A new year is right around the corner and with a new year comes resolutions. If your New Year’s Resolution for 2015 is to volunteer more then we have you covered. Volunteering takes you right into the workplace, giving you a chance to build your experience and demonstrate your employability. Most employers want workers who have work experience in their field. Sometimes this may seem difficult for someone who is right out of school. However, volunteer work can prove to an employer that you have the experience that they want and need.
In addition to gaining work experience for employers, volunteering gives yourself something as well. With volunteering, you give yourself the chance to explore different occupations and industry sectors. You get to network and gain a better understanding of the roles and jobs available. Volunteer experience in a specific field or industry can make your resumé stand out when you’re applying to jobs in that field. For example, volunteer experience at an employment agency (see opportunities from our agency below) may increase your chances of getting a job in the career development field.
By helping others and by having the opportunity to jump start your career, volunteering is a win-win situation. Below we have a list of some current volunteer opportunities available in Hamilton, Ontario to get your search started, most of which are from the Volunteer Hamilton database. Thank you to Volunteer Hamilton for providing a great resource when it comes to searching for volunteer positions.
March Break Camp Counselors
Pet Visiting Program Volunteer – Hamilton Public Library
Good Shepherd Hamilton has numerous positions that depend on availability. The positions range from food services to senior support services. You can access more information on their website here.
SACHA Hamilton offers rewarding opportunities with their 24 Hour Support Line (training provided), Fundraising and Management Committees, and their events. Learn more and apply from their website here.
Living Rock Ministries is currently accepting applications for volunteers in several of their programs. Also, with Soupfest 13 coming up February 24, 2015, they are looking for people to assist with various tasks on the day of. More information about positions and contact can be found here.
Volunteer Hamilton, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, offers a volunteer snow removal service for eligible seniors and persons with physical disabilities. To be able to provide this wonderful service, volunteer Snow Angels are needed. Visit their website to learn about the locations that require assistance and apply here.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~Elizabeth Andrew
To search for more volunteer opportunities in Hamilton and surrounding areas, you can use the database from Volunteer Hamilton here. There are over 400 volunteer positions to search. All of which would be suitable for resumes.