Volunteers can be involved in every aspect of our mission to assist, accompany, and advocate for refugee claimants in our community. Our primary emphasis is on micro-volunteering, giving you an opportunity to offer your skills and passion without being locked into a weekly schedule.

We are focused on relationship, passion, and shared vision!

The roles below are just a sample of some of the core opportunities to be involved in changing lives. Don’t see what you can bring? Contact us! We love to think outside the box!


Download the volunteer application HERE

Send your resume and completed application to volunteer@mcrs.ca

Translation/Interpretation role description and requirements HERE

Just Some of our Volunteer Opportunities!

Interpreter/Translator: Volunteers work with MCRS staff to support the refugee claimant with translating documents or interpreting spoken language.

English Language Improvement: Refugee claimants quickly discover how important it is to be able to converse in English to advance in their settlement process. Our English Language Improvement program intends to assist in this process and includes scheduled English Café times as well as ongoing relationship and language building through other activities.

Guest House Program Support: Working with staff for the upkeep and smooth running of our Guest House ensuring that staff are supported and residents’ immediate needs are attended to in a timely way.

Sing and Pray: Faith has been a bedrock for many MCRS clients. Providing some additional support through a Sing and Pray program gives them opportunity to begin to build a new faith community. Volunteers are needed to provide a program that is respectful, creative, and offers a range of approaches to worship and prayer.

Community Conductor: This is your opportunity to really get to know people! Support them as they plan for appointments, errands, and other day-to-day, getting around activities.

Community Navigator: We are part of an amazing community with many supports available to newcomers. You can help them connect to additional programs and resources offered by various organizations such as Waterloo Wayside, Community Centre Family Outreach Programs, Community Music School of Waterloo Region, and so many more.

Join our Board of Directors!

Member of Board of Directors: We are seeking volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors for a two-year period. The Board Member helps to define the vision and mission of the organization, formulate and oversee the policies and procedures by which MCRS does its work, and assure that we work within these parameters and those defined by all relevant statutes.

This is a great opportunity to exercise leadership skills, strategic decision-making processes, and network with people who have the same passion for refugee claimants and their needs in a positive team-oriented environment.

Learn more about the opportunity by following this link: Board of Directors posting_08092018