Volunteer Opportunities

The work of the centre would not be possible without the hundreds of hours given by volunteers to support our work. Each program has benefited from the skills and compassion that volunteers bring to the centre.

If you are interested in volunteering

with the Nanaimo Women's Centre
please download and complete our volunteer application form
and send to
coordinator@nanaimowomen.com or drop off in person at 150 Wallace St


Volunteers should be responsible, organized, and caring. The NWC works under a feminist harm-reduction model. Therefore, an acceptance of the dynamics of violence, poverty, and women's experiences and how these dynamics interrelate to substance misuse, mental disorders, and the effects of homelessness, is important for our volunteers. 


Volunteers must:


  • Have good communication and organizational skills, or a desire to develop these skills

  • Be reliable with the ability to work either in a team or in an independent setting while learning and expanding your skill base

  • Be at least 19 years of age

  • Preferably will have experience working with women or other non-profit organizations

  • Must not possess a criminal background involving violence of any kind.

  • Must be able to commit to the position for a minimum of 6 months and to volunteering for one shift per week (5 hours).


Volunteer Opportunities:


Client Support


As a client support volunteer, you will welcome participants into the NWC, assist participants with support services and familiarizing them with the programs and making them feel welcome and comfortable. You would assist in the day-to-day tasks such as organizing donations, making coffee, restocking pamphlets, and basic up-keep.


Service Specialization 

Volunteers who have experience and/or education with a specialized service (such as hairdressing, acupuncture, yoga, art therapy, counseling etc.) and can offer these services to the Centre’s participants are greatly appreciated.


Seniors Connect General Helper/Greeter:

This position will most likely catch the eyes of those that like to make people feel welcomed. It does not require much work besides welcoming people to workshops or events happening for the day, and answering general questions about the event and who to contact. While these are required on a daily basis, our Seniors Connect Centre is need of a helper on Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.



This position is probably ideal for those that enjoy light admin work or have worked in an administrative setting in the past. Duties will include: answering phones, record keeping, data entry, copying, faxing, printing forwarded e-mails, etc.



Our Seniors Connect Centre is currently looking for licensed drivers willing to transport our seniors to and from our weekly programing.  A driver is needed who is available Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Food Preparation 

As many of us are aware, FOOD brings people together! While the NWC is known to seek help from the community Food Bank, we also require hands to prepare simple meals for participants attending our weekly workshops as well as those willing to make trips to the Food Bank and other supporting food suppliers. 




This program provides families transitioning out of homelessness with basic household goods. A Volunteer is needed to assist the Coordinator with the entering of names and other data into our database, and handing out Starter Kits containing household goods. This person should be available on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. but is also welcome to come in on our other days of operation, in addition to the Wednesday.


Share your passion for your community with us!

We are looking for volunteer workshop leaders, program hosts, and community organizations and businesses who are able to assist us with this work.  Anyone with a special skill or something to share with the community we would love to talk to you.

  • Do you have information about local historical sites that you wish to share?

  • Are you a photographer able to photograph families for an art project?

  • Are you an artist with a special skill to teach and share?

  • Do you have knowledge about local wildlife, beach life or other nature to tell us about?

  • Do you have skills in things such as dance, yoga, or sport to share with families?

  • Do you cook using local ingredient and can you share you skills?

  • Do you have special skills in the kitchen you can share, a dish that comes from your family heritage?

  • Are you a gardener, or farmer and can you share some of your time with us?

  • Have you ever planned a community party, block party, or party in the park?

  • Have you ever built temporary sculptures in public spaces?


Do you have any other awesome ideas to add to this list?


We are open to most ideas and would love to meet as many people as possible who can assist us with our DISCOVERY. Additionally, we are also looking for program support volunteers, if you are not ready to take the lead but want to participate, we want to meet you.


Contact Hayley at volunteercoordinator@nanaimowomen.com




114-285 Prideaux St.
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N2

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