Volunteer Services provides a variety of programs to help students as they face real world challenges. Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity around campus, around the city or around the world, we can assist you to connect to groups and organizations who could use your help. Come chat with us at Volunteer Services, Room 225 in MacEwan Student Centre, about your interests and check out our resource boards periodically to find current long and short-term volunteer positions. We would love to help you in your search for an exciting opportunity.

Non-profit organizations seeking volunteer support are welcome to advertise with us for free. Submit you current volunteer opportunities to volunteer@su.ucalgary.ca and we will advertise them in our office and Facebook page.

The SU’s ten volunteer programs are designed to be flexible and work with your schedule. Some run the entire school year, while others are for specific months. Once you’ve made your choice we ask you to complete and submit an application.

Volunteer Application Form

Our current on and off campus volunteer programs and opportunities are described below.

Volunteer On Campus

Often students find it difficult to make the transition from school to the work world. While you may have excelled in academics, many employers value proven experience in an office setting.

You can gain professional office experience by working with our Administrative Volunteer Program. You’ll get practical, on-the-job training in a variety of areas, from database and file management to event planning. There are placements available in the Volunteer Services Office and the Conference and Events Office.

For this program volunteers must commit two hours per week throughout the academic year (September to April).

Recruitment Time: August (and sometimes December and/or January)

The SU Campus Food Bank provides emergency food relief to members of our campus community. Since its inception in 1993, the Food Bank has become a major resource for those in need and we are always looking for volunteers to help us meet the demand.

By volunteering with the Food Bank you’ll gain practical, operational experience by organizing donations, stocking shelves, packing hampers, interviewing clients and organizing food drive events, all without ever leaving campus!

Campus Food Bank volunteers must commit two hours per week throughout the academic year (September to April).

Recruitment Time: August to September (sometimes December and January)

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Let the SU nourish you. Every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Q Centre (MSC 225C)from 8:30 am – 9:45 am the CFB serves free breakfast to undergrad and grad students with a valid student ID.

Volunteers must commit to a two hour shift either Tuesday or Wednesday from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm and are responsible for set up and clean-up of the area, serving and distributing food items, preparing food, restocking food items and making sure the area remains clean during the event.

Recruitment Time: August and September (sometimes December and/or January)

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you enjoy assisting others and providing information to campus visitors? When you volunteer at the Information Centre/Lost and Found, you’ll answer all kinds of questions from students, staff and visitors to the MacEwan Student Centre. You’ll also manage our lost and found service and keep the Information Centre updated with information on events and services. If you’re looking for a volunteer experience that fits between your class schedule, this program is perfect for you!

Information Centre volunteers must commit two hours per week (between 10am and 4pm) throughout the academic year (September to April).

Recruitment Time: August to September (and sometimes December and/or January)

Do you want to make the U of C a better place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and/or queer community? Then get in on the ground floor and help us build the Q program. Volunteers will be trained to provide peer support and help us carve out a safe space for the LGBTQ community (and their allies) here on campus. As this is our newest program, there will be plenty of opportunities to make your mark by organizing events, hosting discussion groups or coming up with something we’ve never thought of!

Q Centre volunteers must commit two hours per week throughout the academic year (September to April).

Recruitment Time: August to September (and sometimes December and/or January)

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Looking to make a difference on campus while developing your teaching skills? Help an adult (either a new Canadian or an adult with disabilities) learn English with Students for Literacy. We train and match you with a learner with whom you will work throughout the academic year. Volunteering with this challenging program may just be one of the most rewarding experiences of your university career.

Students for Literacy volunteers meet with their learners at mutually convenient times. Volunteers must commit one to three hours per week (including prep-time) throughout the academic year (September to April).

Volunteers are also needed to staff the ESL Station location. This drop-in program is conducted in a group setting and focuses on practical English skills like daily conversation.

Recruitment Time: August and September (and sometimes December and/or January

The Volunteer Tax Program takes place during tax season (February-April). Volunteers of this program assist members of the campus community complete their tax returns. Volunteers are trained by the Canada Revenue Agency. They also get to work one-on-one with actual clients and gain valuable skills to put on their resumes. Each volunteer will receive a certificate from the Canada Revenue Agency at the end of tax season to recognize their efforts.

Volunteer Tax Program volunteers must commit to a minimum of four(4) hours per week during the eight week clinic (February to April).

Recruitment Time: August to January

Volunteer Off Campus


If you are interested in volunteering beyond the campus community then Into the Streets is the perfect opportunity for you!

Through the Into the Streets Program you are given the opportunity to work with a variety of different social and cultural agencies within the Calgary community. Volunteer Services makes it easy to find the right group and make all the arrangements. Whether you want to work in a homeless shelter or with an arts association, chances are we have an opportunity to interest you. This is a great way to help out the local community, make professional and personal connections and learn about the many groups working to make Calgary a better place.

Into the Streets volunteers must attend three events per semester. Most opportunities are scheduled in the evenings or on weekends. All Into the Streets volunteer opportunities are off-campus, but we’ll arrange transportation (most often through carpools or public transit).

Recruitment Time: August to September (and sometimes December and/or January)

Spring break – while some students view this time as nothing more than an opportunity to sleep in and burn the midnight oil (sometimes needed after a heavy course load) – there is an alternative!

If the chance to make a difference in your community appeals to you, spend this year’s reading week volunteering. Through Alternative Spring Break the SU links volunteers with a variety of different community groups from homeless shelters to arts organizations in the Calgary area. We make all the arrangements including transportation. All you need to do is show up and be willing to get your hands dirty.

Alternative Spring Break runs for three days during February’s reading week at locations throughout the city.

Recruitment Time: December to January

Does travelling to another country to make a difference excite you? Then check out this meaningful international volunteer opportunity!

ucalgarycares New Orleans is an intensive, service-learning program open to students in all years and programs of study. This co-curricular (not for academic credit) experience allows participants to explore food security and housing issues abroad while contributing to volunteer projects. Although the group travels to New Orleans over Reading Week in February, preparation workshops are held throughout the year.

The program is run in partnership with the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL). The application can be found on the CCEL’s website and the application deadline is October 12. If you have any questions about the program, let either the CCEL or Volunteer Services teams know!

Service hours: One week in February.

This program takes place in the summer months running from June-August and is perfect for those volunteers who enjoy working with kids.

Volunteers spend part of their summer in the park reading and doing crafts with kids. Dr. Seuss in the Park takes place in Riley Park, a short walk from the Sunnyside C-Train station.

Dr. Seuss in the Park volunteers must commit to at least one five hour shift (Saturdays, 11am to 4pm) per month (June – August).

Some great choices and great ways to make a difference. Click here to access our Volunteer Application Form.

Recruitment Time: Early May