August 6, 2012



What kinds of volunteer activities are there?

Sports and recreations, environment, health, arts and culture, education, and social services.

How do I find a volunteer opportunity?

The Saint John Volunteer Centre advertises volunteer opportunities of our Member Agencies on this website, on Facebook, on Twitter, via Blogging, and via a Newsletter.

On this website:

  • for Causes & Interests , click a Topics link (bottom of any page)
  • for Skills you have or would like to acquire, try the Search box
  • see Show Me dropdown box
  • see our Member Agencies volunteer needs

Sign up for the V-list (one time events and other updates) by emailing us at

How do I volunteer?

  • To apply online, fill out the Vounteer Application form.
    • A Volunteer Centre Referral Coordinator will review the information from your application and if necessary, can help make a good match between you and the volunteer opportunities available.
    • Assistance can be provided in an interview, in a relaxed setting by phone or preferably in person. (There is no guarantee you will be selected for the position for which you apply.)
  • To apply in person, please make an appointment by phone or email. (Staff may not be available if you drop in spontaneously.)
  • Within 2 weeks, you should hear from the agency to which you were referred. You may need to provide the agency with references and a Police Check.

If at any time you change your mind, and want to opt out, just let us know.

Police Checks are often required to volunteer

Many organizations require a police check CPIC or a Vulnerable Sector Check. They will provide a letter to the volunteer to take to the police. Criminal Records Fact Sheet click to read.

Why is the Volunteer Application form so lengthy?

It helps the Volunteer Centre when matching your interests and skills to what our Member Agencies need.

Many of our Member Agencies use this application, rather than needing more administrative processes within their organization.

Can I contact the Member Agency directly?

Yes. Some volunteers don’t require assistance. The Volunteer Centre can serve as a referral agent, give an array of volunteer opportunities available and help to narrow down choices for a good match.

What if I need help?

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Not sure what type of volunteering you’re interested in? Fill out the Volunteer Application Form and we’ll help match you with our agencies. Or, browse these tips from Volunteer Canada, a national resource for volunteering.