At Start Me Up Niagara, we value and appreciate our volunteers!


Working Together

Volunteers play an important role in the functionality of Start Me Up Niagara. We encourage anyone with the time and interest in volunteering to reach out to us about what opportunities exist. 

We always welcome our own participants along with community members to be a part of the team. 

Volunteering for Start Me Up means you can make a real difference — not just in the lives of others, but in your own life journey as well. While the time volunteers dedicate help us to fulfill our commitment of providing support to individuals facing significant life challenges, many volunteers also find meaning for themselves in giving back, learning new skills and building connections in their community.

Without our dedicated team of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer the programs and activities participants have come to count on. Volunteers help in a number of areas:

  • The people at 17 Gale have been like a family to me.
    Anonymous - Centre Participant

Current Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact. For more than twenty years we’ve counted on volunteers to support the work of Start Me Up Niagara in our community. The following volunteer opportunities are currently available. 

Resource Drop-In Centre

Our Centre crew help serve coffee, pastries, clean up, and engage in recreational activities with our participants.

Volunteer Driver for the Second Harvest Food Program

Driving to local restaurants to pick up fresh, unsold food items and then delivering them back to the Resource Drop-In Centre for participants to enjoy. This opportunity requires a commitment of one shift a week and volunteers must have a reliable vehicle.

Emergency Overnight Shelter Volunteer

Anyone interested in volunteering in our Emergency Overnight Shelter is encouraged to complete the form on this page as soon as possible, as Volunteer placements are being conducted immediately. 

Office Reception & Clerical Work

Due to COVID-19 we are limiting the opportunities to work in this area for the safety of participants, staff and volunteers.

Fundraisers & Events

Seasonal. COVID limitation. Take part in the annual Coldest Night of the Year 2022, or volunteer at our monthly Pasta Dinner Nights.

Kitchen Volunteers 

Our kitchen volunteers help prepare the weekend takeaway meals.  

Community Garden Volunteer

The volunteer program runs from May to September and is out of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Use the adjacent form to apply to be a part of this program.

Submit Your Volunteer Application

To express your interest in a current opportunity, please complete and submit the full application form below.

Availability to Volunteer

How frequently are you available to volunteer?

*Please note shifts range in length depending on the area you are interested in. Typically, shifts are 3 - 4 hours long (on average).
We thank you for submitting this application and we appreciate your consideration in volunteering with SMUN. We look forward to the possibility of working with you soon. If you have any questions about this application, please reach out to volunteer@startmeupniagara.ca or 905-984-5310, x 108.

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