Volunteers are critical to Bissell Centre and play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission!

We invite you to get involved!

Learn more about our various volunteer opportunities.
Ongoing Volunteer | Group Volunteer | Practicum Student Volunteer | Special Event Volunteer

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Due to our current volume of holiday volunteer recruitment and upcoming special events, we will be suspending individual volunteer intake until the new year. Please feel free to submit this application form in the meantime, as your information will be stored and you will be contacted in January with next steps. Thank you so much and happy holidays!

Please note that most roles are only available Monday to Friday 9 AM – 4 PM.
We do not have evening or weekend options at this time.

Community Meals

Help organize food donations and prepare and take food to our community space programs, prepare food for Childcare, Women’s Hot Lunch, and Casual Labour programs.
Minimum age: 16


Assist with daily administrative duties, sort and distribute mail, and direct participants, donors, and volunteers to the appropriate individuals and services.
Minimum age: 18


Work alongside childcare professionals providing quality care to preschool children and help engage the children socially, intellectually, and creatively.
Minimum age: 16

Community Space

Help distribute supplies and goods, make coffee, organize laundry sign-up, and provide information, resources, and support to adults in this space.
Minimum age: 18

Community Closet

Help individuals access clothing and hygiene items in our Community Closet for free, as well as keeping inventory organized to provide a dignified experience.
Minimum Age: 18

Community Programming

Put your unique skills and talent to work as part of one of our ongoing programs, including helping with computer basics, music programs, tax preparation, and more.
Minimum Age: 18

For a full list of opportunities, please click the application form.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to give back as a team, family, or organization? We invite groups ranging from 2 to 10 people to come learn more about our work, and to help prepare food or assist us in our Community Closets and special projects.

Group Volunteers giving thumbs up in Bissell's kitchenWork in our Kitchen
Help prepare snacks and meals for our participants and programs.Days: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm or
1:00pm – 3:30pm
Maximum # of people in group: 10
Minimum Age: 14

“Volunteering at Bissell Centre has allowed me to learn new skills, meet new people, and enhance core leadership qualities.”

– Xavier, Bissell Volunteer

Student Practicums

Are you interested in completing a practicum student placement with us?

Special Event Opportunities

Looking for a one-time commitment? We host a number of events and fundraisers throughout the year which require volunteers, which are a great fit for corporate and community-based volunteer groups, as well as individuals. Age restrictions may apply.

Gift Wrap for Bissell
December 14-24

Help support Bissell by being a gift wrap elf at one of several The Bay locations to benefit Bissell Centre’s programs and participants! (Min. age: 16)

Email us to sign up!

Festive Giveaway
December 16, 17, and 18

Help us create a free Christmas Shopping Wonderland in support of the families we work with each year! Volunteers are in charge of the set-up, re-stocking, and distribution of all gifts during event days.


Coldest Night of the Year
February 22, 2020

Brave the cold with us to support Bissell Centre’s third annual Coldest Night of the Year walkathon to help raise money and awareness of what our homeless participants experience during the long winter.

Giving Sunday
December 8 and 15

Help unload and sort Christmas gifts donated by Edmontonians throughout the giving season! Community members are then given the opportunity to “shop” for these gifts for their family members during Festive Giveaway.


Special Meals

Join us throughout the year on special occasions and help us serve a delicious meal to share and enjoy with our community members! Special meals to be announced. Please check back for updated and current opportunities.

New Year’s Day Dinner
January 1, 2020

Ring in the new year with us by preparing and serving food for approximately 800 people during our annual New Year’s Day meal! Volunteers can also help with setting up, greeting our guests, and providing security.

Apply Now

Please email volunteer@bissellcentre.org for more information about getting involved.

Already a volunteer?