Members of Amnesty Concordia participate in local and international activism to increase human rights awareness. Volunteers can participate in outreach events, solicit donations, organize fundraising events, write letters to prisoners, etc. Visit them on the SGW campus at H-711 or fill out their volunteer form online.
Art Matters is a student-run festival that celebrates the innovation of emerging artists from Montreal’s Concordia University. The festival takes place in early March each year and encourages the creation and exhibition of multi-disciplinary works through the use of local galleries and artist-run centers. Email them to lend a hand during the festival.
The Centre for Gender Advocacy is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization, mandated to promoting gender equality and empowerment particularly as it relates to marginalized communities. This mandate is achieved through on-going programming, campaigns, resources, services, and advocacy.
As a volunteer you can provide one-on-one support in person, by phone and email (40-hour of Peer Support Training is provided), make accompaniments (attend an appointment with someone who doesnt want to go alone), participate in outreach events, create promotional material, research and create ressources and even develop and facilitate workshops! Find out more online or visit one of their two locations (2110 Mackay and 1500 de Maisonneuve West Suite 404)
Cinema Politica is a weekly free political film series at Concordia University and now in other universities throughout Canada and abroad. Each semester programming is focused on social justice, environmental and cultural identity issues, and all screenings aim to bridge political independent filmmaking, local activism and civic education and engagement. Screenings take place on Mondays @ 7:00 pm in Room H-110, 1455 de Maisonneuve W. with a few exceptions.
Volunteer to help with screenings and discussions after the films (on Mondays as of 6pm) or help spread the word about their upcoming events and do research for their Viewing Library (anytime throughout the week). Email them for more info or visit SGW H-733-1.
CJLO is Concordia University’s campus radio station, and the only English language radio station in Montreal that offers independent and underground music programming. They train volunteers in various areas: broadcasting, sound production, live recording, promotions, sales, broadcast administration, news writing and reporting, marketing and much more! Find out more online or visit them on the Loyola campus in CC-430
CURE’s mandate is to broaden the kind of academic work that is available to students and give community organizations, specifically those which experience social and economic marginalization, access to the knowledge and resources circulating in the academic sphere. Students can volunteer to do socially relevant academic research for the benefit of local non-profits.
The Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore is an independent, not-for-profit bookstore located on the Concordia University Campus. The Co-op Bookstore is a student initiative, serving the student community as well as the community at large.
Volunteers support all bookstore activities, from covering regular in-store shifts to representing the store at outreach events and helping moving and unpacking once in a while. For more information, visit them in person at 2150 Bishop, online or fill their volunteer application form online.
The Concordia Greenhouse is a community student space on the 13th floor of the Hall Building (go up to the 12th floor and follow the signs). It's aim is to provide a space and opportunities for students to learn about environmental sustainability and urban agriculture.
Volunteers can be involved in urban gardening projects and be part of something green at Concordia. Learn more about their ongoing projects here, by joining their Facebook page, by emailing them, or by checking the information board at the entrance of the Greenhouse.
If gardening isn't for you, Sustainable Concordia offers many more opportunities to volunteer for sustainable initiatives on campus.
The Concordia Student Union's "I Volunteer" Program has been created to encourage and facilitate student involvement in the Concordia community. You can help out at various CSU events and services such as orientation, events in the HIVE, awareness weeks, trips, etc. This is a good option whether you have little or a lot of time because you will be contacted for your availability for each event. Volunteers are needed year-round and everyone is welcome! Email them for more info
Can't make it to Uganda or volunteering abroad just isn't your thing? Your time and input is still needed! CVAP offers volunteer programs at Concordia aimed at spreading awareness about the crises in Northern Uganda. Help organize fundraising events, do outreach, work on an art project, create a blog, or create your own project! Click here or email them for more info. You can also visit the CVAP office at Annex V210.
Members of Engineers Without Borders are Concordia students seeking to apply their educational skills and creativity by researching and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges faced in developing countries. Don't be fooled by their name, you can join even if you're not an engineering student!
Volunteers help with fundraising (raise funds for overseas projects and send volunteers abroad), education (plan and give workshops on fair trade, poverty, etc), youth engagement (give interactive presentations in local high schools), outreach and communications (design posters, take pictures, organize media campaigns). Training provided. Email them anytime during the year to explore the best way for you to get involved or visit them at 2160 Bishop, Annex B (last floor).
