5 Easy Ways to Start Volunteering

5 Easy Ways to Start Volunteering

Are you a volunteer having a little trouble finding a position? Or a seasoned volunteer looking for a change? Volunteer BC is here to help. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to finding your ideal volunteer position!

1. Start with your Local Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Centres are your number one asset as a volunteer and the best place to start to find a position. Centres are focused on promoting volunteering in the community and offer lots of resources and up-to-date volunteer opportunities in your community. Each volunteer centre is unique to your community. They host volunteer fairs, volunteer training and listings of volunteer roles.  

To find your Volunteer Centre check Volunteer BC’s Volunteer Centre Network  

To learn even more about Volunteer Centres and what they can do for you, download this Factsheet.

2. Volunteer BC’s - Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now is your one-stop shop for volunteering. This platform allows you to search and apply for multiple positions all in one place. 

Volunteer Now is maintained by Volunteer BC and is completely FREE for volunteers. Simply make an account and start looking for a position that interests you.

3. Other Volunteer Matching Platforms

If you do not have a local volunteer centre check out other online volunteer posting boards: Volunteer Connector, Charity Village,  iVolunteer or Craigslist, DoSome Good. Schools, colleges and universities often have volunteer posting boards. The Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform works in collaboration with Volunteer Centres nationwide in order to provide over 75,000 volunteer opportunities.  Contact organizations you like directly to see if they have positions available.

4. Check out our Training and Resources

Volunteer BC also offers access to a training and workshop calendar. Our website is updated daily with new opportunities which we also post on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Our training calendar shows month-by-month opportunities which are updated as soon as new sessions become available. 

This training will allow you to learn more about volunteering and the non-profit sector. It is very helpful when starting a new volunteer position on what the expectations are. 

Want even more detailed info on volunteering? Download our detailed – I Want To Volunteer Handbook. This interactive guide is a step-by-step guide on how to go about finding that perfect volunteer position.

5. Volunteer Memberships

A Volunteer BC Individual Membership is another great way to get involved with volunteering. As a member, you receive our member’s only newsletter with monthly updates on volunteer centres, and new and upcoming positions. A membership is a great way to show your support to Volunteer BC and still receive amazing benefits that will help you on your journey to being your best volunteering self. Sign-up here.

Final Notes

Volunteering adds meaning in many ways, through learning new skills, making new friendships, and making our community a better place to live. By following these simple steps you will be able to find the ideal volunteer position. 

If you ever have any questions don’t be afraid to reach out to your local volunteer centre or us Volunteer BC.

Experts Wanted! 2022 VBCACG Conference is October 13 and 14!

Experts Wanted! 2022 VBCACG Conference is October 13 and 14!

Our live conference is back, and we’re excited to see you all in person! 

Mark your calendars for October 13 & 14, 2022 for Volunteer BC & BCACG’s Conference at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond.

This conference is for individuals around BC interested in learning more about volunteerism, non-profits, charities and Community Gaming Grants.



The two-day conference will be filled with inspiring keynotes and impactful workshops designed to navigate the challenging landscape, volunteers, non-profits and charities are experiencing during the next wave of the pandemic.



Have a session idea? Submit your proposal idea here by July 30, 2022.

Don’t have a Gmail account?

Submit your form using the following steps:

  1. Use your current email to create a google account.
  2. After you create your account, submit the speaker form.



Email: hello@volunteerbcacgconference.com.


Let’s Celebrate BC Volunteers – National Volunteer Week Photo Contest

Let’s Celebrate BC Volunteers – National Volunteer Week Photo Contest

National Volunteer Week – April 24-30  is Canada’s largest annual celebration of volunteers.   SEND US photos of volunteers and the strong contribution they make. Let’s thank these individuals and celebrate volunteerism and work of community organizations like yours!

Don’t have any photos? Send a screenshot of your virtual activity. Or a photo of a volunteer with a short caption on how they made a positive impact.


Contest Deadline: April 22, 2022.

Prizes awarded to top 3 photos.

Photo entries will be highlighted on social media.


Questions? Email: info@volunteerbc.bc.ca.