Change The World 2017:  April 23rd - June 3rd

What is ChangeTheWorld?

The ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a call to action for YOUth to get involved in their community

From April 23 to June 3, 2017 youth all across Ontario between the ages of 14 to 18 are invited to get involved in local community events, or to create events of their own to promote or support a cause that they are really passionate about.

ChangeTheWorld is an opportunity for young people, like YOU, to connect to community organizations which can provide you with an awesome experience and lasting memories. It also lets you take the initiative on causes you feel really passionate about.


In 2016, Volunteer Hamilton engaged 2,254 youth who all contributed an astounding 22,838 volunteer hours!

Our goal for 2017 is to engage 2,100 volunteers to complete 18,000 hours.

Benefits for Youth Volunteers

  • Collect volunteer hours to count towards your 40 hours of community service by getting involved in exciting community initiatives
  • Chance to win prizes if you complete our survey asking you to share your experience
  • Receive an official ChangeTheWorld certificate which details your hours and involvement
  • Explore your passions by sharing your skills and talents with community service organizations/agencies
  • Have fun volunteering with your friends…or make new friends
  • Be part of a provincial-wide campaign where thousands of youth across Ontario are involved

How Youth Can Get Involved

1. Plan your own event and track your hours. The event needs to either raise awareness or funds for a non-profit. For a great list of event ideas, click here

2. Track the volunteer hours you're already doing! Already involved on a regular basis? Just keep track of the hours you're doing and track them. More on tracking below. For a list of organizations nearby who are looking for youth volunteers, click here

3. Join our Youth Ambassador Committee and connect with other students across the city as we plan events, build leadership skills, meet new people (and have a ton of fun while doing it!). For the application details, click here

4. Join one of our ChangeTheWorld Registered Events


ChangeTheWorld Events
While all  open events are currently accepting volunteers, interested volunteers must sign up in advance


Event name:  Stewards of Cootes Watershed- Weekend Watershed Cleanups (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date:  April 23, April 30th and May 6th from 1-4 and May 14th, May 20th, May 28th and June 3rd from 9am-12pm
Location:  64 Hatt Street, Dundas
Description:  Join us for community cleanups along the Dundas Watershed. 
How to Sign Up: 
Either through Website: 
Through Facebook:
Or by emailing: 


Event name:  Stewards of Red Hill Watershed- Weekend Watershed Cleanups (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date:  April 22, April 29 and May 7  from 1-4 and May 13, May 21 and May 27 from 9am-12pm
Location:  TBA for each date
Description:  Join us for community cleanups along the Red Hill Watershed. 
How to Sign Up: 
Either through the Website: 
Through Facebook:
Or by emailing: 


Event name:  Start2Finish Running & Reading Club (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date:  One day a week for two hours until May 27th, 2017
Location:  Prince of Wales Elementary School; Dr. J. Edgar School; Bennetto School; St. Ann Catholic Elementary School
Volunteers Needed From:  3:10pm-5:10pm
Description: The Start2Finish Running & Reading Club is an innovative and fun after school program that effectively supports children grade 1-6 with opportunity for physical activity, literacy, and mentorship among. The program targets elementary school aged children, operating directly within city schools once per week for 2 hours. It is a fun way to improve your community and be a role model for younger student.
How to Sign Up: email Michelle at


Event name: Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race (OPEN to volunteers)
Event date:
April 29, April 30
Ancaster Community Centre, Jerseyville Road, Ancaster
Volunteers Needed from:
April 25th 7-10pm, April 29th 8am-5pm, April 30th 8am-6pm
Registration assistants, stuffing race kits, distributing number plates, race corner marshals, direct riders at turns, advise residents of race activity
How to Sign Up:


Event name: The Escarpment Project (OPEN to volunteers)
Event date: Sunday April 30th

Location: Various (click here to see all locations)
Volunteers Needed from10am-5pm.  Following the clean-up there is a free BBQ for all volunteers a the Punchbowl Market (shuttle busses will be taking volunteers from the clean-up sites to the BBQ)
Description: Community clean-up event taking place at several trails throughout the Hamilton area. 
How to Sign Up: click here


Event name:  Doors Open Hamilton at the Cotton Factory Volunteers (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date:  Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7, 2017
Location:  The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Avenue North)
Volunteers Needed From:
Saturday May 6th 9am-4pm (either full day or half day)

Sunday May 7th 9am-4pm (either full day or half day)
Description: Doors Open Hamilton is fast approaching and we are looking for a few volunteers who are happy to help! This may include learning a little bit about the history of the Cotton Factory and sharing this with the public, directing people, walking around the grounds of the Cotton Factory to ensure everyone is cared for and more!
How to Sign Up: Email


Event name:  Stars on Ice Hamilton (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date:  Saturday May 6, 2017
Location:  FirstOntario Centre
Volunteers Needed From:  4:30pm-10:30pm
Description: We are looking for 50 volunteers, preferably 14 years old and up, to enjoy the show and hand out chocolate during the intermission. Volunteers under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult volunteer.  All volunteers will be given a ticket to enjoy the show for free.  This is also an excellent opportunity to collect volunteer hours. 
How to Sign Up: Please email with your full name, age, email, phone number, shirt size and how you heard about us.

