Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!
Union Gospel Mission has opportunities for volunteers in office administration, social enterprise, the kitchen, event support or outreach. Use your hands, heart, creativity and talent to make a difference in your community.
Find a volunteer opportunity fitting with your interest, skills and availability. We look forward to serving with you!
UGM is such an amazing place… honoured to be a part of this wonderful Community.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
A: UGM is happy to provide younger folks with the opportunity to volunteer. The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old, with no exceptions. All applicants under the age of 19 may require adult (parent or guardian) supervision while volunteering.
A: Time commitment varies per opportunity, with some being more flexible
A: We have a 4-step process to become a volunteer at UGM:
- Participate in volunteer orientation;
- Complete volunteer application;
- Attend an interview at UGM
- Complete a criminal record check and reference checks
All of these steps must be completed before any regular volunteer shifts are scheduled.
A: For the safety of our community members, many of whom are part of vulnerable groups including children, volunteers must be screened and participate in training and orientation before a volunteer shift.
A: Yes, many volunteers do a one-time “guest volunteer” shift without going through our regular volunteer intake process. Please let us know when you’re generally available, and we’ll be happy to try and place you in an open shift.
A: UGM cannot accommodate “walk-in” volunteers. We have been blessed with an abundance of volunteers who faithfully serve on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. For the safety of our community members, many of whom are part of vulnerable groups, volunteers must be screened before a volunteer shift. Since our opportunities run on a specific schedule, we must also know in advance who will be volunteering.
A: Yes, we can accommodate groups of various sizes here at UGM. Based on the size of your group, volunteering options may be limited. Please include the number of people in your group; the ages of the people in your group; and when you group is usually available to volunteer. Please be as specific as possible for the quickest and most accurate response.
A: Practicum/tailored volunteers positions are placements where clear goals are set and regular evaluations are done. These placements may be personal or to fulfill a school requirement.