Volunteers


Web hero banner National Volunteer Week 2024

Thank you to all Richmond volunteers!

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we are celebrating the valuable contributions of community volunteers who have helped make Richmond such a great place to work and play.

In 2023, city volunteers dedicated over 55,000+ hours to various events, programs and services across Richmond. We want to thank each volunteer for dedicating their time, expertise and enthusiasm to building a connected and vibrant community. From library services to sports and recreation programs, the arts, neighbourhood crime prevention programs and special events, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and to give back. To learn more about volunteering, visit icanhelp.richmond.ca.

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether to utilize special skills, explore career choices, meet new people or become a valuable member of a team, the City of Richmond and a wide range of community partners offer short and long-term volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas.

Sign-up to volunteer

Choose one of the following:

Aquatics

Reasons to volunteer

  • Develop interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
  • Gain experience in lifeguarding and instructing
  • Create new friendships
  • Have lots of fun
  • Provides valuable and relevant experience directly applicable to the responsibilities of a Lifeguard Instructor. Many of the Lifeguard Instructors hired in Richmond are selected as successful candidates from skills and experiences gained from volunteering

Ways to contribute

  • Assist in swim lessons, adapted swim lessons, Aquafit classes and in the fitness centre
  • Participate in staff in-service training sessions (e.g., acting as a victim in an emergency)
  • Shadow guard
  • Plan and/or implement special events

Volunteer contact

aquavolunteer@richmond.ca, 604-233-6225 (MCAL) or 604-448-5353 (Watermania)

Cambie Community Centre

Volunteers

Reasons to volunteer

  • Develop new skills through training and practical experience
  • Gain satisfaction by contributing to community projects and events
  • Work together as a team in a friendly and welcoming environment

Ways to contribute

  • Volunteer for seasonal programs and special events
  • Work with people of different ages including Preschoolers, Youth and Seniors
  • Help shape Cambie’s programs and events with our Program Committee

Volunteer contact

Anna.Rienstra@richmond.ca


City Centre Community Centre

Volunteering at City Centre
Reasons to volunteer

  • Share your skills
  • Meet new people
  • Choose short and long-term roles
Ways to contribute:
  • Help as a volunteer leader in children's daycamps, seniors activities, Youth Leadership Teams and other programs
  • Help with activities at community-wide special events
  • Volunteer on various committees
  • Become a board member

Volunteer contact

Helena.Eglis@richmond.ca or 604-204-8582


Hamilton Community Centre

Reasons to volunteer

  • Opportunities for all ages and commitment levels
  • Available volunteer positions range from one hour in one day to 10 plus hours per week

Ways to contribute

  • Assist with seasonal children, youth and seniors programs
  • Help with activities at community-wide special events
  • Serve on various committees
  • Become a Board Member

Volunteer contact

Sarah Kennedy
Sarah.Kennedy@richmond.ca

Sea Island Community Centre

Reasons to volunteer

  • Give back to the community
  • Learn skills and gain experiences
  • Add interest to resumes
  • Make friendships and connections
  • Share knowledge and help others

Ways to contribute

  • Special events
  • Children, youth and adult programs
  • Become a Board Member or program committee member for the Sea Island Community Association

Volunteer contact

Matthew Adams at SeaIsland@richmond.ca

South Arm Community Centre

Reasons to volunteer

  • Develop new skills through training and practical experience
  • Gain satisfaction by contributing to community projects and events
  • Work together as a team in a friendly and welcoming environment
  • Meet and interact with a variety of individuals

Ways to contribute

  • Assist with seasonal children, youth and seniors programs
  • Help with activities at community-wide special events
  • Serve on various committees
  • Become a Board Member

Volunteer contact

Casey.Hudson@richmond.ca or 604-238-8073

Steveston Community Centre

Reasons to volunteer

  • help build our neighbourhood through giving back
  • share your skill set
  • engage with the community

Ways to contribute

  • Help out with community special events and seasonal programs
  • Become and Board Member
  • Help with Committee work

Thompson Community Centre

Volunteer with us! Find your opportunity today to become involved with Thompson Community Centre's Volunteer Program.

Reasons to volunteer

  • Give back to the community
  • Learn skills and gain experiences
  • Improve quality of resume
  • Make friendships and connections
  • Share knowledge and help others

Ways to contribute

  • Special events
  • Children, youth and adult programs
  • Become a Board Member or program committee member for the Thompson Community Association

Click here for the easy step-by-step guide: How to volunteer with us

Volunteer contact

Monica Lopez at thompson@richmond.ca

West Richmond Community Centre

West Richmond Volunteers

Ways to volunteer

  • Plan exciting community events
  • Join various committees
  • Help with marketing and sponsorship activities
  • Be part of event day activities

Volunteer contact

Call 604-238-8400 or visit https://icanhelp.richmond.ca

Arts, Culture and Heritage Opportunities

Other Opportunities

Visit Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives to explore other volunteer opportunities in Richmond.

Volunteer Management Strategy 2018-2021

The Volunteer Management Strategy 2018-2021 was endorsed by Council in September 2018. This document focuses on supporting volunteers in their development and achievement of their personal goals, as well as further supporting City, partner and affiliate staff who work closely with volunteers. By reaching out to various community partners, staff strengthened the strategy to ensure its initiatives and action items detailed would be impactful.

View the Volunteer Management Strategy 2018-2021 for more details.