About One-Time Volunteering

One-Time Events are the perfect way for anyone to get involved with volunteering in their community as they do not require a long-term commitment. Whether you require community service hours, are looking for a family-friendly way to volunteer or just want to give back but are short on time, one-time event volunteering is an easy way to make a difference.

On this page, you can find a listing of events in need of volunteers, as well as recurring drop-in opportunities where volunteers can show up at certain days and times when they are available.

Events Needing Volunteers

Event Name: The Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt
Dates: June 9 - August 31
Location: Various locations
We are looking for EXTROVERTED volunteers to help us hand out postcards and spread the word about The Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt which is now underway!

We need ambassadors to hand out postcards and inform the public about this app-based scavenger hunt at community events such as, The Gore Park Summer Promenade, Art Crawl, Concession Street Fest, Seven Sundays in Gage Park, etc.

Starting June 9, 2017 and running throughout summer 2017, The Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt is the best way to ensure you don’t miss any of the exciting activities, events, attractions and experiences happening throughout Hamilton this season!

Each week, the individuals with the highest point totals will win awesome prize packs, and at the end of the scavenger hunt duration, the grand prize getaway for a couple or family of four will be awarded to the total points winner!

Check out more details online at www.wesley.ca/the-great-hamilton-scavenger-hunt/
How to sign up: Email rebecca.young@wesley.ca

Event Name: Heart of Ontario Event Volunteers Needed
Dates: Monday July 10- Wednesday August 16
Volunteers must be able to support an average minimum of 3 shifts per week over a 5 week period. See posting link below for specific times
Location: The Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Avenue North)
Description: The Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association (The Heart of Ontario) and The Cotton Factory are seeking energetic, highly motivated, customer service-oriented volunteers to support demonstrations, workshops, talks, live music and concerts at the Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave. N.  for this amazing 5-week exhibition.

The Quilt of Belonging is a 120 foot textile art project comprised of 263 blocks each created by individuals to recognize Canada’s diversity. The exhibition Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories will run from July 10 to August 16, 2017.
How to sign up: Visit http://volunteerhamilton.on.ca/jobs/view/event-volunteer-4/ for additional event details and instructions on how to apply

Event Name: Fringe Festival Volunteers Needed
Dates: Thursday July 20- Sunday July 30
Location: Various around Hamilton
Description: Fringe is a not-for-profit performance art festival that has taken the world by storm! Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe festivals can be found all across the world. Hamilton Fringe, founded thirteen years ago, is a non-juried, uncensored performance art festival that will feature shows from 43 companies this summer. Performances this year include comedies, dramas, musicals, improv, dance, sci-fi, horror, and more!

During our 11-day festival, Fringe volunteers will help us to bring this staple of the Hamilton community in roles including Box Office Volunteers and Ushers.

How to sign up: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/get-involved/volunteer/

Event Name: Hell in the Harbour
Dates: Saturday August 5 (volunteers are also needed leading up to event to assist with promotions)
Location: Bayfront Park (200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton)
Description: As the event is approaching fast, to reach our fundraising goal we need volunteers to assist us with posting up posters, speaking to local business to get teams registered to run in this 6.5 K military style obstacle course at Bayfront Park in August 2017 and more! There are may ways to help us out prior to the event and on event day.

If you are interested in assisting with this great community event please email me directly or register as a volunteer online.

How to sign up: Contact Karen Lintner at 905-540-9550 ext. 27 or email info@hellintheharbour.com

Event Name: Ice Cream Carnival Volunteers Needed
Dates: Sunday August 6 (9am-4pm) and Monday August 7 (9am-4pm)
Location: Westfield Heritage Village ( 1049 Kirkwall Road)
Description: Non costumed volunteers are needed to augment the activities at Westfields annual Ice Cream Carnival on the August long weekend.  This is a well attended, busy, fun event. Our volunteer force of 250 plus people can use some extra help this weekend to keep things running smoothly.  Positions are available in food services, parking and keeping the ice cream makers current with supplies.
How to sign up: By clicking "apply online" at the bottom of the volunteer position listing- http://volunteerhamilton.on.ca/jobs/view/ice-cream-carnival-runnerparkingfood-services/

Event Name: ArtsFest Waterdown
Dates: Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20
Location: 23 Griffin Street
ArtsFEST Waterdown is taking place Aug. 19th and 20th and needs volunteers!

ArtsFEST Waterdown brings in thousands of lovers of arts & culture in all its forms to the picturesque Victorian streets of downtown Waterdown, nestled between Hamilton and Burlington. The festival features a world-class curated presentation of visual artists and performing artists in dance, theatre, poetry, and Folk, Jazz, Classical, and World music (such as Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Once, Canadian Brass, The Good Brothers, Susan Aglukark, and Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble, among many others), presenting a diverse range of works with a central theme – artists of substance, with innovative and unique creativity in the presentation of their craft.