Le Frigo-Vert offers a variety of organic and bulk foods, as well as quick snacks, coffee, and environmentally friendly household products, all at a great price. They also provide a variety of veggie baskets for those who need their veggie fix. If you are concerned with issues such as Fair Trade, anti-GMO, labour standards, local production and organic foods, this is your place to volunteer!
Volunteers help in the store or with research, assisting in finding recipes and info about medicinal herbs, and investigating where and how products are made. For more info, visit them on campus at 2130 Mackay, call at (514) 848-7586 or email them.
Frontier College Concordia is the local group that represents the national literacy organization on campus. They work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.
Volunteers can act as literacy tutors (2 hours a week), assist in the homework club, organize reading circles or join the organization committee to plan the group's events. Training provided. Visit them at 2150 Bishop, Office 110, email them or call 514-848-7474 ext. 7484
The MSA's Reflections Library, one of the largest student-run libraries in Canada, provides a service Concordia students can use to learn about various aspects of Islam. Volunteer as a librarian, lending, helping with searches, cataloging documents, answering the phone, etc. Minimum requirement: 2 hours per week. Training provided. Visit them at 2020 Mackay, room P-03 or contact Hajar El Jahidi, Library Coordinator, at (514) 848-7410 for more info.
The People’s Potato is a vegan soup kitchen run out of Concordia University. The project was initiated in 1999 in order to address student poverty. This soup kitchen emphasizes serving well cooked, wholesome foods. This group serves over five hundred students and community members daily from its kitchen in the Concordia Hall Building (7th floor).
Volunteers are needed to prepare meals and clean the kitchen Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit them at H-733, call 514-848-2424 x.7590 or email them for more info.
The Prisoner Correspondence Project coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people who are part of these same communities outside of prison.
Volunteers can become penpals, bring awareness to the cause, translate letters from English to French and/or help organize special events (film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, etc.). Find out more online, email or call them at 514 848-7583.
QPIRG Concordia is a resource centre for community research and organizing. By creating links between students and the community, they inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches. Whether you are a Concordia student or a member of the Montreal community, someone new to activism or a seasoned organizer, you are encouraged and welcome to get involved with QPIRG Concordia.
Start by attending an "Activism 101" workshop, or find out which working group you would be interested in joining. Volunteers also promote and organize the "Study in Action" conference, work in the Resource Centre, do outreach, plan activities for the Alternative Orientation week, etc. Visit them at 1500 de Maisonneuve W., suite 204, call 514-848-7585 or email them for more info.
Right to Move Concordia is a non-profit organization striving to make bicycling a more accessible transportation option. Volunteers can help fix bikes, present workshops on bicycle maintenance in French or English or do administrative work. Visit them at 1500 de Maisonneuve W., suite 204, call (514) 999-4885 or email them to get involved.
Student Offering Support is a non-profit organization which raises money for humanitarian projects all over South America. Concordia hosts one of many chapters across North America and is one of the three chapters in Montreal. They host Exam-Aid sessions that are taught by students volunteers who have taken the course previously and have a thorough understanding of the subject. Students who choose to attend these sessions are charged a small fee, all of which goes directly towards helping a school in Latin America. Through this process, SOS raises marks, money, and roofs!
Volunteers are always needed for tutoring positions and to help organize social as well as on-campus events. If you are interested in helping and/or want to learn about their upcoming trip abroad, please email them or visit their website.
The Volunteers in Action’s mission is to encourage community involvement in the Concordia student body through the promotion and facilitation of volunteerism and charity giving. The VIA also aims to educate the Concordia community in issues affecting the globe such as violence, hunger and poverty and get students involved in the solutions to theses problems. Find out more by joining their Facebook group, email them or stop by their office at 2150 Bishop, Annex K-205.
Youth 4 Youth (Y4Y) is an initiative seeking to bring social awareness through workshops pertaining to today’s younger generation. Workshops relate to social problems that youths may encounter and raise awareness about gang violence. By joining the Y4Y team you can gain experience in community organizing and positively influence youths.
Volunteers can help with a variety of roles related to HR, finances, administration, communications, outreach, marketing and development. Volunteers are expected to be available 3 hours per week and available to attend team meetings (2 hours twice a month). Find out more here. Contact Hayder Kadhim at 514-295-7574.