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Uniting students and community through a shared purpose

Did you know that volunteering can boost your academic performance and workplace skills? Get involved to gain skills and experience while helping organizations reach their goals and build better communities. Locate volunteer opportunities on- and off-campus, locally and regionally in either a group or individual capacity.

Why Volunteer

Contribute your time, skills, insights and energy to organizations and communities who need your help. Be an ambassador for yourself, your program and your school and give back to your community while learning transferrable skills.

Personal Development

Build your community and make a difference in the lives of others. Find a cause you care about or a population that you would like to serve and jump into volunteer service.

Support a cause

Increase social awareness

Meet new people

Enjoy better health

Gain self confidence

Build independence

Learn through service

Professional Development

Apply your academic training in a real world environment. Write a business proposal, create a marketing strategy or do data analysis for an organization that needs support.

Develop transferable skills

Gain work experience

Explore career options

Develop a professional network

Earn a reference

Improve your resume

Advance your academics

McMaster’s Community Engagement and Volunteer Fair


Meet face-to-face with organizations who have local and regional opportunities to get involved, explore careers, build your resume and skills, and develop meaningful connections.


Visit the Community Engagement and Volunteer Fair event page for more information.


Make an impact

Use the map to explore Volunteer Connections categories.

Download Our Resources

We recommend downloading our Volunteer Tip Sheets.

Check out the Tip Sheets page.

Make an appointment

Meet with an experienced volunteer connections student success leader to help you find volunteer positions.

I really enjoyed my team and the people that I worked with at the Wellness Outreach Unit for the program. For the entire time that I've worked with the Wellness Outreach Unit, the team has been warm, comforting, and welcoming. Furthermore, it was great to have the new space where we could plan new events and offer students a place to study, chill and chat on campus.

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Peer Placement Program

Formerly known as the Student Success Leader Program.

Participate in the Peer Placement Program to engage in volunteer opportunities that will provide you with hands-on experience and skills development, as well as a chance to offer peer support to your fellow students. You can apply for positions to support activities related to career & employment, academic development, orientation and more.

These volunteer positions are complemented by a certificate program that seeks to further enhance your experience, while also providing you with an opportunity to set goals, make connections to academics, develop your personal brand and conduct self-assessment as it relates to the development of leadership skills for the workplace.

There are seven certification elements.

  • Orientation Session (1 hour)
  • Monthly Meetings (6 hours)
  • Conference and Lecture Series (2 – 6 hours)
  • Career Exploration (1 – 2 hours)
  • Leadership Engagement (8 – 12 hours)
  • Self-Directed Learning (2 – 4 hours)
  • Final Project and Self Assessment (10+ hours)

Applications for 2019-2020 are now open.

Apply for the Peer Placement Program this Winter term. Applications will be open until Sunday, March 3, 2019. We will confirm placements mid-April.

Postings are listed on OSCARplus (under Volunteering).

If you cannot access the postings, contact us at volunteer@mcmaster.ca.