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Six places to lend a hand in Halifax

Volunteer spots guaranteed to make your life better, too.

Halifax North Memorial Library

Pair up with a little kiddo as children's reading support and relive all of your favourite childhood books, from Robert Munsch to the adventures of earnest Franklin once a week. French tutors are also welcome. Fill out the application on the Library's website and drop it off in person to Lana Pinsky at the branch. (You can also volunteer at almost every branch as an adult literacy volunteer or an English language learning volunteer.)
2285 Gottingen Street


Volunteers help the station run smoothly by maintaining the extensive music library, making playlists, training to host their own show or doing casual fill-in spots, helping table events and more. It's a really friendly, open environment well-suited for music fans and can accommodate almost any schedule and availability.
6136 University Ave

St George's YouthNet

Work with elementary school youth once a week after school, from 3:30-5pm. Volunteers meet at Joseph Howe Elementary school and walk to YouthNet, then games and activities and silliness abound.
2221 Maitland Street


If you've left your beloved Max back home, and a regular volunteer schedule doesn't fit with your studies, you can pop into an SPCA any time it's open to take a dog for a walk—seriously. Cat cuddles are also an option, plus shelter greeters, helping the animal care team, photographing puppers—and writing engaging adoptable bios—or work in partnership with the Girl Guides of Canada for the Paw Prints on your Heart challenge.
5 Scarfe Court, Dartmouth

Shine Academics

From 4-8 on Tuesdays, university students gather to get off their ath and do some math—and science with students from the community as volunteer tutors.
Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street

Hospice Halifax

Make a big difference in the end of someone's life by volunteering at Hospice Halifax, the province's first dedicated hospice space providing end of life care and supporting people affected by death, grief or loss.

Caora McKenna

Caora was City Editor at The Coast, where she wrote about everything from city hall to police and housing issues. She started with The Coast in 2017, when she was the publication’s Copy Editor.
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