Cover photo cred - Bill Dickinson
As city citizens, we live in a very fast-paced kind of lifestyle, and more than often forget to take time to slow things down.
Volunteering is a good way to keep ourselves grounded and to take time to give back to the community. It's a great way to spend quality time with your friends and family while helping others in need.
Don't know where to start looking for a good volunteering experience? Here's a list of ten types of volunteer experiences you can easily do this summer in Montreal.
Volunteer at a Dog Adoption Centre
Where : Ani Match ; du Grand Blvd, L'Île-Perrot, Quebec
What they do : Help dogs find homes.
What you'll do : Help with everyday tasks at the centre, which most likely includes playing with dogs.
Do Activities (Like Play Sports) With Kids
Where : Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island ; 265 Dorval Ave., Suite 202 Dorval, Quebec
What they do : Help kids improve their self-determination, social skills and habits.
What you'll do : Be a mentor for kids ; Play sports, talk, go for outings, etc.
Volunteer for an Event
Where : Color Me Rad ; 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin, Montreal
What they do : Fund to blood cancer research and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
What you'll do : Be an ambassador; Help with the event.
Volunteer in an office
Where : Dans la rue ; 533, Ontario Est, Bureau 450, Montreal
What they do : Help the young homeless.
What you'll do : Mail processing, reception, data entry jobs, and general office clerk duties.
Volunteer from home
Where : In your home; Working virtually for Manitoba Genealogical Society Inc.
What they do : Help promote and encourage an interest in genealogy and family history.
What you'll do : Computer tasks including : Indexing, membership databases, research, website and forms development, publishing, writing, and editing.
Prepare And Serve a Meal At a Soup Kitchen
Where : Acceuil Bonneau ; 427 de la Commune Est, Montreal, QC
What they do : Prepare and serve meals to people that cannot afford it.
What you'll do : Help cook and serve a meal. You might even learn some cooking tips from the regular cooks.
Be a Tutor
Where : Le Baobab Familial ; 6767, ch de la cote-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC
What they do : Provide help for children with learning difficulties.
What you'll do : Help children with their learning difficulties in the subjects they need help in.
Help Someone With Special Needs
Where : Programme Vision Amitié ; Greater Montreal : (514) 934-4622 poste 226
What they do : Provide help for people with special needs.
What you'll do : Help the visually impaired with their daily activities, and outings. You could also simply talk and share a cup of tea or coffee with them.
Volunteer at a Hospital
Where : Montreal St.Mary's Hospital ; 3830 Lacombe Avenue, Montreal, QC
What they do : Well, you already know ; Save lives.
What you'll do : Various jobs around the hospital. From working at the desk to visiting the patients.
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Volunteer At An Old Folks Home
Where : Foyer Dorval ; 225 La Presentation Dorval, QC
What they do : Take care of seniors.
What you'll do : Assist the activity coordinator, accompany clients to the various activities and encourage them to participate.