Community Outreach and Volunteering Clubs

Community Outreach and Volunteering Clubs

Community Outreach and Volunteering Clubs

Get out of the McGill bubble and make meaningful contributions to our community with one of our volunteer programs!

Beyond Me

Beyond Me is a student-run non-profit organization from McGill University with a mandate to provide a fun and flexible one-on-one mentoring program for children and teenagers with special needs. Beyond Me was established in 2011, and the organization has grown rapidly since then and now works with four organizations that cater to young people with disabilities. Beyond Me gives a student with special needs and a student volunteer from McGill the opportunity to be paired and develop a rewarding relationship. Our volunteers work closely with the family of their buddy in order to provide the best form of mentoring they can. This can involve tutoring, homework help, arts and crafts, language and play stimulation, developing social skills, going on fun outings around Montreal and more. We also aid in the socialization of our buddies by planning various child- and teen- friendly events (e.g. Biodome adventures, cooking event, carnival day). If you’d like to sign up as a mentor, click our website link below and register online!

Black Youth Outreach Program

The Black Youth Outreach Program is a club that aims to stimulate interest in programs at McGill among the black youth of Montreal. Our goals include increasing the representation of black students at McGill, encouraging the pursuit of higher education with a focus on black youth and being a resource prospective students can refer to. We also intend to establish connections with other black associations on campus to expand the network of services offered to black students at McGill, and enrich their university experience. As a club, our mandate is to foster an equitable environment for all students at McGill, increase the sense of belonging of black McGill students, introduce local black youth to a variety of fields and careers McGill degrees give access to, and contribute to abolishing barriers black students face in their pursuit of higher education. Our efforts will be directed towards diversifying fields where black populations are typically underrepresented and providing support to young black students while they are navigating the world of academia, whether it be in their current studies or in the process of applying to McGill.

Borderless World Volunteers

Borderless World Volunteers is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2003 with the goal of helping undergraduate university students lead development projects across the globe while contributing to the wellness of their own local communities. Borderless World Volunteers was founded to provide a link between university students and local development organizations in developing countries.

Change for Change SSMU

Ever heard the expression “small change leads to a big difference?” Join us today and prepare to see these words in action. Change for Change is an international network of young adults who are improving communities one set of small change at a time. Through our Chapter at McGill, college students and young professionals are raising funds for community charities through the collection of loose change and larger donations.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Change for Change SSMU in their club constitution.

Enactus McGill

Enactus McGill is a group of talented and motivated students from McGill University striving to make a difference in the Montreal community through entrepreneurial action. They strive to create a long-term impact on the communities and businesses that they are involved with. Whether it be by providing education to Syrian refugees, empowering young students to become entrepreneurs, or decreasing the food insecurity in Montreal, their projects reach a diverse community both locally and nationally. Their ultimate vision is to enact positive change through social entrepreneurship. In other words, they envision a brighter future where local communities are improved through their impactful projects, empowering events, and engagement with community partners.

Heal and Hope

“Heal & Hope” is a student-run club with the goal of shedding light on the overlooked cases of children that have been injured as a result of warfare or conflict, with the purpose of providing essential reconstructive surgery and hope for a second chance at life.

McGill Children’s Health Alliance of Montreal (MCHAM)

WHO ARE WE? We are a dedicated student organization committed to raising funds for the Montreal Children’s Hospital and spreading awareness through volunteer opportunities in the Montreal health community. With a strong member base led by a resourceful council, we bring charity, volunteerism and leadership to our committee members and general members.

WHAT DO WE DO? We fundraise for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and provide volunteers to help support its long term goal of quality care and health assistance for the patients from all over the province of Quebec. We regularly hold events and activities in support of our mandate ranging from clubbing events and movie nights to benefit concerts and soccer tournaments.

McGill I*Create Student Club

Want to experience a hospital setting as a McGill undergraduate? MUSHVC is proud to offer you such an opportunity. We have volunteer programs at several hospitals in the downtown area, including the Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Chinese Hospital, MUHC Glen Site, Montreal Neurological Institute, and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. As volunteers, you will engage with patients, whether it be helping them eat or bringing them coffee or planning hospital wide events or more! We hold volunteer recruitment sessions at the beginning of every semester, so if you are interested, please send us an email.

McGill Students for Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a friendship organization that matches McGill students with adult members of the Montreal community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization fosters healthy, supportive friendships, and also promotes group activities to provide a broader community and social awareness.

McGill Students for Concussion Legacy Foundation

Our group works on educating and spreading awareness about concussions within the Montreal community as well as providing support for those recovering from mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions. We educate through workshops and presentations and provide support through providing resources as well as offering a support group that meets twice a week.

