Each new individual or family coming to MCRS has a unique story that includes experiences causing them to run from their homeland to seek refuge in Canada. Our volunteers are important and valued members of our team that works hard to make the next chapter of our clients’ stories a fulfillment of hope.

Download our volunteer application HERE.

Once completed, you can scan and email it to volunteer@mcrs.ca to begin the process to join our amazing team in one of the following essential roles:

Office Support and Reception: First impressions create lasting impressions! We are looking for volunteers who understand how important it is to provide a warm and responsive welcome! The MCRS office is the main hub where our clients receive help. Answering phones, welcoming clients, performing basic office tasks, and supporting our staff encompasses a valuable team role that enables us to meet the needs of refugee claimants and their families on a daily basis.

Times: 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday

Community-Building Activities: MCRS hosts a summer picnic and a Christmas celebration for our clients who quickly become so much more to us! We depend on volunteers to help carry out each event in partnership with some of our local churches who help with providing food.

Times: July/August and November/December

Choir: We are also supporting a new musical opportunity with Cameron Heights Collegiate: Ubuntu – Unity Through Music. This is a choir of Refugee and Canadian families designed to meet one another, enjoy social time and refreshments, and share in the beauty of unity through music.

Times: Starting in Fall, 2017

Networking: We are looking for ways to engage our clients as volunteers in the community to help them get connected, practice speaking English, and use their passions and skills to strengthen our community!

Times: various

Translation/ Interpretations: Being in a new country with a new language is very difficult. If you speak a language other than English you can help to provide essential translation and interpretation, both in the office and at important meetings. Key languages needed: Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French.

We are looking for both a Translation Program Coordinator and translators/interpreters!

Times: various scheduled and on-call opportunities.

Grant Writing: As a totally donor funded organization, we work hard to raise funds through various means. Grants can provide significant funding for our day-to-day operations as well as special initiatives. We are looking for people who would love to research and write grants that will provide some of the funds MCRS needs.

Times: various; can be done from home!

Volunteer Coordinator: Great volunteers need great leadership! We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator who can also volunteer and work with our Director to ensure that our volunteers have everything they need to give their best and experience the best including orientation, scheduling, resources and feedback!

Times: various; approximately 5-8 hours per week. 

Event Coordinator: We run 3-4 fundraising events each year. These events are essential in raising the financial resources MCRS needs to do our work. They are also designed to grow awareness in the community of the journey and needs of refugee claimants! We are looking for a volunteer Event Coordinator who can bring leadership to these events and mobilize volunteers and partners for success!

Times: various; approximately 5-8 hours per week. 

Welcome Kit Coordinator: When people first arrive in Canada they need basic care items, bus tickets, food cards, thrift cards to get clothing, basic first-aid items, information regarding local service providers, and cultural shops where they can find something familiar to help ease the challenge of being new to Canada!

We are looking for a Welcome Kit Coordinator who can help pull these things together and then give them to individuals and families who need a good start!

Times: various; approximately 3-5 hours per week. Can be done mostly from home!

Communications Coordinator: Help keep our website and social media platforms up to date! We want all of our stakeholders to have the latest breaking news and information that will enable them to respond in good time to the things that matter to them!

Times: various; approximately 3-5 hours per week. Can be done mostly from home!


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  1. I’m Lynda Wormald and I have the privilege of running outreach for Stanley Park Community Church. I’ve been praying about what our church can do for 2018 to love on our community and helping refugees came into mind. We have three “Kindness Outreach” Sunday mornings (January 28th, April 29th and September 30th, 2018) where our entire church will go out in teams of 6-8 people to show God’s love to our neighbours. We did three Sundays in 2017 and had fun from paying for people’s laundry, buying coffee for strangers to raking leaves in neighbour yards and visiting residents in seniors homes.

    One idea that’s floating around in my mind for 2018 is to visit underprivileged/refugee families wherever they may reside handing them a gift basket that could contain anything from food and tea to movie passes. Just wondering if you have a list of refugee families that we could drop off gift baskets to on a Sunday morning or if you have other ideas of how we could bless them that would be super. We could even visit to teach English if that’s helpful.

    Thanks so much for your time!

    Lynda Wormald

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