Join Our Volunteer Team

Volunteers are an integral part of the work that we do to assist, support, empower and advocate for the most vulnerable in the Welland community.

Volunteer ApplicationAbout Us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Hope Centre. Our volunteers help us deliver our programs and services and play a fundamental role in our day-to-day operations. We would simply not be able to do what we do without the support of our volunteers.

We welcome caring people of all ages and backgrounds to join us as we build a community where every person has their basic needs met through support and compassion. 

Apply Today

To get started please fill out our Volunteer Application. Once you submit your application our volunteer coordinator will contact you to meet and arrange an informal interview.

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities at The Hope Centre, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your areas of interest.

Coop student placements are available at The Hope Centre and are limited. Please indicate on your volunteer application that you are applying for a student placement and indicate the number of hours you require.  

Food Bank

Sort, stock and portion food items and directly supporting clients in the food bank.


Collect food donations from a variety of locations in the Niagara Region using The Hope Centre van. Minimum age of 25 required.

Kitchen volunteers

Prepare and package lunches and assist with lunch window service and cleaning.

Bingo volunteers

Provide customer service at the Welland Delta Bingo during The Hope Centre bingo sessions. Minimum age of 18 required.

Special Event volunteers

Attend and assist with community engagement events including fundraisers, food drives and special events.

Volunteer Guidelines

All volunteers are required to comply with The Hope Centre’s policies and procedures. Please review our guidelines to ensure your values and abilities align with our expectations.

Screening Policy

  • Once you submit the application our volunteer coordinator will contact you to meet and arrange an informal interview and a short orientation program to be sure this is the right fit for all involved.
  • Most positions require you to be 16 years of age or older. If you are under the age of 18 you must have parental/guardian written consent before you can volunteer.
  • Most positions will require a Police Vulnerable Sector Check. Our volunteer coordinator will assist you with the process.

Volunteer Expectations

  • To adhere to our non-negotiable values of respect, inclusivity, innovation, collaboration, accountability, equity and humility.
  • To treat everyone including other volunteers, clients, and The Hope Centre staff with respect.
  • Perform duties diligently and be on time.
  • Contact our volunteer coordinator or your supervisor as soon as possible if you cannot make your shift.
  • Accept direction and decisions made by The Hope Centre staff.
  • Ensure that you are always working in a safe environment, reporting unsafe conditions and practices to a staff member of The Hope Centre.
  • Follow all other Hope Centre policies and procedures