Event name: Hamilton-Stoney Creek Mandarin MS Walk (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date: 
Sunday May 7th
Confederation Park
Volunteers Needed From: 
Various shifts available with different start times depending on the position
A walk-a-thon in support of the MS Society of Canada
How to sign up: Click here 
for a list of available shifts and to sign up

Event name: Louder than a Bomb Festival with Hamilton Youth Poets (
OPEN to volunteers)
Event Dates: May 8, May 9, May 10, May 11, May 12 and May 20
Location: Many of the events will be at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King Street West) with one or two at the York Street Hamilton Library (55 York Blvd) and then the finals will be on the 20th at Theatre Aquarius (190 King William Street)
Volunteers Needed From: Volunteers would need to be at the events 45 minutes before and after events for set-up and clean-up

May 8th 10am-3pm
May 9th 9am onwards for multiple events throughout the day
May 10th 6:30pm - 9pm
May 11 from 6:30pm - 9pm
May 12 11am-2pm and 6pm - 10pm
May 13- TBD
May 20 6pm - 9pm
Description: Louder Than a Bomb Canada (LTABC) 2017 Event Series. LTABC is an annual hip hop poetry youth festival taking place May 8th to 20th- during Youth Mental Health Week, Youth Week Hamilton and Nation Youth Arts Week. LTABC brings together writers, emcees, poets and poetry teams founded in schools and community centres for an annual competition each spring. As the largest youth poetry festival in the nation, LTABC offers an opportunity to come together in a space that allows young people to speak up and be heard.
How to sign up:


Event name: Springtacular Gala in support of Rygiel Supports for Community Living (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date: Wednesday May 10th
Location: Michaelangelo's (1555 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton)
Volunteers Needed From: 5pm-10pm for Silent and Live Auctions (10 volunteers); 5pm-7:30pm (Welcome Volunteers); 10am-4pm (Set-up Volunteers)
Description: A fundraising dinner gala for Rygiel Supports for Community Living
How to sign up: Email Viola Galamini


Event name: Hamilton's Climb for Cancer (OPEN to volunteers)
Event date:
 Friday May 12 and Saturday May 13
Location: Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton
Volunteers Needed From: 6am to 4pm (2 x 4 hour shifts available)
Description: The Climb for Cancer is a grassroots Hamilton fundraiser promoting healthy, active living in the Hamilton community, while also raising funds to support specific initiatives at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. Please visit our website at for further event information.
How to Sign Up: The Volunteer Section on our website is currently under construction. Please contact Ashley Redshaw (Volunteer Coordinator) directly at


Event name: Cancer Assistance Program Care Walk (OPEN to volunteers)
Event Date: 
Saturday May 27
Location: Bayfront Park (200 Harbour Front Drive)

Volunteers Needed From: 10am-2pm
Description: Walk-a-thon fundraiser in support of CAP
How to Sign Up: Email Becky McMahon-

Opportunity: Sewing Volunteer with Shalom Village (OPEN to volunteers)

Location: Shalom Village (70 Macklin Street North)
Dates: This is a weekly commitment for one evening a month starting in late May and going for 2 months
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm once a week for 2 months
Description: Looking for student volunteers for our Sew Connected program where students will work with our senior volunteers to sew fidget quilts for our residents that have Alzheimer's or other dementia's.
How to sign up: Click "apply now" at the bottom of the posting, which is found at

How Organizations Can Get Involved

 1. Register any of your events which are taking place between April 23 - June 3rd where you need volunteers. Register your event by emailing the details to Kaitlyn -

  • All registered events will be posted in Volunteer Hamilton on-line volunteer opportunities database
  • All confirmed events will be listed in the ChangeTheWorld Events List of our website
  • Events will be promoted through social media channels 

2. Track any existing volunteers. They'll receive an official certificate detailing their involvement.

3. Connect with Volunteer Hamilton to see if there are opportunities for youth who are looking to plan their own activities to have those directly benefit you. 


Tracking Hours
Students- Track your individual hours to receive an official ChangeTheWorld certificate

Schools and Community Organizations- Submit the number of students who participated and the total hours using our online form. Instructions on how to receive certificates for each individual volunteer will be emailed to you.

Click here to track your hours


Volunteer Hamilton Change The World Contact
Coordinator: Kaitlyn McDermott
Phone: 905-523-4444

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