision and values, and complete the CityKidz volunteer intake process. Each volunteer role is unique and the specific requirements may vary depending on the position.

We want to make sure that CityKidz is the right fit for you! Our intake process is designed to start you in your role with confidence and excitement! All volunteers attend an orientation where they learn more about the history, mission and vision of CityKidz as well as information about each of our programs. Following orientation, volunteers are screened through an application, interview, background check, and reference check. To begin the process, fill out our volunteer application!

We ask volunteers to commit to a full season so that relationships and trust can be built with the kids! If you are 16 years of age or older, and able to commit to a full season, we would be happy to help facilitate your requirement for graduation.

Yes! If you would like to come as a guest for a Saturday, we would be happy to pair you with a current volunteer so you can see firsthand what we are all about. We hope you will love it so much, you’ll be signing up for orientation!

Still have questions? We’ve got answers!

To learn more about volunteering at CityKidz, contact volunteer@citykidz.ca or call 905-544-3996 ext. 225.

Volunteers Transform Lives

Whatever your time, whatever your talents, you can make a transformative difference in a child’s life.

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