Volunteer Opportunities

The United Way's role is to match the resources of the community to those areas of greatest need. We do this through our fundraising efforts, but also by encouraging people to volunteer their time with a community group who is need. We have canvassed our recipients and the following are looking for volunteers. If you interested please contact them directly: 

CNIB Vision Mate Opportunity in Yellowknife.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)'s flagship volunteer opportunity is our Vision Mate Program. This provides one-on-one sighted volunteer assistance to people in their community who are blind or partially sighted. They are paired for activities such as reading, friendly visiting, walking, swimming, shopping, and so many more. 

If you are someone who is looking to make that one-on-one connection and help someone within your community, this might be the opportunity for you. We look for volunteers who are friendly, positive, empathetic, responsible, and comfortable working with individuals with vision loss.

Being a Vision Mate is a very flexible opportunity as we determine your schedule based on your availability along with the individual you are partnered with. We do ask for a minimum 6-month commitment for this role.


Interested applicants would be required to attend a volunteer interview and orientation, provide references, and be willing to undergo a police information/vulnerable sector check. Volunteers for this position must be 18 or older.

If this sounds like an opportunity you might be interested in, please call Amber at 403-294-7857 or email amber.dujay@cnib.ca


Food Rescue needs you!

If you have a half day or full day to offer weekdays from Monday to Friday, we need volunteers in the following positions:

Kitchen volunteers – sort and clean up food products as they arrive; process certain items; help count inventory; pack orders and bag product for the Food Bank.

Driver’s Helpers – assist driver with afternoon deliveries to clients from 1-3:30

Food Rescue is a fun place to volunteer and you will be part of an amazing redistribution of food from our donor grocery stores to the hungry of Yellowknife.  

Email foodrescue@northwestel.net or call 669-3663 (669-FOOD) to find out more.


The Habitat for Humanity NWT ReStore is looking for volunteers to assist in the operation of the ReStore. Jobs are varied and include working in the yard, sorting and pricing items, customers sales, small carpentry jobs, pick up and deliveries, etc. The ReStore is open Thursday to Saturday – 0900 to 1600 each day. For further information: Tamlin at restore@habitatnwt.ca  or 446-7867.




If you are representing a non-profit organization and would like to be added to this list, please contact us at office@nwt.unitedway.ca