Accessibility info: Concert viewing, vendor and family zone activity areas are fully accessible to persons with limited mobility, as there are no stairs or other obstacles on any areas that are available to the general public. If you have any accessibility needs as a volunteer, please feel free to let us know!

How to sign up: Go to http://artsfest.ca/volunteer/


Organization:  Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
Opportunity Name:  Youthcrawl Event Volunteer
Job Type:  One Time Event
Skills:  Strong people skills
Opportunity Location(s):  Hamilton Central
Training:  Will receive training prior to event
Police Check Required:  Yes
Additional Requirements:  Vulnerable Sector/Police Check
Phone Number:  905-528-4020
Address:  126 James Street South, Hamilton



Each year, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts holds a YOUTHCRAWL event designed for students from grades 7 to 12. Galleries and cultural spaces along the James St. North corridor open their doors for students during this one-of-a-kind field trip. Students have the chance to engage with and discuss a variety of work and be exposed to careers and prospects related to each of their visits. Registered students have an exclusive opportunity to preview work by local and international artists and explore exciting venues as part of Hamilton's hottest cultural event!


Volunteers are stationed at each venue to assist with group sign-in and the flow of students, giving directions to student tour groups, ensuring that visiting students are following proper gallery etiquette, and providing hands-on assistance to artists and gallery owners as required.


  • Opportunity to connect with downtown arts community
  • Gain experience working with students
  • Kidscrawl Volunteer T-shirt


Friday, September 8, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Organization:  Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter of Native Women's Centre
Opportunity Name:  Special Projects Worker
Location:  Hamilton, Ontario
Job Type:  One Time Event
Category:  Photography
Opportunity Location(s):  Hamilton Mountain
Age range:  18 >
Police Check Required:  Yes
Phone Number:  905-664-1114
Address:  1900 King St E, Hamilton


The Native Women's Centre of Hamilton is hosting our second annual Gala mid November 2017, as we are a non profit charitable organization we depend on committed volunteers to assist us with programming, workshops and events.

NWC is in need of a photographer willing to take pictures at our gala, of staff, the award presentation and guest that attend or are willing to be photographed.

The photographer must be willing to submit the photos to NWC a short time after the event for website posting and promotions of the organization.


The photographer or business who is volunteering their time to us will have honorable mention, and will be recognized for their work with us on our website.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Recurring Drop-in Opportunities

Organization: Hamilton Victory Gardens
Opportunity Name: Garden Volunteers Needed
Days/Times: Various, depends on location
Location(s): Various, listed at https://www.hamiltonvictorygardens.org/garden-schedule
Description: Garden volunteers need no prior gardening experience and are welcome to join us at any one of our 18 sites during the season (April– November) or to work in the greenhouse starting crops. Garden volunteers are welcome to join on a casual or regular basis – no commitment is necessary. Once registered volunteers can “Come where and when you can!”. Each volunteer will receive access to our calendar of weekly worker bees to help you choose your preference.
How to sign up:
Website: https://www.hamiltonvictorygardens.org/application
Or by emailing Olivia Schultz, Volunteer Coordinator: volunteer@hamiltonvictorygardens.org

Organization: Stewards of Cootes Watershed
Opportunity Name: Weekly clean-up volunteers needed
Days/Times: Every Sunday from 9am - 12pm
Location(s): Volunteers meet at 64 Hatt Street in Dundas prior to clean-up shifts
Description: Volunteers assist with cleaning up the Cootes Watershed and can be involved with a variety of tasks with the collective goal of restoring the Watershed back to its pristine condition. A variety of terrain opportunities available to suit any experience level- all welcome!
How to sign up:
Either through Website: www.stewardsofcootes.ca 
Through Facebook: fb.com/stewardsofcootes
Or by emailing: info@stewardsofcootes.ca

Organization: Stewards of Red Hill Watershed
Opportunity Name: Weekly clean-up volunteers needed
Days/Times: Every Saturday from 9am - 12pm
Location(s):  East Hamilton- To be determined weekly; varies
Description: Volunteers assist with cleaning up the Red Hill Watershed and can be involved with a variety of tasks with the collective goal of restoring the Watershed back to its pristine condition. A variety of terrain opportunities available to suit any experience level- all welcome!
How to sign up:
Either through the Website: www.stewardsofcootes.ca 
Through Facebook: fb.com/stewardsofredhill
Or by emailing: info@stewardsofredhill.ca 



Want to Publish Your Event Listing?

Contact info@volunteerhamilton.on.ca with your event details