McGill Students for Geriatric Health

Our mission in McGill Students for Geriatric Health is to raise awareness, create a dialogue, and establish connections with volunteer organizations on the subject matter of geriatric healthcare.

McGill Students for Santropol Roulant

McGill Students for Santropol acts as an on-campus volunteer network that introduces students to the Santropol Roulant community and the volunteer opportunities offered within their Meals-on-Wheels program to prepare and deliver meals to people living with a loss of autonomy. Through McGill Students for Santropol, students can come together and engage in student events, fundraisers, and regular volunteer shifts all under the shared values of community, sustainability, and food security.

McGill Students for The Open Door Montreal

MTSODM acts as a liaison between McGill students and The Open Door Montreal shelter. The Open Door is a non-profit organization located minutes from campus which provides shelter, food, and amenities for those who are underhoused in Montreal. The organization relies heavily on volunteer support to operate. Through MTSODM, students have the opportunity to volunteer at The Open Door in a variety of roles: in the kitchen preparing and serving meals, in the cloakroom sorting clothing donations, or by helping to clean and organize different areas in the shelter. MTSODM provides extensive training and support to all student volunteers at The Open Door. The community at the Open Door benefits hugely from student volunteers, and students in turn will have the opportunity to be involved in their local community.

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McGill Undergraduates for Communication Disorders Awareness

McGill Undergraduates for Communication Disorders Awareness (MUCDA) is an on-campus organization made up of undergraduate students from across disciplines, dedicated to raising awareness for individuals with communication disorders. Formed in January 2017, MUCDA is McGill University’s first club dedicated to raising awareness for this underrepresented cause.

McGill University Student Hospital Volunteer Club (MUSHVC)

At MUSHVC we are dedicated to providing university students with unique opportunities to engage and volunteer at some of Montreal’s best hospitals. We do all the logistical work, giving you more time to actually get down to helping out!

Montreal Heart of the City Piano Program (MHCPP)

We are a McGill club dedicated to delivering piano education to children around Montreal.

Peace by P.E.A.C.E. Montreal

Peace by PEACE Montreal is a student-run organization that facilitates unique and educational conflict resolution workshops for grade 4 and 5 students in the Greater Montreal area. Through games, role-play, art projects, and discussions, students are introduced to cooperative problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive environment. Our program consists of nine one-hour long workshops, each focusing on a different theme.

Projet Montréal McGill Students Association

Projet Montréal McGill Students Association seeks to promote and build upon, with the McGill student body, the mission of Projet Montréal as enumerated in section 2 of its statutes: “Projet Montréal offers Montrealers a way of life in the city on a human scale, respectful of its diversity and the identity and richness of each of its boroughs and each and every one of its residents. To do this, it puts forward an innovative urban, social and economic vision, on the lookout for good practices, centred on sustainable development, democracy, solidarity, equity, social justice, sound management and transparency. The Party aims for a better quality of life for all”.

Rotaract Students’ Club

We are a youth division of Rotary International looking to help the local and international community through various projects. Our motto says it best: “Service above self.” Check out the Rotary International site at

Simply Donate

The mission of Simply Donate is to facilitate the donation and delivery of items to shelters and community centres, while reducing waste in the city.

Swimming With A Mission (SWAM) Montreal

Swimming With A Mission (SWAM) Montreal is a not-for-profit organization that provides affordable and accessible, one-on-one swimming instruction to children with disabilities. Our club consists of 85+ dedicated instructors and continues to grow every year. Lessons are taught every Sunday for 30 minutes between 9-11 am and run over a 9-week lesson set each semester. Check out our website or Facebook page for more information and feel free to contact us by email or Facebook if you have any questions or are interested in getting involved!

Youth Outreach Program

The Youth Outreach Program is dedicated to helping Montreal youth who live in group homes develop literacy and soft skills. We have seven groups of volunteers who conduct weekly visits to Montreal groups homes and facilitate hour-long activities. These visits are intended to provide youth with an outlet for self-expression in a safe space.

Youth Outreach Program (YOP)

Youth Outreach Program (YOP)’s goal is to reach out to youth at risk and develop positive relationships while emphasizing soft literacy skills such as creativity, communication, and self-expression. As a member, you will get to plan activities for your group, develop personal relationships with the youth and the other volunteers, and most of all, be a MENTOR. We use a mailing list in order to keep in touch with our members and those interested in joining our group.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Youth Outreach Program (YOP) in their club constitution.