Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the backbone of a community. Their giving spirit and sense of community above self are admirable and appreciated.

City of Welland volunteers play integral roles in many of our festivals, events, and programs. Simply put, without them, we aren’t the great community we are today. We encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to play an active role in their community by volunteering their time to help deliver recreation and culture programs.

Through our volunteer program, volunteers are interviewed and matched with positions meeting their individual needs and interests. The recreation, sport, and culture division trains and supervises volunteers, providing them with enjoyable opportunities, rewarding experiences, and ongoing recognition and incentive programs throughout the year.

General requirements

  • volunteers must be at least 14 years of age
  • a Police Vulnerable Sector Check is required for volunteers working with participants under 18 years of age
  • completion of a volunteer application form, interview, and orientation session

Volunteer interview and orientation sessions

Interview sessions are held before orientation is complete, ensuring your volunteer goals and our expectations are similar. Interviews are usually completed the same week as orientation.

Mandatory orientation sessions are held once a month, educating volunteers about the City’s policies and procedures.

Volunteer opportunities - recreation, sport, and culture

  • activity leader (see below for positions needed)
  • children’s camps
  • aquatics
  • information desk
  • leisure buddy
  • program assistance
  • hospitality
  • kitchen
  • boutique
  • special projects and events
  • placement/co-op student/intern
  • arts and culture

To apply

  • volunteer application form
  • attach your resume, references, and any additional information
  • submit your paperwork to the Welland Community Centre

Activity leaders are needed at the Community Centre for these drop-in programs

  • table tennis — senior
  • table tennis — intergenerational
  • pickleball
  • badminton
  • chess
  • Ensuring participants are registered for the intended program.
  • Recording attendance and verifying the participant list is up-to-date.
  • Ensuring program equipment is in good, clean condition.
  • Requesting program supplies from the applicable coordinator.
  • Addressing all program concerns (code of conduct, supplies/equipment, general issues) with the applicable coordinator.
  • Logging V.I.P. hours through the record of hours sheet.

Volunteering at the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC)

Volunteering at WIFC makes a difference in the lives of people in our community and enhances the experience of visitors to Welland.

Stipend program

Volunteer with us, and we allocate stipend funds on your behalf to a local organization of your choice. For each volunteer shift, we will direct a portion of those funds back to your chosen non-profit community group or sports organization. The more shifts you take on, the more funds you’ll earn. Other benefits include:

  • receiving a branded t-shirt
  • lunch provided for all shifts

2024 WIFC volunteer opportunities