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Community Engagement

We are a community: we connect people who want to strengthen McMaster’s community together.

We are committed to creating and linking McMaster employees to meaningful volunteer opportunities which allows for personal and professional development, provides networking and collaborative opportunities across the University, mobilizes and supports community-driven change, and builds partnerships with the greater community.

Employee Volunteer Committees


Please fill out our online application to apply to volunteer for the following committees:

  • McMaster Children’s Party
  • Community Engagement Champions (ConnectME, United Way)
  • Healthy Workplace
  • Inspiring from Within

Apply today!

Information on all volunteer committees can be found by clicking the appropriate boxes below. Volunteers will be encouraged to think creatively to create memorable and engaging experiences for McMaster employees. All meetings will be held digitally until further notice. The Employee Health & Well-being team would like to also give volunteers the opportunity to engage in in person and virtual networking sessions, along with team building, professional development, and social activities.

McMaster University has a strong commitment to employment equity and welcomes qualified candidates with the skills and abilities that contribute to equity and diversity in research, teaching, and the workplace.  All qualified candidates are welcome to apply, especially women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons.  Applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Program Coordinator at 905-525-9140 ext 24460 to communicate any known accommodation needs.

Expandable List

Professional and Skills Development

Want to improve your project managements skills or get better at public speaking? Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn about social media or develop your leadership skills. When volunteering, there are many different opportunities for skill building. Take the time to meet new people and learn about their backgrounds and skills sets. Ask questions in the process and add some new skills to your toolboxNot only that, but there are also transferable skills you can bring with you to job at McMaster.

Promoting Social Well-Being

There are many benefits of incorporating social engagements into your day-to-day life. Even when distancing is required, social interaction promotes strong psychological wellness. Interacting with others can help boost your productivity and decrease feelings of isolation. Research has shown that building social interactions can help boost your mood. This can be especially relevant in today’s climate where social distancing is imperative.

Building Your McMaster Network

Volunteering on an employee committee is a great way to learn more about the university and meet people you may not meet otherwise. There are so many different skill sets and perspectives you can tap into when you work with others outside your own department. This can lead to learning new skills or ideas that may benefit you and your team at work. 

A Sense of Purpose

What’s more rewarding than seeing a project from the brainstorming phase to a finished product? Volunteering is a great way to work as a team to define and reach goals together. Most people want to volunteer to improve situations, present new ideas or help people.  Being part of a volunteer committee allows you a chance to express all your ideas. You have an opportunity to get creative, and all of your hard work benefits the McMaster community. 

Hear From Our Volunteers!

Our volunteers have taken the time to chat about their volunteer experience at McMaster. Please see their stories below!


Information Box Group

If you have any questions about volunteering contact:

Karli Dillane

Program Coordinator, Workplace Health & Well-being