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Community is enriched by Volunteers!

Elmira District Community Living believes that when diverse voices, abilities, and interests come together on purpose, these shared experiences:

  • Create opportunity for unique friendships and enhanced citizenship
  • Contribute to the learning and growth of each unique individual
  • Develop advocacy for those whose voice needs to be heard
  • Strengthen our commitment to and sense of belonging to a community

By engaging volunteers in our mission, Elmira District Community Living will:

  • Treat everyone involved with dignity and respect
  • Provide inclusive opportunities that are interesting and accessible
  • Recognize the contributions made in uniquely meaningful ways

Join us, in our journey to build communities of belonging!

Are you ready to volunteer, but not sure where to start?

  1. Learn about our different types of volunteers – Click the heading (Direct, Indirect, Events) to see position descriptions and apply.
  2. Check out our Featured Opportunities, to see where current needs are greatest – You might find your perfect fit here!
  3. Still have questions? Contact our Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator, Jenn Maxwell at or call 519-669-3205 ext. 225

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Direct Support

Work directly with individuals with a developmental disability to make a positive personal impact

Volunteers must:

 – Be at least 18 years old (positions for youth 16 – 18 years are available, but limited)

– Willing to make a minimum 12 week commitment

– Complete a screening process including: application, interview, reference check, police records check (VSC)

“Reading a story together brings so much joy…it’s really the simple things in life that make such a difference!”

~ Lindsay S. (Volunteer since 2018)

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Indirect Support

Use your unique skills and abilities to help support the work we do.

Let’s put your secret super powers to good work!

Volunteers must:

 – Be at least 16 years old

– Commitment length varies by position

– Complete a screening process including: application, interview, reference check (some positions may need a police records check)

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Events Support

We put the FUN in Fundraising (and other community events)!

Great for groups to get involved and make a difference.

Volunteers must:

 – Be at least 16 years old

– Commitment varies by event (typically 1-2 hour shifts)

– Complete a screening process including: application and interview (some positions may need a police records check)

Tell us how you’d like to get involved


Calling all those with creative knack for capturing moments that matter on camera. We are looking for impactful, high-resolution images to share in print and digital media. This project-based position works in collaboration with EDCL employees and other volunteers to meet the objectives and timelines for each project (a variety of events and projects will be posted throughout the year). Project needs and time commitment vary, but are flexible to meet your availability.

We are looking for photographers with:

  • A high-resolution camera and related equipment
  • The knowledge, skills and access to photo software to edit images
  • Experience capturing people and emotions to contribute to positive story telling
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as, to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills for photo management; and
  • Attention to detail for a polished and professional product presentation

Enjoy getting out in the neighbourhood or explore the Region of Waterloo – together! Community Companions accompany an individual with an intellectual disability (or small group) to see and do things that are fun and interesting! Visit museums, watch a movie, attend a Titans or Sugar Kings game, play bingo, swim at the local rec centre or walk to a coffee shop to enjoy a nice hot beverage…these are just some of the many activities that await you.

Must be 18 years or older.

Have an interest you want to share? Tell Us


Many of the people we support love a good story! This easy commitment of an hour a week brings joy and connection to both reader and listener. Grab a book and prepare to bring words to life in a way that draws the listener in. Suggestions for books or genres will be provided.

Must be 16 years or older.

If you require assistance with your application let us know how we can help: Email

Elmira District Community Living is grateful for local organizations who support us in our work and mission.

If your organization is interested in:

  • Corporate or group volunteer opportunities
  • Developing a volunteer program that includes people with developmental disabilities
  • Promoting volunteerism and it’s benefits with staff
  • OR you have an idea that supports inclusive community-building

Email for more information or to discuss further.


Members of the Board bring leadership and strategic governance to our organization, using a diverse set of skills and qualities. Members of a committee are formed by the Board of Directors for a specific purpose and period of time. We often look for experience in finance, banking or accounting; facilities maintenance, construction, or real estate; planning, strategic development; fundraising and more.

Currently, we are not accepting applications for these positions.

For more information please email or contact Cheryl Peterson, Executive Director at 519-669-3205 ext. 226.