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Community Volunteer Circles

A network of weekly volunteering groups, where you:

  • Serve with other McMaster students at placements across Hamilton
  • Learn about and help address inner-city issues
  • Discuss your volunteer experiences
  • Make a significant difference where it is needed
  • Gain valuable experience

Volunteer with your group each week in a video meeting, and participate in a reflection activity led by your group's facilitators for 15-30 min. at the end of your service experience.

How Do I Volunteer?

Virtual Volunteer Fairs

Sign up for Term 2 Volunteer Groups at our Virtual Volunteer Fair:

  • Tuesday, January 12, 5:30-7pm

Step 1: Register for the Volunteer Fair

Step 2: Prepare your Forms

  1. Fill out the CVC Volunteer Application Form before attending the Virtual Volunteer Fair. Completing this form before the fair is the mandatory first step to join a CVC weekly volunteer group. Please note: submitting this form DOES NOT register you for a spot in a volunteer group (you must also visit the fair)
  2. Download the CVC Volunteer Contract, print, sign, and take a photo (you will be asked to upload your signed contract at the fair when you join a Volunteer Group)
  3. Bring your schedule and information about a recent police check (if you have one) to the fair
  4. View the list of Volunteer Placements and Times and decide which ones fit your schedule. At the fair, you will have the opportunity to talk with the facilitators of the placements you’re interested in

Step 3: Attend one of the Volunteer Fairs

  • Visit the fair on January 12 between 5:30 and 7pm
  • Rank your top 3 volunteer group choices that fit your schedule
  • At the fair, you will have the chance to ask questions of the group facilitators before signing up for a group

For general questions or for more information, contact

List of Volunteer Groups

Community Volunteer Circles is sponsored by MSU Open Circle, Student Open Circles, and McMaster University

Funding for this program is provided by the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund through the Hamilton Community Foundation