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From public lectures to signature celebrations such as Canada Day, we're honoured to invite our community to the University of Waterloo.

Thank you to all our volunteers!

Thank you to all volunteers who help make our community a better place to live! THANK YOU

By celebrating National Volunteer Week, the University of Waterloo recognizes the importance of volunteerism and the efforts of individuals who give back both within and beyond campus.

Volunteers are the heart of our United Way campaign

Volunteers decked out in red and white for United Way

At first glance some of the things United Way volunteers do, for example, baking a cake for a bake sale, may seem small. But when that cake is sold at a bake sale in support of the United Way, the value of that cake grows. The funds raised could provide a meal for a family in need, support individuals getting back on their feet after a troubling time, or assist a family that can’t afford after-school sports. Talk about making a difference!  

Alumni volunteers share University of Waterloo pride around the globe

Volunteer at alumni event

There are hundreds of UWaterloo alumni who engage and foster a myriad of connections every day. In fact, around the world, Alumni Relations has over six hundred alumni volunteers supporting the University of Waterloo!

Championing our outstanding student volunteers

Volunteer centre grand opening ribbon cutting

Helping a ten year old Syrian refugee boy in Kitchener learn English, cleaning up Ezra Street in Waterloo after St. Patrick’s Day, teaching a senior citizen in Cambridge how to use an iPad so that he can Skype with his granddaughter – the impact of University of Waterloo students’ volunteerism in our community is one that is ought to be celebrated.

Keystone campaign volunteers: giving to inspire giving

The Keystone Campaign offers the UWaterloo community an opportunity to engage in philanthropy right here on campus. Each year, 150 remarkable volunteers made up of faculty, staff and retirees share their time, ideas and enthusiasm to support Keystone. Their dedication helps to enhance the student experience and celebrate the incredible community that make up our UWaterloo family.

Creating a world-class move-in experience through volunteerism

volunteers moving boxes on move-in day

Each Labour Day weekend, Housing and Residences at the University of Waterloo organizes Family Welcome: a volunteer-driven program designed to welcome incoming undergraduate students to their new home and celebrate the start of their post-secondary career with their families.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week with #UWCommunity

National volunteer week

The University of Waterloo community has good reason to celebrate during National Volunteer Week. Throughout the year, Waterloo’s 5,497 full and part-time employees volunteer their time, contribute to the success of organized volunteer initiatives, and reinforce the positive impact that volunteerism makes in our community.

Volunteer Profile: Meaghan McCracken

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Meaghan McCracken has a serious love for music.

A recent graduate of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College Music program, she is keen on using the knowledge she’s gained through her freshly minted degree to explore the field of music librarianship. Over the past year, Meaghan has been taking time off to focus her efforts on exactly that by dedicating her time to learning more about the role and what it entails.

Merging her hands on and theoretical musical background with a strong desire to help musicians and musical groups succeed, Meaghan has been able to quickly adapt to her current volunteer role in music librarianship with our local Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS).

“I never really wanted to be a performer or be a teacher and was trying to find some other way to use my degree because I still am a huge supporter and lover of the arts; this role has been a great solution for helping me navigate the next steps after graduating.”

Volunteer Profile: Cristy Aponte

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Cristy Aponte is incredibly inspiring.

She is currently gearing up to start her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) this September at Waterloo’s Renison University College after just completing her honors undergraduate degree in the Social Development Studies program last Saturday. Cristy came to Canada 7 years ago from Colombia as a refugee and uses her background to help mentor, support, and teach a range of skills to new immigrants in our Waterloo Region community.

“Seeing people in the community willing to help you, makes you feel a part of the community. As a refugee, having a social worker help us was just really meaningful to me and made me want to do that for others, which is why I volunteer.”

Volunteer Profile: Ryan Connell

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Ryan Connell has an infectious positive energy.

Currently the Communications Officer for the University of Waterloo’s Student Success Office and part-time student in the Social Development Studies program, Ryan cares a great deal about making life better for those around him. Whether it be through a simple kind gesture or a carefully constructed campaign, he acknowledges the value of sharing his skills with others and spreading positivity throughout different communities.

“We’re so wrapped up in our day to day lives that we don’t always take the time to think about the small things that can really make a difference for somebody else.”

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