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The success of University Settlement continues to be dependent on the enthusiasm and expertise of our team of over 200 volunteers who work in a variety of roles within our departments. Their gift of time and effort is much appreciated and respected. Our staff are here to make sure that our volunteers have an enjoyable and productive experience. Our Volunteer Coordinator is the liaison between staff and volunteers.

We strive to introduce our volunteers to University Settlement and offer them an environment where they can learn and grow, enhancing their experience. We recognize the contributions of our volunteers both informally and formally. Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Investing In Our Community Scholarship award are some of the ways that we give back to our volunteers. We welcome and thank you for joining us at University Settlement.

Volunteer Application Form


  • Complete the Application Form
  • If you are over 18 you must obtain a vulnerable sector screening by a police force in your region of residence. Information and the letters required may be emailed to you upon inquiry
  • For volunteers who are interested in working with children (e.g. Day Care) a medical form covering immunization records and fitness to work with the captioned group of users is required and must be completed by a medical practitioner at your own expense
  • Sign a Confidentiality Contract
  • Obtain 3 reference contacts as outlined in the application form
  • Call or email the Volunteer Coordinator to book an interview
  • Bring your completed application form, references and if you are over 18, your cleared vulnerable sector screening to the interview

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon McCalla at Sharon.mccalla@universitysettlement.ca Please include subject line ‘volunteer request’

We’re looking for Volunteers who are at least 15 years old and entering Grade 10 at a minimum who would love to work with children (ages 4 to 12) in our Summer Day Camps program.It’s an excellent opportunity to build leadership and team work skills, and get credit for the volunteer hours needed to graduate high school. Great experience for anyone considering an education-based career. Space is limited to 8 LIT Volunteers for each week of camp.

For more information, see link below or contact Farhia Hashi at farhia.hashi@universitysettlement.ca or at (416) 598-3444 ext. 228.


We have many volunteer opportunities available. Some areas have long term needs for volunteers while others, such as celebrations, are event based. Be a part of an exciting volunteer team at University Settlement. Just a few hours of your time means so much.

Below are some examples of the types of programs we offer. If you would like to volunteer, please apply.

  • Administration
  • After School
  • Community Development
  • Day Care
  • Language
  • Music and Arts
  • Recreation
  • Senior Services
  • Settlement and Social Services
  • Special Events


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