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Volunteers are a key part of CNH’s success. Every year, hundreds of volunteers help support CNH in a variety of ways. They help out in the office, in the kitchen, on the rooftop garden, and in many of CNH’s programs and initiatives.

Volunteering at CNH is a great way to get valuable experience and a wonderful way to contribute to making your community a better place!


Volunteer positions are open to Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and others with valid Work Permits. We welcome people from all backgrounds and ages; however, please note that you must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer with the Recreation, Morning Star and Child Care Programs. All volunteers are required to submit a Criminal Record Search.

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To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Irene Mella, Office and Volunteer Coordinator, at 604-412-3707 or email


If you’d like to apply to become a volunteer at CNH, please download the Volunteer Registration Form, fill it out, then drop it off at the front desk or email the completed form to Irene Mella at

Available Volunteer Positions

CNH Compost Volunteer
CNH requires a compost volunteer to maintain the CNH compost bins outside the building. Duties include regular turning of the compost bins and monitoring of what is going into them. When bins are done composting, the volunteer will communicate with the Food Security Coordinator about transferring compost to nearby community garden plots. Hours are flexible (1 hour, 1-2 times per month). For complete details of this volunteer position, click here.

Intergenerational Project Volunteers
Are you a senior who’d like to work with local children? Consider volunteering with ‘Ages and Stages’, a collaboration between the CNH Seniors department and the CNH Early Years department, funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The project is based on the idea that friendships between older and younger people can help make our communities stronger.

This new project will involve local seniors as leaders and volunteers in planning activities with the Collingwood preschool program for children three to five years old. It will allow preschool children and seniors to learn from each other through different activities such as gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, music, storytelling and field trips.

To download more information on the Intergenerational Project, click the links below:




Neighbourhood Connector Volunteers
Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is looking for a volunteer who lives in Renfrew-Collingwood to build social connections and relationships with neighbours in their own immediate place of living – a neighbourhood block or apartment floor. The volunteer would be supported by a CNH staff person to develop a project plan, communicate with neighbours, develop surveys to find out what neighbours are interested in, and work with neighbours to plan community activities such as movie nights or block parties. This position is for a total of 20-40 hours. Click here for more information.

Urban Agriculture Volunteers
Are you eager to get your hands dirty and learn more about sustainable, organic and regenerative growing practices? Have you been looking for more ways to connect with neighbours in your community? Do you want to eat fresh produce you helped to grow? The Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is looking for volunteers for the Rooftop Garden and Norquay Orchard. Volunteers will be able to take home produce from the sites and will also have many garden workshop opportunities. Click here for more information.

One-to-One Literacy Tutor
Literacy and English Language Outreach at Collingwood Neighbourhood House is a new volunteer one-to-one tutoring program for newcomer adults who live in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Working with the Settlement Worker Team and the Collingwood Business Improvement Association, we identify newcomer adults who are interested in developing their literacy and English language skills and would benefit from spending 1 to 1 ½ hours a week with a trained volunteer tutor. Identified newcomers will be adults who cannot attend formal English language and/or literacy classes due to various commitments, or who feel more comfortable and secure learning in a one-to-one situation. We require enthusiastic and dependable volunteers who are interested in helping supporting newcomer adults achieve their language and literacy goals. Click here for more information.

Meet our Featured Volunteer!

Mr. Hoo

What were you doing in 1993? Yee Ching Hoo – better known as Mr. Hoo – began volunteering at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) in 1993. That was 25 years ago! And, no surprise to him, he is still volunteering with CNH. Even at 90 years old, he has no plans to retire from CNH.

Upon his arrival in Canada in 1991, Mr. Hoo decided to attend ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at CNH. Back then it was in our former building on Kingsway and he remembers it well. Mr. Hoo is a bit of a foodie so he initiated a cooking activity for the ESL students and staff after their regular class; it was a way for them to participate and get to know each other better while cooking and eating together. His spring rolls are famous! This activity continued as CNH moved into the “new” building in 1995. Since then Mr. Hoo has been involved in Community suppers, potluck dinners, seniors’ groups and English classes. He sat on the CNH Board of Directors for three years and even became involved in regularly visiting the preschool classes at Sarah House, where he was pleased to interact with the youngsters in Cantonese and English.

The many years of dedication have not gone un-noticed. Mr. Hoo was nominated by CNH for the International Year of the Volunteer award in 2001. He was also recognized with a Good Neighbour Award in 2005. In 2012, CNH nominated Mr. Hoo and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; this commemorative medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Why does Mr. Hoo continue to spend his time volunteering here? Though he is quietly proud of the awards he has received, they are certainly not his motivation. The reason is simply that Collingwood Neighbourhood House is like a second home to him.

If you enjoyed this feature, please visit our page regularly to read more about all the incredible volunteers who dedicate their time and energy into making Collingwood “a place to belong, a place to grow”.

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