You can make a difference.

Making a difference doesn’t have to be complicated.
Anyone can be a connector who helps seniors thrive.

Volunteering to support seniors is a rewarding experience, and there are many ways you can get involved.

Organizations that support seniors have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available.

You can:

    • Lead activities and assist with outings and events
    • Participate in intergenerational programming
    • Drive seniors to appointments and activities
    • Help with daily operations such as reception, data entry, meals, etc.
    • Serve on boards and committees
    • Support seniors by being a friendly visitor/companion

These are just a few of the possibilities. Organizations are very open to people proposing volunteer positions based on their talents and interests.

Volunteer Opportunities

Drive Happiness Seniors Association

Drive Happiness provides assisted transportation services to seniors by pairing them with volunteer drivers. There is no minimum time commitment and volunteers can make their own schedules and choose their own rides. Volunteer drivers receive a gas reimbursement.

Edmonton Meals on Wheels

Volunteering with Meals on Wheels can offer big rewards for both clients and volunteers for a minimal time commitment.

Volunteer delivery drivers help thousands of Edmontonians every year with a time commitment of only 2.5 hours once or twice a week. Other ongoing volunteer opportunities include helping in the kitchen, office, and special events.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life. If you have a passion to help and some extra time to give, we would love to hear from you.

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

The EMCN Volunteer Program works collaboratively with community members to value diversity and promote full participation for newcomers in all aspects of society.

GEF Seniors Housing

Volunteer programs range from activities with seniors such as exercise and hosting games to sharing artistic talents with an appreciative audience.

Sage Seniors Association

Volunteers can support Sage in a variety of ways including: receptionist, food preparation, cashier, data entry, life enrichment instructor, club leader, income tax preparation, special event assistant, and Sage ambassador.

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) is a free telephone program for Alberta older adults who find it difficult to leave their homes with group sessions that include games, health topics, history, and more. The program is always looking for volunteer presenters on anything and everything! Are you interested in hosting a conversation group? Maybe you have an interesting hobby, or skill to share? The programs can vary in length/frequency depending on your availability and are all done from your home over the phone.

Westend Seniors Activity Centre

WSAC volunteers operate a wide range of programs, activities and seniors support services. Whether you’re a senior yourself, or are simply interested in giving back, volunteering with WSAC is a fun way to meet new people and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

VolunteerConnector

The VolunteerConnector website matches volunteers with opportunities in communities across Alberta. You can narrow the search to Edmonton and for opportunities with seniors (choose causes and select older adults). Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are listed.

Other Opportunities

The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council posts volunteer opportunities of interest to seniors.

Volunteering Tips

Check out this resource that provides information on typical application and orientation processes and what you can expect when volunteering.

“Volunteering with Drive Happiness has given me a good feeling. I’ve met an awful lot of new people. I just enjoy listening to them and sometimes they enjoy listening to me.”

– Harold Lake, Drive Happiness Volunteer Driver